BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Acclaimed poet Gulzar voiced his concern about the current state of the country during the Sahitya Akademi Awards ceremony. Reciting a poem Ye Qalaam Ki Awaaz Azaad Raahe, he emphasized the need for freedom of speech and expression.
His concern arises from the state of turmoil in the country, especially over the violence that recently tore apart Northeast Delhi.
His poem reads, “It pains me to see the violence in India today. My father opened the newspaper and said ‘The situation today is similar to that of 1942, during the Quit India movement’. I replied saying, ‘Abbu, this isn’t 1942, this is 2020’. Then Abbu said, ‘Which mulk (country) are they talking about now?”
He further elaborated that during the struggle for India’s independence, he had seen his elders being hurt and now he’s seeing his children facing the bitter end of violence. He ended by saying that he is pained by the sight of bloodshed and cannot bear to see it.