Replace Sindh with Northeast in national anthem: Congress MP

File photo of Ripun Bora. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 16, 2018, 09.59 AM (IST)

Congress leader Ripun Bora moved a private member's resolution in Rajya Sabha on Friday, seeking amendment of the National Anthem and replacing the word "Sindh" with "Northeast India."

The lawmaker hailing from Assam directed that the National Anthem of India "Jana Gana Mana" mentions "Sindh" which is no longer a part of India, further adding that Northeast India, a very important part of India, finds no mention in the anthem. 

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Bora said that Sindh is a part of Pakistan, which is a "hostile country." The state became a part of Pakistan following the bifurcation of India in 1947. 

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In 2016, a similar demand was made by  Shiv Sena member Arvind Sawant - the word 'Sindh' in the national anthem be removed and replaced with an appropriate word, saying there was no state by that name in the country.

The issue was raised during the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, he said that as the national anthem was adopted by Parliament, it should initiate action to remove the word.

Sawant said a correct word with appropriate pronunciation should replace the word 'Sindh'.

National anthem 'Jana Gana Mana', composed by Nobel laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore in 1911, was adopted by the Constituent Assembly in 1950.