Dr Jawahar Surisetti
Introspect Today- Not Just Pray - Poem by Dr Jawahar Surisetti
Everywhere today, We pray
That women be safe, Day after day.
Religions we believe, say something
Our actions we do, show the opposite.
Bible says 'she opens her mouth
And the teaching of kindness
Is on her tongue' (Proverbs 31: 26)
All these kindness is in vain
Because 700 million women in all nation
Have no food, water, sanitation,
Healthcare and education.
Islam professes ' Men are protectors
And maintainers of women,
Because Allah has made one of them
To excel the other' (An-Nisaa’ 4: 34)
On a cold winter night, In a bus in the capital,
The driver and the helper, molest Nirbhaya
Barbaric and gruesome, torture her
And dispose. The Protectors.
Nanak preaches ' From woman, man is born;
Within woman, man is conceived;
To woman he is engaged and married.
Through woman, future gens come' (Raag Aasaa Mehal 1, Page 473)
A fine school day, the corridors ringing
Children in the classrooms, teachers on job.
Terrorists gun the children, mothers wailing.
Were these gunmen not born to mothers?
Hinduism goes like this on women
' Where women are honoured, Gods are pleased.
But where they are not honoured,
No sacred rite yields rewards.' (Manu Smriti 3.56)
Half the world is women,
Mothers, daughters and sisters.
Religion if we practice and pray, understand
Women are here to stay.
Preach something, practice something
Is the order of the day.
Not just today, day after day
Respect, support women, come what may.
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