14 April 2015 - Tribute to Dr B.R. Ambedkar
Dear Dr Ambedkar
You showed us the path to unity
Raising your voice for liberty
Towards eradicating human untouchable
Educate, Organize, and Agitate
Your message to the masses echoes
Even today, as you left behind the legacy
Where is the law of this land that you fought for?
Where is the unity in diversity that you dreamt for?
Even after 6 decades of freedom, we are in the tangles
Of social discrimination and against women and labour
The constitution that you architect is not learnt
We see unconstitutional words and practices in governance
The political activities of today is a spectacle
Of gaining popularity, dynasty and failing economy
The common man is still struggling to make ends meet
Who will negotiate now for India’s new independence?
From the rapes of women, and killing of our soldiers
Advocating rights and social freedom for all of us
You took to the freedom of conversion to Buddism
But when the people instigate this for money, where is the religion?
You depicted a new civilian culture of highest order
But where are the followers who understand what you left behind?
I pity you Baba Saheb, to see your statues in the cells
Trying to be protected from senseless vandalism
You had a great effect on Modern India.
The socio-political thought that gained respect
Initiatives that influenced many spheres of life
Transformed the way India look into policies
That lead to education and affirmative action
Through the socio-economic and legal incentives
But in this process, the freedom of individual is lost
Plenitudes of media mocking at every insignificant thing
Where is there a path laid to equality eradicating castes
In the country that advertises matrimony based on communities
Allegations behind every good tried and achieved
There is no foundation to build a strong empowered India
What ever may be the religion you followed?
Reasons of your own for taking on to Buddhist philosophy
Religion and caste seems to be still taking lead
In the way we live and the way we think and act
In this process, we have given away the basic self
Of kindness and human care equal to one and all
You have been the highest educated economist of our country
Contributions countless and highly marvelous even today
Born a sudhra, was there a challenge to your intelligence?
Then why the hell should the caste system of ages be present?
You are best remembered for ever for the Constitution of India
And the fight against untouchability that you bravely fought!
I am sure you would have been humble to the famousness
That you enjoy today world over as Human Rights Champion
Yet, when you see a child labour picking up the next brick
I am sure, you would bleed in pain to see this unchanged
The Laws have changes, but the mindsets of the people didn’t
Governments have changes, but the lives of downtrodden are not!
I write to this as a tribute to what you have left behind
Emulating Bodhisattva that you embraced as you aged
You never wanted Kashmir to have the popular Article
But sad that you could not make the treacherous thing stop
Anyway, Baba Saheb, this country should shine again
Above the restriction of religion, socio-economy statues
Towards a better India, a Prosperous Developed Nation that you dreamt for!