The inspiration

Original in Urdu:
کانٹے والی تار پی کسنے گیلے کپڑے تانگے ہے
خون ٹپکتا رہتا ہے اور نالی میں بہ جاتا ہے
کیوں اس فوجی کی بیوہ ہر روز یہ وردی دھوتی ہے
—-Gulzar

Transliteration

Kaante wali taar pe kisne gile kapdhe taange hai

Khoon tapakta hai Aur Naali mein beh jaata hai

Kyun iis fauji ki bewa har roz yeh wardi dhoti hai.

Who has hung these wet clothes on the barbed wire?
Blood drips and flows into the gutter
Why does this soldier’s widow wash his uniform every day…

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