'Love' under duress
The Madras High Court is a court in whose jurisdiction hundreds of thousands of cases of murder, rape, theft, arson, family disputes, property disputes and various other issues pertaining to the real world are pending with no sign of the backlog getting cleared. The said Court, in its esteemed view, has decided that given this state of affairs, the best use of its time is to prioritise making orders on making singing a song mandatory with hearing a case that has nothing to do with singing. The Madras High Court has ordered the people of Tamil Nadu, among whom Tamils are a huge majority, that they should compulsorily demonstrate their patriotism by singing a Bangla song "Bande Mataram" (not "Vande Mataram" as it is erroneously referred to as) written by a Bengali addressing the people of then-Bengal (a majority of which is now a sovereign nation state called the People's Republic of Bangladesh). This is not ridiculous. This is not absurd. This is not crossing the limits of one's powers. This is not anything which might be deemed to be my disrespect towards the Madras High Court's order.