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January 18, 2016

FORGET THE FORMALITIES

Filed under: Provocations,We Shall Overcome — Aravinda @ 1:52 pm
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FORGET THE FORMALITIES

On this day of solidarity
Named for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Re-ignited by a thousand fires burning
Let us forget the formalities
And rage where rage is due

Overdue

You can go to class but you cannot protest the death penalty.

Rohith Vemula:
You did not forget to write the formalities
But we refuse to accept them.

“Students oppose attack on screening of Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hain”
You can go to class but not screen documentary films.

You were rushing to understand
love, pain, life, death
that take a lifetime to learn

You can go to class but not stand in elections.

There will be time, there will be time.
If only you had time
To turn back and descend the stair
If only the world listened in time.

Dear Vice Chancellor, you wrote:
“Donald Trump will be lilliput in front of you”
How much more we had to hear from you.

“There was no urgency,” you wrote.
Why were you rushing?
To be among the stars
To be one with nature

You can go to class but you will sleep in the open.

Who received these notices?

Who will forgive this world
That fails to make sense?
This humanity that fails

Not the last time.
Jai Bhim.

 


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January 1, 2016

500 days of silence … then and now

Filed under: Afterthoughts — Aravinda @ 8:00 pm

For fourteen years I was silent on Mondays.  I had no blog then.  When people would ask me about it, I had to think each time and answer.   If it was Monday my answer might just be a smile or thoughtful look, after which my interlocutor would venture an answer.  After a decade,  I thought of writing something called “500 days of silence.”  (more…)

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