Delhi Archdiocese celebrates National Anthem centenary

January 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Church, India, New Delhi, newsletter-india

Delhi ArchdioceseNew Delhi, January 3, 2012: Delhi archdiocese was perhaps one of the first institutions in the country to celebrate 100 years of our national anthem on New Year’s day.

The national flag was unfurled at the Sacred Heart Cathredal in Delhi on January 1 by chief guest Dheerendra Tyagi, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee vice president.

Leaders of the Catholic Association, priests, religious, the youth from all parishes in large numbers and the laity sung the ‘Jana gana mana…’ on the occasion.

Composed by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the anthem in Bengali with a mix of Sanskrit was first sung on December 27, 1911 at the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress.

Three years after India became independent, the Constituent Assembly officially adopted it as the country’s national anthem — on Jan 24, 1950.

The song fired patriotism in every Indian during the Independence movement, said the archdiocese’s youth leader, Fr Chetan Machado.

A.C. Michael, member of Delhi minority commission, described the anthem “as a unifying force in a country with a vast diversity”, while Tyagi praised the Christian community “whose deeds have far outnumbered their population”.

Tyagi said that the health and educational institutions of the minority community were rendering yeoman service to the nation.

He disclosed that “impressed by the Christian forms of worship, the Hindus started kirtans, satsangs [mass discourses and prayers] and jagratas or night vigils.

Auxiliary Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was the brain behind this event, said “we will work for the development of our nation.”

He said “we will help implement government schemes and enable larger number of people to capitalize from it. We will spread education and awareness on a large scale.”fr. kulandai samy

– cathnews

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