“Main Nahin Manta” by Habib Jalib English Tranlsation

“Main Nahin Manta” मैं नहीं मानता मैं नहीं जानता

दीप जिस का महल्लात ही में जले

चंद लोगों की ख़ुशियों को ले कर चले

वो जो साए में हर मस्लहत के पले

ऐसे दस्तूर को सुब्ह-ए-बे-नूर को

मैं नहीं मानता मैं नहीं जानता

मैं भी ख़ाइफ़ नहीं तख़्ता-ए-दार से

मैं भी मंसूर हूँ कह दो अग़्यार से

क्यूँ डराते हो ज़िंदाँ की दीवार से

ज़ुल्म की बात को जहल की रात को

मैं नहीं मानता मैं नहीं जानता

फूल शाख़ों पे खिलने लगे तुम कहो

जाम रिंदों को मिलने लगे तुम कहो

चाक सीनों के सिलने लगे तुम कहो

इस खुले झूट को ज़ेहन की लूट को

मैं नहीं मानता मैं नहीं जानता

तुम ने लूटा है सदियों हमारा सुकूँ

अब न हम पर चलेगा तुम्हारा फ़ुसूँ

चारागर दर्दमंदों के बनते हो क्यूँ

तुम नहीं चारागर कोई माने मगर

मैं नहीं मानता मैं नहीं जानता

English Translation

Whose lamp shines only in mansions,
Which sets out only with a few folk’s elation,
Under the shadow of self-interest which finds protection,
That tradition…That dark morning…I shall not revere!I shall not greet!I too am not afraid of the powers that be!

I too am Mansoor, go and tell the enemy!

With the prison wall why do you try to scare me?

The tongue of oppression…

The night of ignorance…

I shall not defer to!

I shall not acknowledge!

“Branches are abloom with flowers” you say!

“The thirsty have got to drink” you say!

“Wounds of the heart are being sewn” you say!

This open lie…

A plunder of reason…

I shall not consent to!

I shall not recognise!

For centuries you have pillaged peace that was our

Your spell over us shall have no more power

Why do you pretend to be a healer of those lamenting in grief?

You are no healer!

Even though some may agree…

I shall dis-agree!

I shall not concede!

Hindi Source: IndiaToday  English Translation Source: Ghazala

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