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The hidden truth about the Indian National anthem!!!

Updated on August 3, 2011

Do you know the truth behind Indian national anthem?

I was totally shocked when i read this mail. I got a forward mail from my friend saying that our national anthem, which every Indian is still singing, was actually written in praise of George V and the Queen of England. I searched in Google about this immediately and was shocked even more to know that it was the truth.

Translation of our National anthem:



The following is Tagore’s English rendering of the anthem :

Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,


dispenser of India’s destiny.


Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind,


Gujarat and Maratha,


Of the Dravida and Orissa and Bengal;


It echoes in the hills of the Vindyas and Himalayas,


mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges and is


chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea.


They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise.


The saving of all people waits in thy hand,


thou dispenser of India’s destiny.


Victory, victory, victory to thee.


The Truth:

The National anthem written in Bengali by Rabindranath tagore, was originally composed in honor of George V and the Queen of England when they visited India in 1919. The original version consisted of five stanzas,out of which the first stanza was selected as the national anthem.

Moreover, only the provinces like Punjab,Sindh,Gujarat,Maratha were mentioned because they were under the British rule. All other parts of India like Rajasthan, Kashmir, Andhra, Mysore , kerala were left out as they were under the Portuguese rule at that time.


I also saw in another site that the next stanza in the original version was,


"Aha Raha Thava Aahwaana Prachaaritha Sunidhava Hudhaara Vaanee

Oh.... OUR ... Great .. Emperor (George V I)... we are lucky to have you as our Ruler... You are adding Luck to us.

Hindhu Boudha Sikha Jaina Paara-sikha Musalamaana Kristhaanee

Even though we are divided as Hindhu, Boudha, Muslim, Sikh, Christian etc...
We are able to be united under your unified Leadership of oneness....

Poorabha Paschima Aashae Thava SIMHAASANA Paashae
Praema Haara Jaya Gaathaa Janagana Aikya Vidhaayaka

Your Sacred Name we always chant in our minds....You are the bestower of all our Desires and Ambitions from Dreams into Reality....
Your holy Reign of your Throne extends from the Eastern-most Horizon to Western-most Horizon....
So you gain the Garland of Love from we all the people under you....

Jaya Hae Bhaaratha Bhaagya Vidhaathaa
Jaya Hae ! Jaya Hae !! Jaya Jaya Jaya Hae !!! "

Oh !!... Our Great Emperor!!... May you be VICTORIOUS...
... Victory Victory Victory ...for YOU.... (Emperor-GEORGE V I)"







Rabindranath tagore
Rabindranath tagore


When I finished reading all this truths about our national anthem, i really felt ashamed that i have been singing the national anthem for the past years without even knowing its meaning. Now i seriously wish that everyone should know about this.To all Indians who are reading this, please understand the true meaning of our national anthem at least now. Whether you wish to sing this or not, after you know the truth, is your own wish; but every Indian must know this truth about the national anthem.

Leave comments on what you think about this.....


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      Gaurav 6 years ago

      If we need to praise someone, we've to do that in a language that is understood by that very person. Sanskrit wasn't known to britishers...why would Tagore use Sanskrit to praise them? He was a learned person and would have known english. Food for thought!

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      vineet  6 years ago

      THEN GAURAV , IN THAT CASE' LL U PLEASE TELL US THE MEANING OF OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM

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      Anand 5 years ago

      Great information Thanks

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      Ronak Soni 5 years ago

      i m confused

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      ranjeeta 5 years ago

      feeling BAD.what else can i do?

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      hind 5 years ago

      this is not true as rajasthan was never ruled by Portuguese.

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      kavya 5 years ago

      great information......

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      Soanya Revkan 5 years ago

      Every word of it is true. my sis had told me about this a long time ago, now that i have read it, i will do my best to let everyone i know, know this Important truth.

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      Leena 5 years ago

      Lets respect and have faith in our heritage. Lets not mislead our fellow countrymen.

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      Jacob 5 years ago

      Leena is absolutely right, all these things are misleading us. Pls stop all this nonsense and have faith.

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      sree 4 years ago

      come out of this prison like mentality,wake up and fight for our own national anthem do not follow the buttering song to george -v.

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      tushar 4 years ago

      its shoking

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      Kshitij Sharma 4 years ago

      It is right that it was originally written for George V, but the point to remember is that it described our motherland in the best explainable way, while the context may remain same but the whole intent has today, we born in independent India never sang it to praise George V ,but we always sang it to praise our motherland-Bharat...so don't get mislead and praise the glory of our land....

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      Shyam 4 years ago

      It was written in 1911 and first sung on December 27, 1911 at the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress. 'Dravida' is used to denote all the southern kingdoms.

      Forget facts, this is what Tagore said while dying "Six thousand efforts to sing the song that I have come to sing, but each time I failed. I was trying hard to sing the song that was just on my tongue, but the moment I expressed it, it was something else. It was not the same quality, the same depth, the same beauty. When it was within me it was a living reality, and when it was spoken it was something dead. People have appreciated my songs, and I have been crying in my nights, `Will I be able to sing it? Or I will always be a failure.'"

      Do you think he will write poems to praise a British ruler??

      your national anthem was written by one of the greatest poet praising the ultimate, go on and sing :-)

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      om kanwar 4 years ago

      posting something without knowing facts -and that too about ones national anthem is a shame. it is absolutely misleading.. can't be a work of an INDIAN... we are proud of our anthem and the man who composed it. Jai Hind !!!

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      Rahul sharma 4 years ago

      thankx for the real information .

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      Rajesh Bhardwaj 4 years ago

      how can we proff this is truth we dont have pls help us for nation

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      gagan deep mouna 4 years ago

      we are proud to be indians

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      Sukanya83 3 years ago from Calcutta, India

      A truly beautiful piece of art can be completely corrupted with distorted references.

      It is only natural that Rabindranath Tagore's family being the founder of the "Brahmo Samaj",he would invoke Lord Krishna or the Supremely Devine being in innumerable songs and poetry written by him..

      The Eternal Charioteer sounding the conchshell ,refers to Lord Krishna sounding his conch shell marking the commencement of the battle of Mahabharata.

      "Khelichho kon Bishyaloye ,Ogadho Shishu, ano mone."-again one song singing the praises in simple amazement of the infinite child playing by himself in his nursery of the universe..this conjures in mind the image of baal Gopal...the universe is his playground.

      The mother referred to towards the end is Motherland "Bharat Mata"

      Again Ravindranath in innumerable songs, have sung of the beloved, fertile "mother land" whose complexion is "golden" as her plenty harvest (wheat, rice) ripens under benevolent gaze of the Devine.

      Literatures of Great authors have layers and layers of meaning.

      The levels of great art always go deeper and higher.

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      Abhishek Parashar 3 years ago

      I don't care about which purpose it was written I just know a single thing that now it is the national anthem of my country and we should respect it.

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      Vikas 3 years ago

      To all critic here, i would like to tell u, the same congress has decided meanwhile independence phase that post independent "jana gan man would be dropped as national anthem". But unfortunately again the sycophancy of our political leader (esp. Pandit Jawahar lal nehru in this case) for there vested interests has accepted "jana gan man" as national anthem.

      My dear bhartiya people lets understand the truth don't have a blind astray .. believe me we are still not independent in all sphere...

      "Vande mataram should be our national anthem "

      --vande mataram... ()

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      aakansha 3 years ago

      its awesome

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      neha 3 years ago

      i know it in cls 9 my teacher told us real truth

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      Sebastian Fernando 3 years ago

      Pretending to praise someone to shame him or vehemently denouncing someone in fact to praise him, is a literary style. I would imagine, even if Tagore had expressly declared JaGaMa was in fact in praise of King George, KG would have felt deeply humiliated what Tagore envisaged in JaGaMa. The grandeur and magnificence that flows from the core of Tagore being is no match for KG, an oppressor, swindler and occupier.

      I see JaGaMa of Tagore is the musical version of ‘quit India’, protesting without protest. No white man would have felt comfortable at JaGaMa when it was sung in 1911. How many of our politicians today would feel comfortable to sing JaGaMa holding their hearts tight? We were declared free at midnight is it not dark still for so many? We are yet to be freed in many fields.

      JaGaMa set in simple melody is a prayer of hopes and great aspirations. When I went through the other 4 stanzas I try to look into the mind of Tagore. I don’t pretend to fathom the depth of Tagore’s ideals. But a fraction, a glimpse of what he aspires to tell is more than enough for me.

      JaGaMa is the single factor that binds all citizens today.

      Jaya Jaya Jaya He!

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      Aishwarya jaiswal 3 years ago

      I heard it before..bt cudnt believ..i read many posts regarding this and nw after reading this... I cn only say dat VANDE MATRAM should be our national anthem...!!

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      rahulmajumdar476@gmail.com 2 years ago

      I was totally shocked

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      Avi 2 years ago

      The first rendition in 1911 at the Congress session in Calcutta. It so happened that King George V was scheduled to arrive in the city on 30 December and a section of the Anglo-Indian English press in Calcutta thought – and duly reported – that Tagore's anthem was an homage to the emperor.

      The poet claims in a letter written in 1939: "I should only insult myself if I cared to answer those who consider me capable of such unbounded stupidity."

      In another letter to Pulin Behari Sen, Tagore later wrote, "A certain high official in His Majesty's service, who was also my friend, had requested that I write a song of felicitation towards the Emperor. The request simply amazed me. It caused a great stir in my heart. In response to that great mental turmoil, I pronounced the victory in Jana Gana Mana of that Bhagya Vidhata (ed. God of Destiny) of India who has from age after age held steadfast the reins of India's chariot through rise and fall, through the straight path and the curved. That Lord of Destiny, that Reader of the Collective Mind of India, that Perennial Guide, could never be George V, George VI, or any other George. Even my official friend understood this about the song. After all, even if his admiration for the crown was excessive, he was not lacking in simple common sense."

      Being sensationalist must give one an easy access to fame?

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      Gopal 2 years ago

      CONFUSED....

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      kalpana 2 years ago

      we can sing our national song- vandeymataram instead

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      Arjun 2 years ago

      And what about the renouncing of Knighthood By Rabindranath Tagore to protest against the Jaliwanwalabagh massacre?Have you ever gone though his poems in one of which he proudly states that like many powers who came marauding India the British will be also have to leave India very soon?!

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      firoz 2 years ago

      Superbly accurate. I think saare jahan se accha is the best suited song for India and Indians. How do we change it at the government .. national level.

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      jayesh 2 years ago

      here 'adhinayaka' is the head of the state.

      When the great anthem was adopted as the national anthem of our great

      country the makers of the constitution assumed that this anthem does NOT praise George V but the president of India

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      anmol 2 years ago

      Truly a very shocking infotnation..............

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      harshit.kr2210@gmail.com 2 years ago

      True fact. Many of the indians only were pet of the britishers like nehru tagore . Every indian should be aware of it that vande matram should be our national anthem. People should think that why it took 50 years for vande matram to become our natinal anthem if it was sung by the great leaders during independence.

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      vivek garg 2 years ago

      As my friend at the top comments say that Tagore was know English than also he wrote. The song in Sanskrit

      My friend if u don't know that after listening the song by the George v his liked the song so much that he wanted to play the song on piano but he can't

      So he order to translate the song in English so that he can play it on the piano

      And as the song is so good George decide to give a Nobel award to Tagore for the song

      But a Nobel award is give for a Nobel not for song

      So they decided to give the Nobel award to a Nobel written by Tagore

      So bcz of this we call Tagore as a Nobelist

      Thanks

      Vivek garg

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      vivek garg 2 years ago

      The name of the Nobel is Geetanjali

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      H K 2 years ago

      Tagore can't be understood by all so easily. Don't try to spread confusion without knowing the fact. Tagore was a great mystic poet. All his songs and poems are aimed at propitiating the Creator, or expressions of praise only focused towards God, and not in gratitude for Individuals. "Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka" is God and not the mortal British Monarch. So be knowledgeable enough yourself then say some thing against a great philosopher - poet.

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      kamal 22 months ago

      I knew it before . it is truth

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      ayushi 20 months ago

      when i got this news from my teacher i was totally shocked but i think it is true and we should take some action about it vande matram should be our national anthem

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      Siddhartha Speaks 15 months ago

      ridiculos...false

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