The Grindmill Songs Project | Fighting for water is fighting inequality

The Grindmill Songs Project | Fighting for water is fighting inequality


The train with a steam engine roars through the forest Announcing: Ramji’s son Bhim is standing at the Chavdar Tale The train has come, there are candles in each bogey These are our sisters who had gone to Chavdar Tale O woman, that Chavdar Tale, let us go to see it And support Bhimai’s [Bhim’s mother] son Dipping four fingers in the waters of Chavdar Tale, gives joy and a feeling of being transformed O woman, Ramji’s son [Bhimrao Ambedkar] has such enormous courage At the Chavdar Tale, just for the right to a sip of water A crowd has gathered for the sake of women and children At the Chavdar Tale, there is a flower garden Bhimai’s son held a satyagraha there At the [Chavdar] Tale in Mahad, the sip of water became so important O woman, Bhimai’s son built a bungalow on it* We were beaten when we asked for our right to water O woman, the Brahmin caste here is very orthodox O woman, stones and pebbles were thrown at us when we staged a satyagraha, We were fighting for our rights, protecting our children We did not expect anything in life We only went along with our Bhimraya We were not afraid to fight for [Chavdar] Tale at Mahad Women and children were with us, we did not even have stale bhakri to dip in water and eat How we went from village to village and organised the meetings! But our Bhimraya came along with us The orthodox castes threw stones [at us] With Bhimraya behind us, we got our right O woman, the blue flag was unfurled on the throne of Delhi O woman, there are many leaders, and Bhimraya stood out among them

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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