Do You See?


>This is taken from the SACW dispatch that I receive by e-mail:

— by Badri Raina

Agreed you were Adi Indians,
Long before the Aryans came;
Agreed we made you Dalit
To set off the conqueror’s name.
Agreed you are illiterate,
Agreed you have no say;
Agreed you are untouchable,
Agreed you are kept at bay.
Agreed that our development
Makes you resentful, red;
Agreed, in fact, we prosper
Upon your sweat and blood.
Agreed we rape your women,
Agreed we stray, at worst;
Agreed you may not use our wells
To quench your low-born thirst.
Agreed our Constitution
Is ours and ours alone;
Agreed our hallowed temples
Will not let you in.
Agreed your land, your forest
We grab, we chop, we burn;
Agreed our banks, our markets
Will never serve your turn.
Even so, your villainous move
To leave the Hindu fold –
How could we ever forgive you
Betrayal so beastly, bold?
Go tell these priests who dupe you
That all plants, animals, men
Were created Sanaatan Hindus
The minute the world began.
Do you then prefer Christian ease
To family atrocity?
How traitorous, how ungodly
Can this world of vermin be!

The sarcasm is clean and ringing! For Badri Raina’s writings, go to Badri’s ZSpace Page >> at

On this note, it is astounding that the Indian Cabinet is divided on the demand for ban on VHP-Bajrang Dal-Sangh. More evidence is needed, is the refrain. Aghast as I am, I hope more evidence piles up from the rightwing outfit’s past exploits. What’s been going on in Orissa in the past few weeks, is only a glimpse into the dark deeds of the Sangh Parivar practised and honed through years (Gujarat is the golden age… Nanavati may not agree). Combined with it is the issues confronting the Dalit community and other under-privileged citizens of India and also the “intervention” by Maoist groups in rural areas of Orissa and Karnataka. India has a huge challenge here, only a rising GDP and a booming stock market does not guarantee smooth business while other matters remain highly discordant.

A lot has already been written about it … but the “encounters” in Jamia Nagar in Delhi (pic below) after the recent bomb blasts have naturally put another community more blatantly under the scanner than ever — the Muslims of India. Two young men and a police officer had died in the shootouts. It is said the bullet that killed the officer is not being found. Why? How do we then know who killed him — terrorists or his own men or a stray or a ricocheted bullet? Do we remember in broad daylight in Delhi some years ago, police had gunned down two men on the suspicion of being dangerous antisocials? The whole case has been turned over and the dead men found not guilty! Forget that the police actually had planted “evidence” that these men were real targets and ultimately they were punished by the court. And wasn’t there a report about the police faking tomato ketchup as blood to ‘create’ encounter scenes and have medals awarded to themselves? What encounters are these anyway?
I’m not trying to blame the police. The sodden force must be under Himalayan pressure. I just wonder what ‘intelligence’ leads to such incidents.
And oh, the name “Indian Mujahideen” is really popular now. Apparently they masterminded these blasts. So now there’s an identity tag to it — Indian — as opposed to let’s say Afghan Mujahideen or Pakistani Mujahideen!! Nationalism in terrorism at last, may I say?!


  1. Moonflower
    October 9, 2008

    >Fleuvelike Badri Raina’s poem… didn;t know he wrote poems! Mostly his political writings I’ve read. Share your frustration on the ‘encounters’…majoritarian rule, is it?Moonflower

  2. anu
    October 10, 2008

    >Hi Nabina,does poetry have the power to change ? words like Badri's should, isn't it?………and did you read Mukul's take on the encounter? days i just want to escape with a m&b happy ending book…..and stay there.

  3. fleuve-souterrain
    October 10, 2008

    >Moonflower sweetheart,majoritarian rule for sure, and let me warn it can pose a huge danger we are flirting with right now. Ghettoization of Muslims is not just the concern. In the passing I mention Maoist ‘interventions’ in the context of Orissa where predominantly Dalits are at the receving end from either sides… Hitler’s golden Germany was the result of majoritarian influence, and the world knows, not a happy one with millions frying in the oven and the world embroiled in a war. India must wake up.

  4. fleuve-souterrain
    October 10, 2008

    >AnuI believe in poetry and its powers more than in any magic mantras! Spanish poet Lorca was murdered by the then fascist government who said Lorca’s poems had cause more damage than any guns…Yes I read Mukul Kesavan… see the points on which every thinking person is agreeing is that somewhere there’s a slip between the cup and the lip. That has to be clearly stated. Takes time, unfortunately.Happy-ending books, I love them! I mean nothing like Bollywood for that matter. Then, dreamboats too face storms, right? oops, I’m just waxing blankly eloquent!nabina

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This entry was posted on October 9, 2008 by in badri raina, Dalits, encounters, gujarat, india, Indian Mujahideen, muslims, nanavati, poetry, police, terrorists, zmag.
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