“DON’T MAKE US SING JANA GANA MANA, JUST PLAY IT: CORPORATORS”, says “Mumbai Mirror” on its front page with a font size of 26/28 dated 23/10/2007. Below it, in a smaller font of size 18 reads the sub head line “TOO MANY MISTAKES IN THE NATIONAL ANTHEM WHEN WE SING IT, SAY CORPORATORS, ASK COMMISSIONER PHATAK TO PLAY RECORDING INSTEAD”
Interestingly, the proposal was first submitted by NCP corporator “Mangesh Bansod”! his reason: ” This is my first time as corporator. Whenever I have attended civic meetings,I have been shocked to see that most corporatrors can’t sing Jana Gana Mana correctly. It’s an insult to the National Anthem. So why not play the recorded version?
Point taken Mr. Bansod but I have some reservations….
Hello, this is Mumbai, the metro, the cosmopolitan city of India. It’s not as if these corporators can’t speak Hindi at all.
Secondly, Mr Bansod aren’t you from NCP? NCP stands for “NATIONALIST CONGRESS PARTY” right? So what kind of “nationalist” are you people who can’t even sing national anthem?
Thirdly, How much time does it take to learn the “National Anthem”, it’s only two stanzas. I am sure our corporators will be able to sing ” kaanta laga”, “ishq kamina” and ‘”choli ke peche ” !!!
Fourthly, you are a representative of the people. If you cant sing “National Anthem” who will?
Lastly, this proposal was sent unanimously so it must be the view & belief of all parties.
Now among you are the people and parties who hold the opinion of “Sons of the Soil” policy. And it is among you who went even further to claim that “UPites” and “Biharis” are overcrowding Mumbai. They are responsible for every mismanagement and crimes and should be kicked out. Being a person of lesser intelligence I Still agree, but let me tell you that even these “hooligans” are able to sing the “National Anthem” while you are not. So where should you all be “kicked out?” .
Please do tell me my respected, notable, distinguished, noble, patriotic, intelligent, mentor, leaders, and not to mention GREAT SONS OF SOIL.