Sunday, August 15, 2010

On your 63(rd)...Motherland

Its your sixty three(sic), since the day we were free,
free of being ruled by another,
free of being a martyr in someone else's war,
free to call this land ours, you-ours..

Its your sixty three, since the day we were free,
free to call us one nation,
free to have an anthem to stand up to,
free to have a leader look up to...

But it pains me today, on your sixty three,
to see the the strong bonds of one nation weaken,
to see the belief of oneness shaken,
to see men,women and children of yours being killed by your own..

It pains me to see on your sixty three,
the leaders are no more worth looking up to,
the national anthem I just stand to at a cinema theatre and enjoy the rest that follows..

It pains me that on your sixty three,
children are taught in schools that vanish into thin air,
where their mid-day meals are eaten by vanishing devils,
and their clothes are sold to men of no conscience

It pains me that on your sixty three,
its tough finding an honest man in the higher rungs,
a contented farmer in the villages far flung,
a happy student in an educational set up just fit to learn,
a person who would feel without bribing one or another, work will be done.

It pains me that on your sixty three,
there are people still in the shackles of cast and creed
who kill their own blood in name of honour,
murder their own child,a loving son and a daughter.

You may call me a pessimist my motherland,
that on your sixty three,
I talk curt and talk of all negativity..
But, I cannot close my eyes to the glaring truth that stands so strong,
send an 'sms' saying happy independence day and forget about it all

You may call me a humbug,
one unable to share the joy of our people on your sixty three,
but freedom for me is when each one of your children is thankful to thee,
when each of them have no complaints and no revenges to take,from thee.

That would be truly the Independence Day for me.

11 comments:

preeti said...

awesum...very true...love it...it leaves a msg fr all 2 understand!!!!

snigdha said...

Thank you preeto..I hope everyone finds the true meaning of independence..

arnav said...

Very touching and very well-written..

Loved the part about sending a "Happy Independence Day" sms and then forgetting it all. True Independence is actually a very Utopian idea if you come to think of it.

snigdha said...

Thanks a lot.

Yes it is utopian indeed..but the state of affairs in our country could be a shade better..problems would not end but the glaring ones need to mend. I hope I do not have to write a similar poem year after year..

SUPARNA GHOSAL said...

Good patriotic fervour. Your thoughts are not based on pessimism , but a reality of today. Probably this is the price of development that all civilizations have to pay initially...
And our priorities are responsible for the mess ;in a mess literally. A pizza reaches ur home faster than an Ambulance(if reqd)!!! Ur the Gen Nxt..So arise awake and stop not till ur goal is achieved!!

Abhimanyu Gupta said...

very well written n beautifully crafted the present context of our nation... i hope people read it, n realize what is freedom.. somehow ur poem remind me of lines of bhagat singh..

snigdha said...

Bhuvi!! If my poem reminds u of bhagat singh M HONOURED!!! THANX SO MUCH! I REALLY HOPE PPL READ MY POEM:) Spread the word across

Jyotirmoy Ghosal said...

A poem which should move our souls and if possible our SOLES too..so that instead of tweeting and SMSing alone, we also move ..move to achieve what our freedom fighters dreamt, but did not live to realise their dreams!
An excellent thought! Hope people take a cue from this and towards nation building..!!

Amit said...

a very true account shedding light on the prevailin circumstances..............we all are nothing but modern day slaves at the hand of our masters..............a very famous quote said that modern day slavery is far more dangerous than earlier forms of slavery coz we do not acknowledge its existence thereby diminishing any probability of a rebel or being freed of it.............and yet we close our eyes to everythin that's happenin around and wish everyone a happy independence day................

swaha said...

true independence day gift ma'm.

snigdha said...

@swaha-thank u