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Adhinayak Should Be Removed From National Anthem Says Kalyan Singh

by RajasthanDirect
Jul 08, 2015

Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh at the 26th convocation ceremony of Rajasthan University said on Tuesday that Rabindranath Tagore while writing the national anthem had praised the “angrezi shaasak” (English ruler) by writing “adhinayak jai ho” and it is about time that this be amended.

“Jan-Gan-Man ‘adhinayak’ jai hey… ‘adhinayak’ for whom? It praises British rule. It should be amended and replaced by word ‘jan-gan-man mangal gaye’,” he said at the 26th convocation ceremony of the University of Rajasthan.

“I have got respect for Rabindranath Tagore, but national anthem’s ‘adhinayak’ word should be replaced by ‘mangal’,” he said.

Soon after the poem was composed by Tagore in December, 1911, it had sparked a debate whether it contained praise of the British rule. However, Tagore himself in a letter to Pulin Behari Sen in 1937 rejected the charge.

In a similar vein, Singh said that the term ‘Mahamahim’, or his or her excellency, should be dropped as a prefix for the governor and the word ‘Mahamahim’ be used in its place since a governor is never “mahan” as used since the British period.

The comments by Singh, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, come days after he compared Maharana Pratap with Mughal Emperor Akbar, saying that the Rajput ruler was ‘inspirational’ to the nation with the suffix ‘great’.

Reiterating those views on Tuesday, the governor said that the education department should run courses in which Maharana Pratap’s life and his struggle are specifically highlighted.

“Victoria was not great, it was Jhansi ki Rani who had fought wars. Aurangzeb was not great, it should be Shivaji,” he further remarked.

Src – : http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/just-in/remove-adhinayaka-national-anthem-kalyan-singh-rajasthan.html

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