The cacophony over Vande Mataram has reached sickening levels & its time to dwell on intellectual dishonesty of politicians, ignorance of masses & shrewdness of BJP.
If anybody has an iota of nationalism and respect towards our martyrs, this novel needs to be condemned in the harshest words. When thousands of Hindus and Muslims, as one Race & One People, sacrificed their lives in 1857, this novel appeared–full of falsehoods, praising British & termng Hindus & Muslims as enemies.
Read this Bankim Chandra Chatterjee (Chattopadhyaya) novel in original or its translation. Even the two stanzas that ‘are not be objectionable’ demand the blood of Muslims. In the novel…when Satyanand is crying that all Muslims could not be put to sword, his Guru welcomes British rule. Bowing before Goddess Kali, Satyananda says, ‘Shatru ke khoon se seeNch kar maaN ko shasya-shyaamla karuNga’. No need to explain, it demands blood of Muslims & that’s what we are asked to sing. This treacherous novel makes mockery of the unity & beliefs of our freedom fighters from Mangal Pandey & Bakht Khan to Ashfaq, Bismil & Azad.