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I S H A L L N O T B E S I L E N C E D

by Aishwarya Bhuta

A noted journalist and free thinker, Gauri Lankesh was assassinated outside her home. She was a fearless activist-journalist who criticized the religious (Hindutva) politics of the majoritarian regime at the center. The whole country is in shock. I too was agitated upon reading about it. I’ve expressed it through a poem and I would like to share it with you.

– to the men
Cage me if you wish.
You can bind my hands and legs
But not my thoughts and ambitions
Remember that ideas are bulletproof.

To the society –
Condemn me if you wish.
You can insult and ostracise me

But you cannot close your eyes to the naked truth I show you.
Remember that our powerlessness is your only weapon.

To the fascists –
Kill me if you wish.

You can threaten to rape or destroy me
But my honour is not your slave.

Remember that the pen will always be mightier than your sword.

To the world –
Remember me if you wish.
But do not give in to the intolerant numbers
Who will throttle all those who question and oppose
Remember that dissent is the essence of democracy.
I shall continue to live till there are those
Who stand up, speak up and are unafraid.
Your bullets can destroy my body
But cannot maim my spirit.

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