New Delhi: At a gathering demanding the release of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in London, Pink Floyd co-founder and guitarist George Roger Waters read out the Indian poet and activist Aamir Aziz’s English translation of the poem Sab Yaad Rakha Jayega (Everything will be remembered) and described the amended citizenship law as ‘fascist and racist’.
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Waters described Aamir Aziz as a “young poet and activist in Delhi” who is involved in a fight against “fascist, racist Citizenship law”. He recited the following verse.
“Kill us, we will become ghosts and write
of your killings, with all the evidence.
You write jokes in court;
We will write ‘justice’ on the walls.
We will speak so loudly that even the deaf will hear.
We will write so clearly that even the blind will read.
You write ‘injustice’ on the earth;
We will write ‘revolution’ in the sky.
Everything will be remembered;
After reciting the poem, Waters also said, “I think this kid’s gotta future.”
Watch the original video by Aziz here:
Born in Patna and with a degree in civil engineering, Aziz is a writer and musician known for his protest song Achhe Din Blues.
According to a report, Waters described the poem as an “outpouring of the human spirit from India” at a “time of revolt, when the fetters of propriety are set aside”.