LONDON: The legendary rock band Pink Floyd's founder and guitarist Roger Waters recited a translated version of Aamir Aziz's poem 'Sab Yaad Rakha Jayga'. While protesting against the extradition of Julian Assange of Wikileaks, Waters addressed the people present there with the poem and said that "This kid’s got a future".
Aamir Aziz is a poet and a Jamia Milia Islamia student who recited the poem referring to the fiasco the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has created. The poem was widely shared across the country and now, Aamir and his poem have reached internationally too.
Rogers before reciting the poem introduced Aziz first as the "young poet and activist" against the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his "fascist and racist" new citizenship law.
Addressing the other protestors, Rogers spoke about Julian Assange and said, "We are here for Julian Assange. But I have four names on this piece of paper. The first and last of course is Julian Assange, A journalist, a courageous shiner of light into the dark places from which the powers that be would dearly like to have us turn away. Julian Assange. A name to be carved with pride into any monument to human progress. Julian is why we are here today, but this is no parochial protest. We are today part of a global movement, a global movement that might be the beginning of the global enlightenment that this fragile planet so desperately needs."
After reading out the translated version aloud to the people, the guitarist was impressed and could see that the writer had a bright future ahead. The poem was welcomed with loud cheers and applause.
Here are the few lines from 'Sab Yaad Rakha Jayga' that Roger recited:
"Kill us, we will become ghosts
And write of your killings, with all the evidence
You write jokes in court,
We will write ‘justice’ on the walls
We will speak so loudly that even the deaf will hear
We will write so clearly that even the blind will read
You write injustice on earth
We will write revolution in the sky
Everything will be remembered,
Here is the full Hindi version of Aamir Aziz's 'Sab Yaad Rakha Jayga'.