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Thank you for your observations re the Tagore and Jana Gana Mana article Your observations are appropriate and understandable interestingly they are along very similar lines as I had earlier received in feedback from another correspondent First of all let me mention at the outset that in raising or debating a speculative issue about someone who is no longer with us is almost guaranteed to be beyond any resolution It is much like the classic legal scenario wherein the defendant is absent while the prosecution and the defense teams exchange their respective missiles and slingshots I have no illusion of being able to argue on Tagores behalf and convince detractors on this issue of the validity of the counterpoint Why then did I even care to write on this subject The reason quite simply is that I was prompted by more than one friend to try and make a case in defense of what they and indeed I as well believe to have been Tagores motivation behind the writing of the poem and especially since the assumption of his glorifying a colonial monarch can potentially distort the vision of those who are only peripherally familiar with Tagore Next let it be understood that neither Bankim Chandra Chatterjee nor Rabindranath Tagore planned the writing of Vande Mataram and Jana Gana Mana as potential candidates for Indias national anthem Once again if people in sizable numbers choose to presume such intentions incidentally I do not imply that this is the point of your question however this is a very interesting and I believe relevant hypothetical here on the part of the authors- there is nothing that neither the authors obviously nor their defenders can do to induce people to change their views Therefore indeed if more freedom fighters happened to have chosen Bankims poem which incidentally was by no means free from controversies especially from Muslim quarters wherein Bankim was wrongfully in my
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