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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

If one were to analyse Hindi film songs by content, most of them would fall in the love-romance category. This is understandable because a very high proportion of films revolve around love and romance.

Then there are those which are based on non-romantic relationships. Parent-child, siblings, friends and so on.

Then there are inspirational songs, philosophical songs, religious songs, party songs and many other categories of songs. In fact on this blog, thanks to its fairly granular tagging, we can zoom into any specific category of songs of interest.

One particular category of songs that is not all that common is the political song. By this, I mean a song that takes on the political establishment. There are of course films depicting politicians, often in a bad light, but most of them have a romantic side to them. So the songs are also usually of the romantic type.

The first song that comes to my mind in this connection is “ye jo public hai ye sab jaanti hai “ from Roti (1974). When I checked this song on the blog just now, I could not help a wry smile as I noticed that Atul has categorized it under “ground reality”. There doesn’t seem to be a “political song” tag yet.

The song for today could also come under this “ground reality” tag. It has been sent to me by Avinashji, who has also written down the lyrics for it (both in English and Devanagari). He requested me to do a write-up on it, possibly because it lends itself to philosophical musings on politics. And Avinashji is by now familiar with my tendency to philosophise.🙂

So here goes.

First of all, I must say that my views are not specific to a particular political party. Or even limited to the Indian political environment. They could apply anywhere, at any time because they are based on first principles of citizen-government engagement.

I will try to keep this brief here because this is a song blog and not the right platform for philosophy. I don’t want to bore the readers.🙂

This song is picturised on Mehmood and a bunch of donkeys. Its core message is citizen protest against the government of the day. The donkeys supposedly represent citizen leaders who want to lead a protest to Delhi on behalf of citizen donkeys.

So what are their demands? Among others, freedom from persecution and oppression (represented by dhobi raaj). Recognition of hard work of labourers (represented by the hard-working donkey, a term sadly used as an abuse). Demand for basic necessities of life, like a roof over one’s head (a “quarter”) and food (“tamatar”).

Thus, in a nutshell, this song captures some of the most basic complaints citizens have of government. That citizens are symbolized by donkeys is a deliberate attempt to highlight their plight and thankless lives.

Although this song is almost exactly 50 years old, much of it resonates even today in Indian society.

Of course India has progressed a lot since 1967. Many more Indians lead comfortable lives today compared to people of that time.

But there are still many millions who are suffering from the plight that this song highlights.

Important in this song is the “protest” element. Mehmood not only appeals to the government but also threatens to go to the UNO, he threatens to file a case against the government (there is a picture in the background which I believe is the Bombay High Court).

Of course this is all in jest – in reality, the power imbalance between the citizen and the government makes such a course of action laughable.

And this is what I often philosophise about. And feel sad about.

The power imbalance between citizen and government.

In theory, the government, represented by the Cabinet (and the PM), and the bureaucracy which works under the government, exists for the people. In theory.

A government without people is unthinkable. If people didn’t exist, there would be no reason for a government to exist.

A government exists ONLY because there are people who need a collective force to execute tasks on their behalf. Tasks that are in common interest – like protecting people from external and internal threats. For maintaining law and order. Or providing common infrastructure that might not be feasible or practical for each individual to separately attempt for himself.

In a democracy, this is achieved through people electing leaders from amongst themselves. These leaders are vested with the right to act and decide on behalf of the population. And naturally, with such right, comes the duty to deliver to this expectation.

So, in every sense, in theory, the elected representatives are only agents of the people. Those who they appoint to work for the people (i.e the bureaucracy) are also “public servants”. So in theory, the power lies with the people.

This is also how the Constitution envisaged the situation – and provided for appropriate checks and balances in the system. This was mainly through attempting to avoid situations of conflict of interest (Executive, Legislature and Judiciary clearly separated). And through the creation of institutions that would be independent of these.

Sadly, as we all know, this is only theory.

In reality, much of this has been compromised. As a result, today, the power equation is hugely skewed in favour of the government. Citizens, supposed to be the master, often feel powerless.
Yes, they can choose to voice their views once in five years, through the ballot box. But that’s once in five years! And as long as the systemic issues are not addressed, it means, even if there’s a change of government, things are not likely to improve for the citizen.

So much of my philosophizing has to do with this. It bothers me when I see citizens behaving like slaves. We need citizens to become more aware of their rights. Duties too, of course – we often forget that too.

But if we want to have a more evolved society, we definitely need citizens to step up. We need them to not just accept a situation as it is. We need them to demand more from those in power. Make them accountable at all levels – even to the lowest level of a local project in a village or ward.

Only when we have this level of citizen engagement and empowerment, will we have the government too on its toes. The media is supposed to be the public watchdog for this purpose – but the less said about today’s media, the better.

Anyway, these thoughts crossed my mind when I listened to this song, so I thought I’d share them here on the blog. Hope I didn’t bore you too much.🙂

Once again, this has nothing to do with a specific government. It’s more about “first principles” and therefore apply in any situation.

I will now leave you to enjoy this song, starring a bunch of donkeys. And Mehmood too, of course. The song is in Rafisaab’s voice, written by Rajinder Krishan and composed by Ravi.

Enjoy!

Video

Audio

Song-Mera gadha gadhon ka leader (Meharbaan)(1967) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Ravi

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Aauon
aa aa aa aa aan

Mera Gadha Gadhon ka Leader
Kehta hai ke Dilli jaa kar
Sab Maangen apni kaum ki main
Manwaa kar aaungaa
Nahin to ghaas naa khaaungaa
Mera Gadha Gadhon ka Leader
Kehta hai ke Dilli jaa kar
Sab Maangen apni kaum ki main
Manwaa kar aaungaa
Nahin to ghaas Naa khaaungaa aa
O mera Gadha Gadhon ka Leader r r r r

Sabse pehli maang hamaari
Dhobi raaj hataa do
Aauon
aa aa aa aan

Sabse pehli maang hamaari
Dhobi raaj hataa do
Ab Na sahenge dandaa chaahe
Phaansi par latkaa do
Gar naa maani Sarkaar
Kiya inkaar
To U N O tak jaaungaa
Nahin to ghaas naa khaaungaa
O mera Gadha Gadhon ka Leader r r

Dooji maang ke zaat hamaari
Mehnat karnewaali
Aauon
aa aa aa aa

Dooji maang ke zaat hamaari
Mehnat karnewaali
Phir kyun ye insaan Gadhe ka naam
Samajhte gaali
Na badlaa ye dastoor
To ho majboor
Main in par case chalaaunga
Nahin to ghaas Naa khaaungaa
Mera Gadha Gadhon ka Leader

Teeji maang hamaari
Hamko de do ek ek quarter
Aauon
aa aa aa aa

Teeji maang hamaari
Hamko de do ek ek quarter
Hafte mein ek baar
Ghaas ke badle mile tamaatar
Gar kar do ye ehsaan
O meri jaan
Duaayein deta jaaunga
Kabhi Naa Dilli aaungaa

Mera Gadha Gadhon ka Leader
Kehta hai ke Dilli jaa kar
Sab Maangen apni kaum ki main
Manwaa kar aaungaa
Nahin to ghaas Naa khaaungaa
Mera Gadha Gadhon ka Leader r r r r r
Aauon
aa aa aa aa aan

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Lyrics in Devnagri Script 9Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
—————————————-
औओं आ आ आ आ आँ

मेरा गधा गधों का लीडर
कहता है के दिल्ली जा कर
सब मांगे अपनी कौम की मैं
मनवा कर आऊँगा
नहीं तो घास ना खाऊंगा
मेरा गधा गधों का लीडर
कहता है के दिल्ली जा कर
सब मांगे अपनी कौम की मैं
मनवा कर आऊँगा
नहीं तो घास ना खाऊंगा आ
ओ मेरा गधा गधों का लीडर र र र र

सबसे पहली मांग हमारी
धोबी राज हटा दो
औओं
आ आ आ आँ

सबसे पहली मांग हमारी
धोबी राज हटा दो
अब न सहेंगे डंडा चाहे
फांसी पर लटका दो
गर ना मानी सरकार
किया इनकार
तो यु एन ओ तक जाऊँगा
नहीं तो घास ना खाऊंगा आ
ओ मेरा गधा गधों का लीडर र र

दूजी मांग के जात हमारी
मेहनत करनेवाली
औओं
आ आ आ आ

दूजी मांग के जात हमारी
मेहनत करनेवाली
फिर क्यूँ ये इंसान गधे का नाम
समझते गाली
ना बदला ये दस्तूर
तो हो मजबूर
मैं इन पर केस चलाऊंगा
नहीं तो घास ना खाऊंगा आ
मेरा गधा गधों का लीडर

तीजी मांग हमारी
हम को दे दो एक एक क्वार्टर
औओं
आ आ आ आ

तीजी मांग हमारी
हम को दे दो एक एक क्वार्टर
हफ्ते में एक बार
घास के बदले मिले टमाटर
गर कर दो ये एहसान
ओ मेरी जान
दुआएं देता जाऊँगा
कभी ना दिल्ली आऊंगा

मेरा गधा गधों का लीडर
कहता है के दिल्ली जा कर
सब मांगे अपनी कौम की मैं
मनवा कर आऊँगा
नहीं तो घास ना खाऊंगा आ
मेरा गधा गधों का लीडर र र र र र
औओं
आ आ आ आ आँ


This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today(27 november 2016) is the birthday of one of the most popular music composers of the last 40 years, Bappi Lahiri.
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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

On Children’s Day (14th November) we had introduced the children’s film, Dak Ghar (1965) to the blog. This film, produced by the Children’s Film Society of India, is based on the Bengali play of the same name, written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1912.
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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today is the 14th of November, celebrated in India as Children’s Day.

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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today (14 november 2016) is the death anniversary of yesteryear leading lady and character actor, Veena.

I must admit that I got to know Veena’s name less than 10 years ago. It was probably due to memsaab’s blog. In fact, that blog has made me aware of many personalities that I had seen for years on screen without knowing their names.
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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today(12 november 2016) is the 70th birthday of Gopal Bedi.

Gopal who, you say?

No surprise if the name doesn’t ring a bell. But if I say “Ranjeet”, it will have instant recall.
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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

There is one genre of songs that always has me hooked to it. And that is the qawwali.

I don’t know what exactly it is about the qawwali that has me so – I don’t think it is just one thing. Not just the music, or the lyrics, or the synchronized “clapping”, or the setting – I think it is all of these. The entire package, that fascinates me.
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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today, the 30th of October 2016, is the death anniversary of Vinod Mehra, yesteryear actor.

When Vinod Mehra died in 1990 of a heart attack, at the young age of 45, it came as a shock to many, including myself. He had been a familiar figure in films for the previous two decades, with reasonable success. And at 45, still had plenty to look forward to in his career and life.
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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today (21 october 2016) is the birth anniversary of one of Hindi cinema’s most popular leading men, Shammi Kapoor. And, as is our practice on this blog, we remember , and pay tribute, to him today.
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