In the history of human civilization, the mass has sprung up in resistance against the suppressive regime. “Hum Dekhegne” stands testament as a remarkable poem that voices the opinion of people against oppression and the absolutist state.
This revolutionary nazm was written by celebrated writers of Urdu against the tyranny of Pakistan’s general Zia Ul Haq showing the resistance of people against the Dictator President of Pakistan.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s is credited for “Hum Dekhegne”, serving the world as a prime example of delicacy and elegance of Urdu poetry. It was first written in 1979 and published in 1981. The nazm Originally written as Va Yabqá Vajhu Rabbika (The face of your lord), is amongst the compilation ‘Mere Dil Mere Musafir’, Faiz’s seventh book on poetry. It was for this compilation that he was nominated for Nobel Prize. He is the recipient of the Lenin Peace Prize and Nishan-e-Imtiyaz(the highest civilian honor of Pakistan in 1990.
The poem written against the presidency of General Zia ul Haq gained popularity among the masses. The Marxists of Pakistan were highly influenced.
The Urdu poetry is conventional of a metaphorical sense, which is quite depictive in the nazm. All four verse comprising 21 lines of the nazm isn’t exclusively on religion, sharing a vision of universal brotherhood against the tyranny of the ruled by the rulers. In the poem, Qayamat, the Day of Reckoning is transformed into the Day of Revolution, wherein Zia Ul Haq’s military government. It was an awakening for the people to walk together to ousted the derogatory regime for democracy to be re-installed.
Undoubtedly the nazm generated a lot of controversy in Pakistan and led to a ban on Faiz’s poetry. It was in the year 1986, Pakistan saw an uprise in the popularity of this poem. As Iqbal Bano, a Pakistani ghazal singer sang this nazm in front of a crowd of 50000 people at the Alhamra Arts Council in Lahore paying no heed to the ban. Her act voiced her strong opposition to General Haq’s capricious regime. On the occasion, Iqbal Bano wore a black saree as a sign of aversion to Haq’s ban on her wearing of sarees.
The poem signifies the call for revolution against tyranny, against fundamentalism, against the military regime, establishment of democracy and the power of people in a state.
Another fine example of brilliant use of Faiz’s poetry can be cited from Nepal. It was for democracy that the state chanted the verses from the poem “Bol” to voice their demands and to wake up the conscience of others against the monarchy.
The use of plays, poetry, songs against oppression and unjust is a very old course of action for the revolution to make it ways. Faiz Ahmed Faiz was decorated as one of the most influential Marxist in the subcontinent and his poetry is still helping the people to stand up against unfair and unjust tyranny. The Coke Studio of Pakistan tried to recreate the poem in 2018 as a tribute to the legendary writers’ poetry which is one of its kind.