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Shield of Barbarism by Nagarjun

November 25, 2012

Nagarjun was an avant-garde poet of Resistance in Hindi. His poem, in Tarun Bhartiya‘s translation along with the original, can be read as an obituary 42 years after it was written.

Bal Thackeray ! Bal Thackeray!

At his fascist gods’

Beck and call Thackeray

O be careful, here he comes Bal Thackeray

All agreeing, how shall we crawl Thackeray

Hide, don’t you dare look away

In smart Shiv Sena Uniform – making music hall Thackeray

All in fear, that is his gall Thackeray

Devotees will be in thrall Thackeray

Valleys of Sahyadri echo,

shaking all the walls Thackeray

King just wishes, how he should live long Thackeray

Poet shuts up with a fear

how his skin shall boil Thackeray

With his net now spread out

Trap everyone shall Thackeray

Bal Thackeray! Bal Thackeray! Bal Thackeray!

Barbarism’s mall Thackeray

Democracy’s fall Thackeray

Money Monsters pay him to play tall Thackeray

Asking Mussolini’s opinion in his lovely drawl Thackeray

Bal Thackeray !Bal Thackeray !Bal Thackeray ! Bal Thackeray!

(June 1970)

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बर्बरता की ढाल ठाकरे

 

बाल ठाकरे ! बाल ठाकरे!!

कैसे फासिस्टी प्रभुओं की-

गला रहा है दाल ठाकरे !

अबे सम्हल जा, वो आ पहुंचा बाल ठाकरे!

सबने हां की, कौन ना करे!

छिप जा, मत तू उधर ताक रे!

शिवसेना की वर्दी डाटे जमा रहा लय-ताल ठाकरे!

सभी डर गये, बजा रहा है गाल ठाकरे!

अपने भक्तों को कर देगा अब तो मालामाल ठाकरे!

गूंज रही सह्याद्रि घाटियाँ, मचा रहा भूचाल ठाकरे!

मन ही मन कहते राजा जी, जिए भला सौ साल ठाकरे!

चुप है कवि, डरता है शायद खींच नहीं ले खाल ठाकरे!

कौन नहीं फंसता है, देखें, बिछा चुका है जाल ठाकरे!

बाल ठाकरे ! बाल ठाकरे ! बाल ठाकरे ! बाल ठाकरे!

बर्बरता की ढाल ठाकरे !

प्रजातंत्र का काल ठाकरे !

धन पिशाच के इंगित पाकर ऊंचा करता भाल ठाकरे !

चला पूछने मुसोलिनी से अपने दिल का हाल ठाकरे !

बाल ठाकरे ! बाल ठाकरे ! बाल ठाकरे ! बाल ठाकरे!

(जून १९७०)

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