Thursday, September 07, 2006


वन्दे मातरम्

सुजलां सुफलां मलयजशीतलाम्सस्य श्यामलां मातरंम् .

शुभ्र ज्योत्सनाम् पुलकित यामिनीम्फुल्ल कुसुमित द्रुमदलशोभिनीम्,

सुहासिनीं सुमधुर भाषिणीम् .

सुखदां वरदां मातरम् ॥

I bow to thee, Mother,

richly-watered, richly-fruited,

cool with the winds of the south,

dark with the crops of the harvests,

The Mother!

Her nights rejoicing in the glory of the moonlight,

her lands clothed beautifully with her trees in flowering bloom,

sweet of laughter, sweet of speech,

The Mother, giver of boons, giver of bliss.

In the annals of history, these will remain the most effective 6 lines that galvanized an entire nation,some 500 million people and shook the British raj so much that they found ways and means to add communal color to these lines and imposed a ban.

Today we are 100 years hence..fighting whether to sing those lines..whether our religion would accept those lines…..adding communal color to this….and happily letting the fundamentalists have their say……

I will once again be called a communal after this…I am the least worried for I believe some things are beyond religion..they transcend all boundaries…they find their place in peoples hearts…vandemataram is one such……

What is wrong if you equate nation with mother?…after all it is your mother that is the very reason for your existence..what is wrong if you call this nation BHARAT MATA?

You had no problem when you sing and dance to A R Rehman’s vandemataram….why is the problem now?

The congress has started its dirty politics again…BJP for its part is adding to the politics….You will never let this nation grow out of these narrow barriers…..

There are mullahs,imams issuing fatwas…..for what…if some muslim sings,will he cease to be a muslim?

If there are issues with the song that it is about hindu be it….i have no problems in reciting the gayantri mantra or a verse from Quran if it symbolises nationalism…if it can galvanize an entire nation…..

I am angry.. I am frustrated…I am fed up……but there are some things that give you solace…..i will recite vandemataram in the peak of my voice…till my voice breaks down….to remember those who gave their lives for us…for us to live happily today with all our comforts ....

VANDEMATARAM… word…one mantra…that is more powerful than a nuclear bomb…remember those who gave their lives for u…

Celebrate the spirit of freedom struggle…live in the moment…..

with tears in my eyes.....



Supriya B said...

A few days back, I ran through an article on this in one of the maganizes here in US..I was soooooo disappointed to see that!!..I strongly believe some things are above religion!! Nationalism in one way be related to Religion!! Sad!! Felt very happy to see your blog!!..Inspiring!! keep the good work!!

Anonymous said...

I share your feelings, I am aghast and frustrated. Those who talk crap should be out of the country.

Rakesh said...

thanks..atleast we agree on this!!!

Ramya said...

U share my view..:P..hmm this shud be understud by every politician or can better say every individual.The cause for all rivaliries is religion!!then comes caste separation nd blah blah..hmm good to see ppl who think alike..