It was not surprising that Wahhabi Mullahs have sent out directive to Madrassas in UP not to sing National Anthem, on flimsy pretext that ‘Adhinayak’ meant King of Great Britain. This would be funny if it were not sinister.
I say sinister because Mullahs have brought up this issue after 70 years of Independence, and that too on the eve of Independence! It just doesn’t leave a bitter taste in the mouth but shows their intentions clearly. When ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was chosen as National Anthem, there was still time for Mullahs and their followers to go to Pakistan which they voted for as they were not comfortable with Hindu domination of the new born nation and its secular ethos. Pakistan was clearly built on the argument of a pious Islamic state. They were free to choose.
I suspect now that there were different reasons for staying behind, for hard core Islamists. Having created Pakistan, they wished to convert India also into a Dar-ul-Islam. The slogan of Muslim League at that time and their left-overs here was ‘Hans ke liya Pakistan, Lad ke lenge Hindustan’. The arguments that I hear on debates and media are eerily similar to pre-Partition Jinnah arguments.
The most sinister part of this move is to be faced squarely. This is yet another move to test the limits to which Indian constitution, Indian democracy and Laws can be bent to further Wahhabi ends. Jinnah had a problem with ‘Vande Mataram’ and not to sing it was one of the conditions when he negotiated with Congress leaders. Vande Mataram was truncated to one single para to suit Mullah taste. But, the Mullahs are still not satisfied. They have been creating this controversy now for years.
This plan to raise the bogey of Jana Gana Mana was already in the air since a few months. I recall reading about it. Wahhabis deliberately chose Independence Day to poison the atmosphere. It has nothing to do with UP government directive. Patriot Muslims have been celebrating the day for seven decades very happily. They have sacrificed their lives for the nation singing the beloved National Anthem.
Many like me may feel more charged up listening to Vande Mataram, but singing our National Anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ gives all of us Indians, an immense sense of pride.
I would like to nail the lie about Rabindranath Tagore writing Jana Gana Mana in honour of King George:
On March 13, 1939, an anguished Rabindranath Tagore wrote, “I should only insult myself if I cared to answer those who consider me capable of such unbounded stupidity as to sing in praise of George the Fourth or George the Fifth as the Eternal Charioteer leading the pilgrims on their journey through countless ages of the timeless history of mankind.”
In an interview to Rediff.com, Ranjan Bandyopadhyay, academician, columnist and author of five books on Tagore, on the topic, said – “Tagore in a letter on November 10, 1937 to the bibliographer, editor and annotator of his works, wrote, “A certain high official in His Majesty's service, who was also my friend, had requested that I write a song of felicitation towards the Emperor. The request simply amazed me. It caused a great stir in my heart. In response to that great mental turmoil, I pronounced the victory in Jana Gana Mana of that Bhagya Vidhata (God of Destiny) of India who has from age after age held steadfast the reins of India's chariot through rise and fall, through the straight path and the curved.”
“That Lord of Destiny, that Reader of the Collective Mind of India, that Perennial Guide, could never be George V, George VI, or any other George. Even my official friend understood this about the song. After all, even if his admiration for the crown was excessive, he was not lacking in simple common sense.”
We must also remember that Gurudev Rabindranath gave up his Knighthood as a protest against 1919 Jallianwala Massacre.
The choice of Jana Gana Mana has its own strange reason. To paraphrase Nehru as quoted in a ‘The Quint’ video on this subject – “National Anthem is more important when sung outside India, than in India…. Jana Gana Mana is much better to play on bands and has an energy and movement.” So he persuaded the Constituent Assembly to choose Jana Gana Mana.
I know of no nation who chose a ‘Band worthy’ song over a song of national struggle for independence. But, be as it may be. Fact is we have chosen Jana Gana Mana and we sing it proudly and invest huge emotions in it.
We must recognise the stark reality that Wahhabi Mullahs have the backing of rabidly communal and casteist, so called Secular parties, and supposedly atheist progressive Left. This has emboldened them to play with sentiments of Indians – Hindus, Muslims and all other communities to thumb their nose at the Indian democracy. It will not stop here, make no mistake.
Next will be pressing harder for Shariah. Then, our very nationhood will be challenged with active connivance of Left intellectualism masquerading as Cultural Studies. This bluff must be called. Courageous, patriotic Muslims of India must rise and tell the Mullahs, enough is enough.