First Vandematram,Now Jana Gana Mana, What next Tricolour to green flag?

published on January 11, 2010

Parameswaran writes to Dr Singh National anthem insulted at PM functions

By S Chandrasekhar

First it was the turn of ‘Vande Matharam’. Now ‘Jana Gana Mana’ is being targeted.

The Prime Minister Dr. Man Mohan Singh was in Thiruvananthapuram on January 3 to inaugurate the 97th Indian Science Congress. Leading Indian Scientists from all over the globe, International Scientists and Nobel Prize Winners attended the inaugural meet. The Prime Minister also attended two other functions including that of Kerala Pradesh Congress.

But in all the three functions, the National Anthem was neither played nor sung. As per protocol the National Anthem is necessarily played at the end of functions attended by President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Ministers, Governor etc. As per media reports the ‘PMO’ had directed the function organisers not to play the national Anthem, since it was not getting due respect in many ceremonies!

RSS ideologue and Bharateeya Vicharam Kendram Director Padmasri P. Parameswaran has sent a letter to the PM stating that the move was shocking to any person with national esteem and feelings.

“It is difficult to comprehend that the audience comprising of national leaders, prominent citizens, scientists from all over the globe and elite citizens of Kerala will not give consideration and importance to the National Anthem. This is an insult to National Anthem and citizens at large. I join lakhs of Keralites and patriots to record strong protest in this breach of tradition,” he wrote.

BJP President P.K Krishnadas has also protested against the blackout of ‘Vande Matheram’ and ‘Jana Gana Mana’. He asked whether Congress’s 125 year old history will be complete without both these immortal songs.

If this trend continues to please secularists and Jehadis, the National Tri-colour may soon be a thing of the past, with a green flag replacing it. ‘Jai Hind’ will also be dumped into the Arabian Sea. Jai Jai secularism!

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