Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Vande Mataram!


'Vande Mataram' were the two words which the British government was afraid of most. It was a song of millions during the fight for independence. This is the same song which is being dragged into contrversies again and again after independence.

There are three sides of the issue-

1.Are we showing enough respect to our National Song? Does the singing Vande Mataram really breaches Religious Freedom?

2.Or Why should the singing of Vande Mataram be made compulsory? can that be the criterion for judging one's patriotism?

3.Is today's India- all of us-not being able to come out of old issues and move forward?

Join the debate with your constructive comments...

7 comments:

Suresh said...

सक्‍तीने 'वंदे-मातरम' म्‍हणावयास लावणे योग्‍य नाही. कोणतीहि प़ाथँना ऐछ्‍कि असावी.

Suresh said...

BJP request to sing Vande Mataram in Parliament. Compound rejected
New Delhi, Aug 30: Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has turned down the BJP's request to allow 200 Muslims from its minority cell to sing Vande Mataram in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue in the Parliament compound.

"The permission is not forthcoming," BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.

The party, which announced Vande Mataram as its key election issue in Uttar Pradesh, had last week spelled out plans to hold a rendition of the national song by 200 Muslims in the Parliament complex.

The party leadership also made a written request to the Speaker to allow it to hold the event.

"Now we also think since the permission is not forthcoming, we have dropped the plan. The singing of the national song by the Muslims will not be a segregated event and instead will be held as part of the party's nationwide programme on September 7," Prasad said today. --- PTI

Harshad said...

सुजलां सुफलां मलयजशीतलाम् शस्य श्यामलां मातरं .

शुभ्र ज्योत्स्न पुलकित यामिनीम फुल्ल कुसुमित द्रुमदलशोभिनीम्, सुहासिनीं सुमधुर भाषिणीम् .

सुखदां वरदां मातरम् .. वन्दे मातरम्

सप्त कोिट कन्ठ कलकल िननाद कराले िद्वसप्त कोिट भुजैध्रुत खरकरवाले के बोले मा तुमी अबले बहुबल धािरणीं नमािम तािरणीम् रिपुदलवािरणीं मातरम् ..
वन्दे मातरम्

तुिम िवद्या तुिम धर्म, तुिम हृिद तुिम मर्म त्वं िह प्राणाः शरीरे बाहुते तुिम मा शिक्त, हृदये तुिम मा भिक्त, तोमारै प्रितमा गिड मंिदरे मंिदरे .. वन्दे मातरम्

त्वं िह दुर्गा दशप्रहरणधािरणी कमला कमलदल िवहािरणी वाणी िवद्यादाियनी, नमािम त्वाम् नमािम कमलां अमलां अतुलाम् सुजलां सुफलां मातरम् .. वन्दे मातरम्

श्यामलां सरलां सुिस्मतां भूिषताम् धरणीं भरणीं मातरम् .. वन्दे मातरम्

The following is a translation of the song by Sri Aurobindo:

Mother, I bow to thee!
Rich with thy hurrying streams,
bright with orchard gleams,
Cool with thy winds of delight,
Green fields waving Mother of might,
Mother free.

Glory of moonlight dreams,
Over thy branches and lordly streams,
Clad in thy blossoming trees,
Mother, giver of ease
Laughing low and sweet!
Mother I kiss thy feet,
Speaker sweet and low!
Mother, to thee I bow.

Who hath said thou art weak in thy lands
When the sword flesh out in the seventy million hands
And seventy million voices roar
Thy dreadful name from shore to shore?
With many strengths who art mighty and stored,
To thee I call Mother and Lord!
Though who savest, arise and save!
To her I cry who ever her foeman drove
Back from plain and Sea
And shook herself free.

Thou art wisdom, thou art law,
Thou art heart, our soul, our breath
Though art love divine, the awe
In our hearts that conquers death.
Thine the strength that nervs the arm,
Thine the beauty, thine the charm.
Every image made divine
In our temples is but thine.

Thou art Durga, Lady and Queen,
With her hands that strike and her
swords of sheen,
Thou art Lakshmi lotus-throned,
And the Muse a hundred-toned,
Pure and perfect without peer,
Mother lend thine ear,
Rich with thy hurrying streams,
Bright with thy orchard gleems,
Dark of hue O candid-fair

In thy soul, with jewelled hair
And thy glorious smile divine,
Loveliest of all earthly lands,
Showering wealth from well-stored hands!
Mother, mother mine!
Mother sweet, I bow to thee,
Mother great and free!

Now going by the very inspiring meaning of this great patriotic songs, how can one think on a limited biased views??

Those who do not have respect for Bharat and its general constitution, dont care of equality and unity and progress are fit to be treated as traitors.

Has the government lost its head just as the current nonsense TV media??

How dare can someone challenge the sentiments of millions of Indians, for whom this wasent just only a song, it was their mission to worship the land and bring it up as a major strong force in world politics.

There is no greater god then the country itself, there is no religion greater then patriotism, and I think that Vande Mataram gives one the momentum to charge up and do good things for the betterment of country and society.

Even AR Rahmans and Lata Mangeshkars 'Vande Mataram' songs are motivating.

Youth of the country, stay prepared for a new moment in which we all will have a chance to build a strong Bharat, a country full of pride and respect for the motherland.

वन्दे मातरम

Harshad Joshi said...

Dr Rajendra Prasad, who was presiding the Constituent Assembly on January 24 1950, made the following statement which was also adopted as the final decision on the issue:

The composition consisting of words and music known as Jana Gana Mana is the National Anthem of India, subject to such alterations as the Government may authorise as occasion arises, and the song Vande Mataram, which has played a historic part in the struggle for Indian freedom, shall be honored equally with Jana Gana Mana and shall have equal status with it. (Applause) I hope this will satisfy members. (Constituent Assembly of India, Vol.XII, 24-1-1950)

I think this is more then enough...

Sujai Karampuri said...

I believe that singing such National songs and following such symbols should be voluntary. Making it mandatory will be counter-productive. I have more thoughts on this at:
http://sujaiblog.blogspot.com/2006/09/on-singing-vande-mataram.html
Sujai

Anonymous said...

According to me, nothing should be made compulsary at all. The feeling should come from within. If it does not, only uttering the specific words without meaning them is totally useless. We can always try and create an awareness about the greatness of the song, but making it compulsary unnecessarily increases resistance

harekrishnaji said...

This is a fine example of how politicians creates controversies and make use of it for their own political gain. When they cannot resolve basic issues those affects the human life, they try to divert the mind of flock by way of the emotional blackmailing.

I am sorry to say that we are not even showing proper respect to our National Anthem. Recently there was ruling in the Court of Law on remaining seated at the time of the playing of the national anthem and not rising up and standing in attention position to mark respect at a function.
Patriotism denotes positive and supportive attitudes to a nation by individuals and groups. Patriotism has connotations of self-sacrifice, implying that the individual should place the interests of the nation, and common good of its political community, above their personal and group interests. Patriotism is something that cannot be measured. It is as varied and as unique as the number of individuals in the country. Patriotism cannot be forced upon people, It has to be instilled.
Even in 21st century, we not successfully provided basis necessities like Food, Water, Shelter, Education, Health facilities, Infrastructure etc to human race which is the most intelligent on the earth. We are still talking about resolving it. Why we cannot tackle those problems instead of wasting national energy on emotions and feelings?
Are we still living in old era? Yes. Why we cannot come out of it? Is it that we do not want to or we are not trying hard? To quote a small example with due respects, we still read and talk a lot in Newspapers about leaders, classical singers, of the last generation, but how about the young generation who are making history? When would we come to know about them? We are still doing so many things which are of no relevant just because of our forefathers were doing. We never ask WHY? As time passes we change, we leave behind old ideas, ways, adopts modern things. However it happening automatically over a period of time without much thought. As a society we should have debate on the outdated issues and then decide to drop, what are not relevant in the present situation.