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Mainstream, VOL LII, No 25, June 14, 2014

Remembering Tiananmen

Saturday 14 June 2014

No miracle will ever clean

The memory, bestial and obscene,

Of those who, having fouled their trust,

Grew warped with dread and powerlust—

And ordered fire on the square,

On unarmed people everywhere,

Brave people seeking to be free

Of rottenness, of tyranny.

—Vikram Seth

[This poem was written twentyfive years ago and published in The Times of India on June 6, 1989. It is being reproduced—courtesy The Times of India—in memory of the Tiananmen martyrs.]