shaheen baaGh-shahed

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شاہین باغ ۔ شاہد

۱

تیرا ہے باغ شاہیں، نازاں ہے ہند تجھ پر

یاں مادرِ وطن بھی، اور ہے وطن کی دختر

۲

سردی بڑی کڑی ہے، اور رات کا اندھیرا

اِس رات کی سحر کا ہے تاج تیرے سر پر

۳

جھانسی نے باگ موڑی، تیری طرف ہے آتی

تیری طرح ہے وہ بھی، بچّے کو ساتھ لے کر

۴

دکّن سے چاند بی بی، للکارتی اُٹھی ہے

شاہین باغ کو اب، اِک مورچا بنا کر

۵

سلطانہ رضیہ نکلی، سڑکوں پہ آ گئی ہے

اب ساتھ تیرا دینے شانہ بہ شانہ ہو کر

۶

ساوتری بائی پھولے، پھولے نہیں سماتی

دیکھی دلیری تیری، کشاکش تیری سمجھ کر

۷

باپو کا ساتھ دینے، خاموش جو کھڑی تھی

کستوربا کھڑی ہے پیچھے تیرے بھی چھپ کر

۸

بھارت کی تو ہے ناری، نازاں سبھی ہیں تجھ پر

دیتے خراج تجھ کو، محبّ وطن ہیں آ  کر

शाहीन बाग़ – शाहेद

तेरा है बाग़ शाहीं, नाज़ां है हिन्द तुझ पर

यां मादर-ए वतन भी, और है वतन की दुख़्तर

सर्दी बढी कढी है, और रात का अंधेरा

इस रात के सहर का य ताज तेरे सर पर

झांसी ने बाग मोढी, तेरी तरफ़ है आती

तेरी तरह है बो भी, बच्चे को साथ ले कर

दक्कन से चांद बीबी लल्कार्ती उठी है

शाहीन बाग़ को अब, एक मोर्चा बना कर

सुल्ताना रज़िया निक्ली, सढकौं पे आ गई है

अब साथ तेरा देने, शाना न शाना हो कर

सावित्री बाई फुले, फूले नहीं समाती

देखी दिलेरी तेरी, कशाकश तेरी समझ कर

बापु का साथ देने, ख़ामोश जो खढी थी

कस्तूरबा खढी है, पीछे तेरे भी छुप कर

भारत की तू है नारी, नाज़ां सभी हैं तुझ पर

देते ख़िराज तुझ को, मोहिब्ब-ए वतन हैं आ कर

 

Click here for background and on any passage for word meanings and explanatory discussion. shahed (1944-still kicking), struggles with urdu, maintains this website and sometimes is compelled to write verse. This is inspired by the women’s movement in India protesting the Citizenship Amendment Act. They have occupied a long stretch of main road known as shaheen baaGh, and have been there 24/7 for about a month. This has inspired other similar movements in several cities. All driven and led by women, 92 years old to very young girls.
1
tera hai baaGh shaahiN1, naazaaN2 hai hind tujh par
yaaN maadar3-e vatan bhi, aur hai vatan ki duKhtar4
1.hawk, eagle, high flying bird 2.proud 3.mother 4.daughter
shaheen baGh is the venue is dehli where women are gathered for protest. shaahiN is also a high flying bird with a keen eye and wide view of the ‘garden’ under its wings … the garden being India. O, shaaheen, this garden belongs to you, bharat is proud of you. There are grandmothers and daughters gathered here to protest.

2
sardi baRi kaRi hai, aur raat ka andhera
is raat ki sahar1 ka hai taaj tere sar par
1.dawn
raat and andhera is symbolic of injustice and oppression. You stand in the cold, facing injustice and oppression, night and day. When the dawn of this night comes, it will be to your credit.

3
jhaaNsi ne baag1 moRi, teri taraf2 hai aati
teri tarah hai vo bhi, bachche ko saath le kar  
1.reins of a horse 2.towards
The iconic picture of the rani of jhaaNsi who fought the British, is when she jumps over the ramparts, on her horse, with her son and escapes to fight another day. She has turned the reins towards you. Like you, she also brings her child with her (many women at the protest, have brought their children).

4
dakkan se chaand bibi, lalkaarti uTThi hai
shaaheen baaGh ko ab ek morcha1 banaa kar
1.battle front, defensive lines
chaand bibi fought off internal resistance to a woman becoming queen and then fought moGhal armies to keep her kingdom. She has risen again from the dakkan to come to shaheen baaGh to make a new line of defence.

5
sultana razia nikli, saRkoN pe aa gaii hai
ab saath tera dene, shaana1 ba shaana ho kar  
1.shoulder
razia sultan, queen/empress of the slave dynasty was similarly hounded out by the nobles because she was a woman. She fought them off successfully, but succumbed to a later conspiracy and attach. sultana razia has come out, she has taken to the streets to stand shoulder to shoulder with you.

6
saavitri baai phule, phoole nahiN samaati1
dekhi teri dileri2, kashaakash3 teri samajh kar
1.cannot contain joy 2.bravery 3.struggle
saavitri baai phule is considered a crusading feminist of the late 1800s and worked hard for women’s education and empowerment. saavitri baai phule cannot contain her joy. She sees your courage and understands your struggle.

7
bapu ka saath dene, Khaamosh jo khaRi thi
kasturba khaRi hai peechhe tere bhi chhup kar  
kasturba, the wife of gandhi, played a crucial and supportive role in his life but always stayed in the shadows. kasturba who was always quietly supporting gandhi, is standing behind you, still quiet and hidden.

8
bharat ki tu hai naari1, naazaaN2 sabhi haiN tujh par
dete Khiraaj3 tujh ko, mohibb-e-vatan4 haiN aa kar   
1.woman 2.proud 3.tribute 4.lovers of the homeland
You are the woman of bharat. Everyone is proud of you. Lovers of the homeland come to pay their respects.

shahed (1944-still kicking), struggles with urdu, maintains this website and sometimes is compelled to write verse.  This is inspired by the women’s movement in India protesting the Citizenship Amendment Act.  They have occupied a long stretch of main road known as shaheen baaGh, and have been there 24/7 for about a month.  This has inspired other similar movements in several cities.  All driven and led by women, 92 years old to very young girls.
1
tera hai baaGh shaahiN1, naazaaN2 hai hind tujh par
yaaN maadar3-e vatan bhi, aur hai vatan ki duKhtar4

1.hawk, eagle, high flying bird 2.proud 3.mother 4.daughter

shaheen baGh is the venue is dehli where women are gathered for protest.  shaahiN is also a high flying bird with a keen eye and wide view of the ‘garden’ under its wings … the garden being India.  O, shaaheen, this garden belongs to you, bharat is proud of you.  There are grandmothers and daughters gathered here to protest.
2
sardi baRi kaRi hai, aur raat ka andhera
is raat ki sahar1 ka hai taaj tere sar par

1.dawn

raat and andhera is symbolic of injustice and oppression.  You stand in the cold, facing injustice and oppression, night and day.  When the dawn of this night comes, it will be to your credit.
3
jhaaNsi ne baag1 moRi, teri taraf2 hai aati
teri tarah hai vo bhi, bachche ko saath le kar

1.reins of a horse 2.towards

The iconic picture of the rani of jhaaNsi who fought the British, is when she jumps over the ramparts, on her horse, with her son and escapes to fight another day.  She has turned the reins towards you.  Like you, she also brings her child with her (many women at the protest, have brought their children).
4
dakkan se chaand bibi, lalkaarti uTThi hai
shaaheen baaGh ko ab ek morcha1 banaa kar

1.battle front, defensive lines

chaand bibi fought off internal resistance to a woman becoming queen and then fought moGhal armies to keep her kingdom.  She has risen again from the dakkan to come to shaheen baaGh to make a new line of defence.
5
sultana razia nikli, saRkoN pe aa gaii hai
ab saath tera dene, shaana1 ba shaana ho kar

1.shoulder

razia sultan, queen/empress of the slave dynasty was similarly hounded out by the nobles because she was a woman.  She fought them off successfully, but succumbed to a later conspiracy and attach.  sultana razia has come out, she has taken to the streets to stand shoulder to shoulder with you.
6
saavitri baai phule, phoole nahiN samaati1
dekhi teri dileri2, kashaakash3 teri samajh kar

1.cannot contain joy 2.bravery 3.struggle

saavitri baai phule is considered a crusading feminist of the late 1800s and worked hard for women’s education and empowerment.  saavitri baai phule cannot contain her joy.  She sees your courage and understands your struggle.
7
bapu ka saath dene, Khaamosh jo khaRi thi
kasturba khaRi hai peechhe tere bhi chhup kar

kasturba, the wife of gandhi, played a crucial and supportive role in his life but always stayed in the shadows.  kasturba who was always quietly supporting gandhi, is standing behind you, still quiet and hidden.
8
bharat ki tu hai naari1, naazaaN2 sabhi haiN tujh par
dete Khiraaj3 tujh ko, mohibb-e-vatan4 haiN aa kar

1.woman 2.proud 3.tribute 4.lovers of the homeland

You are the woman of bharat.  Everyone is proud of you.  Lovers of the homeland come to pay their respects.

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