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(8.8.1952 / Manakad)

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Idols Weep

Integration that we clamour for
Disintegration we design for
Unity in Diversity: India’s facet
Diversity, disunity are in closet.

No national spirit acts in rescue;
No co-ordination glares unique.
Vitiated Political Ambitions snarl
At the stranded panicky people.

The Himalayan chill frozen minds
Eat, drink in star bars and mines.
Father of the Nation Gandhiji weeps
At Highway junctions in Idol forms.

Harijans weep, Girijans weep, but
None to keep promises highly put.
In Legislature Canteen Primary needs
Pitiably play shadow-dance; no deeds.

Votes and Whiskey stirred black- horses
Rush to mikes in spikes; roar for votes! .
Illiterate poor and injured minds again
Ink: first- finger for a five year tension!

Submitted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Edited: Friday, July 26, 2013


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Harijans=people of Hari(God) .Gandhiji(Mahatma Gandhi) called the marginalized so.Girijans=people living on the hills/forests.

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  • Somanathan Iyer (7/7/2013 7:15:00 AM)

    I agree father of nation weeping on the current state of affairs. But harijans and girijans, no need for them. thanks for the communication systems, they know their rights and privileges and they are in a position to fight for. The last four lines powerfully portrays the current trends. Nice writing.

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  • Valsa George (6/25/2013 11:28:00 PM)

    A realistic picture of the present state of affairs in India! Though facts are distressing here, I enjoyed reading this poem! A 10 for this!

    Father of the Nation Gandhiji weeps
    At Highway junctions in Idol forms...........So true..... In this context, I invite you to read my poem -Second Going

  • Wahab Abdul (6/25/2013 1:10:00 PM)

    very powerful write.. i like it

  • Vizard Dhawan (6/25/2013 12:56:00 PM)

    yeah, long past years history what happened with dalits and harizans, even today in some regions of tamil nadu, it is practised openly by the high cast hindus, they were called the sanatinis at that time.
    dalits are in poor and miserable condition and no eye on them makes the situation more horrible.

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