(Last Updated on : 19/10/2012)
Vande Mataram, the song, the poem, written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
, in a crucial hour prior to independence, had assumed terrific substantiality in later years. The fact that is was adopted as an emblematic war-cry against British tyranny, accounts for its immeasurable popularity. These two words had something hidden to its core, which made the blood boil for both Indians and 'anti-Indians'. Bankim chandra's vision of his motherland, his respect for Her, are all elicited in the poem, still arousing every Indian sentiment. Hence, popularity of Vande Mataram can never ever go unnoticed.
The popularity of Vande Mataram supported in the construction of Indian national identity. The slogan Vande Mataram has been widely acknowledged to bring Vande Mataram, the song into the forefront. The historical association of Vande Mataram with the nationalist movement gradually made it 'a living and inseparable part of the nationalist movement' whilst portraying the popularity of Vande Mataram. It is therefore undeniable that Vande Mataram's widespread appeal and popularity and its hold on public sentiment is still unprecedented.
The imagery used in Vande Mataram further supported the popularity of the song. The poem Vande Mataram had been a lyrical ode to the motherland, 'giver of bliss, richly watered and richly fruited, clad in blossoming foliage, sweet of laughter, sweet of speech' and strong in having seventy million sons to defend her. This can somewhat account for the tremendous popularity of Vande Mataram down the ages.
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