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A Tribute To JNU’s Vidrohi!!!

Posted by Rewa Smriti on December 11, 2015

A poet who lived in a poem, stood for the people, the nature and their cause is no more!


For more than three decades, he lived under a tree, inside the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). His ragged appearance, dirty clothes and frail body fooled many. But Ramshankar “Vidrohi” was no ordinary man. A poet and a cultural activist, Vidrohi was a regular at students’ movement inside and outside JNU; mostly seen speaking his mind through his Hindi and Awadhi poems. On Tuesday afternoon, he passed away.

Courtesy : After 30 years in JNU, poet and perennial protester ‘Vidrohi’ dies

Nitin Kumar Pamnani’s film on him titled ‘I am Your Poet’ won the Best Documentary Film (upto 40 minutes duration)

His poem on “Aurat”:

He was thoroughly irreverent, ready to cut down to size every form of power – be it the State, priests, or the gods, or death itself. This is what he said about his own death:

मैं भी मरूंगा
और भारत के भाग्य विधाता भी मरेंगे
लेकिन मैं चाहता हूं
कि पहले जन-गण-मन अधिनायक मरें
फिर भारत भाग्य विधाता मरें
फिर साधू के काका मरें
यानी सारे बड़े-बड़े लोग पहले मर लें
फिर मैं मरूं- आराम से
उधर चल कर वसंत ऋतु में
जब दानों में दूध और आमों में बौर आ जाता है
या फिर तब जब महुवा चूने लगता है
या फिर तब जब वनबेला फूलती है
नदी किनारे मेरी चिता दहक कर महके
और मित्र सब करें दिल्लगी
कि ये विद्रोही भी क्या तगड़ा कवि था
कि सारे बड़े-बड़े लोगों को मारकर तब मरा॥

I too will die, so will Bharat-Bhagya-Vidhata
Even Jana-Gana-Mana-Adhinayak has to die
But I wish Jana-Gana-Mana-Adhinayak dies first
Then Bharat-Bhagya-Vidhata dies
Then dies the uncle of saints
In other words I want everybody to die first
Then I die, there where spring grows, in peace
When milk sprouts from corn, mangoes bloom
Or when the Mahua oozes its ambrosia
And when the tendrils grow
Beside the river my pyre will glare fragrantly
And friends shall jest
How formidable a poet was Vidrohi
Who put everyone to death before he died.

© Translated by Manash Bhattacharjee  

Courtesy: Lal Salaam Comrade Vidrohi!


One Response to “A Tribute To JNU’s Vidrohi!!!”

  1. rohit said

    दिल्ली में नहीं जानता था इनके बारे में कुछ भी। शायद विद्रोही कवियों की एक सतत परंपरा रही है हमारे देश में…इसकी जड़े इतनी गहरी हैं कि ये कभी नहीं सूखेंगी…
    बड़े दिन फिर से सक्रिय हुई हैं ब्लॉग पर ..अच्छा लगा..हिंदी के अच्छे ब्लॉग चलते रहने चाहिए।

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