Pravartika Wankhede

India

16-a lot on my mind

Message to Readers

Show your love!!! I love hearing from you guys. PLEASE PLEASE share your thoughts.
This is not an attack on #BLM . We support it and are inspired by it, but this is an opportunity to wonder how a system like casteism which has prevailed and flourished longer than slavery and racism still exists. People die by the hundreds every day and no one asks why. People of the Depressed Classes share the same origin, ethnicity and colour with the 'Upper-Classes'. End it now! Educate yourself on this and be an ally for the voiceless.

The Untouchables Speak

June 11, 2020

I was born a Hindu, but I won't die a Hindu,
Words of rebellion- balm to our broken souls,
After all,we are Dalits; Meaning? Shattered or broken.

I can't breathe, he said.
And you promptly heard his cries.
Our words- ring of explosions, but,
Our truth- doesn't send you painting slogans
In burning red- across the summer sky.

Caste is a disease of the mind,
And because some thirty percentile refuse to be cured,
We must endure- cold blooded killings,
                        torture and rape,
                           their sick, twisted dealings,
                        and how saying: not-me-not-me: you escape.

Would not sell (our) interests for the freedom of India,
YOU PROMISED! YOU PROMISED US THIS!
You LIED! Tell us, what ails you- delusion or schizophrenia?
You sold our lives and pushed us-knowingly- into an abyss,
Deep enough to take a eternity to crawl out.

(These) Men feel honoured by (our) humiliation,
Making corpses out of us- before our time,
Coming at us with hard, metal guns and hollowed eyes.
Unafraid, unashamed- we dare to claim the skies,
Caged birds still know how to rise.


 
"I was born a Hindu..." is from a speech by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the person who penned the largest Constitution in the world- India's Constitution and secured equality for the first time in history.

"I can't breathe" George Floyd's last words.

"Caste is a disease....", " Men feel honoured..." and " Would not sell..." Mahatma Gandhi on Casteism and Untouchability.

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3 Comments
  • ElsaRee

    It is so powerful!


    5 months ago
  • A Certain Type of Decisive

    This is not a topic I know much about or have any experience with, but I am glad you are speaking up about it- there is so much beauty in these declarations.


    6 months ago
  • outoftheblue

    replying: yeah, hahah.
    what about your food writing piece?


    6 months ago