More than a decade and a half ago, the great patriot, national leader and close associate of Mahatma Gandhi in India’s freedom struggle, Acharya J.B. Kripalani, wrote a Foreword to this Sadhu’s maiden work, Vande Mataram, which also happened to be the maiden publication of Sister Nivedita Academy. The Acharya wrote:
“Sri V. Rangarajan has done some original work in giving the history of our National Anthem, Vande Mataram. It was necessary because thousands of our pre-independence patriots had to suffer grievously in uttering and singing this song which before independence was considered the National Anthem. Some of them lost their lives for singing this song. Every patriot from Khudiram Bose to Bhagat Singh and Rajguru died with the mantram of Vande Mataram on their lips. It had become spontaneously the National Anthem adopted by the mass of our people.
“It is therefore strange that after independence instead of this anthem, the present one, Janaganamana by our great poet Rabindranath Tagore, suddenly came to be recognized as our National Anthem. The adoption of a national song was never considered as it ought to have been by the Constituent Assembly. It was only announced by Rajendra Babu, the first President of our Republic. National Anthems are not adopted by the nation like that. They are to be recognized by the people. Even as it is, only the first two paragraphs of Vande Mataram are sung. The rest of it is omitted, the reason obviously being that the Muslims objected to the mention of the Indian goddesses in the song though every goddess is the personification of some divine virtues and all this is explained in the song itself. Even now it will be desirable to have Vande Mataram as the National Anthem along with Janaganamana. Also the whole song must be sung, because the portions that are left out express the most beautiful and poetic sentiments about the Motherland”
Recently this Immortal National Song of Rishi Bankim Chandra Chatterji, recognized by the Government as well as the people of Indian Republic as National Anthem equal to Janaganamana, was blatantly dishonoured when the proposal to sing it in the beginning of the Parliament session was dropped obviously due to the opposition of the so-called “Secularist” politicians who considered the song as so outrageous as to wound the feelings of a particular community who could not keep the nation about their religion and adore the Motherland as equal to or greater than God. But these very same politicians want the majority community to uphold the so-called “Secular values” enshrined in the Constitution and keep the Constitution above Dharma. For them, the act of some angry youth who pulled down a disputed structure is a matter of “national dishonor:, while the objection of the elected representatives of the people to sing the National Song in the Indian Parliament is not a “national dishonor”! Do we have double standards in our country or don’t we have any standards at all? Who will answer?
Jananee janmabhoomischa Swargaadapi gareeyasi
“Mother and the Motherland are more sacred than the Heavens!” – Lord Sri Rama
Author: Professor Sadhu Rangarajan