Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Politicians on Vande Mataram!

The same politicians who can't differentiate between National Anthem and National Song, who can't tell the full name of Gandhi, don't know a thing about where the 'chakra' in the flag comes from & don't know whether Tagore wrote the Rashtriya Geet or Rashtra Gaan are now fighting over Vande Mataram.

Ironically, most of the top politicians of both the Congress and BJP who rake the controversy can't sing even a few lines of either the National Anthem or the National Song. Worse, Media becomes a party in the entire issue and the anchors/journalists who have not even heard about Anand Math, the novel of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya (Chatterjee) from where Vande Mataram (or Bande Mataram, as in Begali) comes, ask foolish questions.

Again on Times Now channel on Tuesday, none of the BJP leaders including the irritating Vijay Kumar Malhotra could sing even a line let alone a stanza of the song. In fact, none except a Rajasthan BJP leader could sing it.

Surely Vande Mataram was not a nationalist song by any means. The novel was slightly pro-British and advocated violence against Muslims. Many other reasons why Subhas Chandra Bose was against it and so was Gandhi, Lohia and most of the prominent leaders. However, it is an important song and can't be discounted either. But better if citizens sing it on their own and not the politicians causing social unrest.

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bhattathiri said...

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