'Jana Gana' came after 'Vande Mataram', tricoulour after saffron flag: RSS leader

Mumbai (Vinod Jagdale for News24): Stirring up a hornet's nest, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader on Friday said that "Vande Mataram" could be the national anthem as the sentiments expressed in the national song denote the nation's true character. 

"Today, Jana Gana Mana is our national anthem. It has to be respected. But it's the national anthem as decided by the Constitution. Whereas, if one tries to understand the true meaning of both the songs - Vande Mataram and Jana Gana Mana, they can figure out that the sentiments expressed in Vande Mataram denote the nation's character," believed RSS General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi while addressing a gathering at the Deendayal Upadhyay Research Institute in Mumbai. 

He further pointed out that Jana Gana Mana was written several years after Vande Mataram. 

"When was Jana Gana Mana written? It came several years after Vande Mataram. Similarly, the tricolour was introduced after the saffron flag," said Joshi.

Speaking on the rising debate over "Bharat Mata Ki Jai", Joshi said that people should chant the slogan as it instills a spirit of brotherhood. 

He stated said that communalism gave birth to "secularism". 

"Communalism has given birth to secularism. In India, there is no need of secularism as it itself represents communalism," said the RSS leader.

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