By Mano Subhashini
This short poem was written inspired by two sets of events- one that occurred in Kashmir after abrogation of article 370 of the Indian Constitution and another that took place in New Delhi during CAA-NRC Protests.
When all voices of dissent are painted red,
When all hatred is directed at a particular sect;
When identities matter more than lives,
When violence isn’t an uncommon sight;
When the protector wields the sword,
When the vulnerable can’t say a word;
When rights aren’t absolute,
When no one can dare to refute,
You know it’s time to raise your voice;
Because you don’t have much of a choice.
They might not come for you today,
But tomorrow isn’t miles away!
About the Author:
Mano Subhashini, currently pursuing Master of Public Health from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.