JAIPUR: Striking a big controversy, Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh on Wednesday said that the word ‘adhinayaka’ in the national anthem should be replaced with ‘mangal’ as it praises British rule. 

“Jan-Gan-Man adhinayaka jai hey … ‘adhinayaka’ for whom? It praises British rule. It should be amended and replaced by word ‘jan-gan-man mangal gaye’,” Singh stated at the 26th convocation ceremony of the University of Rajasthan. 

Further adding that he respects Rabindranath Tagore, the state Governor added, “The use of word  adhinayaka in the National Anthem should be replaced by ‘mangal’.”

The anthem was composed by Tagore in December 1911 and soon after its release and it sparked controversy over its alleged praises for British rule. However, Tagore himself in a letter to Pulin Behari Sen in 1937 rejected the charge.

Not only this, Singh also added that the word ‘Mahamahim’ or his/her excellence should be dropped as a prefix for the governor and the word ‘mananiye’ be used in its place since a governor is never “mahan” as used since the British period.

The comments from the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister have dropped in days after he compared Maharana Pratap with Mughal Emperor Akbar, saying that the Rajput ruler was “inspirational” to the nation with the suffix “great”. 

In the similar vein, the Governor added that the education department should run courses in which the life of Maharana Pratap and his struggle are specifically highlighted.

“Victoria was not great, it was Jhansi ki Rani who had fought wars. Aurangzeb was not great, it should be Shivaji,” he further remarked.

(With Agency Inputs)

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