krishnakumar chandrasekar nair (1964 and doing pretty good.. / Thiruvalla, Kerala)
The dam and the damned
Some saw undulating hills of bliss
And a stream and a waterfall
They that saw them were lovers and poets
But of no no future consequence at all
Politicians teamed up with engineers
But not to see the grandeur that lay across
All they saw were massive massive dams
And a million mega watts of power locked
And so this often repeated sad story here too began
Of tribal settlements and villages that were damned
As each tribal and villager were very carefully told
How the ground beneath their feet would turn cold
“For the greater good”, they were made to hear
“You must shift and our compensation cheer
Moreover, work and build this dam on this your land
Gainful employment for a long time, please understand”
Big dams are worth such small tragedies
Butterflies and monkeys can move elsewhere
Development is the need of this crying hour
What every nation needs is megawatts of power!
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