The video of the day is by Indian artists who are tired of their government, like so many. The song was written around two years ago but released in the first days of this new decade.
According to Wild City the artists, Nuka and Kaam Bhaari “rap in English and Hindi, respectively, as their weapons of choice to lash out against the government and the apathetic, apolitical populace, as they address subjects such as marital rape, environmental destruction, data privacy, misogyny, farmer suicide, corruption, education and much more. Put together, it’s a glimpse into the country’s current affairs, and an urgent call to action.
In India people have been protesting the CAA (Citizen Amendment Act) since it was proposed into law late last year.
The new act “amends the Citizenship Act of 1955 to grant a swifter path to Indian citizenship under the assumption of religious persecution”.
But Muslims, Tamil Hindu refugees, Rohingya muslims, Hindu refugees from Myanmar and Buddhist refugees from Tibet have all been excluded from the amendment.
Madara is one of the musicians writing protest songs for his country and fellow citizens. On his personal Facebook page the rapper, who’s real name is Rahul Negi, speaks of the reception of his latest song:
“It feels great to contribute to our people’s strive for a better country to live in and that has been my sole motive, to do something through my art that makes sense and is not the usual. I will keep doing my work and experiment with a lot of new sounds and topics in 2020 and to reflect things happening in our society from time to time in it.
Merciless criticism and independent thinking are defined as the two necessary traits of revolutionary thinking because they invoke the mind and draw it away from laxity to focus on improvement of an idea or shifting to another idea. -Bhagat Singh”
Vimalakka, or Arunodaya Vimala, has released a new song that celebrates the beauty, the diversity and the importance of the flora and fauna of the Nallamalla area in southern India. This land is currently under threat of uranium mining.
The song is more than a celebration though. It is a protest. As Vimalakka explains in a recent interview the song follows a campaign already in process to save the Nallamalla land from uranium mining.
In the song, titled Bathukamma, Vimalakka sings:
“Nallamala Tangedu pulo bhagya nivo Bathukamma vo! Adivitalli paravashinche atalammavo, nemali natyanivo, dunkutunna jalapatam sangitamo samara nadamo! Uranium tavvutanante oppanantimo, pratigatana tappadantimo!”
which translates to:
“Oh mother of life, the gift of Nallamala’s Tangedu flower.. who cheers with ecstasy for the peacock’s dance, the music of waterfalls, and the songs of resistance. We don’t agree for Uranium mining… We say, resistance is inevitable.”
Halldór is the managing editor of Shouts – Music from the Rooftops!, an investigative journalist, audio engineer and an animal rights activist on a nomad journey through Europe – still without a definite destination.