Governor of Rajasthan Kalyan Singh on Tuesday created a controversy by suggesting that the word ‘adhinayak’ in the national anthem should be removed as it praises the British rulers of pre-Independence era.
Addressing the 26th convocation of University of Rajasthan (UoR), held after 25 years, the governor and the chancellor of university suggested that the word be replaced with ‘mangal’ which signifies wellbeing.
"Jan-Gan-Man adhinayaka jai hey... 'adhinayaka' for whom? It praises British rule. It should be amended and replaced by word 'jan-gan-man mangal gaye'," he said.
"I have got respect for Rabindranath Tagore, but national anthem's 'adhinayaka' word should be replaced by 'mangal'. "
Earlier, the governor had struck a controversial note by suggesting that Mughal emperor Akbar was an “outsider” and could not be an inspiration for students.
The veteran leader, known for his rightist linings, once again emphasised on the need to glorify erstwhile Mewar ruler Maharana Pratap and other Hindu warriors. “Victoria was not great; it was Jhansi ki Rani who fought battles. Aurangzeb was not great; it was Shivaji who should be honored. We should get inspired from (Maharana) Pratap’s stories of valor,” Singh said.