Subramania Bharati – The Visionary

@sridharkswamy and @NR_Tatvamasi today were in conversation about Bharatiyar. With my little knowledge on Bharatiyar, I too passed a comment. Sridhar K Swamy immediately sent a few links of Bharatiyar’s works. One that must be studied carefully is a song called “Velli Panimalayin”. This is a post about the same song.

Who was Bharatiyar? Bharatiyar or Subramania Bharati (1882-1921) was one of the freedom fighters from Tamil Nadu. Here is a brief note from Wiki

Subramanya Bharathi (Tamil: சுப்பிரமணிய பாரதி) (December 11, 1882 – September 11, 1921) was a Tamil poet from Tamil Nadu, India, an independence fighter and iconoclastic reformer. Known as Mahakavi Bharathi (the laudatory epithet Maha Kavi meaning Great Poet in many Indian languages), he is celebrated as one of India‘s greatest poets. Bharathi was prolific and adept in both the prose and poetry forms. His compositions helped rally the masses to support the Indian independence movement in South India. Bharathi lived during an eventful period of Indian history, his contemporaries including prominent leaders of the Indian independence movement such as Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Sri Aurobindo and V.V.S.Aiyar. [Taken from Wikipedia Page]

To put it succinctly about Bharatiyar, I will use this quote by @jkinisb

Subramanya Bharati..a patriot and genius painter on the grand canvas of a futuristic, ultramodern Greater India.

Little is known about what kind of vision he had for India. At least I knew little of this. Today, thanks to Sridhar K Swamy, this is rectified. Watch this video. Follow the translations:

This song clearly shows that Bharatiyar’s vision was

  • To Celebrate Enterprise  – West is in need of our products and products from South Indian sea
  • To Ensure Basic Education – Schools are Temples
  • To ensure Security and Literary progress – Weapons and Paper
  • To ensure industrial progress and research – Factories and Universities

What a vision! This is a direct proof of what Bharatiyar stood for apart from being a Patriot at core.

Bharatiyar is a true representation of Indian Right that supported enterprise and freedom during the time when “Gandhian Socialism and respect to Gandhi” was considered Nationalism. We need to look into every such voice from our past and teach our next generations about Bharatiyar and the like.


One comment

  1. You are right. There were very extraordinary men in India during the freedom struggle, both in South, East, West and North, yet we know very little of them thanks to the veneration of Gandhi. These men were a 1000 times wiser than Gandhi, but could not compete with his loincloth. Asceticism is much valued in India, a moronic ascetic is considered superior to an intelligent man who selflessly works for the well-being of mankind.

    If India is to rise to her greatness, we need to bring to prominence her other brilliant sons, who were fully dressed.

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