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.