Friday, May 10, 2013

Vande Mataram and the controversy

Another Controversy Fueled by yet another belligerent act to dishonor the national song of India "Vande Mataram by BSP MP".  I am not sure why these guys have to act in a manner they do to create News.  Well yes I do opine that this was a shameful act of creating a news to be in the news because the said MP had no other way to get noticed.

My point is - Why shouldn't he be suspended and barred from contesting election at all?  
I had the above opinion posted on an online forum and the sort of replies I got - 

Syed - "Tagore's Jana Gana Mana was chosen as the Nation Anthem of the 1947 Republic of India. Vande Mataram was rejected on the grounds that Muslims, Christians, Parsis, Sikhs, Arya Samajis and others who opposed idol worship felt offended by its depiction of the Nation as "Mother Durga", a Hindu goddess. Muslims abide Indian Constitution. This is controversial song being imposed. Better Play secular Song instead of Dummy God's Song. Song written by Dr. Iqbal is more Sweet."

Sikhview - "Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the paramount representative body in the Sikh Path requested that the Sikhs not sing "Vande Mataram" in the schools and Institutions on its centenary on Sept 7, 2006. SGPC head Avtar Singh Makkar expressed concern that "imposing a song that reflected just one religion was bound to hurt the sentiments of religious minorities. The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has called singing "Vande Matram" against Sikh tenents as the Sikhs sought 'Sarbat da bhala (universal welfare) and did not believe in "devil and devta". DSGMC head H. S. Sarna also added that the song had been rejected long before by well known freedom fighter Sikhs like Baba Kharak Singh and Master Tara Singh"

(The Above viewpoints are of those who voice it and I have linked them to the comments section of Times of India.  They are neither mine nor do I support those views)

If I take Syed's point that Sare Jahan se achha Hindostaan hamara is sweet, then I would agree that it indeed is a very nice song, but does not stand a merit to be nominated for National song because it uses the word "Hindustan" to depict Bharat / India and that is not the official name of the country.  

In my personal opinion, Vande-Mataram is the national song and is in the heart of every patriot. Not sure why some communal forces try to depict it as a song where it is in praise of Goddess Durga. I am surprised at the other set of the communal forces who have worked their level best to depict our Mother Land - India as goddess Durga.  This is nothing but creation of utter chaos.  

It is time for all of us to get real and get practical.  Vande-Mataram was written by Bankim Chandra Chatopaddhyay in Bangla and then it was translated in Hindi.  It was Never written for any Hindu deity and depictions to relate it to Goddess Durga is not the right way to negate its worth as a National Song.

Author's Declaration
Please don't read this as my opposition to Goddess Durga. I respect her and worship her :) 

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