Jai Hind (Hindi: , IPA: [dj nd]) is a salutation and slogan that means "Victory to India" or "Long live India". Coined and used during India's freedom movement from the British Raj, it emerged as a form of national greeting under Jawaharlal Nehru, and a battle cry particularly among Indian army personnel and in political speeches.
The word "jai" is derived from jaya (Sanskrit), which means "triumph, victory, cheers, bravo, rejoice". The word jaya appears in Vedic literature such as in Atharvaveda 8.50.8 and in post-Vedic literature such as the Mahabharata.
It was Chempakaraman Pillai, a close associate of Subash Chandra Bose, who coined the term "Jai Hind" in 1907,. According to the Independence Day speech in 1968 by Indira Gandhi - a prime minister of India and president of the Indian National Congress, it was Bose who gave "Jai Hind" slogan to Indians, and her father Jawaharlal Nehru who carried the "Jai Hind" slogan to "every nook and corner" of India, making it a symbol of their unity and strength as a nation.
According to Sumantra Bose, the phrase is devoid of any religious tone. The term became popular as a slogan and greeting of the Indian National Army organized by Subash Chandra Bose and his colleagues, particularly between 1943-45. After India's independence, it emerged as a national slogan, and has been a common form of greeting the people of India by its political leaders and prime ministers such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, P V Narasimha Rao, and others. Indira Gandhi would end her political speeches with triple shouts of "Jai Hind". Since the mid-1990s, came to be used as a greeting among the Indian Army personnel.
Indian commemorative post-mark of "Jai Hind".
A follower of Indian nationalist Subhas Chandra Bose, Ramchandra Moreshwar Karkare, of Gwalher (Gwalior) Madhya Bharat, wrote a patriotic drama Jai Hind in March 1947 and published a book in Hindi, with the same title. Later, Karkare became Congress president of Central India Province.
The Jai Hind postmark was the first commemorative postmark of Independent India. The first stamps of Independent India were issued on November 21, 1947 with Jai Hind inscribed on them, in 1.5 anna, 3.5 anna and 12 anna denominations. Along with Jai Hind, they carried images of Ashoka capital, national flag and an aircraft respectively. " " is also stated on the first, Independence series of Indian stamps.
Mahatma Gandhi sent a piece of crocheted, cotton lace made from yarn personally spun by himself, with the central motif Jai Hind, to British Royal couple Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip as a wedding gift in 1947.
The phrase appeared in the early years of Air India slogans, with a 1965 Lok Sabha debate mentioning it being a part of the tagline of the government-owned national airline as "One Nation, One Leader, One India, Jai Hind".
The phrase has also given its name to
...Champakaraman Pillai, a committed anti-imperialist. He is credited with coining the phrase 'Jai Hind' meaning 'Victory for India'...
To Champakaraman Pillai goes the credit of coining the taraka mantra "Jai Hind" in 1907...