For the Independence day celebration, we usually gather for flag hoisting at housing societies, apartments, colonies, and residential complexes. Which is followed by National anthem, the question here is, should we play or sing our Indian national anthem?

I am a patriotic person, I love my country, and I prefer to sing our Indian national anthem instead of getting my voice suppressed by that loudspeaker playing just the tune or the song.

Should We Sing Our Indian National Anthem or Play It On Loud Speaker
Should We Sing Our Indian National Anthem or Play It On Loud Speaker

Here is what happens when our Indian National Anthem is played on the loudspeaker.

UNPREPARED MODE

I live in a building, it was 8.30 am, I came out of the shower in a towel, and here starts the loudspeaker from nearby premise playing Jan Gan Man. I stood there, while my two-year kid is pulling me through my towel, asking me to come and play with him, I somehow managed.

TESTING MODE

While I was dressing up to rush at the flag hoisting ceremony at my building compound, here plays the Indian national anthem on a loudspeaker from the another society nearby, but it stopped after 5 seconds, then after waiting for few seconds they started again and stopped after 5 seconds. The third time they played it completely. Probably they were testing if it is just a tune or a complete song of Indian National Anthem. But such On and Off activities keeps people confused, I mean people rise in respect and sit down, and again rise, ending up being seated with their hand raised showing their respect.

REPEAT MODE

While having breakfast, another society started playing the anthem on loudspeaker; I stood up, the anthem ended, but it started again immediately. This was probably because their player is set in the loop/repeat mode, usually used on mobile phones. I assume they were using Bluetooth to connect with those speakers. What a blunder.

SURPRISE MODE

It was 9.20 am, and many of our society members had gathered for the flag to be hoisted at 9.30 am. We were waiting for other members to arrive, and again another society nearby started playing the anthem on the loudspeaker, so we all stood still, respecting our Indian national anthem, which we all did happily, but then again after 10 minutes we sang it again, hoisting the flag in our compound.

STATUE MODE

Our society secretary had arranged some refreshments, fafda, and jalebi and more for all members taking part in the celebration, while having it, again we all were in the statue mode when another loudspeaker started playing our Indian national anthem from nearby society. Some were sitting, some at the buffet counter, some having tea, and some washing hands. all taken by another surprise.

In my opinion, loudspeakers should not be used for playing the national anthem in the populated areas like cities, town, and for that matter, even small towns because the range of a loudspeaker can easily reach upto atleast 300 meters, if not more 500. I don’t mind repeating the celebration, but it creates an unnatural moment.

I know, many would not like my above sentence, but there is an emotion attached when we hear or sing our Indian national anthem, we get goosebumps, it reminds the sacrifices, the joy of getting our independence, its a feeling, my eyes get wet when it is played in a movie. Hence hearing it again and again in less than 2 hours does not decrease its value or importance, but the feeling gets diluted.

We can use loudspeakers for playing patriotic songs, infact would love it listening whole day, but Indian national anthem should be sung, we should not become that lazy to simply put it on a loud speaker. It is not an Aarti, which we forget to remember, ending up using recorded ones.

It creates a different kind of vibration, that spreads around, a different type of a feeling altogether because you are making an effort to sing our Indian national anthem using your energy, and when it ends with jaya he jaya he, jaya jaya jaya jaya he, it’s a thunder like feeling.

We all should sing our Indian National Anthem and stop playing it on loud speakers.

Jai Hind!

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2 COMMENTS

  1. This has happened with me too. Not knowing what to do specially while riding two wheeler and the traffic around, mostly of cars with all windows rolled up and the driver tapping fingers on steering wheel on his own tune, pushes you to keep going by his indecent honking, may be at snail’s pace, and you can’t stop and stand in between.
    Question is to stop and get hit by someone or just ignore which is very difficult task.. . .
    Good that you put the feelings in words

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