Published on 20 May 2015 | over 2 years ago
In August 2013 while on his morning walk, the rationalist crusader Narendra Dabholkar was gunned down by men on motorcycles. In February 2015, the popular CPI mass leader, Comrade Govind Pansare, was shot dead in an identical manner. Both had been threatened by Hindu fundamentalists. In both cases no arrests have been made.
This song commemorates those who throughout history, fought and paid with their lives, for reason.
The song was composed by Sachin Mali who is in jail awaiting trial under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). It is sung by his partner Sheetal Sathe who faces the same charges but is out on bail.
Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor, two other members of the Kabir Kala Manch, a predominantly Dalit and working class cultural troupe, have been in jail for the last two years, along with Sachin Mali. All four had been arrested while singing protest songs in full view of the police and public.
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