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Faiz’s ‘Hum Dekhenge’ has continued to inspire activists for decades. Why do the leftist poet’s words continue to resonate today?

Protesters at an anti-CAA demonstration in India Siasat Daily

From Iqbal Bano singing it to a charged crowd in Lahore in 1986 to students reciting its verses on-campus protests across India late last year, Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s ‘Hum Dekhenge’ has continued to inspire activists in Pakistan for decades. Why do the leftist poet’s words continue to resonate beyond their original context? Jennifer Dubrow reflects on Faiz’s ‘Hum Dekhenge’ which has become a rallying cry for protests both throughout India and around the world against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), passed by India’s Parliament on December 19, 2019, and the controversy surrounding it. To the complete feature click here.

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