1. Rajasthan guv wants ‘adhinayaka’ removed from national anthem

Rajasthan guv wants ‘adhinayaka’ removed from national anthem

Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh today stoked a controversy by saying that the word 'adhinayaka' in the national anthem should be replaced with 'mangal' as it praises British rule.

By: | Published: July 7, 2015 9:56 PM

Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh today stoked a controversy by saying that the word ‘adhinayaka’ in the national anthem should be replaced with ‘mangal’ as it praises British rule.

“Jan-Gan-Man adhinayaka jai hey… ‘adhinayaka’ for whom? It praises British rule. It should be amended and replaced by word ‘jan-gan-man mangal gaye’,” he said at the 26th convocation ceremony of the University of Rajasthan.

“I have got respect for Rabindranath Tagore, but national anthem’s ‘adhinayaka’ word should be replaced by ‘mangal’,” he said.

Soon after the poem was composed by Tagore in December, 1911, it had sparked a debate whether it contained praise of the British rule. However, Tagore himself in a letter to Pulin Behari Sen in 1937 rejected the charge.

In a similar vein, Singh said that the term ‘Mahamahim’, or his or her excellency, should be dropped as a prefix for the governor and the word ‘mananiye’ be used in its place since a governor is never “mahan” as used since the British period.

The comments by Singh, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, come days after he compared Maharana Pratap with Mughal Emperor Akbar, saying that the Rajput ruler was “inspirational” to the nation with the suffix “great”.

Reiterating those views today, the governor said that the education department should run courses in which Maharana Pratap’s life and his struggle are specifically highlighted.

“Victoria was not great, it was Jhansi ki Rani who had fought wars. Aurangzeb was not great, it should be Shivaji,” he further remarked.

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    ramesh
    Jul 9, 2015 at 9:30 am
    Kalyan should have suggested that the entire present national anthem be replaced by vande Mataram.
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      gargee
      Jul 8, 2015 at 7:03 am
      What is controversial about this? Adhinayak refers to some english, we need to change. We need to give up ALL the things forced on us and brainwashed by British so that we can get back to our glorious days prior to colonization. World is afraid that India may get back to its past glory and that is why this westernization and poo-poohing of anything natively Indian is going on in our media
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        t p
        Jul 8, 2015 at 8:58 am
        Mr Kalyan Singh is very right. History should be properly taught to the citizens. Necessary corrections must be made .
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          GV Vishwas
          Jul 8, 2015 at 6:16 pm
          Kalyan singh is a bloody fool. Adhinayak means the ruler. This Adhinayak( leader) rules the jangan ( refers to indian people) and man ( the minds of course of indian people). This means that indians will do anything for this country whenever asked for.
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