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New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi asking to replace the lyrics of the Indian National Anthem with the Indian National Army (INA) song.

Swamy specifically asked Prime Minister to replace the wordings of Jana Gana Mana with Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s INA song. He explicitly mentioned to only exchange the lyrics of the songs and retain the music of the original version.


The INA anthem expresses Indian sentiments almost on the same lines as the Jana Gana Mana with some changes made where the British Raj is replaced by patriotic Sanskrit words.

The letter asks PM Modi to remember the debate over Jana Gana Mana or Vande Mataram, in the Constituent Assembly and the final opinion, had become quite polarised. This had led the-then President of the constituent Assembly, DR Rajendra Prasad to sense the worries of the house rather than the vote, asserting that the tune of Jana Gana may be accepted, but the future Parliament can reword the anthem if required.

Previously, in 2005, there was a petition filed that requested for the deduction of the word Sindh in the national anthem and include the word Kashmir in it rather. The Supreme Court had replied to the petition saying that the National Anthem is “a hymn or song expressing patriotic sentiments or feelings” and “not a chronicle which defines the territory of the nation.”

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Take call on playing National Anthem in Cinema Halls, SC tells Centre

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New Delhi, October 23: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to take a call on regulating the playing national anthem in cinema halls. The SC is going to review its 2016 verdict of standing in cinema halls and public places during National Anthem.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said it was needless to say that the Centre will have full discretion in the matter.

The court said that while taking a decision, the government will not be influenced by the apex court’s 2016 order wherein playing of the national anthem in cinema halls was made mandatory. (IANS)

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