Mainstream, VOL LIV No 11 New Delhi March 5, 2016
On the Cobblestones of Freedom
Wednesday 9 March 2016, by
on the cobblestones of freedom
Unfurl the Tricolour
Climb the Altar
Speak out from the heart
of Freedom in India
of the Indian Constitution
of the coagulated blood that unites
dalits, adivasis, minorities,
marginalised, poor workers and poor farmers
of their pain, hunger and deprivation and
of the struggle that lies ahead
that must be waged together
for India is waiting to listen to you.
There is a Spot upon the Earth
There is a spot upon the earth
Where people stand firm and true
On behalf of those the Fat Cat shuns—
It’s called JNU.
The Fat Cat marshals violent hordes,
Enforcement winks assent;
The truth—it sneaks from subterfuge.
The mask of tyranny is rent.
The Fat Cat does not questions like.
He pushes them under the flag;
The camouflage does not suffice
To lock people in the bag.
Coming days will surely tell
The fake from the noble passion—
Do flags and heroes or little people
Make up the real nation.