Project 365 – 2 – Wo kehte hain mera watan

Project 365 – 2 – Wo kehte hain mera watan

Disclaimer : This post was written before I came to know that Iqbal’s ideology transitioned from having India as a united nation to a pro-partition stand. However, this nazm still holds true, for the Iqbal that saw a free India.

A Republic Day Special this –

Waving with pride

Wo kehte hain mera watan,
ab nahi raha Iqbal ka chaman,
mere zehen me jhank ke dekho zara,
aaj bhi hai wo jazba, wo nazaara,
jab har dil me ek hi baat hoti thi,
mohabbat sirf ek tarah ki hoti thi,
jasbat wahi naye andaaz me jhalakte hain,
jab kadam Dhvajvandan ki or badhte hain.
kehta hai Tiranga dekhkar apni azaad avaam,
bas jung-e-azaadi me nahi the muhib-e-watan,
uss anjaan shaheed ki ilamat hai har wo insaan,
asar-o-rasokh na kare jisko apna rutba-e-hum-watan,
mahej insaan se salook kare jaise insaan………..
zinda hain, kuch galiyon me aise chand bashinde,
jo lautayenge is gulistaan ko uske nayaab parindey,
aur wo kehte hain mera watan,
ab nahi raha Iqbal ka chaman!

Glossary
zehen – conscious, jazba- emotion, jung-e-azaadi – freedom struggle, muhib-e-watan – patriots, mahej – only, bashinde – inhabitants (here – citizens), gulistaan – garden, parindey – birds (here, the peace pigeons signifying good citizens), nayaab – rare, asar-o-rasokh – influence

The general idea of the poem is

Some claim that India is no longer the land the great poet Iqbal described as Saare Jahaan Se Achha. I would urge them to look inside my conscious and they will see the same inspired emotion reflecting in my thoughts, which was in the minds of people fighting for India’s struggle; as I walk towards the flag hoisting ground. The emotion is love, there was only one kind of love which existed then and it was for their country. The Tricolour looks proudly at the assembled Avaam, it’s free citizens and addresses them saying,”It is not only in the freedom struggle that patriotism manifested itself. They were not the only patriots, the people who laid down their lives in the freedom struggle. The season of patriotism is not over. Each one of my citizens, who treats his fellow citizens with equality – without being influenced by his status, symbolizes the unknown freedom fighters of that era.” There areΒ  exist (even though few) citizens like this, who live in the bylanes of this country. They have vowed to bring back the rare species of such patriots. And they still say, my country is not Iqbal’s Hindustan anymore?!

4 responses to “Project 365 – 2 – Wo kehte hain mera watan”

  1. Bikram says:

    well I differ with you on this completely .. t osay is one thing .. and the funny part is it comes out only during such days ..
    the rest of the year no one is interested .. I think weneed to MAKE it saare jahan se acha AGAIN.. yes we have to work for it and god willing one day we will make it such .

    but for that we have t oagree that there is a problem .. if there is NO problem then what are we trying to fix …

  2. Meta says:

    Problem hai na, there are only a handful few of good people left. The point here was not about the situation in the country but the feeling of patriotism that is becoming rare……..we’re saying the same thing Bikram ji – but in a different way. Patriotism doesn’t only lie in fighting wars,like it is not the responsibility of soldiers alone, the common man can show his patriotism by exercising his social responsibility. That is what I am trying to convey πŸ™‚ We’re not to be written off yet – we’ll make the India the way Iqbal pictured.

  3. Giribala says:

    Everything keeps on changing!! Lets hope for the best πŸ™‚

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