January 11, 2021
Ye Hai Baghawat
Today, a very ugly reality is staring in the face of our nation. A nation whose very constitution preaches secularism and promises its citizens justice, liberty, equality and fraternity. This is the time to rise against hate. To fight for our ideals. Each one of us needs to speak up. Releasing on October 25th, “Ye Hai Baghawat”, an upcoming album by Bangalore-based hip-hop artists Agaahi Raahi, Nex and Akx and singer Faizan is a call for solidarity that we need now more than ever. The idea of India is being revamped into a singular, homogenised nation, severed from its composite and diverse heritage, and we cannot afford to be silent anymore. Titled Ye Hai Baghawat, Ye Hai Inquilab, Ye Hai Siyasat, Ye Hai Genocide, Ye Hai Jaatiwaad, Ye Hai Pittrsatta, and Chup Hain Sab, the album is a journey in itself. Each song talks about an evil from our society and puts it bare for the listeners. Produced by Alchemii, Faichan, Demixx, Saurya, SickPundit, and Lonekat, the seven song album also features, indo-Australian activist, Moose Jattana; and artist and activist, Manpreet Singh (MSK). Discrimination and oppression in the name of religion, caste and patriarchy is not a new phenomena, but over the past few years, we have been witness to a rampant increase of hate and crimes under the garb of it. We have witnessed how the victims have been turned into the perpetrators -- labelled anti-nationals, terrorists, put behind the bars, raped, murdered and hounded in broad daylight. But these people are no longer silent. The spark from the fire of hate that is being spread -- in the form of communalism, casteism, patriarchy and the intersectionality of it all -- has reached our hearts and given birth to revolution. “Ye Hai Baghawat” against those who are disrespecting our constitution, taking away our rights, and ruining our very idea of India.