Happy Independence Day

जब ज़ीरो दिया मेरे भारत ने,
भारत ने, मेरे भारत ने,
दुनिया को तब गिनती आई।
तारों की भाषा भारत ने
दुनिया को पहले सिखलाई।
देता न दशमलव भारत तो
यों चाँद पे जाना मुश्किल था।
धरती और चाँद की दूरी का
अंदाज़ा लगाना मुश्किल था।
सभ्यता जहाँ पहले आई – 2
पहले जन्मी है जहाँ पर कला,
अपना भारत वो भारत है
जिसके पीछे संसार चला।
संसार चला और आगे बढ़ा
आगे बढ़ा बढ़ता ही गया।
भगवान करे ये और बढ़े
बढ़ता ही रहे और फूले-फले।

है प्रीत जहाँ की रीत सदा मैं गीत वहाँ के गाता हूँ।
भारत का रहने वाला हूँ भारत की बात सुनाता हूँ।

काले-गोरे का भेद नहीं हर दिल से हमारा नाता है,
कुछ और ना आता हो हमको हमें प्यार निभाना आता है।
जिसे मान चुकी सारी दुनिया मैं बात वही दोहराता हूँ।

जीते हों किसी ने देश तो क्या हमने तो दिलों को जीता है,
जहाँ राम अभी तक है नर में, नारी में अभी तक सीता है।
इतने पावन हैं लोग जहाँ, मैं नित-नित शीश झुकाता हूँ।

इतनी ममता नदियों को भी जहाँ माता कह के बुलाते हैं,
इतना आदर इन्सान तो क्या पत्थर भी पूजे जाते हैं।
उस धरती पे मैंने जनम लिया ये सोच के मैं इतराता हूँ।

Okay – call this that sudden patriotism that gets a wake-up call on Independence and Republic days. Was listening to some patriotic songs over the Internet (http://www.musicindiaonline.com/l/12/s/album.4667/language.11/). But no – its not that bad. I listen to them once in a while even otherwise.

Anyway – so was listening to them. And got this urge to write this song down. There is something very touching in it. If I apply my today’s rational , cynical mind to the lyrics, it won’t be able to stand up to the surgery. There is outright undue glorification, justifications of things coming out of ignorance, stereotypes and a tendency to live on past achievements.

But leave all that apart for a while, and there is a soothing effect in the song. May be it is the conviction with which the lyrics is written, may be it is the context in which it is sung in the movie (defending a country, which has been forced into backwardness by outsiders), may be it is the soulful singing, may be it is the appropriate music, may be a combination of all these – it is extremely touching. And for a while, leaving aside your cynicism, you feel like just flowing in those feelings.

Its not possible to write the kind of speeches I used to write in the school-days on such occasions. Its very difficult to say too much. The problem is the same old one – its very difficult to see black and white now. Gray has subdued so many things that need a belief in extremities to justify their existence.

So, just this much. Happy Independence Day. With all that still remains to be achieved, the significance of this day can not belittled.

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Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started Pothi.com, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe (http://instascribe.com) with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: https://jayajha.wordpress.com Twitter: @jayajha Facebook: http://facebook.com/MovingOnTheBook

5 thoughts on “Happy Independence Day

  1. just one more thing
    lyrics of this song are by Indeevar and it comes from the movie purab aur paschim
    actually all numerals are Indic

  2. And to you too. Its good to see you getting back to writing. Another one of my favorite desh-bhakti songs is “Jis desh mein ganga behti hai” (the original one, sung by Mukesh I believe). “Sarfaroshi ki tamanna” from the Legend of Bhagat Singh is also very powerful.

  3. When I first heard those lines (first stanza) some 8-9 years back, I was simply bowled over.
    Agreed that it is undue glorification, but the voice, the music, the lyrics are simply amazing.
    If you liked this one, try other songs of mahendra kapoor..specially the patriotic ones. But others like ‘tum agar saath dene ka wada karo’, ‘neele gagan ke tale’, ‘dil ki yeh aarzoo thi koi dilruba mile’ are also good.

  4. Oh sorry! I had just forgot that you yourself have a huge collection of hindi songs & you’d probably be aware of all these songs anyway :-D.

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