Senior BJP member and Governor of Rajasthan, Kalyan Singh, has invited fresh controversy after he was quoted as wanting to remove the word "adhinayaka" from Rabindranath Tagore's 'Jana Gana Mana', our national anthem. He mentioned this while speaking to students at the Rajasthan University, during their 26th convocation ceremony.
According to the Indian Express, Kalyan Singh was quoted as saying:
“Jan gan man adhinayak jai ho kiske liye hai? It is to praise the ‘angrezi shaasak’…the British. It is about time that it amended and replaced by ‘jan gan man mangal gaye’. I do have full faith in Rabindranath Tagore and respect him but still feel the national anthem should drop the word ‘adhinayak’,” Singh said. “Similarly words like ‘mahamahim’ or his or her excellency should not be used any longer because no one is ‘mahan’. These were used during the British rule.”
In retaliation, Communist Party leader Brinda Karat lashed out at the Rajasthan Governor, calling him a 'RSS pracharak' who wants to 'divide the people' of our country.
With politicians saying the darndest things these days, we took to social media to see how people are reacting to this, and discovered that National Anthem was indeed trending on Twitter.
Here are some noteworthy comments from Twitterverse:
The last we heard, there was no concrete law on the punishment for rapists.
Now they want changes in our National Anthem too. What about changes in the societal evils first? Heh.— Oblivious Dragon (@OhTeri_) July 8, 2015
--- If the anthem changes, will the flag change too?
After modifying the National Anthem, somebody from BJP will say the Indian flag should be only two colors, white and saffron.— anjan22 (@anjan22) July 8, 2015
This guy has a suggestion for a new national anthem:
British banned "Vande Mataram" .Vande Mataram is passionate reverence for our motherland and should be made our National Anthem— GoodGovernance 良い統治 (@sri9011) July 8, 2015
God bless the Sindhis!
All Sindhis - Thank God at least they are now not talking about removing 'Sindh' from the National Anthem— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) July 8, 2015
Celebrities took to Twitter to comment as well. Here's what Randeep Hooda had to say:
Was the national anthem written by a person in favour of British rule?Didn't he also coin the term"mahatma" 4sm1?? https://t.co/kxy7zn7YrX— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) July 8, 2015
What do you have to say to that, ruling government?
What do you say when people who find Mahatma Gandhi's killer a patriot, wanting to tinker with the National Anthem?— George (@George_Delhi) July 8, 2015
Thank goodness this guy has sympathies for Rabindranath Tagore
Can RSS BJP or Modi govt change poem of any poet? They may change national anthem on their line but only Tagore can change present anthem— Abdul Hameed (@AbdulOHameed) July 8, 2015
We need a tech tweet, but of course!
Kalyan Singh wants to modify India's national anthem. I think he is confusing it with some open-source software— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) July 8, 2015
-- And the cricket lover's tweet too!
Kalyan Singh wants the word "Adhinayaka" removed from the National Anthem.Okay. And can we also replace Dravida with Sachina?— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) July 8, 2015
Out with the old, in with the new?
If the old can be improved upon, we should always support such changes - even if it involves the National Anthem— The Bad Doctor (@doctoratlarge) July 8, 2015
And why doesn't the North East feature in the national anthem, he asks?
India's National Anthem should be naming all the states with its capital, including the Northeast! :) #nationalanthem.— Shybu (@Shybuzz) July 8, 2015
It's been 68 years since our indepedence. Why all the controversy now? Does it make sense to change our National Anthem?
Tell us in the comments below.