Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon
Farmer 7 - Rise! O Farmers! - Poem by Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon
While I write the series of Satyagraha struggles,
Which Gandhiji launched and succeeded,
In his ventures and fight against
The dominating ruling class,
Leaving poor peasants and labourers,
Dried up, shrivelled up,
And worn out with debts and poverty,
I am thrilled to read about farmers' stir in Maharashtra.
The farmers have risen up
To fight for their rights!
The well known activist - Anna Hazare
Openly supports the farmers.
Anna Hazare, follows the Gandhian method.
Like Gandhiji, he asserts that farmers must
Agitate and protest,
But in a peaceful manner!
The farmers till the land in sunlight
They plough the fields till dusk,
They sweat it out in heat and cold,
They work till their bones ache
And can take it no more!
At the end of the day what do they get?
They silently sleep with a sunken stomach,
They just get a pittance for their hard work!
Rise! Rise! O Farmers!
Stand up for the land that you own,
Fight for your rights with unity and might!
Let me pray and pray!
May all your efforts be rewarded,
May all your loans be waived,
May all your grievances be redressed,
May you live with joy, abundance and fulfillment!
Poet's Notes about The Poem
The farmers' stir leaves the market almost empty without any vegetables or fruits.
The prices for vegetables and fruits have shot up to high rates.
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