Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Janne Ka Haq - RTI Song
Janne ka Hak (RTI song)
Janne Ka Haq. RTI song: We have the right to know ...
Lyrics by Charul & Vinay (Ahmedabad).
मेरे सपनो को जानने का हक रे
क्यों सदियों से टूट रही है
इनको सजने का नाम नहीं
मेरे हाथों को जानने का हक रे
क्यों बरसों से खली पड़ी हैं
इन्हें आज भी ककम नहीं है
मेरी पैरों को यह जानने का हक रे
क्यों गाँव गाँव चलना पड़ा रे
क्यों बस की निशान नहीं
मीर भूक को जानने का हक रे
क्यों गोदामों में सड़ते हैं दाने
मुझे मुट्ठी भर दाना नहीं
मेरी बूढी माँ को जानने का हक रे
क्यों गोली नहीं सुई दवाखाने
पट्टी टाकने का सामान नहीं
मेरे खेतों को यह जानने का हक रे
क्यों बाँध बने हैं बड़े बड़े
तो भी फसल में जान नहीं
मेरे जंगलों को यह जानने का हक रे
कहाँ डालियाँ वोह पत्ते टेल मिटटी
क्यों झरनों का नाम नहीं
मेरे नदियों को यह जानने का हक रे
क्यों ज़हर मिलाये कारखाने
जैसे नदियों में जान नहीं
मेरे गाँव को यह जानने का हक रे
क्यों बिजली न सदके न पानी
खुली राशन की दुकान नहीं
मेरे वोटों को यहे जानने का हक रे
क्यों एक दिन बड़े बड़े वाडे
फीर पांच साल काम नहीं
मेरे राम को यह जानने का हक रे
रहमान को यह जानने का हक रे
क्यों खून बह रहे सड़कों में
क्या सब इन्सान नहीं
मरी ज़िन्दगी को यह जानने का हक रे
अब हक के बिना भी क्या जीना
यह जीने के समान नहीं
mere sapnon ka janne ka huk re My dreams have a right to know
kyun sadiyon se toot rahe hai why they have been shattering for years
inko sajne ka naam nahin like they do not want to get fulfilled
mere haathon ko janne ka huk re My hands have the right to know
kyun barson se khali pade re why they have been empty for years
inhein aaj bhi kaam nahi hai they till today do not have a job
mere pairon ko yeh janne ka huk re My legs have the right to know
kyon gaon gaon chalna pade re why they walk from village to village
kyon bus ka nishan nahi why there is no trace of a bus
meri bhUkh ko yeh janne ka huk re My hunger has the right to know
kyon godamon mein sadte hain daane why are foodgrains rotting in the godowns
mujhe mutthi bhar dhan nahi (paddy) I dont even have a handful of grain.
meri budhi maa ko janne ka huk re My old mother has the right to know
kyon goli nahi sui davakhane why are there no medicines in the clinics
patti tanke ka saman nahi why there are no bandages or stiching aid.
mere kheton ko yeh janne ka huk re my fields have the right to know
kyon bandh bane re bade bade why are there big dams being built for water,
To bhi faslon mein jaan nahi and still there is no life in my crops.
mere jungalon ko yeh janne ka huk re My woods have a right to know
kahan daliyan woh patte tane mitti where are the branches, leaves and earth
kyon jharno ka nam nahi why there is no trace of springs.
meri nadiyon ko janne ka huk re My rivers have the right to know
kyon zeher milaye karkhane why are the factories poisoning the rivers
jaise nadiyoon mein jaan nahi as though the rivers dont have life.
mere gaon ko jaan ne ka huk re My villages have the right to know
kyon bijli na sadke na pani why there is no electricity, road or water supply
khuli ration ki dukan nahi Nor ration shop open
mere voton ko ye jann ne ka huk re My vote has the right to know
kyon ek din bade bade vaade Why one day we hear big promises
fir panch saal kam nahi And for five years, no work
mere raam ko janne ka huk re My god has the right to know
rehman ko ye jannne ka huk re why there is bloodshed on the streets
kyon khoon bahe re sadkon pe as though we are not human beings.
kya sab insaan nahi
meri zindagi ko janne ka hak re My life has a right to know
ab hak ke bina bhi kya jeena if my life is worthy of living without promises
yeh jeene ke samaan nahin is it even equivalent to living.
The demand for a Right to Information law at the Centre has its origins in the struggles of wage labourers in Rajasthan to be paid their due wages for work performed. Many workers were denied the proper pay under the claim that the muster rolls showed that they were owed far less than what they believed. The transparency of those records, therefore, became key to proving that the workers were owed more money than they were receiving. Indeed, once the data from work records began to be made public, the corrupt practices leading to the workers' underpayment were soon exposed.
The Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan has worked with the people of Rajasthan's central districts in turning this beginning into a nationwide demand for public accountability through transparent information at all levels of government. A number of different organisation have joined this quest, many under the banner of the National Campaign for the People's Right to Information (NCPRI). National Advisory Council member Aruna Roy, a key participant in this struggle, was instrumental in drafting the legislation behind this law. The Freedom of Information Bill has however been greatly diluted in debates in the government, leading to strong protests from civil society. Also diluted in the draft of the Rural Employment Guarantee Bill, another key law closely tied - as evidenced by ths history of MKSS's work - to the right to information as well. Standing committees of Parliament are now looking into the developmment of a draft to be voted on.
To mark the second national convention for the People's Right to Information, a powerful and eloquent song was produced, arguing the case for accountability in emotive terms. As we are poised on the threshold of new legislation addressing these demands, it may be appropriate to recall that what these laws are about is the very dignity and humanity of our people.
Videos of the songs and other creations supporting the Right to Information movement are available from MKSS; write to firstname.lastname@example.org.