2. Vande Mataram is the title of a poem/hymn in the 1882 novel Anandamatha by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay dedicated to the goddess Durga. It came to be considered the "National Song of India", Many Muslim organizations in India have declared fatwas against singing Vande Mataram, due to the song suggesting the worshiping of "Mother India". Tagore's Jana Gana Mana was chosen as the National Anthem and Vande Mataram was rejected on the grounds that other religions who did not believe in Durga would feel offended by its depiction of the nation as a Hindu goddess.
The English translation:
I show gratitude to thee, Mother,
cool with the winds of the south,
dark with the crops of the harvests,
Her nights rejoicing in the glory of the moonlight,
her lands clothed beautifully with her trees in flowering bloom,
sweet of laughter, sweet of speech,
The Mother, giver of boons, giver of bliss
Chotu: Why are Robert, Lobsang and Akbar not singing ?