Habib Jalib

(24 March 1928 - 12 March 1993 / Hoshiarpur, Punjab / British India)

The Government Of Jack Boots - Poem by Habib Jalib

If the dacoit had not had
The village guard as his ally
Our feet would not be in chains
Our victory would not defeat imply
Mourn with turbans round your necks
Crawling on your bellies, comply
Once the jack boot government is up
It's hard, to make it bid good-bye

Not: Written during Yahya Khan's dictatorship.

[Translated from 'Bootan Di Sarkar' (Punjabi) by Fowpe Sharma]


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  • Brian Jani (6/19/2014 2:08:00 PM)


    A vividly written poem about oppression by dictator governments (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 16, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, March 16, 2012


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