Kalyan Singh wants the word "adhiyanaka" removed from the National Anthem. What say you?

Khristina Patra
News & Lifestyle Editor
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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.

 

--- If the anthem changes, will the flag change too?

 

This guy has a suggestion for a new national anthem:

 

 God bless the Sindhis!

 

Celebrities took to Twitter to comment as well. Here's what Randeep Hooda had to say:

 

What do you have to say to that, ruling government?

 

Thank goodness this guy has sympathies for  Rabindranath Tagore

 

 We need a tech tweet, but of course!

 

-- And the cricket lover's tweet too!

 

 Out with the old, in with the new?

 

And why doesn't the North East feature in the national anthem, he asks?

 

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.