news Wednesday, July 08, 2015 - 05:30
A portrait of Rabindranath Tagore; Image source: Wikimedia A battle of linguistics is ongoing between the governors of two states over the national anthem. Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh on Tuesday said that the word "adhinayak" should be removed from the Indian national anthem and be replaced with "mangal", which means well being. Singh, who was addressing the 26th convocation ceremony of Rajasthan University, said that Rabindranath Tagore had praised the ‘angrezi shaasak’ (English ruler) when he wrote "adhinayak jaya ho" in the national anthem, states a report in The Indian Express. “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’," the report quotes Singh as saying. “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,” he added. Tathagata Roy, the governor of Tripura on Wednesday took to Twitter to counter Singh's statements saying there was no need to change the word "adhinayak". A translated version of his tweet, which is in Hindi, reads, "It has been 68 years since our Independence. Why will the British be our masters now? I dont think any changes to the national anthem are correct." कल्याणजी,प्रणाम | ६८ साल हुआ भारत स्वतंत्र हुए, अब हमारे अधिनायक अँगरेज़ क्यों होंगे? राष्ट्रगीतमें किसी भी परिवर्तन उचित नहीं समझता हूँ — Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) July 8, 2015

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