Thursday, February 07, 2019

Perils Of Intolerance~

Some nights the window opens
The dark shadows block my horizon
I heave myself out of bed
With a soundless cry;
The violet streetlights trap my eyes, I shudder
The echoes on the TV debate tag on, behind.
The screams burst on the air,
Waves of FIRE spread…I pray they have no kin.
The horror of the unseen makes me
 breathless, revolting like one in a war.
I understand, the world is staggering towards insanity.
 I am tired of man’s intolerance….
Where do I belong?
Every street map is labelled today
Yet, every piece of land a prejudice,
Where are we and who are we?
The wind weeps a little
Over the graveyards of my ancestral home.
They’ve paid the price and made peace
Isn’t it absurd to live like this?
Who shall ask?
And who shall care?

India, the land that gave birth to four religions and enshrined both secularism and free speech in its constitution, has been having a curious debate these days. Unfortunately, the world's biggest democracy is becoming an intolerant nation?
Intolerance triggers riots, mass casualties, and a colossal wave of migration. Our earlier generations have seen the bloodshed during partition. The effects are still felt today....

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