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Mainstream, VOL LV No 39 New Delhi September 16, 2017

I Shall Not Be Silenced

Tuesday 19 September 2017

To the men — 

Cage me if you wish.

You can bind my hands and legs

But not my thoughts and ambitions

Remember that ideas are bulletproof.

To the society — 

Condemn me if you wish.

You can insult and ostracise me

But you cannot close your eyes to the naked truth I show you.

Remember that our powerlessness is your only weapon.

To the fascists —

Kill me if you wish.

You can threaten to rape or destroy me

But my honour is not your slave.

Remember that the pen will always be mightier than your sword.

To the world —

Remember me if you wish.

But do not give in to the intolerant numbers

Who will throttle all those who question and oppose 

Remember that dissent is the essence of democracy.

I shall continue to live till there are those

Who stand up, speak up and are unafraid.

Your bullets can destroy my body

But cannot maim my spirit.

Rest in power, Gauri Lankesh!

Aishwarya Bhuta

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