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Mainstream, VOL LIV No 11 New Delhi March 5, 2016

On the Cobblestones of Freedom

Wednesday 9 March 2016, by Badri Raina

Come together

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.

Suhas Borker

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.

Badri Raina