‘Hindustan bhi mera hai aur Pakistan bhi mera hai’

As Pakistan and India celebrate their Independence Day, we reproduce a poem by legendary people’s poet Habib Jalib for our readers:

Hindustan bhi mera hai aur Pakistan bhi mera hai
Lekin in donon mulkon mein Amrika dera hai

Hindustan belongs to me and Pakistan belongs to me
Both of these, however, are under American hegemony

Aid ki gandam kha kar ham ne kitney dhokey khai hain
Poochh na hamne Amrika ke kitne naaz uthai hain

American aid gave us wheat, as also their deceit
Do not ask me how long we’ve suffered their conceit

Phir bhi ab tak wadi-e gul ko sangeenon ne ghera hai
Hindustan bhi mera hai aur Pakistan bhi mera hai

And yet the bayonets are all around this flowering valley
Hindustan belongs to me and Pakistan belongs to me

Khan Bahadur chhodna hoga ab to saath Angrezon ka
Ta bah gareban aa pahuncha hai phir se hath Angrezon ka

Khan Bahadur, do not follow the English, from them better keep away

Once again they are holding you by the collar, you are still their prey

Macmilan tera na hua to Kenedy kab tera hai
Hindustan bhi mera hai aur Pakistan bhi mera hai

Macmillan was never thine, Kennedy can never be
Hindustan belongs to me and Pakistan belongs to me

Yeh dharti hai asal mein, pyare, mazdooron dahqanon ki
Is dharti par chal na sakegi marzi chand gharanon ki

This land in fact, my dear, belongs to peasants and workers
Here will not run the writ of a few clannish marauders

Zulm ki rat rahegi kab tak ab nazdik savera hai
Hindustan bhi mera hai aur Pakistan bhi mera hai

The dawn of freedom is heralding the end of tyranny
Hindustan belongs to me and Pakistan belongs to me.

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Courtesy: RevolutionaryDemocracy.org. To read more poems by him click here.