The Jana Gana Mana Controversy…

A friend forwarded me the following email with the words “What say?”:

This is interesting……

“Jana Gana Mana” – Just a thought for the National Anthem! How well do you know about it?

I have always wondered who is the “adhinayak” and “bharat bhagya vidhata”, whose praise we are singing.. I thought might be Motherland India ! Our current National Anthem “Jana Gana Mana” is sung throughout the country. [SNIP!]

OKAY! You know what follows! This email forward has been doing rounds for quite a bit now, and keeps cropping up in our inbox every once in a while…

So I thought I would just re-post what I wrote on the Jana Gana Mana controversy way back in November 2004:
Of Songs, Anthem, and controversies…

I hope it will catch the attention of some of my friends who missed it earlier, and give them a thought before they encourage this misinformation campaign with another forward!

Nakul