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Sumangala Damodaran - Jaane Waale Sipahi Se Poochho


Ask the departing soldier
Where is he headed, where is he going?
Who is that woman who cries
Soothing her hungry children?
Can you hear life cry out amidst the stench of burnt bodies?
Where are you headed, oh soldier?

This anti-war song was written during WW2 by the progressive poet and composer, Makhdoom Mohiuddin. It questioned why Indians should fight on behalf of their colonial oppressors.