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The First Law: Sing My Name

Chamars assert their identity through songs, T-shirt slogans, upward mobility

The First Law: Sing My Name
Jitender Gupta
The First Law: Sing My Name
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Explosive Macho...

Some of the lyrics from the album ‘The Fighter Chamaar’

"Hath leke hathiyar
Jad nikale Chamaar
Pher vekheyo pataka kiven paoo mitro
Aj dekhde panga keda layoo mitro"

(When Chamars walk out with weapons in their hands,
Friends, watch how there will be fireworks,
Let's see who can cross our path)

***

"Jadon da liya une Chandigarh dakhla
Rakhda bana ke hun saade kolon faasla
Hummer gadi vich aunda nee putt Chamaaran da
Hun nahin ankh milaanda putt Chamaaran da"

(Ever since he took admission in a Chandigarh college,
He has begun keeping me at a distance,
This son of a Chamar who comes in a Hummer vehicle
Does not meet my eyes any more.)

from the pop song ‘Hummer Chamar’

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