Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik said in Indore on Wednesday that the country’s anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ and national song ‘Vande Mataram’ were sung in Parliament since 1992 after he took up the issue.
“They were sung for the first time after 42 years of India gaining Independence,” Naik said while delivering a key note address at a function to mark 221st death anniversary of Ahilya Bai Holkar, the 18th century ruler of erstwhile Indore princely state.
Naik said an MP from Kerela placed three questions before the lower house on the issue. The MP asked whether national anthem and national song were sung in all schools across the country; if not what is the reason and what was the government doing about it.
In response, the Centre said Vande Mataram and Jana Gana Mana were not sung in all school across the country because of the neglect they faced. Answering the third question, the government said it would issue a circular that national anthem and national song should be sung in all schools.
Not satisfied with the answers, I took up the issue again as anthem and national song should be snug in Parliament – the highest lawmaking body in the country.
“I took up the issue again. Since 1992, Parliament session starts with national song and ends with anthem,” Naik said.
During the address, the former union petroleum minister laid stress on women empowerment, socio-economic uplift of weaker sections and promoting education among masses.
“If we do this, it will be a true tribute to Ahilya Bai Holkar whose governance model, charities were source of inspiration to future rulers,” he said.
He said he feels happy that 65% to 70% of gold medal winners in Uttar Pradesh’s 26 universities are girls.
Indore MP and Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan also expressed her views at the annual Ahilyotsav function organised by 100-year-old Indore Ahilyotsav Samiti.