We shall overcome: Sounds of protest blowin’ in the wind, again

Protest songs
Protest songs can tell uncomfortable truths, make people think and question certain actions. | Image - Prathap Ravishankar

“…Manus mhanun jagnyasaathi amhala Sara karaycha
Aaj nahi udyala maraycha tar kashala maga saraycha
Hume na pasand ye khota vikas,
Na hai tum jaise choron pe vishwas
Metro banane ukhado tum zhaad
Jab zhaad na bachenge kaise loge saans…

(To live like humans what should we do?
Death will come today or tomorrow
So why be afraid and step back [from protecting the jungle]
We don’t like your fake development nor do we trust you thieves
To build a Metro you are killing trees
When they are gone, how will you breathe?)"

As the beat quickens, the above lines from a song — sung by 25-year-old rapper MC Mawali and environmental activist Prakash Bhoir in Marathi and Hindi — gathers steam.

The music album titled The Warli Revolt was released by multilingual hip-hop collective Swadesi this January. The song emerged as a clarion call for resistance against the cutting down of trees in Mumbai's Aarey Colony for a Metro car shed.

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