Independence Songs that depict India as the culturally diverse
20 Independence Songs that depict India as the culturally diverse yet united country. Head on to find how Bollywood has contributed with some goosebumps inducing patriotic songs, dedicated to different sets of people who are making the proud nation what it is.
Des Mere Meri Jaan Hai Tu – The Legend of Bhagat Singh 
The visuals of high octane jingoistic protest march by the revolutionaries, Sukhdev slapping the Gora Policeman and Bhagat Singh hugging kids on the streets while Sukhwinder Singh croons in his robust voice – “Hazaaron Khwaab Roshan Hain, Sulagti Si Neeli Nigaahon Me…” Yes. They sacrificed their life for our future – our independence. This song is the epitome of their contribution to the country.
All Hail Indian Revolutionaries!
Kandho Se Milte Hain Kandhe – Lakshya 
What does a soldier gain by war – Pride I guess. They take pride in what they do for the country and why not!
However, it’s never easy! So, what keeps them going? Their camaraderie at the war front. Their brotherhood and their zest to be one for all and all for one. They are the brothers in arms and this song caters the journey of our indelible Kargil heroes from surprise to victory; but not without the emotional and physical sacrifices they had done for us.
This one is for our Indian Army personnel and veterans to whom duty towards the nation is ahead of family and other things we consider priorities.
Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna – Sarfarosh 
What’s happening in India post Independence. Not exactly what the revolutionaries sacrificed their life for. But who can save the nation from terrorism and corruption – people like us who aspire to become IPS or for that matter IAS officer.
Being an NDA exam failure guy, I wish all the aspiring patriots who wants to serve the country in uniform or civil dress all the very best.
Mere Dushman Mere Bhai – Border 
Does a soldier want war? Not really! A soldier from either side of the fence wants peace – the peace that every human being deserves. This song questioning the very idea of war between us and our cross-border (who could have been friends) elucidates the futility of a war, which somehow reminds me of the title of Frank Capra’s trilogy – Why We Fight! The visuals of vandalized tanks and soldiers lying on them are heart-rending.
This Independence Songs is dedicated to the peace India wants, needs and more importantly deserves.
Ye Jo Des Hai Tera – Swades 
Ah, this is the national song of Indian diaspora (if I may say so). The song depicts the culture of India – the warmth that this country has – the pride of the nation – We – The People. The flute theme has become emblematic to global patriotism.
This song along with “Teri Yaad Sath Hai” from Namastey London  is dedicated to all my friends who have moved from India to abroad and are working hard so that everyone says, “India produces the best Engineers and Doctors.” Thank you all for being the pride of the nation without being in the nation.
Mera Mulk Mera Desh – Diljale 
‘Mera Mulk Mera Desh’ is not a song. It’s an aspiration. Aspiration of the youth sitting out their in the quaint regions of the country hoping and working hard to contribute something substantial. It’s a jovial jingoistic air somehow gives pleasure the ears and heart, thanks to the joyous way it has been sung.
To all those youngsters who are looking to contribute to the nation building, my hearty compliments and good luck. You guys are not alone!
Humari Hi Mutthi Me Aakash Sara – Prahar 
What can generation next do for the country. Those kids wearing the uniform every morning so that they can complete their education are just more than the next generation. They are the sparks that will be ignited minds of the country in future if nurtured properly.
I dedicate this song to all the kids, parents/guardians and teachers who are contributing to the nation by nurturing these kids and showing them they are capable of changing the world. Thank you all for being so encouraging.
Rang De Basanti – Rang De Basanti 
Any list of Independence Songs is incomplete without this gem which is rather a music symbol of the three courageous leaders who embraced (and more elaborately kissed) the ‘Faansi’ for the independence of the nation. The version from RDB has been chosen because it’s the best and has an air of modern day patriotism.
We all have a set of super-patriotic friends. This is dedicated to them and our three heroes.
Aisa Des Hai Mera – Veer-Zara 
Ah, how can I miss out on this song which takes us to the rural India – in the realms of the expanse of agricultural fields of India wherein we witness the culture of India, its hospitality, warmth in relation and more importantly the pride each one of us have for this piece of land.
This is to every common man who feels proud to be the part of the country which is known for its cultural and geographical diversity.
Ma Tujhe Salaam – A.R. Rahman 
If there is a song which portrays the fact that Rahman is bestowed with profuse jingoism, then it has to be ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam’, which I guess each one of us loves for simple reasons. We all have a part in our hearts that belongs to the nation – only to the nation.
This song is dedicated to that part of our hearts.
*Takes the cassette out from the walkman, revolves it and inserts it again*
[Side B] –
Kar Chale Hum Fida – Haqeeqat  –
What does a soldier wish when he haa already given away his life for the country. A little honor perhaps.! Dying for country is meditation for the soldiers. It’s something that nothing else can parallel, but what comes closer to it is the soldier taken back home shrouded in his national flag. This song is beautifully used in Sunny Deol starrer ‘Maa Tujhe Salaam’ – in which this song features at the time of ambush by terrorists. The soldier dies while listening to his favorite song. The film also depicts the contribution of entertainment industry (radio to be precise) in the war by showing how the industry gives an extended emotional support to the soldiers by running patriotic campaign like playing favorite Independence Songs demanded by the soldiers.
This is dedicated to all the music lovers soldiers of the nation.
Hind Mere Jind – Sachin – A Billion Dreams  [and a trillion Goosebumps if not more]
Even though Jind Mere Hindi is the song that is made for Sachin, it portrays the emotions of geniuses who are serving the nation by staying here. This somehow takes me back to the memories of ‘Parmanu – The Story of Pokharan’, wherein they have shown an ISRO personnel rejecting all the offers from overseas including the flamboyant organization that NASA is.
I am proud to be in the country which produces these genius minds. This is to all the master-minds, cricketers and nationalist bureaucrats who are utilizing their core potential to the growth of the nation.
Hai Preet Jahaan Ki Reet Sada – Purab aur Paschim 
Ah, what did India contribute to the world. Can you count them. Well No! But Manoj Kumar’s on screen rendition does contribute a lot with the mentions. This song which also takes us to the memories of Akshay Kumar’s iconic speech in ‘Namastey London’ is nothing but a brief introduction to India’s importance in the world which covers the reasons for our pride.
This is to each one of us who are proud of the country and do not shy away from plunging headlong into a discussion about India and its past contribution along with what lies ahead in the future.
Ae Watan Mere Aabaad Rahe Tu – Raazi 
Apart from the heroes we all know about, there are certainly some who are guarding our country and are still happy to be thrown into the darkness of oblivion. This film and song depicts the sacrifices and unconditional patriotism of these heroes.
This is to RAW and IB – Thank you for protecting India from what could have already destroyed the country.
Mere Desh ki Dharti – Upkar 
India is regarded as “Sone Ki Chidiya”. Even though most part of the Gold has been taken away, but we have diamonds – The Youth! The hardworking youth that will glitter more than that Gold in future.
This is to the country which has produced and will keep producing such jewels.
Bharat Humko Jaan Se Pyara Hai – Roja 
Can you tell why do you love your country? I think, No! It is something that comes naturally to us. We love it because we belong to it, because this piece of land has resided us, and more importantly because we consider it as our mother and love for mother needs absolutely no explanation.
This is to all of us who love India for no reason. I switch to “Meri Jaan Tiranga Hai” after this one.
Mere Desh Premiyo – Desh Premee 
India, being culturally so diverse is still a proud united nation. Why? For a simple reason. We have unity in diversity. With gamut of languages spoken across the nation and people from different religious backgrounds residing in our country, we have a sense of harmony between all of us, owing to our warmth and love for each other. This song which is against the hostility that some people still show is the Independence Songs of peace within the country.
This is to all of us who are have their hands on the shoulders of their comrades.
Tu Bhoola Jise – Airlift 
The mere countenance of the national flag when Akshay Kumar and company lands on Indian soil gives Goosebumps. This nation is kind. Very kind. Even though you don’t reside here, the nation never forgets that you belong to it. This film depicts the way India (and its Govt.) helps diaspora people in the situation of crisis.
This is to the nation and all the people who are not here but know that they will always belong to India no matter where they are.
Apni Azadi Ko Hum Hargiz Mita Sakte Nahi – Leader 
Yes. We are going to savor this independence that we are privileged with because our heroes had fought for it. We are going to haul this freedom as pride for the rest of our lives.
This is to our Azadi!
Ae Mere Watan Logo – Lata Mangeshkar 
There are so many heroes who have sacrificed their life for independence. Even though this song has different context, it’s Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ramprasad Bismil, Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel and Gandhiji that come to my mind in the contex of Independence Day.
Thank you for doing whatever you have done for the country’s independence.
You all have indeed left behind a legacy – a legacy of patriotism, unconditional love for the country, leadership when it comes to contributing to the nation and more importantly independence in terms of living like a free bird without the tangles of colonialism and freedom of speech which we will use responsibly.
This Independence Songs article is dedicated to the heroes of the country and to all Indians who take pride in belonging to this nation!
Bharat Mata Ki Jai!
Vande Mataram! 🇮🇳
Ay Mere Pyaare Watan, Tujpe Dil Qurbaan…