Ye daagh daagh ujaalaa, ye shab-gaziida sahar,
Vo intizaar thaa jis-kaa, ye vo sahar to nahiiN,
Ye vo sahar to nahiiN jis-kii aarzu lekar
Chale the yaar ke mil-ja`egi kahiiN na kahiN
This is not that dawn of which there was expectation;
This is not that dawn with longing for which
The friends set out, (convinced) that somewhere there we met with)
Sitting today, it is easy to imagine what the celebrating crowd on 15th August 1947 would have thought of people like Gandhi and Faiz Ahmed Faiz: They are old and grumpy and disconnected with the young nation. But this would be a mistake: Because most people that time would have been rising from the terrible devastation of the partition, having lost loved ones and all possessions, and their celebration, one would imagine, would have been muted by sentiments shared by Gandhi and Faiz.