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Mainstream, VOL LIII No 48 New Delhi, November 21, 2015

To Indira Gandhi

Saturday 21 November 2015, by Sumit Chakravartty

On the occasion of Indira Gandhi’s 98th birth anniversary on November 19, 2015 we remember her by reproducing the following poem written a year after her death (she was killed on October 31, 1984) and published in Mainstream (November 16, 1985).

a year has passed
without you;
tears dry up
on the surface,
but the pain persists
down below
where my heart writhes
like a wounded fawn
as it dawns on me
with every passing day:
how much we lost
by losing you.

Sumit Chakravartty

New Delhi October 31, 1985