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What Is Left of Gandhi’s Country? A Song to Help You Remember

On Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary, we reflect on whether his ideals and teachings have truly been honoured.

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Video editor: Vivek Gupta

2 October 2019 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. We have celebrated him as the father of the nation. We have also, over the years, not only questioned the relevance of his ideals of non-violence and satyagraha, but also institutionalised corruption. Today, Gandhi merely remains immortalised on currency notes.

On the Mahatma's sesquicentennial birth anniversary, here's a song that is as much a prayer to him, as it is a confession of what we've done to his memory.

This song is adapted from the 'Sabarmati Ke Sant' song from the film Jagriti (1954), directed by Satyen Bose, which won the Filmfare Award in '56. It was originally sung by Asha Bhonsle. You can listen to the original song here.

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For 73 years we've shared hatred!

Oh Saint of Sabarmati! What have we done to you!
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram

Ah! What a war you fought, unique in all the land

Alas! We have whittled away our freedom to naught

Yours was the penance of empathy

And our wealth? Religious intolerance

The storms of intolerance have blown out your torch

Oh Saint of Sabarmati! What have we done to you!
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram

On a currency note, you're now a namesake

Yet, not even books speak of your ideals

Caste lives on, the flower of knowledge is yet to bloom

The day your pyre was lit, our spirits waned

Corruption spreads its canopy, like a poisonous tree

Oh Saint of Sabarmati! What we have done to you!
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram

The youth fear the siren of unemployment

The farmer and the labourer die of hunger

Your sacrifices lie forgotten, and the weight

of this folly, is now upon our children

Having forgotten you, we have moved on unfazed

Oh Saint of Sabarmati! What we have done to you!
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram

आपस में बैर बांट जिए हम तिहत्तर साल

साबरमती के संत तेरा कर दिया ये हाल

रघुपति राघव राजाराम...

धरती पे लड़ी तूने अजब ढंग की लड़ाई

हुई खाक ये आजादी जो हम सबने लुटाई

हर दर्द समझने की तपस्या तुम्हें भाई

मजहब लड़ें आपस में यही अपनी कमाई

मतभेद की आंधी ने बुझाई तेरी मशाल

साबरमती के संत तेरा कर दिया ये हाल

ठप्पा बनाके नोट पे तुमको किया निहाल

किताबों में भी ना मिलती है अब तो तेरी मिसाल

ना जात मिटी ना खिली शिक्षा कि वो कली

जिस दिन तेरी चिता जली धुंधला गया जलाल

बनके खड़ा है भ्रष्टाचार विष भरा तमाल

साबरमती के संत तेरा कर दिया ये हाल

बेरोजगारी के बिगुल से नौजवान डरे

मजदूर और किसान भूख के तले मरे

बलिदान तेरा भूलकर हमने ये क्या किया

कल की पीढ़ियों पे भार इसका लाद ही दिया

तुझको भुला के हमने किया ना कोई सवाल

साबरमती के संत तेरा कर दिया ये हाल

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