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Mainstream, VOL LVI No 29 New Delhi July 7, 2018

Snapshots at Border

Monday 9 July 2018

Children being ripped away

from the arms of their mothers;

parents not being able to see

where their kids have gone;

from within the metal cages

heart-rending cries rising,

asking for their papi, mami—

what a scene of inhumanity!

But in the intense sobbing

insensitivity finds a joke:

child actors staging an orchestra;

only a conductor missing!


Then a jacket causing outcry:

I really don’t care, do u?

Is it a message against ‘fake news’

or demonic ‘zero-tolerance’?

Ajit Kumar Das

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