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Revisiting History : Our National Symbols

The National Anthem: “Jana Gana Mana”

The national anthem is performed at schools across the country on Independence Day and Republic Day. There is an important reason for this tradition: every time it is performed, Indians are filled with feelings of respect and admiration for how difficult it is to find children with musical abilities and train them well. This contributes to improving the status of musicians in India.

It is believed that Rabindranath Tagore wrote “Jana Gana Mana” within the course of a single day. This is especially admirable considering that he was required to stand at attention while he was writing it.

The National Animal: Tiger

The decision to make the tiger our national animal has contributed a lot to conservation efforts. It is a good sign of where we are today that “Ek Tha Tiger” (There was one tiger), the 2012 documentary on the last tiger in an Indian zoo made Rs. 350 crore at the box office. The was tremendous public curiosity about what happened to the tiger featured in the documentary, which led to the release of a sequel, “Tiger Zinda Hai” (The tiger is alive) in 2017 which made Rs. 515 crore.

The National Sport: Hockey

It is believed that the decline in Indian hockey in the Olympics was because the International Hockey Federation changed the rules to make synthetic astroturf mandatory for international tournaments in the mid-70s. This is untrue. The real reason was that hockey stick manufacturers redesigned hockey sticks to suit the requirements of their primary consumer base: their main criteria was no longer whether they matched the specifications of the International Hockey Federation, but how effective they were in causing blunt force trauma.

The National Bird: Peacock

It has been proven scientifically that peacocks are lifelong celibates and reproduce asexually. The details of the study are beyond the scope of this article, but it suffices to say that it involved a survey of 3 men who very firmly believed it to be true. Since the publication of this study, Indian courts have begun to formally recognize marriage between peacocks.

The National Anthem: “Jana Gana Mana”

The national anthem is performed at schools across the country on Independence Day and Republic Day. There is an important reason for this tradition: every time it is performed, Indians are filled with feelings of respect and admiration for how difficult it is to find children with musical abilities and train them well. This contributes to improving the status of musicians in India.

It is believed that Rabindranath Tagore wrote “Jana Gana Mana” within the course of a single day. This is especially admirable considering that he was required to stand at attention while he was writing it.

The National Animal: Tiger

¬†The decision to make the tiger our national animal has contributed a lot to conservation efforts. It is a good sign of where we are today that “Ek Tha Tiger” (There was one tiger), the 2012 documentary on the last tiger in an Indian zoo made Rs. 350 crore at the box office. The was tremendous public curiosity about what happened to the tiger featured in the documentary, which led to the release of a sequel, “Tiger Zinda Hai” (The tiger is alive) in 2017 which made Rs. 515 crore.

The National Sport: Hockey

It is believed that the decline in Indian hockey in the Olympics was because the International Hockey Federation changed the rules to make synthetic astroturf mandatory for international tournaments in the mid-70s. This is untrue. The real reason was that hockey stick manufacturers redesigned hockey sticks to suit the requirements of their primary consumer base: their main criteria was no longer whether they matched the specifications of the International Hockey Federation, but how effective they were in causing blunt force trauma.

The National Bird: Peacock

It has been proven scientifically that peacocks are lifelong celibates and reproduce asexually. The details of the study are beyond the scope of this article, but it suffices to say that it involved a survey of 3 men who very firmly believed it to be true. Since the publication of this study, Indian courts have begun to formally recognize marriage between peacocks.

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