Can you recollect hearing these lines –
‘Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai
Dekhna hai zor kitna baazu-e-qaatil mein hai’
Well, you must have heard them on radio or on TV during our Independence Day and couple of Shahid Divas celebrations across our country. These lines belong to the poem’ Sarfaroshi ki Tamanna’ written by Ram Prasad Bismil, a very young patriotic poet of India.
The poem is a fitting ode to the young revolutionaries and his fellow comrades Ashfaqullah Khan, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev and Chandrashekhar Azad. They sacrificed their lives for India, their motherland who was then bound in the shackles of British rule. Indeed, they died very young.
You can even watch and hear the adaptation of the full poem in a couple of hindi movies right from Manoj Kumar’s Shaheed, the Legend of Bhagat Singh and Rang de Basanti, and Gulal being the latest film to use the poem.
Ram Prasad Bismil and his comrades fought tooth and nail with not only the British but also fellow Indian freedom fighters who did not wish to embark upon revolutionary movement to gain freedom.
Ram Prasad was born in the small town of Shahjahanpur in UP and had learnt Hindi, Urdu as well as English too. He had a revolutionary streak and was involved in the Manipuri as well as the Kakori conspiracy while fighting against the British for India’s Independence.
Ram Prasad was known to be a fiery patriotic author and poet with many a patriotic books and pamphlets during the ongoing struggle of India against the British. Unwilling to adopt a peaceful method to achieve Independence, Ram Prasad tried hard to accelerate the war of Indian Independence through adoption of revolutionary means.
Apart from Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna, Ram Prasad published a motivating pamphlet called Deshvasiyon ke nam sandesh, Man Ki Lehar, Swadeshi Rang, Swadhinata Ki Devi: Catherine and even translated a couple of Bengali books into Hindi viz. Bolshevikon Ki Kartoot and Yogik Sadhan written by Arvind Ghosh. He penned his autobiography, Kakori ke shaheed when he was imprisoned in Gorakhpur.
His poem, Sarfaroshi ki Tamana aptly ends with these lines:
Wo jism bhi kya jism hai jismein na ho khoon-e-junoon
Kya lade toofaanon se jo kashti-e-saahil mein hai
Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai
Dekhna hai zor kitna baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
A befitting tribute to this remarkable young freedom fighter and poet of our motherland would be to make it grow and progress and make it the best country on the earth.
Let’s make a commitment to ourselves today,
He Bharat ma!
Aap se hi hai hamari abhivyakti
Aap se hi hai hamare jeevan ki sarthakta
Rahein hum tatpar aap ki seva mein
Le chale aap ko unnati aur pragati ki or
Goonj uthe duniya sari, bharat mata hi hai sarvshrest