PIL filed challenging use of ‘adhinayak’ in national anthem | Indore News

PIL filed challenging use of 'adhinayak' in national anthem | Indore News

PIL filed challenging use of ‘adhinayak’ in national anthem | Indore News

INDORE: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed before Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh high court challenging the use of word ‘adhinayak’ in national anthem and seeking it to be removed.
The division bench of Justice SC Sharma and Justice Virendra Singh heard preliminary arguments made by petitioner’s counsel on seeking removal of the word from national anthem.
The petition has been filed by Kanhaiya Bhawsar, a resident of Hukumchand colony in Indore through advocate Kailash Chandra Dilliwal, who has been fighting for this for many years. However, this is the first petition filed by him before the court seeking this relief.
Dilliwal argued on Monday that the word ‘adhinayak’ literally means a supreme ruler or a dictator. In 1913, when Rabindranath Tagore wrote the national anthem, he had written it dedicating to King Edward, who was India’s Supreme ruler or dictator at that time.
“When the verse had been written by Tagore, he had not planned it to be the free India’s national anthem. However, when it was decided to be taken up as the national anthem, the country’s rulers should have changed the word ‘adhinayak’. This was not done and has not been done in all these years after freedom,” Dilliwal said.
During arguments, the court asked petitioner as to which word there should be instead of ‘adhinayak’, to which the petitioner sought for any other word befitting the country’s spirit instead.
The petitioner has sought that the use of word ‘adhinayak’ be reviewed by the respondents in national anthem of the country. The respondents to the petition are Centre, secretariat of the President, Prime Minister, home ministry and department of information and broadcasting.


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