Ten Years Later: Quatrains on War by Sahir Ludhianvi

UN Bombing - Baghdad

Marking the 10 year anniversary of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq

I.

To prove one’s greatness

Is it necessary to shed blood?

To banish the darkness of the house

Is it necessary to set it ablaze?

 

Bartari ke saboot ki khaatir

KhooN bahaana hi kya zaroori hai?

Ghar ki taareekiyaaN miTaane ko

Ghar jalaana hi kya zaroori hai?

Iraqi - man vs. horse

II.

War is the problem

Not the solution to any problem

All it will give is fire and blood today

Hunger and want tomorrow

 

Jang to khud hi ek masla hai

Jang kya mas’aloN ka hal degi?

Aag aur khoon aaj bakhshegi

Bhook aur ehtiyaaj kal degi

III.

And so noble human

Better to let war simmer out

Better for you and I to light candles

In one another’s courtyards

 

Isliye ae shareef insaano

Jang taltee rahe to behtar hai

Aap aur ham sabhi ke aangan mein

Shamah jalti rahe to behtar hai.

From “Ae Shareef InshaanoN” (‘O Noble Humans’) by Sahir Ludhianvi, translated by Ali Husain Mir & Raza Mir, cited in “A Celebration of Progressive Urdu Poetry: Anthems of Resistance” (Roli Books, New Delhi: 2006), at p. 161, edited by Randeep Purewall

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