‘Abide With Me' left out of lineup
Hindustan Times|January 23, 2022
Abide With Me, a decades-old staple tune at the Beating Retreat ceremony and said to be a favourite of Mahatma Gandhi, does not figure in the lineup announced by the government on Saturday for the January 29 musical extravaganza that will feature a raft of military bands marking the end of Republic Day celebrations.
Rahul Singh

NEW DELHI: The Christian hymn, composed by Henry Francis Lyte in 1847, finds no mention in an Indian Army hand out released on Saturday with details of the ceremony, staged on the eve of Gandhi's death anniversary.

This is the first time the hymn will be dropped. There were plans to not feature it in the ceremony in 2020, although it was restored at the last minute after reports of it being left out led to a controversy. “Soldiers relate to Abide With Me as it has been a part of our miliа tary culture. The tradition should continue," said former director general of military operations Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia.

A defence ministry spokesperson did not comment on why the composition has been omitted, a move that could trigger a fresh political row on the back of the eternal flame controversy.

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