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Mainstream, VOL LVIII No 6, New Delhi, January 25, 2020 - Republic Day Special

We Shall See

Monday 27 January 2020

The following is the transcreation of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s “We Shall See” by Badri Raina.

Inevitable that we shall see

Dawn of the promised day,

When pinnacles of tyranny

Will come to be blown away

Like bales of cotton loosely held,

When the ground shall shudder underneath

The gumption of empowered feet,

And bang on the swollen head

Lightning strike with telling heat;

When despot-icons shall be removed

From God’s outraged earthly bed,

And taintless victims of crushing faith

Be seated on the regal spread;

When crowns shall be flung away

And thrones brought low from high,

That promised day we shall know,

We shall know, we shall see.

Only Allah’s name shall be,

Who is both manifest and concealed,

Both hidden and revealed;

When the proclamation “I am the Truth”

Shall be made by one and all

When “we the people” shall come to rule,

A rule that embraces one and all

Such a day we indeed shall see,

That belongs to one and all.

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