Conclusion : Political ideas of Mahjoor by Prof. Ms Tasneem Bakhshi | Part 10
In examing these permanent elements in him, a few instances may be sought to prove this poem. He inducted the theme of workmen’s miseries in his poetry:
After working laboriously for the whole year, I remain starved.
Money lenders, grocers and silver smiths have snatched every heap of corn from me.
For a whole day I work for my master, but he keeps me half-starved.
Also he does not forget to strike optimistic notes regarding their future.
The era of tyranny and plundering will come to an end. Big landlords and lenders will go the wall.
There will be no distinction between high and low, strong and weak. The mail will be ‘human’ and equality shall reign high.
On the one hand he calls on the labourer to find out their way out of their helplessness. Even this is done at times, in a ‘thickly disgusied’ manner. It is not as thinkly disguised or at times ‘not at all-disguised’ plea of Azad and others who demanded and required of their labourer to infame the itching hand of tyranny in a fairly open manner. On the other hand, Majhoor demands tolerance from his workmen in justification of an attitude towards their mater. Thus in the works of Majhoor labourer:
I pray to God for the prosperity of my rich (master). Should my master share my grief, I will be contented with my lot.
to be continued…