Alaul Mustafa, secretary of an Institution which runs Madrasa in UP filed a petition against the Uttar Pradesh Government’s order making it compulsory for the students of all Madrasas to sing the national anthem, flag hoisting and also to record the video of cultural events being organized on the eve of Independence day at all Madrasas.
The petitioner contended that singing of the national anthem is forced patriotism and cannot be enforced upon those who do not want to recited the same in light of their custom or belief.
The bench of Allahabad High Court headed by Chief Justice Dilip B. Bhosale observed that singing of the National Anthem is not only a part of constitutional duty but also fosters among the people a sense of democracy, secularism and the integrity of the nation which are basics of the Preamble and this message needs to be inculcated in all the institutions regardless of its affiliation.
The court found the petitioner to be ignorant of its duty to respect the National Anthem irrespective of its religious beliefs and customs. It also stated that such writ petitions always result in spreading disharmony, disbelief and a feeling of discord among the citizens. The court focusing on Article 51A of the Constitution mentioned that the recitation of National Anthem is an act by which every citizen honors the history and tradition of this great country promoting spirit of brotherhood amongst all without giving any exception to the religious, lingual or regional affiliation of a particular individual.
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