Explained: Vande Mataram and Jana Gana Mana petition in Delhi High Court

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.