When I asked to some of children, “Why should we play National Anthem during parades, before starting of any game etc??” I really surprised on their replies. Herewith I am adding some replies including my views also.
The sense of connection with the past is very strong and the national anthem is a reminder of that. It says, how its country would depend on many factors including the history, struggle for independence or other wars, their heroes, religious views, and so forth at the time the song was written. It aims at bringing out feelings of national pride or patriotism like its nation’s flag does. Think about the situation during any game like Olympics, FIFA or World Cup Cricket. I really surprised after seeing the opening strands of ‘Jana Gana Mana’ started to play at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium on Saturday before the final world cup 2011 match between India and Sri Lanka, a nation rose to its feet and life came to standstill for a minute across the country. It was a moment like no other for every Indian, going into a big ticket game against a seemingly unbeatable side. Shop owners rose behind their cash counters, people inside offices took away from their keypads, motorists halted by the roadside, people in front of TV suddenly stopped roaring for around one minute (52 seconds). From being relegated to a routine exercise at Independence Day and Republic Day functions at schools and colleges, the national anthem has, all of a sudden, become a rallying point and a symbol of hope for millions of Indians, in their show of intense patriotism.
Indian National Anthem
The song Jana Gana Mana, composed by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, was adopted by the Constituent Assembly as the National Anthem of India on 24 January 1950.
Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka, jaya he
Tava shubha name jage
Tava shubha ashish maange
Gahe tava jaya-gatha
Jana-gana-mangala-dayaka jaya he
Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he
Jaya jaya jaya, jaya he !
The following is Tagore’s English rendering of this stanza:
Thou art the rulers of the minds of all people,
dispenser of India’s destiny.
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind, Gujarat and Maratha,
Of the Dravida and Orissa and Bengal;
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
mingles in the music of Yamuna and
Ganga 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, victory, victory to thee.