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Bangladesh needs to change the National Anthem?

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Of late I am coming across several discussions in Bangladesh news sites on whether Bangladesh should change the National Anthem and incorporate a new song from Nazrul Islam. Let me categorize the different kind of discussions I have come across.

1) There are some people who support them with some unbelievable logic. The basic logics are : Tagore was an Indian Bengali. As we hate India and Indian Bengalis, let’s scrap the Anthem wrote by an “Indian”.

2) Some Indian Bengali came up with “suggestion” that Indian Bengalis and Bangladeshi Bengalis are carrying two different cultures. As Tagore was a poet of the former culture – his poem does not “suite” as National Anthem of Bangladesh. He has got a reply from a Bangladeshi patriot that people of Bangladesh are the proud of Bengali inheritance and they think Tagore belongs to their culture. There are some communal Mullahs who think otherwise, but they are limited in number. Another person responded in a similar tune.

3) There are some people who discuss about the origin of the song and term it as meaningless to retain as a National Anthem. As the song was written in favour of “United Bengal”, that is not possible, Bangladesh should reevalute its’ decision.

4) There is one scholarly article which talks about how fitting National Anthem Bangladesh has.

I don’t understand a simple fact that how can a person like Prof Aftab Ahmed hold an important post as a VC of the National University even after such a proposal. Is the country running short of quality people to lead the nation?

On the topic, I found almost all the criticism to be meaningless. Tagore is the soul of Bengali literature and his poem is the most suitable choice for Bengali nation, Bangladesh. It is quite unfortunate that a few people today are starting to deny their Bengali culture. For the West Bengal person, it’s one more example of comments from ignorants. West Bengal no longer inherit Bengali culture at all, they have become Indians. A century later, I doubt there will be many Bengali speaking individuals left in West Bengal. Let the Bengali culture be a property of Bangladesh, it’s better for the language, better for Bengali literature.


Written by Diganta

April 27, 2006 at 6:06 pm

8 Responses

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  1. Thanks for the eye opener and lots of relevant links. I have posted about it in my blog.


    April 28, 2006 at 2:17 pm

  2. Sir,

    You already have such strong views on it.

    Why lambast the mullahs? Didn’t you have something better for breakfast? Or, you never get bored of the same thing!


    April 28, 2006 at 6:42 pm

  3. I am a Bengali and if Mullahs plan to invade my language identity it will definitely hurt me – isn’t it?


    April 28, 2006 at 6:45 pm

  4. Frankly this is the first time I’m hearing such an argument. I think it is ridiculous to debate or talk about such an insignificant topic. It not only fuels more speculations and innuendoes on this but also gives people talking credibility!

    Anyway, if the national anthem is to be changed, then why not Bangladesh by James?

    Nazim Farhan Choudhury

    September 4, 2006 at 10:00 am

  5. Also you might be knowing, BBC in a survey of the Best Bengali Songs of all times has proclaimed that “Amar Sonar Bangla” tops the list! So there you go, as irony would have it, the talk shop of our previous masters have decided it on our behalf!

    Nazim Farhan Choudhury

    September 4, 2006 at 10:02 am

  6. “West Bengal no longer inherit Bengali culture at all, they have become Indians. A century later, I doubt there will be many Bengali speaking individuals left in West Bengal. Let the Bengali culture be a property of Bangladesh, it’s better for the language, better for Bengali literature.”

    I do wonder your exposure to Kolkata and West Bengal. Bengali is the second most spoken language in India, and you’re saying there will be no Bengali speaking persons in West Bengal!!!. Just too astonished by your logic to even say anything.

    ~A Proud Bengali and a equally proud Indian.


    April 19, 2007 at 4:45 am

  7. Even a century later, India will still have all cultures that are present today. Not just bengali but Tamil, kannada, telegu, malayalam, gujrati, etc. Even Hindi changes every 10 km. This is the beauty of the concept of India. I’m not a bengali but since I grew up in Calcutta, I know it very well. I even read and write it the language apart from knowing English and Hindi. I crave for bengali radhaballabhi as much as I crave for the North Indian poori. India does away with needless boundaries. Many Indians might not do the same but the system provides for and encourages erasure of prejudicial lines. I don’t know what makes you think Bangladesh will become the sole patron of bengali culture. Take a look at bengali cinema in India. Or the literature West bengal churns out every year. There is not a single state in India where you wouldn’t find bengali cultural festivals like durga pujo, kali pujo etc. not being celebrated. No one in India has a problem with our national anthem being written by a bengali… The author could be anyone…. Gujrati, mallu, Punjabi…. Anyone. As long as she/he is able to get us above the imaginary lines we divide ourselves over.

    Rajesh Sharma

    May 7, 2017 at 7:40 am

  8. The national anthem should be “Bangladesh” by James. Practically have tears everytime I hear that song.

    Butul Miah

    August 19, 2017 at 9:05 pm

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