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UP school ‘alters’ national anthem
Published on 22 Feb. 2011 1:11 AM IST
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A private school in this Uttar Pradesh district has “altered” the national anthem, replacing several words, and made its students sing it, as the management feels certain words in the anthem do not have any “significance in a democracy”.
The modifications have been made by the school’s manager Ragunath Singh and 400-odd students from Classes 1-5 of the Lord Buddha Ambedkar Arjak Mission Public School in Tanda town are being made to the sing the country’s “new” national anthem. Singh claims that he “modified” the national anthem after he felt that “some words in it have no significance in a democracy”.
“Let me first clarify that by introducing the modifications in the national anthem I do not intend to hurt the sentiments of the countrymen...I am also an Indian and even cannot think of hurting the sentiments of the people of India,” Singh told reporters in Ambedkar Nagar, some 150 km from Lucknow. “Just for an example, we have the word ‘adhinayak’ in the opening line of the national anthem.
Now, ‘adhinayak’ refers to monarchy...So, in a democracy like ours how can we use the word adhinayak in the national anthem?” he added. Singh claims Rabindranath Tagore wrote the poem, which was later adopted as the national anthem, in honour of the British king during his visit to India.
Rakesh Kumar, the district in-charge of primary education in Ambedkar Nagar, told IANS: “Yes, the matter has come to our knowledge. Though we are yet to complete an enquiry ordered in this regard, we are planning to take action against the school manager under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1971.”

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