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65 Years Later

Aamir has come up with a defense to his statement and has cited Rabindranath Tagore’s poem, Where the mind is without fear. That reminded me of my own poem that I wrote on my country’s 65th independence day. Yes, Rabindranath Tagore wanted a good morrow for his country. But what have we done with our country and with the freedom that they have achieved for us?
Sixty five years have gone by,
Sixty five years ago on this day,
After three hundred and forty six bonded years,
As the pure light came by,
We were divided physically,
As rivers of blood flowed by.
The dead were our own brothers,
Chopped like cheap vegetables.
Those quitting had already,
Sown the seeds of dispute.
Did we require any more time, to follow suit?
Sixty five years have gone by
And where are we now?
Languishing in the murky
Depths of terrorism, being burnt alive and molested
In the name of evil.
Burning other’s homes
For the sake of religion.
Those are again brothers,
Again chopped like cheap vegetables.
Unity in diversity should have been our motto.
Will we ever see a good morrow?
When the truth of freedom will sink in.
When the inner fear would disappear.
And give way to a new tomorrow?

About Gayatri T Rao

A double post-graduate (MSc. - Botany and MA - English Literature) Gayatri T Rao is a Senior Multimedia Journalist with vast experience in writing on varied topics.

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