- Delhi High Court has dismissed a petition seeking directions to the Centre to elevate Vande Mataram to a status equivalent to that of Jana Gana Mana. Jana Gana Mana, composed by Rabindranath Tagore in 1911 is India’s national anthem.
- The petitioner in Delhi High Court had argued that Vande Mataram had played a crucial role in the National Movement, and should be accorded the same status as the National Anthem.
- Vande Mataram was written in 1870 by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay in Bengali. The song became known publicly after Bankim Chandra published his novel Anandamath in 1882.
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