Hum Dekhenge (Urdu: ہم دیکھیں گے) is a popular Urdu nazm, written by Faiz Ahmad Faiz. Originally written as Va Yabqá Vajhu Rabbika (The face of your lord), it was included in the seventh poetry book of Faiz -- Mere Dil Mere Musafir.
|by Faiz Ahmed Faiz|
|Original title||ویبقی و جہ ر بک|
|First published in||1981|
The nazm was composed as a medium of protest against Zia Ul Haq's oppressive regime. It gained a rapid cult-following as a leftist song of resistance and defiance, after a public rendition by Iqbal Bano at Alhamra Arts Council on 13 February,1986, ignoring the ban on Faiz's poetry.
The poem employs the metaphor of traditional Islamic imagery to subvert and challenge Zia's fundamentalist interpretation of them; Qayamat, the Day of Reckoning is transformed into the Day of Revolution, wherein Zia's military government will be ousted by the people and democracy will be re-installed.
In popular cultureEdit
It was recreated in Coke Studio Season 11 on 22 July 2018, under the aegis of Zohaib Kazi and Ali Hamza.[A] The poem has gained centre-stage in protests against Pervez Musharraf in early 2000s. The poem has gained attention The poem has been quoted and sung widely across a variety of protests in the sub-continent.
During the Citizenship Amendment Act protests in India, a temporary faculty of IIT Kanpur took issue with this Pakistani nazm being sung by protesting students in the campus, and alleged it to be "anti-Hindu".[B][C] A commission has been subsequently set up; the student media body rejects the charges as misinformed and communal, which divorced the poem out of its societal context.
Notes and referencesEdit
- The Coke Studio rendition however removed some lines, which were arguably the most controversial part of the poem.
- The line "sab but uThvā.e jā.eñge" and "bas naam rahegā allāh kā" respectively translates to "when all the idols will be removed" and "only Allah will remain", from a very-literal reading. It was thus perceived to challenge idolatry and polytheism, central tenets of Hinduism.
- The professor claims to promote Vedic Dharma and has had a history of writing Islamophobic articles.
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- Media, Naya Daur (4 September 2019). "When Iqbal Bano Defied Zia's Dictatorship To Sing 'Hum Dekheinge' At Alhamra". Medium. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
- "The story of Faiz's Hum Dekhenge — from Pakistan to India, over 40 years". The Indian Express. 27 December 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
- Maheen Sabeeh (24 July 2018). "Coke Studio 11 announces itself with 'Hum Dekhenge'". The News International. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
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- "Anti-nationals to rape to 'Islamic' Taj: IIT-K prof's gems". The Indian Express. 5 January 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
- Service, Tribune News. "IIT Kanpur panel to decide if Faiz poem is anti-Hindu". Tribuneindia News Service. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
- "IIT Kanpur students respond to professor who accused them of chanting anti-India slogans".
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- For a translation and more on the IIT protest: Naeem, Raza. "Calling Faiz's Hum Dekhenge 'Anti-Hindu' Is Both Laughable and Insulting". The Wire.