Mother India

Fifty years of chaos and confusions
She has witnessed and now silently mourns
As a mother forgives her children
She has done that; they are still insane

Ere half a century, she was in chain
She was silent and cried in pain
Her children fought and freed her then
She asks now: Where disappeared all of them?

Where are they who loved her?
Who sacrificed their lives for her;
Why no doubt, today there is none
Whom you can ask to die for her!

– Saswat Pattanayak, Peoples’ Poet


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