At a gathering to demand for the release of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Saturday, Pink Floyd co-founder and guitarist Roger Waters read out an English translation of musician Aamir Aziz’s Sab Yaad Rakha Jaayega while calling the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, “fascist” and “racist”.
Waters, who has become increasingly political over the past few years, is a vocal critic of the US regime under President Donald Trump and one of those at the forefront demanding for Assange’s release.
A clip of Waters reciting Aziz’s poem has gone viral on social media today, at a time when Delhi is still reeling from the aftermath of sectarian violence in the capital which has left 34 dead and hundreds injured, so far.
“This is a young man none of us know...I suspect. His name is Aamir Aziz. He is a young poet and activist from Delhi. He is involved in the fight against Modi and his fascist, racist citizenship law,” Waters said, before going on to recite the following English translation of Aziz’s Sab Yaad Rakha Jaayega (Everything Will Be Remembered).
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; Everything recorded
Here is the clip that has gone viral:
Born in Patna, Aziz, a trained civil engineer who is now a writer and artist, shot to fame in March 2019 when his song titled ‘Achhe Din Blues’ had caught the imagination. The song addressed, among other things, a spate of lynchings that claimed scores of lives in the first tenure of the Modi-led BJP government.
Here is a video of Aziz’s Sab Yaad Rakha Jaayega: