Happy Birthday to us!! Jai Hind!!

26th of July last year was when we started off with Jai Hind. Voila!! It is our birthday!!HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!

I’d gone to watch The Dark Knight 2 days back in a multiplex in Kolkata.

The rule of playing the National Anthem before the movie starts is something that has been introduced in various parts of the country at different points in time. It was already there in Maharashtra when I had moved to Mumbai four years back. Out here in Kolkata, it seems to have been introduced just lately.

An old schoolmate who had accompanied me to the movie and has also studied in Maharashtra blabbered out when it started – “Yeh Maharashtra ka rule yanha kaise aa gaya”! I really flared up at him saying what do you mean by Maharashtra’s rule. Aren’t we standing up to show respect towards our country, or are we doing it because it is the rule? And isn’t Kolkata in India? Also, I noticed some people just stand up for the sake of standing up and never really give a damn about the National Anthem being played. Then bloody why do you stand up if your intention is not to respect the Anthem?

There have been incidences of prominent Indians not even standing up when the National Anthem was being played and such statements where corporators have asked to play a recording instead of singing it. What kind of an example are they trying to set for their fellow citizens?

I pity those who do not understand the importance of the National Anthem. And I pity those who care more about giggling when A.R. Rehman sings the last Jaya He part, than giving our National Anthem its due respect.

Anyways, thanks to all the readers & authors for making Jai Hind the way it is.

We’ve had thousands of readers in this one year, and we hope to reach out to more and more Indians and create some awareness among them about our country.

Once again,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JAI HIND: PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN!!

Mobocracy – At its best

“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.