Many Forms of Bharat Mata
In ‘Bharat Mata ki…Ruckus’ (Apr 8), Abheek Barman says that Abanindranath Tagore “painted a picture of Banga Mata, Mother Bengal. She was dressed in a simple saree, what village women wore in those days.… No lions accompanied her.” He is forgetting that those were peaceful times, before communal passions were roused by Jinnah in his selfish goals. Saint poet Tulsidas wrote in Ramcharitmanas that one saw Lord Ram as was one’s intent: some found him beautiful, some a warrior, some death personified. Similarly, Bharat Mata is now seen as Durga astride lions, ready to kill her enemies.