Amrita Pritam’s poem ‘Ajj Akhaan Waris Shah Nu’ has been written in the backdrop of Partition of India in 1947 and the bloodshed which followed. It narrates the gory happenings of the Partition, a heart throbbing account of pain of women, who suffered the most; whether Hindu, Sikh or Muslim.
Ajj aakhan Waris Shah nu, kitoun qabran vichoun bole,
Tay ajj kitab-e-ishq da koi agla warqa phole!
Ik roii si dhii Punjab di, tun likh likh maray vaen,
Ajj lakhaan dhiiaan rondiyaan, tainu Waris Shah nu kehn.
Uthh dardmandaan daya dardiya, uthh takk apna Punjab,
Ajj belay lashaan bichhiaan, tay lahoo di bharrii Chenab.
Today, I call Waris Shah, “Speak from your grave,”
And turn to the next page in your book of love,
Once, a daughter of Punjab cried and you wrote an entire saga,
Today, a million daughters cry out to you, Waris Shah,
Rise! O’ narrator of the grieving! Look at your Punjab,
Today, fields are lined with corpses, and blood fills the Chenab.
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