Singhasan Khali Karo, Ke Janata Aati Hai - This poem was written by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, an Indian poet and freedom activist, who penned it down at a time when India was still a colony of the British empire, with a population of 300 million people.
At a time when a disturbing plague of racial abuse and discriminatory sentiment envelops the once-Trumpless United States of America, I have attempted to translate these eternally charged verses as a tribute to the memory of George Floyd, and to the undying spirit of 300 million Americans.
Lyrics (Translated from the original Hindi text by Shomprakash Sinha Roy, for SpotifyPodcast.com)
Watch the ashes rise,
Untouched by the damp catacombs,
Of centuries gone past.
Look at the demure,
Hesitant pride of technicolor,
Lurking under your crown,
Eager to sneak in.
Move back, step aside.
Listen, to the deafening silence
Of the chariot of time.
Step away from the throne,
For the people,
They’re here, and they’re marching in. Shomprakash Sinha Roy video.