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veeraiyah subbulakshmi


Alcoholism In Tamil Nadu, S.India


How to send them to school clean and tidy,
When they have to pass through the muddy roads,
All politicians of my country should walk on this path,
Before they go to the state assembly and Parliament,
Let them teach us how they keep their white shoes, white,
Let them teach us how to carry these bags in rain, not wet,
Let them teach us how to survive with rationed food and water,
Let them go through all these hardship to develop this country,
But most of them have gone through what we go through,
But they forget the past and seek the friendship of rich and high,
Half of my countrymen are dirt poor and dirtier than dirt,
Even in their new clothes they wear once in many blue moon year,
Our children are malnourished and their medicines are stolen,
The milk is adulterated, the medicines are adulterated,
What is not adulterated where the poor men buy from,
Intelligent people are serving themselves in fine dining,
While my poor countrymen drink and save the revenue,
For the state government, Let our men be the alcoholics,
Let our women suffer, Let our children starve and spoil,
Let the government of Tamil Nadu, prosper in distillery.
Shame on everyone who can think for others, not for their own.

Submitted: Friday, June 01, 2012
Edited: Friday, June 01, 2012

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  • Lynne Fincherspringarden (6/22/2012 2:42:00 AM)

    May the echo of your voice be heard throughout the world regarding these conditions for the poor in your country. With such global wealth in our world it is a shame on humanity that these problems of fair and compassionate distribution of abundance have not been solved. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (6/8/2012 8:29:00 AM)

    The man does not suck the spirit out of the bottle, the bottle sucks the spirit out of him.
    A sad but important write exposing conditions in your country, with suggestion on how
    to improve. Keep writing and fighting. (Report) Reply

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