Indian history is replete with great patriotic songs. One such song is “Saare Jahan Se Achchha”. Along with “Vande Maataram” and “Jana Gana Mana”, “Sare Jahan Se Achchha” has become most famous Indian patriotic song. It must be one of the most enduring patriotic poems of the Urdu language. The song was written by Urdu Poet Muhammad Iqbal. Originally written for children, the poem was first published in the weekly journal Ittehad. The date was 16 August 1904 and soon enough it became a nationwide phenomenon. The song was an ode to Hindustan. During that time, Hindustan comprised of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
“Saare Jahan Se Achchha” was a wonderful depiction of the grand beauty of India and also expressed anguish against the oppressive regime of British. Interestingly, this song is also known as Tarana-e-Hindi.
The complete song goes like this:-
Sare jahan se accha hindostan hamara
Hum bulbulain hai is ki, yeh gulsitan hamara
Ghurbat men hon agar ham, rahta hai dil vatan men
Samjho vahin hamen bhi, dil hain jahan hamara
Parbat voh sab se uncha, hamsaya asman ka
Voh santari hamara, voh pasban hamara
Godi men khelti hain is ki hazaron nadiya
Gulshan hai jin ke dam se, rashk-e-janan hamara
Aye ab, raud, ganga, voh din hen yad tujhko
Utara tere kinare, jab karvan hamara
Maz’hab nahin sikhata apas men bayr rakhna
Hindi hai ham, vatan hai hindostan hamara
Yunan-o-misr-o-roma, sab mit gaye jahan se
Ab tak magar hai baqi, nam-o-nishan hamara
Kuch bat hai keh hasti, mitati nahin hamari
Sadiyon raha hai dushman, daur-e-zaman hamara
Iqbal ko’i meharam, apna nahin jahan men
M’alum kya kisi ko, dard-e-nihan hamara
Poet Iqbal was primarily a lecturer at the Government College, Lahore. He was a great visionary and idealist who always dreamed of sustained and harmonious existence of composite Hindu-Muslim culture. The song has transformed thousands of Indians into great patriots and freedom fighters. The song is as good as National Anthem and it is believed to be a favorite of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. He sang it several times during his stay in prison. Saare Jahan Se Achchha still holds relevance and will continue to do so in coming times.