Indian teachers have long been keen on reciting the national song in classrooms, and the practice has gained popularity in recent years with many schools adopting it as part of the curriculum.
The practice has become popular with some students in the country who are also keen on the tradition of reciting national anthem in schools, but what is it exactly and how is it performed?
According to a report in The Times Of India, the practice of singing the anthem in classrooms is mainly the result of the tradition created by the RSS.
“When a teacher comes to us with an assignment to sing the national songs at school, we usually start the process of recording them.
We then take the recording to a class and record the voice and tempo of the voice.
In a class of 50 students, the teacher recites about 100 songs during the week, with a final session of about 200 songs.
We make sure that we record the music at the right time and in the right place.
If the students don’t have the time or resources, we will write a few notes on the note cards, which will help them remember the notes,” a teacher told the newspaper.
The tradition of singing national songs has evolved over time, with the RSS’s chief Mohan Bhagwat having stated in an interview in 2014 that the country needs a national anthem because we have “never sung anything else” and that it should be sung at all times.
In his book, The Great Race: An In-Depth Study of the Human Mind, Bhagwats book notes that he had always wanted to write a book on Indian culture.
“I had longed for such a book.
So I decided to write one,” he said.
The book, however, never took off and it was only after the rise of Modi that it was finally published in 2016.
“A book on our history, culture and language, written by a person who was a former RSS leader, had been published in the late 80s.
But I was only in my early 20s when I started to read it and realised that it had so much value,” he told The Times.
The book has been hailed as an important contribution to the Indian psyche and is the inspiration for the National Anthem.
“National Anthem is a beautiful thing.
It has become a national icon in India.
Its a way of saying, ‘We are all in this together.
The country is ours,’ ‘We have come this far.
We will continue on this path,’ ‘Our country is in our hands,’ and ‘Our nation is invincible’,” a teacher from a private school told The Hindu.
The teacher added that in a classroom, students would sing the song to the tune of the national hymn.
“It is a powerful song that has a powerful message.
And if we sing it, we can talk about our own experiences.
It gives a feeling of unity and togetherness.
It is a song that can bring people together and makes us feel like we are all part of a family.
It also makes us think that we have come a long way,” the teacher added.
According to the teacher, the songs are not about the RSS, but about the country and how it has changed.
“The RSS was born as a reaction to our nation’s backwardness and its lack of unity.
We have always tried to find a way to fight back against this and to give voice to the voice of our nation.
This is why the national theme is part of our national song,” he explained.
The teacher said that the songs that are sung in classrooms are not strictly national in nature, but they can be about the Indian diaspora.
“We have songs like ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ and ‘Bhadu Chhoti’ for the people of Pakistan, India and Nepal.
And the songs of ‘Bhai Mata Ki Jai’ are about the Sikh people in the state of Punjab and ‘Chhatraj Kishan’ is about the people from Gujarat,” he added.