Jai Hind

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Indian commemorative post-mark of "Jai Hind"

Jai Hind (Hindi: जय हिन्द{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}) is a salutation, slogan and battle cry most commonly used in India in speeches and communications pertaining to or referring to patriotism towards India (also known as Hind). It translates roughly to "Hail India", "Victory to India"[1] or "Long live India".[2] The term was coined by Major Abid Hasan Safrani of the Indian National Army as a shortened version of Jai Hindustan Ki (translation: Victory to India).[3][4]

The Jai Hind postmark was the first commemorative postmark of Independent India, and was issued on the day of independence, 15 August 1947.

In popular culture

An old building in Katni built in commemoration of India's freedom, with statues of Jawaharlal Nehru, Mohandas K. Gandhi and Subhas Chandra Bose, with "Jai Hind" written in Roman letters and Devanagari script.

A follower of Indian nationalist Subhas Chandra Bose, Ramchandra Moreshwar Karkare, of Gwalher Madhya Bharat, wrote a patriotic drama Jai Hind and published a book in Hindi, Jai Hind. Later, Ramchandra Karkare became Congress president of Central India Province. He took part in the freedom struggle with Chandra Shekhar Azad.

The phrase is what the radio announcer says on All India Radio at the end of the broadcast. The term occurs in the patriotic song "Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo" sung by Lata Mangeshkar in 1963.[5] Jai Hind (1999) is also a Hindi film, made by actor-director Manoj Kumar.[6] The comedy show Jay Hind! (2009) is also named after it, and numerous institutions like Jai Hind College, Mumbai, as well as media entities like Jai Hind Gujarati newspaper and JaiHind TV.

Mahatma Gandhi sent a piece of crocheted, cotton lace made from yarn personally spun by himself, with the central motif reads Jai Hind to British Royal couple Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip as a wedding gift in 1947.[7]

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