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Is waaste pandrah august hai hamen pyaara

Posted on: August 15, 2013


This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Today is the 15th of August ֠a date that has a very special meaning and significance for all Indians, wherever they may be in this world. For it was on the 15th of August 1947 that India got its independence from British rule.
This date is therefore understandably celebrated by Indians. It is a national holiday in the country too.

Such a day is also a good moment to reflect on the state of the nation. What its achievements are, how it has got to where it is, what its aspirations are, and what needs to happen for it to meet its aspirations.

Before I do my bit of reflection along these lines, my mind goes back to Independence Day 1972.

I was then in primary school. As usual, Independence Day was a holiday but there were events lined up by the school to celebrate the day. There would be the usual flag unfurling by the Chief Guest, there would be a March Past at 7.00 or 7.30 a.m where we would salute the flag as we marched past it. Later that day, there would be some sports events, mainly athletics.

Like most of my friends, I would enjoy the day. Dressed in uniform but wearing white canvas shoes, it was a day of great joy and pride for all of us. When the flag would be unfurled and all those petals would come down, we would all heartily clap and our chests would swell with pride.

This would be the school routine every year. I specifically remember and mention 1972 because I remember it was the Silver Jubilee year of independence and we had even more activities and events lined up that day. The mood was very upbeat ֠the war against Pakistan had been won in December 1971, so this was the first Independence Day after that achievement.

(Of course, a year later, the OPEC financial crisis happened and inflation went through the roof. A couple of years later, Emergency was declared and the 70s in India suddenly began looking different. I was too young then to understand the rationale or significance of these events, though I did notice the price of Coca Cola significantly going up. But even at that young age, since I used to read the newspaper (The Statesman) regularly, I could notice changes happening, even if I didnӴ understand why.

The other non-school related elements of Independence Day used to have a comfortable ritualistic feel about them. The Prime Minister would address the nation, there would be patriotic songs played on radio. No radio programme on Independence Day was complete without airing ԫar chale hum fidaa jaan-o-tan saathiyonԮ We didnӴ have a TV in those days but later when we did get one, we would see the Doordarshan film on Independence Day.

Those memories still linger on in my mind, although forty years have passed since. The rituals continue to this day ֠even today, the PM of India addresses the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi. Even today, All India Radio plays patriotic songs on Independence Day. Even today, there is the flag unfurling ceremony and there are March Pasts all across the country.

Even today, in schools, there must be excited children waiting for Independence Day, wearing bright white canvas shoes and waiting excitedly for the Chief Guest to unfurl that flag. The players are different, the rituals are still much the same.

This is part of tradition now. And, whatever our reservations about a whole host of things, I am glad that we still perpetuate these traditions, at least for the sake of the youth and children of this nation. They need to grow up with a sense of pride and belief in their country ֠and these rituals, though they may only be symbolism, help in building this sense in them.

Later in life, as they discover more about their country, they may not have quite as rosy a picture of it as in their childhood. But I think every child deserves to live with pride in his country and hope for its future. It is harder to find a sadder spectacle in society than a disillusioned and embittered child. If a child has no hope, society has no hope.

This now ties in, even if somewhat uncomfortably, with my reflection on the state of the nation.

This is not a political post (this is a song blog!), so whatever I say here is completely non-partisan. My views are about the country as a whole, not about any political party.

It would not be unfair to say this this is one of the most sobering Independence Day celebrations that weӶe had in a long time. I thought last year was sobering enough, but this year seems to be a notch lower in terms of peopleӳ moods and spirits. If last year, cynicism had entered the public mindset and found its place, this year its roots deepened as it firmly entrenched itself across the national psyche.

If we cast political correctness aside for a moment, it is not hard to see where this cynicism is coming from. Every day when we open the newspapers (or read news on the net), itӳ not difficult to see that thereӳ not exactly a whole lot of good news to read about, is there?

From bad economic news (rising inflation, rising fiscal deficit, falling rupee, falling industrial production) to bad governance news (rising crime, increasing corruption and scams) to the rising risk to internal security (thanks to an increasingly fractured social fabric due to religion-based or deprivation-based divisiveness), there is not very much for Indians to feel good about their country right now.

Many Indians today have no trust in their government or in their institutions, be it the police or the judicial system or the media or any other institution. There is a sense of lack of accountability across the board for those in power and in positions of responsibility. And, at the same time, a sense of helplessness amongst those who have ironically vested in these powerful people this power.

While this is sadly understandable, this is clearly not a healthy situation. Many Indians will be celebrating this Independence Day with a hollow feeling within. I have already had people telling me Էhatӳ there to celebrate?Ԯ Some are even questioning whether they are really independent. Their feeling is that they may have got freedom from British rule but are not being ruled by a different set of rulers, albeit Indian.

My mind often goes back to our Founding Fathers and to those who fought for freedom from the British. What struggle they must have gone through. So many of them sacrificed their lives. So many spent years in jail. Even when they did wrest independence, India was a very fragile newborn. There were communal riots and a lot of tension. There were 500+ kingdoms to be united as part of the same nation. There was rampant poverty. There was rampant illiteracy.

Despite all this, those Founding Fathers persevered. They had a dream, they had come this far in getting independence for India, they were not going to slacken their efforts. Although Gandhiji died soon after independence, the rest took upon themselves the task of building the country in right earnest. They came up with the Indian Constitution, which in itself is a tremendous achievement and the basis for running the nation.

If they were alive today and could see the state of the nation, how would those Founding Fathers feel?

I feel as a people, we are all answerable not only to those of our times but also to those who will follow in future generations. Our children and grandchildren will inherit the India that we leave for them. Just as we inherited the India that our Founding Fathers left us with.

We are answerable not only to future generations but also to our Founding Fathers. Have we done justice to their dreams? The famous words, as if spoken by our Founding Fathers, Ԉum laaye hain toofan se kashti nikaal ke, is desh ko rakhna mere bachon sambhaal keԠring in my ears. And I cannot help feeling somewhat ashamed that we might just have let them down.

Sure, we have come a long way. It is not just all doom and gloom.

Overall, we have far better literacy, far better lifespans, far better standards of living than ever before. India today is counted among the more powerful countries in the world, even if it is still tagged (as it was way back in 1972, when I can recall this tag) as a developing nation and not a developed nation. And very importantly, inspite of the occasional threat to it, we are still a proudly pluralistic nation.

And we are still a vibrant democracy, where we have (at least on paper) a choice in who we elect to represent us in Parliament.

But all this is not enough. There is still a long, long way to go. And all of us know it. There is no point in fooling ourselves.

Now, we can keep complaining about all thatӳ wrong with the system and in the country. But the fact is that we ourselves are responsible for the society and nation we build. Each society builds itself, it is not built from outside. We need to stop blaming the British (they left the country 66 years ago) and look at ourselves.

In a sense, we are both the problem and the solution. We havenӴ quite taken proper care of the country that our forefathers fought so dearly for. And yet, only we can solve our problems.

I believe it starts with a belief that we can ֠and will ֠stem the rot. If we give up, saying Ԯothing can be doneԬ the battle is already lost. Sure, the problems facing the country are huge, but they are not insurmountable. As an independent country, India is only 66 years old ֠and in the lifetime of a country, this is nothing. You could even say much of what has happened is part of the churn from a colonial mindset to an independent, confident mindset.

Following on this belief, there must be a strong desire, a burning passion to change. Passion does strange things ֠it makes people far more powerful than they think themselves capable of being. If everybody just wants to run away from the problem (Ԭet somebody else fix itԩ, we deserve whatever mess we get.

Following on this belief and passion, we need a community spirit. There is only so much an individual can do. Even Gandhiji, for all his belief and passion, would never have succeeded if he had not got the support of the millions of Indians who went along with him. And this spirit must cut across all the barriers that we have placed on ourselves ֠barriers of religion, of caste, of class, of language.

And then of course, action. Finally all this has to culminate into a series of actions that will deliver us the India we dream of. It is not enough only to discuss or to write books ֠we need to translate all this into action. And though we have our unique issues, I do think it would help perhaps to learn from experiences of other nations. What do they do well that we donӴ? Itӳ important to keep an open mind and learn from others.

I could go on and on but I think IӶe said enough for now. Itӳ already become a long post and my intention was not to get preachy in any way. Maybe I got a bit carried away, my apologies. This is only a song blog, not a platform for me to spout my philosophies. 🙂 That is another discussion on another platform.

So let me then get to the song for today.

It is a song that is very much in line with my thoughts above about the Founding Fathers of this country.

It is a very rare NFS (a non-film song) by Rafi saab sung especially for the occasion of 15th August.

The lyrics of this song have been provided by Avinash Scrapwala. IӤ like to thank him for this ֠what a wonderfully inspiring song this is. We need more of these type of songs to be played out every day so that people remember their legacy and feel a sense of responsibility towards the nation.

Through this song, Rafi saab exhorts the people of this country to remember the sacrifices made by all those during our freedom struggle. Not just the leaders of the time but even the common man and woman.

Of course there were the leaders of the time like Gandhiji, Pandit Nehru, Sardar Patel, Netaji and others. There were freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad who laid down their lives in their fight for freedom. But there were also many unsung heroes and heroines among the common men and women of the country. They sacrificed, they went to jail, they gave up all they had ֠all this for the dream of being a free country.

Today we are a free country. And despite everything thatӳ not quite right, this freedom is something that we hold very special to our hearts. It allows us to hold our heads up high. It allows us to express our opinions freely ֠something that we were not allowed to do during colonial rule.

Yes, let us all appreciate the value of this freedom. And make it count. We owe it to our generation, we owe it to our future generations, we owe it to the Founding Fathers of our nation.

Happy Independence Day! Jai Hind!


Song-Is waaste pandrah august hai hamen pyaara(Rafi NFS)(1960) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Ramesh Gupta
Chorus

Lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Aazaad huaa aaj ke din
Desh hamaara
Iss waaste pandrah august hai hamein pyaara
Iss waaste pandrah august hai hamein pyaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara
Iss waaste pandrah august hai hame pyaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara

Is din ke liye khoon shaheedon ne diya thha
Bapu ne bhi is din ke liye zehar piyaa thha
Is din ke liye neend Jawahar ne taji thhi
Netaji ne poshaakh sipaahi ki saji thhi
Goonjaa thha
Goonjaa thha aaj desh mein
Goonjaa thha aaj desh mein
Jai hind ka naara
Jai hind ka naara
Jai hind ka naara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara
Is waaste pandrah august hai hamein pyaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara

Is din ke liye bewaa huyee thhi meri behne
Is din ke liye bewaa huyee thhi meri behne
Is din ke liye chhod diye peherne gehney
Is din ke liye chhod diye peherne gehney
Is din ke liye saikdon ghar baar lute thhe
Is din ke liye saikdon ghar baar lute thhe
Is din ke liye bachchon se maa baap chhute thhe
Is din ke liye bachchon se maa baap chhute thhe
Balidaan se
Balidaan se
Balidaan se unke mila mukti ka kinaara
Hamein mukti ka kinaara
Hamein mukti ka kinaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara
Is waaste pandrah august hai hamein pyaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara

Goli se bindhaa laal mera kisne pukaara
Hanste huye mukh aaj koi veer sidhaara
Sardar Bhagat singh sadaa yaad aayega
Jalliaanwaala bagh nahin bhoola jaayega
Un sabko karein yaad
Un sabko karein yaad hai kartavya hamaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara

Is waaste pandrah august hain hamein pyaara
Is waaste pandrah august hain hamein pyaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara

Door huyee thhi watan se
Aaj ghulaami
Door huyee thhi watan se
Aaj ghulaami
Angrezon ne di rashtra ke jhande ko salaami
Angrezon ne di rashtra ke jhande ko salaami
Is din ki ham har saal yunhi raah takenge
Pandrah august ko nahin ham bhool sakenge
Bhoola nahin ja sakta hai itihaas hamaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara
Is waaste pandrah august hai hamein pyaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara

Aaj ke din desh ke har ghar mein khushi thhi
Aaj ke din desh ke har ghar mein khushi thhi
Boodhe jawaan bachchon ke chehre pe hansi thhi
Boodhe jawaan bachchon ke chehre pe hansi thhi
Aashish se un sabki bahe prem ki Ganga
Aakash mein lehraata rahe yoonhi tirangaa
Pandrah august ka
Pandrah august ka suno
Pandrah august ka suno itihaas hamaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara
Is waaste pandrah august hai hamein pyaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara

Is din ke liye khoon shaheedon ne diya thha
Bapu ne bhi is din ke liye zehar piyaa thha
Is din ke liye neend Jawaahar ne taji thhi
Netaji ne ponshaakh sipaahi ki saji thhi
Goonjaa thha
Goonjaa thha aaj desh mein
Goonjaa thha aaj desh mein
Jai hind ka naara
Jai hind ka naara
Jai hind ka naara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara
Is waaste pandrah august hai hamein pyaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara

O o o
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara
O o o
O o o
Aa aa aa
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara

O o o
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara

O o o
Ha ha ha
Aazaad huaa aaj ke din desh hamaara
O o o

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन
देश हमारा
इस वास्ते पन्द्रह अगस्त है हमें प्यारा
इस वास्ते पन्द्रह अगस्त है हमें प्यारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा
इस वास्ते पन्द्रह अगस्त है हमें प्यारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा

इस दिन के लिए खून शहीदों ने दिया था
बापू ने भी इस दिन के लिए ज़हर पीया था
इस दिन के लिए नींद जवाहर ने तजि थी
नेताजी ने पोशाख सिपाही कि सजी थी
गूंजा था
गूंजा था आज देश में
गूंजा था आज देश में
जय हिंद का नारा
जय हिंद का नारा
जय हिंद का नारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा
इस वास्ते पन्द्रह अगस्त है हमें प्यारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा

इस दिन के लिए बेवा हुयी थी मेरी बहने
इस दिन के लिए बेवा हुयी थी मेरी बहने
इस दिन के लिए छोड़ दिए पेहेरने गहने
इस दिन के लिए छोड़ दिए पेहेरने गहने
इस दिन के लिए सैंकडो घर बार लूटे थे
इस दिन के लिए सैंकडो घर बार लूटे थे
इस दिन के लिए बच्चों से माँ बाप छूटे थे
इस दिन के लिए बच्चों से माँ बाप छूटे थे
बलिदान से
बलिदान से
बलिदान से उनके मिला मुक्ति का किनारा
हमें मुक्ति का किनारा
हमें मुक्ति का किनारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा
इस वास्ते पन्द्रह अगस्त है हमें प्यारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा

गोली से बिंधा लाल मेरा किसने पुकारा
हँसते हुए मुख आज कोई वीर सिधारा
सरदा भगत सिंह सदा याद आएगा
जलियांवाला बाग नहीं भूला जाएगा
उन सबको करें याद
उन सबको करें याद है कर्त्तव्य हमारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा

इस वास्ते पन्द्रह अगस्त है हमें प्यारा
इस वास्ते पन्द्रह अगस्त है हमें प्यारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा

दूर हुयी थी वतन से
आज गुलामी
दूर हुयी थी वतन से
आज गुलामी
अंग्रेजों ने दी राष्ट्र के झंडे को सलामी
अंग्रेजों ने दी राष्ट्र के झंडे को सलामी
इस दिन कि हम हर साल यूँही राह तकेंगे
पन्द्रह अगस्त को नहीं हम भूल सकेंगे
भूला नहीं जा सकता है इतिहास हमारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा
इस वास्ते पन्द्रह अगस्त है हमें प्यारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा

आज के दिन देश के हर घर में खुशी थी
आज के दिन देश के हर घर में खुशी थी
बूढ़े जवान बच्चों के चेहरे पे हंसी थी
बूढ़े जवान बच्चों के चेहरे पे हंसी थी
आशीष से उन सबकी बहे प्रेम कि गंगा
आकाश में लहराता रहे यूँही तिरंगा
पन्द्रह अगस्त का
पन्द्रह अगस्त का सुनो
पन्द्रह अगस्त का सुनो इतिहास हमारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा
इस वास्ते पन्द्रह अगस्त है हमें प्यारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा

इस दिन के लिए खून शहीदों ने दिया था
बापू ने भी इस दिन के लिए ज़हर पीया था
इस दिन के लिए नींद जवाहर ने तजि थी
नेताजी ने पोशाख सिपाही कि सजी थी
गूंजा था
गूंजा था आज देश में
गूंजा था आज देश में
जय हिंद का नारा
जय हिंद का नारा
जय हिंद का नारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा
इस वास्ते पन्द्रह अगस्त है हमें प्यारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा

ओ ओ ओ
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा
ओ ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ
आ आ आ
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा

ओ ओ ओ
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा

ओ ओ ओ
हा हा हा
आज़ाद हुआ आज के दिन देश हमारा
ओ ओ ओ

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11 Responses to "Is waaste pandrah august hai hamen pyaara"

This is a very profound post, Raja. Most times the celebrations become routine, how often can we be excited about the speech of the PM from the ramparts of the Red Fort. We are too cynical now to be excited over these things.

What you say is absolutely correct. We are cynical and directionless now because our leaders have failed. The majority of us are followers, we need a strong leader who will show us some direction. On our own, we can undertake a pledge to make as much different to the situation as we can.

All said and done, we all love our country and would be happy to see India as a developed nation, poverty iradicated, women empowered, illiteracy removed.

What we want, perhaps, is not one big revolution, but a series of small movements that tackle different issues. Sincere NGO’s, not the kind that use subsidies to line their own pockets.

Ok. Coming back to the song. It is wonderful. Kudos to Avinashji for finding the song and sending you the lyrics.

Wonderful post as ever, Raja. I am glad the writer’s block has left the building. 😀

Happy Independence Day.

Ava ji – thanks for the appreciation, and this is my third ‘Atul-Raja’ award:-) !!!

May there be many more 🙂

Hey! what a lovely post! Love the way you manage to weave in a personal note into what you write. Would agree with most of what you say. Of course this isn’t the platform to discuss the state of the nation. To the cynical I’d say, yes there’s 364 days a year to do that. Celebrations and rituals have a function too, to bind us together, to cement the feelings of oneness, of belonging. For a day let’s only celebrate. And sing along. Jai Hind !

Raja ji – Many many thanks for this post !! Indeed a profound post and it takes care of the important issues too (in my opinion), which i fully support,in fact while reading the post i feel that is what i want to say, that is all what is going through my mind since years now.
It is the need of the hour that our political parties, leaving aside their political differences, get together and take this country on a new path of peace, harmony, and development with strongly and sensibly inculcating the values of India as a ‘nation’ , above all caste, creed and religions. (this i always find in your ‘tweets’ too, you have been non-partisan always, and advocating only for the improvements that we need to make).
thanks !!
I feel myself fortunate to be a part of this post in a small way.
thanks !
@ Atul ji- thank you very much for getting this post from Raja ji.
I feel honoured.
thanks again!
and,this the best thing of this blog too, that a post having lyrics contributed by a regular ‘lyrics contributor’ and Post by a ‘regular post writer’. ( i sincerely wish this more to happen.)

Thanks Raja and Avinash. Happy I-Day to all of us. Thanks

thanks Raja Avinsahji & Atul for this lovely post .

Happy Independence Day to all

Thank you so much. I am very proud to be an Indian.

JAI HIND !!!
thanks for your kind words. do keep visiting and giving your feedback please.

In the entire long beautifully worded blog, the main reason for our depressing condition is not mentioned. The corruptest ruling party must be kicked off and punished to improve our condition. I do not belong to any party and would not like to indulge in such non-musical discussions in this beautiful musical blog. Please pardon my different tone and view on the subject.

JAI HIND !!!
Agree with you Sir. Corruption has is main reason for the state of affairs in our country now. Let us hope that people collectively take up action for a complete ‘overhaul’ of the system at the earliest possible.

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This blog discusses Bollywood songs of yesteryears. Every song has a brief description, followed by a video link, and complete lyrics of the song.

This is a labour of love, where “new” songs are added every day, and that has been the case for more than nine years. This blog has over 13600 song posts by now.

This blog is active and online for over 3300 days since its beginning on 19 july 2008.

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