Is the National Anthem literally patriotic to India?
By Krish Siem
• Cambridge, England
24 Aug 15
From what I can gather, the Indian National Anthem was adapted in 1950 from a song written in Brahmin in 1911 by the great poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore himself stated specifically, in writing, that the song was dedicated to the Supreme divine God or Para brahman and not to the (then) Emperor, King George V or anything to do with British rule. It certainly cannot possibly refer to the Queen of England because (a) she was not Queen when Tagore wrote the poem/song and (b) she wasn't Queen when the Government adopted the song as the National Anthem in 1950. It is possible (and even likely) that there are people who so hate British rule still that they will see references in every possible thing they can. I feel sorry for them! India has independence and it is time to forget all the bad things about those times - they are in the past and people should move on! Do you still have people complaining about the oppression by the Persians during the Mughal Empire? I think not! Do we, the British, complain about the Romans, the Saxons, the Vikings and the Normans?: I don't hear them!
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