Busting One Of The Oldest Myths About ‘Jana Gana Mana’

Our National Anthem has always become a victim of various myths.

Jana Gana Mana, Tagore, India, National Anthem, George the Fourth

India is a country known for its unity in diversity. No matter how different our cultures are but when it comes to our country we all are one and one of the many threads which tie us with each other is our National Anthem.

We all know that our National Anthem is written by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and it was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 24th January 1950, but very few of us know that our Anthem was originally written in the Bengali language. The song was first sung on December 27, 1911.

Our National Anthem has always become a victim of various myths. One of the oldest was that Jana Gana Mana was written and composed by Tagore to praise George the Fourth, who visited India in 1911. With the letter written by Tagore on 19 March 1939, the above statement was proved false. Tagore wrote a letter to Pulin Behari Sen saying, "I should only insult myself if I cared to answer those who consider me capable of such unbounded stupidity as to sing in praise of George the Fourth or George the Fifth as the Eternal Charioteer leading the pilgrims on their journey through countless ages of the timeless history of mankind. That pretty much explains it."

Indian National Anthem is a source of pride for all Indians. Take out a few seconds from your time and sing our National Anthem with the future of India.

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Sumaiya Sheikh (WRITER)

Sumaiya believes in expressing her thoughts with the sword of words. This management lover handled 30 and 100 volunteers for All India Interschool Personality Contest in 2013 & 2016 respectively, by Oxford Speakers’ Academy. A chatterbox, she also hosted three shows at All India Radio. This compotator represented KKSU in the inter-university debate competition - Indradhanushya.