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chidambaram: Centre’s move of dropping ‘Abide with me’ hymn sad; sensitive people hurt by decision: Chidambaram

Objecting to the Centre’s determination of dropping one of Mahatma Gandhi‘s favorite hymns ‘Abide with me’ from this yr’s Beating Retreat ceremony, senior Congress chief P Chidambaram on Sunday mentioned the federal government’s move has hurt the “thinking and sensitive” people. ‘Abide with me’, written by Scottish Anglican poet and hymnologist Henry Francis Lyte in 1847, had been half of the Beating Retreat ceremony since 1950.

The Indian Army introduced on Saturday that it has been dropped from this yr’s ceremony.

For this yr’s ceremony, the hymn has been changed by the favored patriotic tune “Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon“, which was written by Kavi Pradeep to commemorate the supreme sacrifice made by Indian troopers in the course of the 1962 Indo-China war.

Talking to reporters in Goa, Chidambaram mentioned, “‘Abide with me’ is an previous hymn that dates again to 1847. It was Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite hymn. Ever since we turned a republic in 1950, the ceremony referred to as Beating the Retreat on the final of the Republic Day celebrations would at all times finish with the march to the tune of ‘Abide with me,” he mentioned.

“It is very sad that an old Christian hymn, which is no longer a Christian hymn but a secular hymn, has been dropped from the Republic Day parade,” he mentioned.

The former Union minister mentioned it was unhappy that the federal government has determined to desert the hymn within the seventy fifth yr of India‘s Independence.

“It has hurt a lot of thinking and sensitive people. I hope that better sense will prevail and on the Republic Day it will be restored on which our troupe will march,” the Congress veteran mentioned.



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