Essay

Vande Mataram: Text in Context

Print edition : September 14, 2018

Amit Shah delivering his lecture on Bankimchandra in Kolkata in June. Blaming the Congress for Partition, he said that the decision to truncate the song Vande Mataram led to the division of the country in 1947. Photo: Debashish Bhaduri

Rajendra Prasad, President of the Constituent Assembly, signing the Constitution. On January 24, 1950, he made a statement in the Constituent Assembly that while “Jana Gana Mana” was the national anthem, “Vande Mataram” would be accorded “equal status” with it. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Nirad C. Chaudhuri Photo: The Hindu Archives

Vande Mataram has now emerged as the battle cry of militant Hindutva as the Sangh Parivar discards all veneer of a pluralistic ethos in the nation’s cultural life.
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