As protests over the new Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) and proposed National Register of Citizenship (NRC) continue to rock the country, popular comedian and lyricist Varun Grover has swept social media with his poem ‘Kagaz Nahi Dikhayenge‘ (We Will Not Show Our Papers).
Posting a video of him reciting the poem on Twitter, Grover wrote that it was “inspired by the spirit of every protestor and India-lover. With hat-tips to Rahat Indori Saab and the Bangla slogans.”
The video of Grover reciting the poem was published on December 21st, 2019 and since then, it has been retweeted over 17k times at the time of filing this report.
Netizens promptly warmed up to the poem with a number of them, including CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, terming it as an “anthem” against the proposed NRC. However, he also faced backlash for his poem.
In the poem, Grover condemns police ‘violence’ on protesters opposing the CAA. Grover also refuses to comply by showing documents when the NRC is imposed nationwide, as asserted by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
In the poem, Grover was referring to the famous line from Urdu poet Rahat Indori, “Sabhi ka khoon shamil hai is mitti me, kisi ke baap ka hindustan thodhi hai (Everyone’s blood is present in this country’s soil. It doesn’t belong to one).”
His other tribute was to a new Bengali slogan that cropped up in a rally held against NRC and CAA in Kolkata recently. The slogan, written on a banner, read: Kagoj dekhabo na (won’t show papers).” Over 10,000 students who chanted slogans and declared their refusal to show papers to prove their citizenship.
Photo credit: @varungrover