This poem has been written to mark the pan-India protest on June 28, 2017, #NotInMyName
Some people think, ‘it didn’t happen to me,
or to someone like me’.
So their hearts cannot feel for everyone,
because their thoughts wear the
‘branded’ clothes — of us and them —
which are retailed for free
in the market of life,
by the propaganda specialists.
Their seeing cannot climb
over the barbed wires,
in the cold arid landscape
of their shallow minds.
Their lungs cannot breathe
in high altitude of the profound,
where there is no self and the other,
but only a shared humanity,
on a pale blue dot
in a spiral galaxy.
Imprisoned and chained
in dark dungeons,
by ideas of narrow identities,
they have carved regions
within their own self,
which are marked by walls
The path to the ageless fountain
has been blocked
by a landslide of fear and hate.
The travellers don’t know
that they are lost,
and they are thirsty
for the waters
of the soul.
This has condemned them
to silence and apathy.
Silence is the ideal accomplice of barbarity.
Apathy is the faithful servant of tyranny.
The inability to see and speak about
the viral diseases of our times,
is the greatest disease.
But can we love our country
without seeking to cure
The real patriots don’t hesitate
to raise their voices
against the inhumanity
of one’s own nation.
When brutal storms of politics
sink our humanity,
the rebels collect the wreckage
of pain and suffering,
washed up on the sad shores,
and create their art
Dissent is the love that we need most
to stem the fire that will burn us all.
The scream of our hearts has risen:
lynching cannot happen anymore,
in the name of cow and country.
Human blood has no marks of religion.
No more spilling of crimson tears.
Not in My Name.
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