Hasmukh Amathalal

Gold Star - 437,827 Points (17/05/1947 / Vadali, Dist: - sabarkantha, Gujarat, India)

Alternative To Violence - Poem by Hasmukh Amathalal

You were told to contain the violence
Everything was burning in our presence
There was no alternative than to fire
We knew there will be outrage and people will not admire

It is case burning and looting of public property
There is complete lawlessness and uncertainty
The poor people at large has to under go suffering
There not much or less for the offerings

Why such scenes have become routine of the day?
Why there is so much in tolerance and no way?
Why such things happen in civilized nations?
Has it got direct bearing with some relations?

Are they state sponsored or instigated incidences?
Why people are confined or locked up in their residences?
Whose purpose is served for continuing the violence?
How one can pretend ignorance and innocence?

We are pressed into service to contain
Law and order should be in force and to remain
On whom to fire and where to lob tear gas?
What a difficult situation and delicate phase?

We may hold it valiantly
It will be executed too brilliantly
Such incidences don’t pass off quietly
There is spurt in violence recently

No one may appreciate innocent killings
It may also hut popular feelings
No on e can buy the forceful arguments
Though there may be destructive movements

How do the forces react when attacked?
How can they witness when completely ransacked?
It may be sometimes handiwork of the hooligans
The popular demand is raised with lot many slogans

The bullets may kill innocents
There may be restraints with consents
Still the axe may fall on brave personnel
There may be compulsion with some reasons

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 20, 2010



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