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When Identities Matter More Than Lives

A poem about Kashmir's integration with India which happened on the 5th of August 2019.

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.

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