‘Clarify on usage of Sindh in national anthem’
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 21:39
Mumbai: Observing that the Supreme Court had held that the word 'Sindh' is correctly used in the national anthem, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to clarify about its correct usage.

A division bench of justices Ranjana Desai and R G Ketkar was hearing a PIL challenging the use of 'Sindh' in the national anthem and seeking its replacement with 'Sindhu'.

According to the PIL filed by retired professor Shreekanth Malushte, the word 'Sindh' was replaced with 'Sindhu' in January 1950 by the government of India.

Malushte's counsel Niranjan Mogre pointed out to the high court that as per the information received by them from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) under the RTI, the correct version of the anthem includes the word 'Sindhu'.

"MHA claims it is Sindhu but Supreme Court in its judgement (five years ago) has quoted the national anthem and has used the word Sindh. As of now we are going as per the apex court's decision. Maybe MHA has made some mistake in its RTI reply," Justice Desai remarked.

Directing the Central government to look into the Supreme Court verdict before filing its reply, Justice Desai said, "You (government) better be careful. It's a matter of our national anthem."

According to the PIL, when the anthem was composed in 1917 by Rabindranath Tagore, "Sindh" was part of India but now it is in Pakistan.

However, "the national anthem continues to be sung and broadcast in a wrong manner by using incorrect words," it said.


First Published: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 21:39

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