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.
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.
Mataram was written in 1870 by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay in Bengali. The
song became known publicly after Bankim Chandra published his novel Anandamath