Did you know that our national anthem was composed by Rabindranath Tagore in 1911 in honour of King George the fifth and the queen of England? (Some historians say it was 1919 -will have to verify this one) The entire national anthem is in honour and praise of the King and queen of England!!
It implies that King George the fifth is the lord of the masses (bharata Bhagya) and (Vidhaata) ie bestower of good fortune
Jana Gana Mana Adhinayaka Jaya he
Bharata Bhagya Vidhata
Punjab Sindh Gujrat Maratha, Dravida Utkala Banga
uchchala jaladhi tiranga
Tava Shubha naame Jaage
Tava Shubh aashish maage, gaaye tava jaya gaatha
Jana Gana mangaldayak jaya he
Bharat bhagya vidhaata
Jaya He Jaya He Jaya He
Jaya jaya jaya jaya he
Translated it means the following
Thou art the ruler of the minds of the people, thou dispenser of India’s destiny. Thy name rouses the hearts of the Punjab Sindh Gujrat and Maratha. The Dravid Orissa and Bengal
People wake up remembering your name and ask for your blessings and sing your glories.
Around your throne people of all religions come and give their love and pray for your blessings
Praise be to the charioteer for leading the ancient travellers beyond misery
In your compassionate plans the sleeping Bharat will wake up. We bow down to your feet Oh queen and glory be to the King
Apparently Nehru chose this over Vande Mataram because he thought it would be easier for the band to play.
Now I’m a great patriot and love my national anthem like any other Indian. My heart swells with pride everytime i hear it and i send dirty glances to those that fidget or whisper or refuse to stand when it plays.
I have been singing the national anthem blindly without ever questioning its origin or meaning all my life. Like most of us. So i was surprised by this above information
I was also dissapointed though this time around not surprised, when Ram Gopal Varma’s revisionist version of the national anthem was banned by the Supreme court from playing on the channels. Its for his forthcoming movie Rann-based on the media. Me personally thinks that it was a brilliant use of the tune to depict the current crisis our nation is enveloped in. Trust the maverick director to come up with something so ‘Hatke’
Check out the following video and decide for yourself if it desecrated our national anthem in any way
However the best and most brilliant version of the national anthem I have ever heard was recently sent to me by a friend. I am posting it below. It is an audio only file. Please click on the triangle on the right to hear it
Hope the zealots at the centre do not ban this version too.
After all freedom of expression is our fundamental and constitutional right.