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Sare Jahan Se Accha

Hindustan Hamara

In 1905 more than 100 years from today, when Iqbal was a lecturer at the Government College, Lahore he was invited by his student Lala Hardayal to preside over a function. Instead of making a speech, Iqbal sang Sare Jahan Se Accha Hindustan Hamara in his style. Iqbal compiled this poem in praise of India and the poem preaches the communal harmony that had unfortunately started ceasing in India by that time. Each and every word in this poem depicts an Indians respect and love for the motherland and the values the Indian society inherited for long.

 

The couplets that were sung in a small hall of the Government College, Lahore, spread to every corner and streets of the country soon making it the greatest patriotic song of the country. Iqbal was sitting in a boat house in Kashmir when some children passed by him singing this song. Iqbal smiled as these small kids were unaware of his presence near them.

 

The poem was set to music in the 1950s by Pandit Ravi Shankar, and is regularly sung on occasions of national importance. When Indira Gandhi asked Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian astronaut who went to space, how India looked from space, he immediately replied, Sare Jahan se Accha Hindustan Hamara.

 

When heard of Iqbals death in 1938, Mahatma Gandhi wrote in his condolence message for the nation, What can I write about Dr. Iqbal except that I was sobbing due to emotions when I first read his famous poem Sare Jahan se Accha. When in Yerawada Jail, I must have sung this poem over hundred times. Each and every word of this great poem is very sweet to me and even while writing this message I can feel hearing the couplets of this poem into my ears.

 

Sure, the ecstasy revisits a person every time after reading or listening to this great poem even after more than hundred years when this great poem was written by Dr. Iqbal.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Saeed Faizee, the busiest surgeon in Malegaon, Ishaque Zariwala and Mushtaque Janata Garden, the leading industrialists of the city and the chairmen of six top-notch educational institutions are not the kind of persons who campaign for an event. But they did it and they did it in such a style that when the event ultimately ended on Saturday 21st April late in the evening the day became historical for Malegaonians and will certainly remain in their memory for years to come.

 

The event was the Colloquium and the Mushairah to commemorate Dr Sir Mohd Iqbal, the great poet of the east, reverentially addressed as Allama Iqbal world over and to tribute Tarana-e-Hindi, Sare Jahan Se Accha Hindustan Hamara, written by Dr. Iqbal over hundred years ago. The event was organized by NADY-National Awakening for Development of Youth, an NGO working for the overall improvement and development of the youth. The day was coincided with Youm-e-Iqbal, Iqbal Day 21st April on which in 1938 Dr. Iqbal had died and left for abode.

 

"Asserting that he had come here

with a sacred message,

Sagar Tirpathi said,

 'Dil jalane ki batein bahut ho chuki, Dil milane ki koi jatan ho shrou.'

And the course once set by Sagar Tirpathi, the rhymesters followed the same course till the end reading priceless couplets ingrained with this message."

Speaking exclusively with Ummid.com about the event Ghulam Pesh Imam, president of Muslims for Secular Democracy, Mumbai said, I regularly attend such type of functions at various places but the gist with which this event has been organized is seldom seen. I myself feel honored to be here with you all to commemorate Allama Iqbal.

 

Inaugurating the Colloquium on Iqbal, Shameem Tarique said, Iqbal had always advocated his philosophy of Khudi, self and had hated lightheadedness in ones life. For him the aim of life is self-realization and self-knowledge. It feels excellent to speak about the philosophy of Iqbal at such a beautifully organized event and in front of such a class gathering.

 

Leading poets emerged from all across the country for this event and read their rhymes on this occasion. The crowd went berserk when Ab Ahad Saaz read these couplets to pay homage to Dr. Iqbal, Mashriqui Tehzeeb ka tu daemi Iqbal hai, Tera Paigham-e-amal bala e qeel-o-qal hai (You have become symbol of eastern values for ever, Dr. Iqbal and your message for practice is certainly beyond doubt).

 

Asserting that he had come here with a sacred message, Sagar Tirpathi said, Dil jalane ki batein bahut ho chuki, Dil milane ki koi jatan ho shrou. And the course once set by Sagar Tirpathi, the rhymesters followed the same course till the end reading priceless couplets ingrained with this message.

 

And the crowd of over two thousands people, that was giving the typical cosmopolitan look of the city, appeared well convinced to work for coordination, reconciliation and of course, for Iqbals philosophy of continuous motion and self-realization in life.

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