"Aaj yeh ladai sirf is vishwavidyalay ki nahi, is samaaj ke liye hai (this isn't just a university fight, it's a fight for society)"
These are the first few lines you hear as a you play Delhi-based music producer Akshay Johar aka Mojojojo's dubstep mix of JNU student Umar Khalid's speech.
That's right. There's a dubstep version of Khalid's goosebumps evoking speech.
"Woh darte hai ki hum sochte hai... woh humein chup nahi kar sakte (they are afraid that we can think, they can't silence us)". Each sentence chosen to be a part of the mix is capable giving you major feels.
"Those of us who come from oppressed communites and idenitites, there is a need for us to come out of our immediacy and look at all of this is a holistic manner," says Kanhaiya Kumar, with a heavy bass drop that follows.
However, this isn't the only mix. Producer and arranger Dub Sharma has cut a slick two-minute remix of Kanhaiya Kumar's (original, not doctored) speech as well, and while this one is much shorter than Mojojojo's mix, it's far more foot-tapping and has a proper melody. And it has one (impactful) key phrase- "Give me freedom".
"Rust will eat your cage and your bird will fly away" — the English translation of Dub Sharma's Punjabi chorus in his rebel bass track.
We can write a thousand words to describe the beauty, and more so, the relevance of using art to convery powerful messages, but we'll just leave the words of Kanhaiya and Umar to resonate with you.
So while you sit for hours and debate about whether you're national, anti-national, patriotic and/or jingoistic, maybe these two mixes can be your musical fodder.
Listen to the mixes here: