Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Zafar : Victory, Triumph

Na kisi ki aankh ka noor hoon, na kisi ke dil ka qaraar hoon
Jo kisi ke kaam na aa sake main wo ek musht-e-Gubaar hoon

Na to main kisi ka habib hoon, no to main kisi ka raqeeb hoon
Jo bigad gaya wo naseeb hoon, jo ujaad gaya wo dayaar hoon

Mera rang-roop bigad gaya, mera yaar mujh se bichhad gaya
Jo chaman fizaan mein ujad gaya main usi ki fasl-e-bahaar hoon

Paye faatehaa koi aaye kyun, koi chaar phool chadhaaye kyun
Koi aake shammaa jalaye kyun, main wo bekasi ka mazaar hoon

- Bahadur Shah 'Zafar'

Bahadur Shah 'Zafar' was last among the mighty mughals. During the 200 years of
Mughal rule, India saw it all, the pyramid of Rajput skulls made by Babar, lucky
Humayun to get back the thorne from Sher Shah Sur, the golden era of Akbar,
Din-e-elahi, the passion of Jahangir for Anarkali, the devotion of Shahjahan for
Noorjahan, the iron hand rule of Aurangzeb. When it came to Zafar mughals were
reduced to mere pensioners of Maratha. The great empire was reduced to only Delhi. It was said:

Jahanpanah shah alam
Az Delhi tu Palam

Palam is about 7 miles from Delhi.

Zafar's took the thorne at the ripen age of 60. His golden time came when he was declared the Baadshaah-e-hind by mutineers in 1857 mutiny. Soon after Brits took the control back, he was sacked and sent to Rungoon (Yangoon in Myanmaar).

During his time the urdu poetry florished a lot. He himself was a prolific poet. His shayari is often laden with sadness and disappointment. One very nice example is given above. For more go here.

1 comment:

GP said...

Good 1..
the lines are filled with truth n pain.....

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