Come Republic Day or Independence Day, this song is bound to fall on your ears. I never gave any particular attention to this song, but this article in yesterday’s Hindu made me take notice of it. What looks (or sounds) like an innocent song, may not be that innocent after all. Read the article to see what I mean.
My first reaction to this article was one of dismissal. I thought the author was creating a scene out of nothing. After all, it is not possible to include every freedom fighter in a 5 minute (or whatever its length may be) song. The omission of certain people might be accidental. And the usage of color red instead of saffron, could it be that the Hindi word for saffron could not be fit in the song’s meter?
Is this a case of an unintentional bias against certain category of people and the author being too cynical? Or does the author really have a point? What do you say?