The meaning of jana gana mana

 

The meaning of Jana Gana Mana: There has been an uproar over singing the National Anthem before every movie show and people being compelled to stand up when the Jana Gana is being sung. To begin with,Jana Gana Mana, was written by Rabindranath Tagore in honour of King George V and the Queen of England when they visited India in 1911. To honour their visit, Pandit Motilal Nehru had five stanzas included that are in praise of the King and Queen.

 

The Jana Gana anthem means:

 

you are the ruler of the minds of all people,

Dispenser of India’s destiny.

Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sindh,

Gujarat and Maratha,

Of the Dravida, Orissa and Bengal;

It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,

mingles in the music of Yamuna Ganges and is

chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea.

They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise.

The saving of all people waits in thy hand,

Thou dispenser of India’s destiny.

victory forever.

 

Now I wonder whom we are honoring when we stand up for the Jana Gana Mana – India or the king and/or queen of England!!

There are millions of Indians who do not understand the meaning of the Jana Gana anthem. How can they respect a song they cannot understand?

 

(Replace it with Vande maataram song. -skanda987)

 

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