An inquiry has been launched against the students who sing Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s famous poem ”Hum Dekhenge’ in Kanpur, India.
The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur has set up a panel that will investigate whether Faiz’s discipline is against Hinduism.
The poem was sung by the students of the university on August 17 during a protest in solidarity with the students of Delhi’s Jamia Millia.
On December 15, students of IIT Kanpur, like other universities in India, staged a peaceful protest against the alleged police brutality and vandalism of Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia. The revolutionary poet of Pakistan Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poem, ‘Hum Dekhenge’ was also sung in the December 17 demonstration.
According to Indian TV channel NDTV, 16 other persons, including the faculty member of the institute, had filed a petition to the director of the university saying that the words of this poem could have offended the feelings of Hindus.
The investigation has since been launched and the students involved in the demonstration have been questioned in this regard.
Investigations will look at whether the poem is really anti-Hindu and whether the student violated the rules of the institute by reading it.
Faiz wrote this poem in January 1979 while he was living in the United States. At that time General Zia-ul-Haq’s martial law was in Pakistan and only three months later, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was to be hanged.
In the ongoing protests against citizenship amendment law in India, two poets Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Habib Jalib poems are widely sung by Indian protesters.
It should be noted that last month Indian Parliament passed a law under which citizenship would be given to non-Muslims who came from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to India but not to Muslims.