Nov 6, 2009

Vande Mataram and Me


A few days ago... the Jamaat-e-Ulema the body governing Islam courts in India raised a dictat thats its a sin for Muslims to sing Vande Mataram... I always heard this... right from when I was 7 yr old.. Honestly I never understood why... so today I spent time googling around and actually got a translation of the patriotic song from one of the referring lyrics web site...

Here is the translation.. I dont know the authencity.. but I believe it is true..

Translation by Shree Aurobindo

Mother, I bow to thee!
Rich with thy hurrying streams,
bright with orchard gleams,
Cool with thy winds of delight,
Dark fields waving Mother of might,
Mother free.

Glory of moonlight dreams,
Over thy branches and lordly streams,
Clad in thy blossoming trees,
Mother, giver of ease
Laughing low and sweet!
Mother I kiss thy feet,
Speaker sweet and low!
Mother, to thee I bow.

Who hath said thou art weak in thy lands
When the sword flesh out in the seventy million hands
And seventy million voices roar
Thy dreadful name from shore to shore?
With many strengths who art mighty and stored,
To thee I call Mother and Lord!
Though who savest, arise and save!
To her I cry who ever her foeman drove
Back from plain and Sea
And shook herself free.

Thou art wisdom, thou art law,
Thou art heart, our soul, our breath
Though art love divine, the awe
In our hearts that conquers death.
Thine the strength that nervs the arm,
Thine the beauty, thine the charm.
Every image made divine
In our temples is but thine.
Thou art Durga, Lady and Queen,
With her hands that strike and her
swords of sheen,
Thou art Lakshmi lotus-throned,
And the Muse a hundred-toned,
Pure and perfect without peer,
Mother lend thine ear,
Rich with thy hurrying streams,
Bright with thy orchard gleems,
Dark of hue O candid-fair

In thy soul, with jewelled hair
And thy glorious smile divine,
Lovilest of all earthly lands,
Showering wealth from well-stored hands!
Mother, mother mine!
Mother sweet, I bow to thee,
Mother great and free!

Now why is this dictat? and why so much of politics? I really dont understand...whats the harm in Saluting the motherland? whats the harm in praising Motherland? whats the harm in saying that we are proud of you Mother India?

I dont know... now leave the people behind the dictat.. why is it so important for some people to force others to say it when they dont want to? and even they are forced to say that.. does it mean that those people will be trusted? Well Opportunism has taken its place on this topic... and the Vote politics on this can change future for the political parties that are now in disaster state...

Are we Indians ready to let that happen? Hell No... I am happy to sing Vande Mataram, I Like it for various reasons...it gets goose bumps on my body with the first word... I feel proud for my motherland...I like to hear good things about the motherland..

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