chandra thiagarajan

A Promise To Eradicate Illiteracy - Poem by chandra thiagarajan

A Promise to eradicate

The dark veil of flowing illiteracy,
As a canopy on our growing democracy;
Covers many crores of our great lot,
Under which teeming with ignorance, rot.

Unaware of the goings on around,
Stark illiteracy with poverty bound;
The window of the wide world is shut,
And the kaleidoscopic view of the panorama is cut.

The spiritual and intellectual devolpment,
Not sparked off by literary involvement,
Is a curse on the person and the nation,
As multitudes live like animals sans education.

Seized of the problem, in many a country,
UNESCO launched a war on illiteracy;
Allocating funds, the malady to cure,
With India taking the cudgel, very sure.

To kindle the dawn of consciousness,
Of the need of literacy's importance;
A programme of National Adult Education,
Is on the anvil with much ovation.

Of all the state birds flying in thirst,
Kerala's bird has landed first;
With Ernakulam carrying the flag high,
Inducing others their flight to stage by!

Let us scouts now make out a promise,
A multi-pronged attack without a miss-
To launch on 'illiteracy'-the monster dreadful,
With a spirit of commitment and hearts so full.

Comments about A Promise To Eradicate Illiteracy by chandra thiagarajan

  • Valsa George (6/25/2013 2:00:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem declaring the resolution of a nation to eradicate illiteracy and come to the light of knowledge and enlightenment! Great thoughts powerfully rendered in rhyming verse! Enjoyed this beautiful write and a10 for the exceptional brilliance exhibited here! (Report) Reply

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  • (11/14/2012 2:38:00 AM)

    Very well done. Illiteracy and an attempt to overcome.
    The poem flows well and is powerful in content.
    It would be nice if you could add a stanza about when this program was started, the year and under whose government. That would date the piece and turn the poem into a chronicle.
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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