By- Samhitha Dulam
Yes, folks!!! We all heard of MODI Ji asking for us to be local, and this isn’t the first time that we are asked to boycott other countries products and use our country products. It started years ago to be prior it started from the times of swadeshi movement. It is very well explained by one of our artist called ABANINDRANATH TAGORE.
We have seen many portraits of BHARAT MATA. But a very few of us have seen the original painting of Bharat Mata. Here is the painting of Bharat Mata by Abanindranath Tagore.
In a land where the goddess and the female force are worshipped, it is not so surprising that the potent symbol and our nation is symbolized by a woman – BHARAT MATA. This is one of the most iconic paintings of Abanindranath Tagore, the founder of the Bengal School of Art.
This painting was mainly conceived, keeping in mind about the swadeshi movement. The painting made with watercolours depicts the BHARAT MATA as a four-armed goddess who looks like a saffron-clad woman, dressed like sadhvi, holding sheaves of paddy, a book, a piece of white cloth and a garland in her four hands. This has so much of impression on people mostly because of the emotion, purity and historical value in it. She holds the multiple items associated with the Indian economy and culture of India in the early 20th century. The entire rendering is very symbolic, yet it’s quite real.
The impact of this painting was that Bharat Mata became the new deity of the country, unlike all other Hindu goddesses who had weapons and became the face of modern Swadeshi India. Abanindranath made her with the theme of the motherland, which is not in shackles or chains but radiant and promising a bright future. Jawaharlal Nehru wrote in his autobiography;
“It is curious how one cannot resist the tendency to give an anthropomorphic form to a country….. India becomes Bharat Mata….some such pictures rouse the emotions of hundreds of thousands.”
There are many interpretations about this painting where some said she is a goddess; she is made as a symbol of revolutionary and many more. Of course, they are accurate and here is my interpretation: she is named as Bharat Mata, where the nation is referred as “MATA” –MOTHER, evoking the powerful force of the goddess and merging it with a deep love for the motherland. And observe the painting, it ultimately shows us the values, culture and the purity of being a SWADESHI (Now called as LOCAL).
My Give Away:
Bharat Mata- “The woman as the Nation” what did she wear- pure saffron-coloured saree, a pair of shakha-pola, conch shell and coral bangles around her wrists and nothing apart from that yet she looked so good, so attractive, as beautiful as our nation, with her face marked with an expression of quiet contemplation like she is politely waiting for you to finish your point before presenting her interpretation of the issue at hand. She has just shown us the beauty of being SWADESHI. The importance of our culture, we all do know about it, yet we LOST it, man!! It’s so sad to say and accept it, but we indeed LOST our CULTURE, our TRADITIONS, our way of being SWADESHI!
It’s ok! Somehow we showed more interest in other products rather than swadeshi products. And we came to know about it so late but remember it’s never late to change ourselves if it’s for a good cause.
Being swadeshi doesn’t make you low or don’t let others say it’s much better to use other products rather than our products instead let them know the importance of our culture, tradition, values and the help you do to an INDIAN as an INDIAN!!
Let’s be like swadeshi or like a local and embrace the greatness of your culture and values in it.
#Buy Swadeshi, Be like Swadeshi!!!