Various articles had been written over ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ lately. Scroll with its well researched article is a must read. A small excerpt is given here-
The concept of worshiping prithvi, the earth, has long been part of Hinduism. However, modern forms of equating a nation with a mother goddess first arose in Bengal.
Although, its Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay (1838-94) who had transformed Bharat Mata into a fully fledged Hindu goddess and a symbol of India. And later Aurobindo Ghosh carried this idea of fusing Religion into Nationalism.
Aurobindo Ghosh – one of the fathers of Hindu nationalism – replied with an answer that is especially relevant today. Pointing to a map of British India on the wall, Ghosh said:
“Do you see this map? It is not a map but the portrait of Bharat Mata: its cities and mountains rivers and jungles form her physical body. All her children are her nerves, large and small…Concentrate on Bharat as a living mother, worship her with nine-fold bhakti.
But now we have another twist in the story. And well it seems convincing too. Should we say Bharat Mata or Bharat Pita ?