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Mainstream, VOL LVII No 13 New Delhi March 16, 2019

New Robe

Sunday 17 March 2019


What is so special in the news item:
an organ being donated?
A flourishing black market offers
a choice to know the donor,
preserve purity of body and soul!

But the headline is eye-catching:
a Muslim donates one kidney
for his poor, ailing Hindu friend.
Eyebrows are half-raised;
discordant notes are voiced.

A body part from another faith
saves the donee; he breathes life.
A nagging question: what will be
his identity donned in the new robe?
It is abiding, binding, shared humanity.

A.K. Das

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