A look at the state of the country and society

When I read this poem in a book I found last year, I remember hearing stretches of it in a mushaira years and years ago and was happy to be reacquainted with it. It is meant to be a mazahiya qalam but as happens in satire, they are deep currents of sadness and cynicism and even desperation in this work by Janaab Mahboob Rahi. I also found that perhaps its too long and there are some sections which do not flow properly….. but anyway have a look yourself and do not get unduly influenced. It has its high points, no doubt…..

Loafer, maawali, chor uchake maze mein hai
Police ki chhatr-chaya mein saare maze mein hai

Luche hai khairiyat sem lafange maze mein hai
Sarkar ke sabhi pey diya hai maze mein hai

Behni, saale, bhai bhatije maze mein hai
Neta ke rishtedaar hai jitne maze mein hai

Baham karate rehte hai dangai maze mein hai
Maulana aesh jarte hai pandit maze mein hai

Sacche hain apne sach ke sabab mubtalae gham
Jitne bhi shahr bhar ke chhote maze mein hai

Ya rahbaran mulk maze mein hain in dinon
Ya rahbaran mulk ke chamche maze mein hai

Jo bhaunkte the galiyon mein, ab inke din gaye
Har dam jo dum hilaate hain kutte maze mein hai

Kamzor jab se huye Bhajapa ki billiyan
Jitne hai Congress ke chuhe maze mein hai

Ma, baap, bhai behnon ki haalta mat poochiye
Sasural waale saale saliyan maze mein hai

Main to bashar hoon khair shar bhi hai mere saath
Masoom hai bechaare farishte maze mein hai

Duniya tamaam bhaad mein jaaye meri bala se
Biwi meri maze mein hai bachche mere maze mein hai

Hai mubtalae karb sab arbaab aql-o-hosh
Pagaal hain khairiyat se diwaane maze mein hai

Suraj bechara aag mein jalta hai saare din
Rahro hai shab ke chand sitaare maze mein hai

Badkhwan ko hamaare yeh deede koi khabar
Ham sab khuda ke fazl-o-karam se maze mein hai

Bahre bachche huye hai sadaon ke zehr se
Aankhe nahi hai is liye andhe maze mein hai

Hai mere saare dost pareshan in dinon
Dushman hai jis qadar bhi kameene maze mein hai

Duniya ke jitne lafde hai zindon ke saath hai
Qabron mein so rahe jo murde maze mein hai

Haathon mein jinke mulki maeshat ka hai nizaam
Imaan farosh, daku, lathere maze mein hai

Bante hi phool torh liya jayega janaab
Jab tak bhi daliyon pe hai ghunche maze mein hai

Bartau mein hamare hai kuch aisa imtiaz
Takleef main hai apne, paraye maze mein hai

Pathti hai khub Sheikh-o-Brahman ki in dinon
Kal maikade mein mile the donon maze mein hai

Ham shairan Urdu har waqt subah-o-shaam
Baithe hai zer saaye ghazal ke maze mein hai

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