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Modi to mark 50 years of patriotic song

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Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi would in the evening attend a function where thousands of people will render iconic patriotic song ‘aay mere watan ke logo’, which celebrates golden jubilee.

But the prime purpose of celebrations is to project Modi as the saviour of the nation, who can inspire armed forces with his nationalistic rhetoric.

The song was originally sung by Lata Mangeshkar in memory of martyrs of the 1962 Indo-China war on January 27, 1963. Modi will felicitate Mangeshkar and decorated defence officers and soldiers on this occasion at Mahalaxmi Race Course.

BJP legislator Mangal Prabhat Lodha-promoted Lodha Foundation and Shahid Gaurav Samiti have organised the function.

This will be Modi’s second public function in the city after his rally held on December 22 last year.

Organisers expected at least a lakh Indians to sing the song in the presence of Mangeshkar, who may also strike a note or two.

Written by poet Pradeep and composed by C Ramchandra, Lata Mangeshkar performed live “aay mere watan ke logo‘’ two months after the end of the Indo-China war of 1962 at a fund-raiser for war widows in New Delhi on January 27, 1963.

The song became one of the most popular patriotic songs of the country.

All the artists and technicians, who made this song, have pledged the royalty from it in perpetuity to the War Widows Fund.