Please find English translation
of Pagri Sambhal Jatta
 
When Gopal Krishan Gokhale visited the Punjab in 1907, he was received with great enthusiasm by the students of the Khalsa College, an institution started in 1892 specifically to instil loyalty in the Sikh youth.The horses of his carriage were taken out and it was pulled by the students.He spoke from the college Dharamsala from which the Granth Sahib was specially removed to make room for him. It was here that the famous poem, Pagri Sainbhal, Jatta, was first recited by Lala Banke Dayal, editor of Jhang Sayal; it became the battle-song of the Punjab revolutionaries,
At this meeting Lala Banke Dayai, Editor of Jhang Sayal, read the historic poem "Pugree Sambhal Oh Jatta".It became very popular and it was heard everywhere in the Punjab resounding the skies.


Pagrhi sambhaal oh jatta; pagrhi sambhaal ohye
 Faslaan nu kha gaye keerhe, tan te nahin lere lirhe
Bhukaan ne khhoob nachorehe, ronde ne bal oh Pagrhi
Bande ne tee leader, raje te khan bahadur
Tenu le khaavan khafir, vlchh de ne jaal oh- Pagrhi
Hind hal tera Mandir, usda pujari tu
Challega kadon tak, apni khumari tu
Larhne te marne di, kar le tayari tu - Pagrhi
Seene te khaave teer, Ranjha tu desh hai heer
Smbhal ke chal tu vir--Pagrhi
Tussi kyoon dabde veero, uski pukar oh
Ho-ke ikathe veero, maro lalkaar oh
Tarhi do hattharh bajje, chhatiyan nun tarh oh
Pagrhi sambhaal jatta, pagrhi sambhaal oh.

(A translation is attempted below :)
Gaurd your self respect O' farmer
Your crops am being destroyed by insects, you suffer forbeing ill clad
Famines have taken a heavy toll, your dependents are made to weep in anguish
Jagirdars and Khan Bahadurs set themselves up as your leaders
They are setting traps to exploit you
India is your temple and you are its worshipper
How long will you remain under the spell of lethargy?
Prepare yourself for a fight to death
You may have to face repression
Love your country as Ranjha loved Heer
Tread cautiously courageous one
Your motherland wants you to shed thoughts of cowardice
Be united and give a threatening challenge.
Join hands and put up a brave front
O' farmer guard your self-respect.



The Pagri Sambhal Jatta movement was  part of freedom struggle. S Ajit Singh uncle of  Bhagat Singh started a movement against the new bills at that time  Doab Bari Act, Colonisation Act and increase of land revenue.
In a public meeting at Bharat Mata Mandir at Lahore Sardar Ajit Singh described these bills injustice to the people of India. In his words "new bills were harmful to their interests, and that how the British had always acted against the people, bow the British had always tried to plunder this country by the mischievous ways. Throughout my speech enthusiasm went on increasing and there was no sign of fatigue in the public. In detail I explained Doab Bari revenue enhancement because Lahore and adjoining areas were affected by the measure. Increase of land revenue in Rawalpindi district and Colonization Act also came under review, but Ilhese] were not so fully explained. I laid stress on the injustices of British Raj, Indigo Act and how they destroyed Indian industry." ( Autobiography of S. Ajit Singh)
After baying prepared this ground an epoch-making meeting was held in Lyallpur on 3rd March 1907. At this meeting Mr. Banke Dayai, Editor of Jhang Sayal, read the historic poem "Pugree Sambhal Oh Jatta".
Now after 100 years again we are facing similar kind of situation. New bills and acts are posing threats to our dignity, livelihoods and our sovereign right over natural resources. The centralized exploitation is making us helpless. The new environmental enlightenment in Punjab is to remark the old struggle of National Warriors.
These days we are talking about CD Mayee, NBRA, GEAC, Seed bill, NBA and so on ...
do not know were this will end ...if ..?
The time has come to revolt against this new imperialism we should oppose new bills and acts and disobey the new acts in the spirit of S Ajit Singh...
  , Let us start a new Pagri Sambhal Jatta movement...
We salute the courage of New Enlightened people who are fighting for the cause of Nature.