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Vande Mataram of Sanskrit origin, but written in Bengali: AG

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The national song 'Vande Mataram' is of Sanskrit origin, but had originally been penned in Bengali by Bankim Chandra Chaterjee, the Madras High was told today by Advocate General R Muthukumaraswamy.

The submission before Justice M V Muralidharan was made in response to the judge seeking the officer's help to settle a dispute over the linguistic origin of the song raised by a B Ed graduate.

Petitioner K Veeramani had faced the question "In which language was Vande Mataram first written" in a competitive test held by the Teachers Recruitment Board for appointment as BT Assistant in schools.

He had moved the after his answer 'Bengali' to the objective type question was declared wrong by the board. He was awarded 89 marks against the minimum 90 to be eligible for appointment.

Claiming that he had missed recruitment to the post by one mark due to the 'wrong' evaluation, the petitioner had sought award of the extra mark, treating his answer to the 'Vande Mataram' question as correct.

When the matter first came up for hearing on June 7, the petitioner's counsel had submitted that Chatterjee wrote the national song in both Bengali and Sanskrit, while the Additional Pleader argued that it was written only in Sanskrit and was later translated to Bengali.

The petitioner had contended that in all the books he had studied, Bengali was mentioned as the first language in which the national song was written more than two centuries ago.

Following this, the judge had directed the AG to appear before him and apprise the of the correct answer.

During the resumed hearing today, the AG submitted that 'Vande Mataram' was of Sanskrit origin, but written in the Bengali script.

Recording the submission, the judge said he will pronounce the order on the petition on July 17.

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First Published: Thu, July 13 2017. 16:42 IST