Treasure Island

gajanan mishra

(3rd April 19sixty / Tikapali, Patnagarh, Balangir, Odisha, India now at Tapobana, Titilagarh, Odisha, India)

Chintu, a boy of about ten


Chintu, a boy of about ten
Coming to me daily with a
Regular newspaper.
Is Chintu a paper hawker?
No, certainly not.
As because there is Child Labor Act
And our United nations observing
World day against child labour
I dare not say Chintu is a child labour
If I say so I have to face
So many problems here there
From the public from the police
From the advocates from the judges
Let Chintu distribute newspaper
Daily from door to door
And let him be happy with only
Ten rupees per week.

Submitted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Chintu is a child labour, but nobody dare to say against this labour, Child labour act is only in paper. So many Chintus are there in different tea stalls, book stalls, vegetable markets, railways stations, bus stops. Are we saving our future in this way?

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  • David Wood (6/12/2013 6:09:00 AM)

    When I was a little boy I had a paper round delivering jewspapers to peoples home. Your poem brings back memories. (Report) Reply

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