Traditional rivalry between India and Pakistan showed its power at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the UK when an Indian cadet refused to sing Pakistan’s National Anthem in a choir along with his fellow cadets.
Major Uqbah Malik the first ever Pakistani and Muslim to train British armed forces in the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst made the cadets to sing Pakistan’s national anthem, all of them obeyed, but an Indian cadet didn’t follow his peers. Probably he was fearing that act of singing the national anthem of a traditional rival would make his patriotism suspicious.
Indians never hesitate to manipulate the Pakistani national songs to meet their motives. Ironically these are the songs that were specially written and composed to boost the spirit of Pakistani soldiers when the fought battles with India.
Here is the alteration of famous Pakistani national song “Ay Raah e Haq k Shaheedo” in which Indian youth has altered the song to make it best suited for Indian soldiers who need more food for the purpose of motivation than these melodious inspirational lyrics.
Although music is free from any boundaries, it can equally express the sentiments of any individual or nation. Same is the case with national songs. Recently, we witnessed the national anthem of Pakistan being played on Sarangi by tow Sri Nagar teens, and it went viral on social media in no times, amassing huge appreciation from viewers and listeners.
Even the National Anthem of India “Saray Jahan se Acha Hai Hindustan Hamara” was written by Allama Iqbal who is the Pakistan’s national poet.
We just wonder about the weird behavior of Indian cadets. Indians can adopt a national anthem written by a Muslim philosopher and poet Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal who is a revered personality for Pakistanis, he can allow his youth to use Pakistani national songs, even by making alteration in them then what is wrong in singing its national anthem in a military academy in the UK which is an unbiased place.ffoof
Recitation of Pakistani national anthem by cadets at Sandhurst was indeed a proud moment for Pakistanis, and we owe to Major Uqbah Malik for this. As far as the question of Indian cadet is concerned, his act might be because of his unfamiliarity with the fact that his fellow citizens were already taking inspiration from the national songs of their rival country.