Hum dekhenge is indeed Anti Hindu, no matter what the “intellectuals” might say
Faiz Ahmad Faiz, that’s name that has been there in the news very recently. His poem “Hum Bhi Dekhenge” is gaining popularity again . Agreed great work of poetry, but everything has a time and place. This is not the time and India is not the right place. Some things, no matter how great do not crossover well. Faiz Ahmad Faiz is just one of the people and his poetry is just one of those things.
Deep Kashmiri Connection
Faiz Ahmed Faiz was born on 13 February 1911. He got married in 1941 to Alyz Faiz. Place of his marriage was interestingly Pari Mahal in Srinagar, Kashmir. Interestingly enough M. D. Taseer was resident of Pari Mahal at that time. M D Taseer also got married the same day for hosting marriage of Faiz and Alyz. He was married to Alyz Faiz’s sister Christobel. Their son Salman Taseer, later became minister in Pakistan. Salman Taseer has a son with Tavleen Singh, Aathis Taseer(recently wrote a column that was published in Times magazine titled “India’s divider in chief”).
Nikahnama for Faiz was read by Sheikh Abdulla. Sheikh Abdulla later became Chief Minister of Kashmir, so did his son Farooq Abdulla and later his grandson Omar Abdulla also became chief minister. Signatory witnesses to this marriage were Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad and Ghulam Mohammad Sadiq, both of them later became Chief Ministers in Jammu and Kashmir one from National Conference and another from Indian National Congress. Another signatory witness was Choudhary Dr. Noor Hussain. He was appointed as chairman for the Defense Committee for Sheikh Abdulla.
This is my personal view
Personally I start having doubts about the basic character of a person if they claim to be a Marxist, add Lenin Peace Prize to their name and my doubts stronger. Faiz is being hailed as a great revolutionary poet by some because he was jailed in Pakistan. The followers and so called political pundits wont tell us about the geo-political situations at the time. World was divided in 2 halves Pro USSR and Pro USA. USSR invaded Afghanistan in 1979. Pakistan and USA supported an armed resistance by Afghans. Faiz being Marxist was a well known “intellectual” entity with very pro Soviet views was arrested. Before that Faiz was arrested for being part of a coup. This so called revolutionary was writing poems in Pro Pak propaganda in 1971 and against India(by default against Bangladesh). He turned a blind eye to atrocities by Pakistani authorities in Bangladesh. As I said, people who claim to be Marxist have a character flaw.
Bol Ke Lab Azaad Hai Tere …………
As already established the “strong” connection with Kashmir has always been there. Bol Ke Lab Azaad Hai Tere was specially written for Sheikh Abdulla when Sheikh Abdulla was arrested. Faiz gained more fame in Kashmir after this poem.
1981 Hum Dekhenge was released. Soon this little poem of 23 lines became an unofficial anthem for the Kashmiri separatists. Here are the lines he wrote and their context.
लाज़िम है कि हम भी देखेंगे
वो दिन कि जिसका वादा है
जो लोह-ए-अज़ल में लिखा है
We will witness, it’s only fair that we get to witness the day that has been promised in our destiny. Historical context, Sheikh Abdulla started a “Quit Kashmir agitation back in 1946” this is the promise that Faiz is referring towards.
जब ज़ुल्म-ओ-सितम के कोह-ए-गरां
रुई की तरह उड़ जाएँगे
When the mountains of tyranny will be blown away like small piece of cotton. Context, Hari Singh and the elite members of Hindu community who were seated on the top of the mountain(hierarchy)
हम महकूमों के पाँव तले
ये धरती धड़-धड़ धड़केगी
और अहल-ए-हकम के सर ऊपर
जब बिजली कड़-कड़ कड़केगी
Under the feet of the oppressed citizens of Kashmir, the earth will tremble. Lightning will strike on heads of the ruling elites.
जब अर्ज-ए-ख़ुदा के काबे से
सब बुत उठवाए जाएँगे
When all the idols will be removed from every place that is holy and sacred.
हम अहल-ए-सफ़ा, मरदूद-ए-हरम
मसनद पे बिठाए जाएँगे
We the oppressed, who are with clear conscious yet oppressed and prohibited from entering these holy places will be asked to sit on exalted cushion in these “holy places”.
सब ताज उछाले जाएँगे
सब तख़्त गिराए जाएँगे
All these thrones will be tossed and the power centers will be destroyed.
बस नाम रहेगा अल्लाह का
जो ग़ायब भी है हाज़िर भी
जो मंज़र भी है नाज़िर भी
Only name of the almighty Allah will remain. Who can not be seen but is omnipresent all time. He who is both the spectacle and spectator.
उट्ठेगा अन-अल-हक का नारा
जो मैं भी हूँ और तुम भी हो
The cry of the almighty and one that is true will rise, that’s me and you.
और राज़ करेगी खुल्क-ए-ख़ुदा
जो मैं भी हूँ और तुम भी हो
Those who are creation of that one almighty will rule this land, which is you me and everyone who is follower of that one almighty.
1984 after the Faiz died this poem was literally brought into action. This country was witness on when Kashmiri separatism took the violent turn. We saw everything prophesied in this poem. Same slogan that were promised by Sheikh Abdulla of a pure Muslim Kashmir land was raised again. The elite Hindu minority were blown out of Kashmir, like cotton as it was called by Faiz. Heads of many ruling elites were separated from their bodies and were indeed under the feet separatists. All the idols were removed from every temple that was holy.People occupying the top positions were thrown out. In many places only thing that survived this madness were the mosques. Only thing that remained, was the name of Allah. People were killed while the Islamic slogans were raised. Yes, now only people in power now are the ones who cannot be called kafirs.
You can argue about the interpretation of the poem, but you can not have your own views about historical facts. Everything that I have written is a fact, facts cant be held hostage for interpretation. This “nazm” was taken laterally by the terrorist. This was only possible because these words were there to be taken literally.
For people like Javed Akhtar who are ridiculing the IQ of people who think its “Anti- Hindu” should first talk about the low IQ of people who took and still takes this poem in its literal translation. In doing so they are providing the patronage and providing debating points to a very cruel murderous ideology.