Kolkata, July 8 (IANS) A day after Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh sought amendment in the national anthem “Jana Gana Mana”, his Tripura counterpart Tathagata Roy chose social media to assert that there was no such need.
Addressing the convocation ceremony of Rajasthan University, Kalyan Singh on Tuesday called for dropping the word “aadhinayak” as it signified the British empire.
“I respect him (Tagore) but still feel the national anthem should drop the word ‘adhinayak’,” Kalyan Singh said.
Roy, a BJP leader from West Bengal, asserted that there was no need for amending the national anthem.
Tweeting in Hindi, Roy said: “It has been 67 years since independence. Why should our adhinayak be the British? I don’t think it is right to make any change in the national anthem.”
Kalyan Singh has been slammed both by the CPI and the CPI-M for his remarks.
While Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Brinda Karat accused him of speaking like an “RSS parcharak”, D. Raja of the CPI accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of “attempting to destroy the country’s secular democratic fabric”.