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Adhinayak is angrez, drop it from anthem: Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh

"I have got full faith and respect for Rabindranath Tagore, but national anthem's 'adhinayak' word should be replaced by 'mangal'," the Rajasthan Governor said.

By: Express News Service | Jaipur | Updated: July 8, 2015 9:24 am
Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh. (Source: PTI) Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh. (Source: PTI)

Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh at the 26th convocation ceremony of Rajasthan University said on Tuesday that Rabindranath Tagore while writing the national anthem had praised the ‘angrezi shaasak’ (English ruler) by writing ‘adhinayak jai ho’ and it is about time that this be amended.

Adding to the clamour of relegating rulers like Akbar, Singh on Tuesday insisted that it was Rani Jhansi who was great and not Queen Victoria.

Singh had raised the issue at a recent function to felicitate donors in the field of education and reiterated his demand on Tuesday before a massive gathering at the convocation ceremony. He suggested that instead of praising the ‘adhinayak’ the word should be replaced by ‘mangal’.

“Jan gan man adhinayak jai ho kiske liye hai? It is to praise the ‘angrezi shaasak’…the British. It is about time that it amended and replaced by ‘jan gan man mangal gaye’. I do have full faith in Rabindranath Tagore and respect him but still feel the national anthem should drop the word ‘adhinayak’,” Singh said. “Similarly words like ‘mahamahim’ or his or her excellency should not be used any longer because no one is ‘mahan’. These were used during the British rule.”

Singh’s demand comes in the wake of a controversy stirred by Primary Education Minister Vasudev Devnani, a prominent RSS face in the state government, who had said that school textbooks in the state are being re-written relegating foreign rulers and personalities and with more focus on indigenous figures such as Maharana Pratap and Aryabhata.

As for the use of ‘mahamahim’ Singh’s predecessor Margaret Alva too had done away with the usage of ‘her excellency’ during her tenure, calling it archaic.

The Rajasthan University convocation ceremony that gave out 25 lakh degrees pending over the past 25 years ran into a controversy as the Opposition Congress protested against the preferential treatment to BJP and RSS leaders attending the function. Congress state unit spokesperson Archana Sharma said that by inviting RSS and BJP leaders to the podium to hand out degrees is condemnable.

“Those with affiliations to the Congress party were not invited to the ceremony nor were they given their degrees or medals. Educational institutes and ceremonies should not be politicized,” she added.

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  1. Sanjay Agarwal
    Aug 7, 2016 at 1:32 pm
    The TIMING of this comment, a week before Independence Day, is deplorable.
    1. S
      Subodh Kumar
      Aug 8, 2016 at 2:12 am
      Time and again ,this comes up ,confusing the younger generations. When they dig the history,it supports it. A serious thought should be given to it . The real Adhinaayak in democratic India, is the people of India, the real rulers and they decide the fate. Adhinaayak may be replaced by " jan bhaarat". has meaning and rhymes well.
      1. A
        Jul 7, 2015 at 7:59 pm
        Mr.kalyan Singh asking the most stupid thing. The word Adhinayak is ,I think for father of nation hiji. And most of the indian know that the respect Rss has for him .
        1. I
          Jul 7, 2015 at 6:17 pm
          Once again, our politicians are indulging in the age old strategy of throwing up straw men (i.e. distractions) instead of focusing on development. This is a symptom of them sitting in AC rooms, fattening themselves on public dime and forgetting the common woman outside. Here is the plea to politicians: focus on good governance and infrastructure development. Do not indulge in revisionist histories. Do not divide India anymore on religious or communal basis. India has always been a land of immigrants: From the first wave of humans from Africa to the refugees from our neighbours today. Our strength is in our plurality.
          1. R
            Jul 8, 2015 at 7:19 pm
            Jan GAn MAn Idi Amin Jaya hai
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