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I Do Not Worship Thee, O Motherland!

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Should Muslims in India refrain from singing Vande Mataram?

To answer the question fairly, one must consider some other questions such as:

Should the state government of Maharashtra make it compulsory for cinema halls to play Jana Gana Mana before every show and exhort the audience to stand up for it?

Should Turkey make it unlawful for women to wear scarfs as a symbol of their piety?

Should China continue to ban the practice of Falun Gong?

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November 7, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Let’s Get Offended: Jana Gana Mana Rann

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India’s Censor Board has been known to waver between connivance and censure when it comes to the increasingly liberal show of affection and skin on the silver screen. However, I think they didn’t have to think twice before taking Ram Gopal Varma to task over the recent song ‘Jana Gana Mana Rann’ from his to-be-released film called ‘Rann’. When it comes to protecting national honor, they can be unflinchingly ruthless and remorseless. Even the people are offended, as if on cue. I write this post in the defense of the song and in doing so, I am not just questioning whether the song was unfairly branded as insulting to the national anthem; I go a step further and wonder whether the national anthem needs protection.

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June 8, 2009 at 9:42 am