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It is said that Vande Mataram was not taken as national anthem primarily for difficulties of musical notes.
Can you please explain this for layman ?

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Asked by Prakash Chandra, 09 Jul '10 07:25 am
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Vande Mataram was rejected on the grounds that Muslims, Christians, Parsis, Sikhs, Arya Samajis and others who opposed idol worship felt offended by its depiction of the nation as "Mother Durga", a Hindu goddess. Muslims also felt that its origin as part of Anandamatha, a novel they felt had an anti-Muslim message.
The designation as "national song" predates independence, dating to 1937. At this date, the Indian National Congress discussed at length the status of the song. It was pointed out then that though the first two stanzas began with an unexceptionable evocation of the beauty of the motherland, in later stanzas there are references where the motherland is likened to the Hindu goddess Durga. Therefore, INC decided to adopt only the first two stanzas as the national song.
The controversy becomes more complex in the light of Rabindranath Tagore's rejection of the song as one that would unite all communities in India. In his letter to Subhash Chandra Bose (1937), Rabindranath wrot ...more
Answered by joyesh chakraborty, 12 Jul '10 12:35 pm

 
  
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Prakash though I am not equipped about the historical background on placing Vandemataaram as National Song than National Anthem.. but I wud like to answer this on the basis of Logic / reasoning .

VandeMatarm is an Appreciation to the Mother Land.. It creates Faithfulness, committment towards the Motherland.. It is nothing but a Worshipping Motherland..

Whereas JanaGana Mana is a National Anthem it includes the Geographical Entiety of the Country and it binds all the Political (States), Physical (rives, montains etc) and People.. THIS SIGNIFIES A NATION.. and this makes National Anthem..

Thanks for the wonderful question.
Answered by Sharmila Bose, 09 Jul '10 09:11 am

 
  
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Well i wasn't born then... so i really don't know anything about the shenanigans that went on at that time to reject Vande Mataram.
Answered by joyoti sen, 09 Jul '10 10:17 pm

 
  
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It has nothing to do with any difficulty with musical notes. Vende Matram was basically written as a song to be sung, by Bakim Chnadra in his novel Ananada Math. The story of Ananda Math relates to a sanyasi movement to over throw the Muslim invaders from the country. Since the background of the song was revolutionary and anti Mogul in nature backed by hatred for enemy, it was not acceptable to some people. Jana Gana Mana on the other hand was a song written by Tagore to Welcome King George on his visit to India. It was a song written to welcome a person into the country in spite of the person being the King of the Occupying nation. The essence of Jana Gana Mana is love, where as Essence of Vende Matram is revolution. Since India was planning for a nation of Peaceful coexistent, Jana Gana Mana got the nod over Vande Matram as the National Anthem and Vende Matra was accepted as National Song. If musical note was the issue than Vende Matram could not have even become National Song.
Answered by Shyam, 09 Jul '10 12:59 pm

 
  
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Really speaking we were united against Britishers by singing VANDE MATARAM but because Muslims have expressed their reservations against this great national song Nehru proposed JANAGANA MANA as national antham which was made to accept unianimously . Jana gana mana contains the name Sind- which is Pakistan
Answered by SREENIVAS, 09 Jul '10 11:51 am

 
  
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Layman always seeks an excuse of not doing any thing ......,though serious

in those days...........there was no A.R. RAHMAN type musician,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,to compose vande matram

more over ...........no gammy awards were distributed ...for best musicians..........
music was not life then...as everybody only wanted independence
nobody took so serious note.................AS YOU DID
Answered by anushka desai, 11 Jul '10 08:56 am

 
  
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To be honest i feel vande maataram is far more meaningful,patriotic, rich in literature and musical than jana gana mana. ( one line in jana gana mana when sung gives an all together different and not so good meaning in telugu). while jana gana mana defines the country's skeleton ,vande maataram defines the soul of india.
Answered by Haalayudha Dattuni, 10 Jul '10 09:43 pm

 
  
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Understandably, there could be other reasons
Answered by anil garg, 10 Jul '10 01:48 am

 
  
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Vande mataram was rejected to be National Anthem ..

because of the several reasons .. If you say its because of MUSICAL NOTE then I have to focus on this fact too ..

because as per the fact I know .. it was because of the author Arbindo Ghosh's image on Muslim and other religion people..

they hard protested this song because .. of his novel "Anand Math" which according to them had passed an anti-muslim message..

not only Muslim but also all other religions like cristians, sikh, Parsi, etc .. because the picturization of the song made by the RABINDRANATH TAGORE was MAA DURGA having 10 hands .. each having different AYUDHAAs in each of the arms ..
Rabindranath Tagore had written this letter to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in 1937. This letter created more complexity in controversy at the time of nomination of National Anthem.. ...more
Answered by ajooba, 10 Jul '10 12:49 am

 
  
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The present anthem is sung in the honour of the King of England (_not the queen) perhaps George V, is the opinion of some people on the words "bharat bhagya vidhata" hence was accepted due to slave mentality at that time; who knows? Neither the composer is there nor those who approved of it.
It appears that it is the prayer to the Goddess and it does not become a prayer to the nation. But the idea of vande matram is apparent in the song itself. We treat our place of birth as mother land, and as a mother she is praise worthy; also the words Sujalam, Suphalam, depict the sense that the mother land has pure water, bears fruits, there blows the breeze that hails from the Malay mountain etc. These aspect were not taken care of. Perhaps it was full of Sanskrit words. But almost all Indian languages owe in their sublimity to the Sanskrit as the root of all of them. There might have been some political philosophy that prevented the erstwhile politicians from accepting it. Otherwise this pray ...more
Answered by Om Shrivastava, 10 Jul '10 12:42 am

 
  
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