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


Author: Saswat Pattanayak

Journalist, Generalist, Atheist, Poet, Lover, Photographer, Communist, Third wave Feminist, LGBT ally, Black power comrade, Peacenik, Anti-capitalist, Critical media theorist, Radical film critic, Academic non-elite…

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