Today is the 183rd birth anniversary of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, the author of India’s national song ‘Vande Mataram’. Apart from being a famous novelist and poet of Bengali language, Bankim Chandra was also a journalist. Bankim Chandra, who wrote the famous novel ‘Anand Math’, was also famous as ‘Sahitya Samrat’. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal paid tributes to him on the occasion.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu tweeted, “The whole nation is remembering India’s great novelist and nationalist Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay on his birth anniversary today. He was a fearless journalist who through his writings awakened the spirit of nationalism in the hearts of people. His immortal masterpiece Vande Mataram will remain an inspiration for every Indian.
Yogi Adityanath and Piyush Goyal also remembered
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also paid tribute to Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay on the occasion. He wrote in his tweet, “Great poet, wonderful novelist and the great writer Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay ji, who created the national song ‘Vande Mataram’ in the minds of crores of Indians, who awakened the spirit of national worship and service for the motherland, on his birth anniversary. Salute to you.”
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, remembering Bankim Chandra on the occasion, tweeted, “My tribute to the literary emperor Bankim Chandra on his birth anniversary. He composed our national song Vande Mataram. His important contribution to the renaissance of literature in the country At the same time, he not only awakened the spirit of nationalism but also inspired the freedom lovers with his literature.
Born on June 27, 1838
Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay was born on this day i.e. June 27, 1838 in Kanthalpara, Naihati of North Twenty Four Parganas of West Bengal. Bankim Chandra was the first Indian to obtain a BA degree in 1857 from the famous Presidency College of Bengal. His first Bengali work ‘Durgeshanandini’ was published in 1865.
He wrote his famous novel ‘Anandmath’ in 1882. This novel was based on the Sanyasi Rebellion of 1773. The British rule made it mandatory for everyone to sing the song ‘God Save the Queen’. In opposition to this, Bankim Chandra composed ‘Vande Mataram’. About six years after the composition of this song, Bankim Chandra made it a part of ‘Anand Math’. On January 24, 1950, Rajendra Prasad, the President of the Constituent Assembly and the first President of independent India, gave it the status of ‘National Anthem’.
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