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‘Sindh’ in anthem: MHA gets 4 weeks to clarify

Changing its 2005 stand before the Supreme Court,the Ministry of Home Affairs,in a reply to an RTI application.

Changing its 2005 stand before the Supreme Court,the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA),in a reply to an RTI application,has stated that the appropriate word in the national anthem is ‘Sindhu’,not ‘Sindh’.

A PIL was filed by retired Prof Shreekant Malushte contending that the word ‘Sindh’ in the anthem was replaced by ‘Sindhu’ by the government in January 1950.

On Wednesday,it was pointed out to the court that in submissions made before the apex court,the MHA had stated that the usage of ‘Sindh’ was correct,which was accepted. However,in a reply on January 31 to the RTI application,the MHA stated that the usage of ‘Sindhu’ is correct.

Although the court’s attention was drawn to the discrepancy in the MHA’s stand,its lawyers Rajinder Kumar and Dhirendra Singh told the court that the reply to the application under RTI is possibly a mistake. Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice R G Ketkar granted four weeks to the MHA to clarify its stand.