Date: 28 Apr 2011


Only those who hate their MOTHER will not say AKHAND BHARAT that was our patriotic call until the MUTILATION of our sacred Land in 1947.\\\\\\\\\\\\\ But we as honorable and proud nation should not dump that patriotic call till LAHORE and DELHI are under ONE flag of HINDUSTHAN where the national anthem will be VANDE MATARAM. In the meantime we need to idenfify our ENEMIES and deal with them accordingly in order to ensure peace in our Land. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ =========== \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Only those who hate their MOTHER will not say "VANDE MATARAM". It is a slogan of Pride and every one must great each other with "VANDE MATARAM" --------------\\\\\\\------------------------------------------------------------------ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Vande Mataram's second coming\\\\\\\\\\ Author: Akshaya Mukul\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Publication: The Times of India\\\\\\\ Date: April 17, 2011\\\\\\\\\\\\ URL: \\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Vande Mataram echoed throughout the five days of Anna Hazare's fast at Jantar Mantar and elsewhere, wherever his supporters had assembled in different parts of the country. It was as if the slogan culled from Bankimchandras novel Anandmath had brought the angst-ridden middle class together across the nation, something that Vande Mataram, often could not achieve at the height of the national movement. \\\\\\\\\\\\ Are we witnessing a new kind of nationalism or have the controversies surrounding Vande Mataram in the past did not bother the 21st century civil society groups and their middle class supporters? Invocation of Vande Mataram -- Tagore called it swadeshi atma -- during partition of Bengal evoked a strong response from Muslim League who saw in it a reflection of militant Hindu nationalism. \\\\\\\\\\\\ Muslim League president bluntly said at the Amritsar session in 1906, ``I ask the architects of Indian nationalism, both in Calcutta and in Poona, do they expect the Musalmans of India to accept Vande Mataram and the Shivaji celebration?'' \\\\\\\\\\\\ Since then popularization of Vande Mataram and the final decision-making on the national flag happened simultaneously. The first flag, credited to Sachindra Prasad Bose, secretary of Anti-Circular Society was a red, saffron, green tricolour. The topmost band carried eight white lotuses while in the middle band, the words Vande Mataram was inscribed in Devnagari script. The versions of the flag made famous by Sister Nivedita and Bhikaji Cama both had Van de Mataram on them. \\\\\\\\\\\\ But the slogan failed to find pan-Indian acceptance. During the Constituent Assembly debates, Vande Mataram was turned into the national song and Jana Gana Mana accepted as the national anthem. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Historian Sumit Sarkar, among the first to write on Swadeshi movement, feels that the connotations of Vande Mataram have not changed. ``It was a nationalist slogan but also seen as a communal war cry,'' he says. Such sloganeering and growth of personality cult as seen around Hazare, Sarkar says, have dangerous implications for democracy.\\\\\\\\\\ Social psychologist Ashis Nandy has a different take. He calls it ``conspicuous nationalism''. He says, ``It is an easy way of making peace with yourself. You feel you are doing something for the country.'' Nandy does not buy the communal angle associated with Vande Mataram. ``Muslims also enjoyed it during the national movement,'' he says. In fact, Asaf Ali after the Calcutta session of Congress said about Vande Mataram, ``The strains of the chorus and the band rose and filled the air. It was a moment of soul stirring solemnity. My eyes filled with tears. I was also a note in this grand orchestration of human aspiration.''\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Historian Ramchandra Guha and sociologist Shiv Viswanathan would also not like to ascribe any communal motive to the public rendition of Vande Mataram. Viswanathan says, ``Vande Mataram is mnemonic. It invokes memories of the past. Most of them who use it now do not even know the larger connotations and history of the slogan.'' \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ 000000000