The agitation against the presence of North Indians ,particularly the UPites and the Biharis on the state of Maharashtra and the ensuing meaningless violence and death of a Maharashtrian and a Bihari at the hands of these misguided political goons are a background to these two poems.
13th Feb 2008.
Riots of Feb 08
An insane fire burns on the horizon
The burning shell of a waylaid car
Unfailing signs of a waging war .
Blood taints the sweat that nurtured the ground
Where stood swaying in the communal breeze
Dreams of a people , who sought to live Life with some ease.
Unafraid of extinction as he continues roaring
A man-eating tiger creates mayhem in the city
For no one wants to bell this kitty .
Whipped to a frenzy , this disheartened mass
Clambering onto train , truck or a bus
Gets red-eyed as Sorrow and Fear infect the exodus
Will a flood of tears even douse the burning pyre
Of Indian dreams that Indians are now burning ?
Is this what the world will see, an un-glorious India shining ?