(Translation of the song composed and sung by mid-day meal workers from East Champaran – Comrades Kumanti Devi, Shahida Khatoon and Sahana Khatoon – at the Workers’ Mahapadav (Dharna) at Parliament Street, 11 Nov 2017)

Dawn has broken with red sun rays
Why are you still sleeping with your sheet over your heads?
Sister, open your eyes
See the red sun rays at daybreak!
Brother why are you sleeping
With your sheet over your head?
See the red sun rays at daybreak!

The highhanded Modi Govt
Is oppressing us –
Open your eyes sister
Roam around the city sister
Roam around the bazaar sister
Roam everywhere to organise!
Open your eyes sister
Tie the red band around your head sister
Roam around to organise
Open your eyes sister
Break Modi’s conceit, sister
Modi Govt is highhanded
It’s oppressing us
Open your eyes sister, Open your eyes