BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, suggesting that the original version of the National Anthem 'Jana Gana Mana' as composed by Rabindranath Tagore be replaced by the version adopted by the Indian National Army in 1949.

Earlier, taking to Twitter, Dr Swamy had said, "The Subhash Bose modified Jana Gana Mana national anthem must replace the original Tagore version adopted in 1949. The INA adopted version is more patriotic and accurate. In the Constituent Assembly while concluding Rajendra Prasad announced that its verses can be amended."

 

The INA version that Dr Swamy is referring to was an adaptation of the poem penned by Rabindranath Tagore in 1905 under the title 'Bharat Bhagya Bidhata'

The Hindi version of that anthem was, 'Shubh, sukh chain ki barkha barse, bharat bhagya hai jaga'.

This was revealed by the late Captain Ram Singh in an interview to web portal Rediff.com in which he said, "I distinctly remember that day in 1943, which Netaji came down to the then INA broadcasting station at the Cathay Building in Singapore and asked me to compose music for a song translated from Rabindra Nath Tagore's original Bengali score... the Hindi version of that anthem was, shubh, sukh chain ki barkha barse, bharat bhagya hai jaga. The translation was jointly done by Netaji and his close confidantes Abid Hasan, Mumtaz Hussain and Bhonsle. After I composed the tune, the first part for the tune came from Netaji himself." 
 
"The Gramophone Company of India, which brought out a special album titled, Delhi Chalo containing Netaji's favourite songs, includes Shubh sukh chain ki barkha barse in the same tune as Jana Gana Mana. I composed all the songs in that album sponsored by the Netaji Research Bureau."