Jai Hind (Hindi: जय हिन्द, IPA: [dʒəj ɦɪnd]) is a salutation and slogan that originally meant "Victory to India", and in contemporary colloquial usage usually means "Long live India" or "Salute to India". Coined and used during India's freedom movement from the British Raj, it emerged as a form of battle cry particularly among Indian National Army personnel (INA) and in political speeches.
Etymology and nomenclature
The word "jai" is derived from jaya (Sanskrit), which means "triumph, victory, cheers, bravo, rejoice". The word jaya appears in Vedic literature such as in Atharvaveda 8.50.8 and in post-Vedic literature such as the Mahabharata.
There is misconception that Subhash Chandra Bose coined the slogan 'Jai Hind' but Narendra Luther, a former civil servant in his book "Lengendotes of Hyderabad" based on documentary evidences, interviews and research credited it to Zain -ul Abideen Hasan. He was son of a Collector from Hyderabad, who went to Germany to study engineering. Later Zain-ul-Abideen became major in INA and participated in India campaigns. Netaji wanted an Indian style salute in his army and various suggestions came from. Zain-Ul-Abideen came with 'Jai Hind' and Netaji gladly accepted it.
According to Sumantra Bose, the phrase is devoid of any religious tone. The term became popular as a slogan and greeting of the Indian National Army organized by Subash Chandra Bose and his colleagues, particularly between 1943–45. After India's independence, it emerged as a national slogan, and has been a common form of greeting the people of India by its political leaders and prime ministers such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, P V Narasimha Rao, and others. Indira Gandhi would end her political speeches with triple shouts of "Jai Hind". Since the mid-1990s, came to be used as a greeting among the Indian Army personnel.
Indian commemorative post-mark of "Jai Hind".
In popular culture
A follower of Indian nationalist Subhas Chandra Bose, Ramchandra Moreshwar Karkare, of Gwalher (Gwalior) Madhya Bharat, wrote a patriotic drama Jai Hind in March 1947 and published a book in Hindi, with the same title. Later, Karkare became Congress president of Central India Province.
The Jai Hind postmark was the first commemorative postmark of Independent India. The first stamps of Independent India were issued on November 21, 1947 with Jai Hind inscribed on them, in 1.5 anna, 3.5 anna and 12 anna denominations. Along with Jai Hind, they carried images of Ashoka capital, national flag and an aircraft respectively. "जय हिन्द" is also stated on the first, Independence series of Indian stamps.
Mahatma Gandhi sent a piece of crocheted, cotton lace made from yarn personally spun by himself, with the central motif Jai Hind, to British Royal couple Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip as a wedding gift in 1947.
The phrase appeared in the early years of Air India slogans, with a 1965 Lok Sabha debate mentioning it being a part of the tagline of the government-owned national airline as "One Nation, One Leader, One India, Jai Hind".
The phrase has also given its name to
- Jai Hind (1994), a Tamil movie with Arjun Sarja as hero
- Jai Hind (1999), a Hindi film, made by actor-director Manoj Kumar
- The comedy show Jay Hind! (2009)
- Jai Hind College, Mumbai
- Jai Hind, a Gujarati newspaper
- JaiHind TV.
- Bharat Mata
- Banga Mata
- Sri Lanka Mata
- Hindustan Zindabad
- Jai Jawan Jai Kisan
- Joy Bangla
- Jai Maharashtra
- Jaya Jaya He Telangana
- Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat
- Vande Mataram
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