By Hindustan Times
It is a song that is sung on most patriotic occasion, had moved India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to tears and its morale-boosting words provided solace to a nation agonised by the defeat in the 1962 India-China war. Ae mere watan, penned by National Poet Pradeep, was written
shortly after the war and served to unite the masses that were seething with rage over the battering the Indian forces received.
The song, revered next only to the National Anthem and the National Song (Vande Mataram), was first rendered before a packed National Stadium in the capital on a cold January 27 evening exactly 50 years ago, by Lata Mangeshkar.
The distinguished audience included President S Radhakrishnan, Prime Minister Nehru, virtually the entire film industry compri