Do you know these facts, related to our national anthem ‘Jan Gan Man’?
No matter how urban our culture has gone or how irresponsible our generation is called, when we listen to our national anthem ‘Jan Gan Man’ at sports events, cinema halls, school there is a magical energy that runs through the body, which makes us feel special and blessed to be born in a country like India. As the republic day is just two weeks away, I am in a full patriotic mood. Yes, I know you too.
I am sure you do not know these national anthem facts.
The Controversial History of National Anthem
The national anthem of our country, which fills our heart with great patriotism was written by the most popular poet in Bengali. Most of the part of ‘Jan Gan Man’ is influenced by Sanskrit words. Many people do not know that the biggest controversy related to it is that the anthem was written to praise George the fourth in 1911, which later clarified in a statement by Tagore.
“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. That pretty much explains it” said Rabindra Ji on the national anthem controversy.
Did you Know This?
The full version of our national anthem is sung by English composer Herbert Murrill on request of Nehru with orchestral adaption and music.
What Our law Says
remember when a group of people was asked to leave the cinema hall as they were sitting during the national anthem? Our law has made it mandatory to stand for the national anthem no matter what!
Under the section 3 of the prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, “whoever intentionally prevents the singing of the Indian National Anthem or causes disturbances to any assembly engaged in such singing shall be punished with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.”
Composed by Rabindranath Tagore on 11 December 1911, the Indian national anthem ‘Jan Gan Man’ takes 52 seconds to be sung formally.
Now that you know so much about the national anthem, you can proudly teach others to respect and enjoy the national anthem whenever it is played. Just like our national flag, our history, and rich heritage, the national anthem deserves all the respect without being forced.
Recently, SC has taken back the order of playing national anthem in cinema halls as a mandatory process. Now it is an optional decision for cinema hall owners, which is good in a way as many people do not stand up while playing the national anthem.
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