Vande Matram is a poem penned by a civil servant in the British Indian Government who went on to even become a District Collector in the Bengal Presidency.
In those days, when the British were trying to push for the adoption of the song, God Save the Queen, he decided to write his own version and had to say bye bye to his cushy job for it.
He went on to become an accomplished writer and wrote a novel by the name Anandmath in 1881, which included this song as well. The book became an overnight best seller in Bengal, bringing much infamy to its author – Shree Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay.
It came into the limelight for the first time, when it was sung by none other than Rabindranath Tagore in the 1896 session of the Indian National Congress. The British soon banned both the Novel and the song – hoping to bring an end to the issue, But the ban just ended up helping spread it further.
Vande Matram became a vital symbol of Indian resistance against the British – becoming a slogan of choice for the likes of Chandrashekhar Azad, Ashfaqullah Khan, Maghfoor Ahmed, Bhagat Singh, Shahnawaz Khan, Maulana Azad, Ramprasad Bismil, and even Mahatma Gandhi, Allama Iqbal and Baba Saheb Ambedkar.
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