Lawful Protest

Laws are made to
Make life easy

But what if they rob you
Of your dreams and
Torment your soul?

What if they portray
A bleak future
Where you may starve?

What if laws take away
From you your produce and give
Mockery of fair price in return?

What if…
What if…
What if…

Then the farmers decide
To march in Capital City on
Republic Day

They are now sitting under
The bare sky braving biting cold
To lay a siege to the unholy Union

Then they decide to fight till death!

• Author’s note:  Farmers in India have been agitating under the bare sky at the outskirts of the Capital City for days now. They want the scrapping of the anti-farmer laws and a guarantee of the continuation of the Minimum Support Price system currently in vogue. The Supreme Court of India, in a judgment, has put new agri-laws on hold and formed a panel to break the impasse. However, the unhappy farmers have decided to march in the Capital City in support of their demand on the Republic Day, January 26.

Pranab Ghosh is an award-winning Indian journalist and writer, who has worked for major news outlets of the country, including HT Media Ltd., Eenadu Digital, TNIE, Business India group etc.. His books of poems have been published by English and Canadian publishers. Read other articles by Pranab.