Volume 4: Number 1, May 1 2000
Editorial

Fan Mail

Hum Aapke Hain,
(aur) Kya?

by Vamsee Juluri
Cold Sweat
by Vijay Prashad

Dime a Dance,
Dollar a Day

by Sunaina Maira

Coming to America,
Coming Home

by Sharmila Rudrappa

Chiclete com Masala
by Gautam Premnath

Culture Move: On
Asian Dub Foundation

by John Hutnyk
Free Satpal Ram
Asian Dub Foundation

"I Never Set Out to be
a Cultural Activist":

A Conversation with
Anand Patwardhan

daya and
for Jaimal Singh Padda
by Anand Patwardhan
Progressive,
but Problematic:
An Appreciation
and Critique
of Amartya Sen

by Vamsi Vakulabharanam
and Sripad Motiram
FOIL Notes

Ghadar Home
proXsa Home
 

Free Satpal Ram

Through its song “Free Satpal Ram” and through its longstanding involvement in the campaign for Satpal’s release, Asian Dub Foundation has exposed the racism of the British criminal justice system and acted in solidarity with a remarkable and inspiring figure—a man who has turned victimage into resistance. Satpal Ram is still in prison thirteen years after defending himself against a racist attack. More information about his case and the campaign to free him is available at: Campaign to Free Satpal Ram

From Asian Dub Foundation, Rafi’s Revenge (1998)

Written by A. Das/ J. Pandit/ S. Savale/ S. Tailor/ D. Zaman

     The scales of justice weighed down on one side
               Freemasons on the case
         You know you're gonna get a rough ride
         Hold tight even if you know you're rights
   It's just a piece of paper unless you're prepared to fight
                  For twelve years
         One hell of a long time to rot in a cell
           When you've committed no crime
      Another innocent man forced to carry the can
                Free Satpal Ram! (x2)
               Another innocent man
              Just another innocent man
               Who's word against who
         The degenerate crew out on the town
         Thought they had something to prove
              Self defence is no offence
     Had to protect himself from the marauding fools
         Cutting remarks on account of his race
        A plate to the chest and a glass in his face
       An Asian fights back, can't afford to be meek
           With your back up against the wall
          You can't be turning the other cheek
      And we say back away to all the troublemakers
     Fix up your brains 'cause you're the biggest fakers
    You come in a di place, do you know who you are?
                Free Satpal Ram! (x2)
               Another innocent man
              Just another innocent man
                   Birmingham 6
                   Bridgewater 4
         Crown Prosecution totting up the score
                   King's Cross 2
                    Guildford 4
                  Winston Silcott
                 How many more?
        Satpal attacked in a restaurant by racists
      Now the brother's locked up on a lifetime basis
    Convicted of murder but what was never mentioned
          Self defence was his only intention
          ADF once again taking to the stand
         Witness the jailing of an innocent man
      Kicking up a fuss 'cause it could happen to us
             Time to join in the fight back
             Because enough is enough!
             Free, Free, Free Satpal Ram!
      And we say back away to all the troublemakers
     Fix up your brains 'cause you're the biggest fakers
    You come in a di place, do you know who you are?
                 Free Satpal Ram!


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