All In the Name of Governance!

They burn you alive,
If you are in the rival camp,
What if you belong
To the same party

They throttle the voice of
They molest you to

They tear into your
Looking for vain
What if you are a

They are the demons
They balance their ‘rule of law’
On the foundation of fear
Their weapon to run
A ‘democratic’ government!

They sell public
To raise funds for ‘development’

They run barbed wire
Through your heart
In the name of
‘National unity’.

What are they?
What do they practice?


They bulldoze ‘equality’
To dust!

Author’s note: Some days ago 10 plus men, women and children, were burnt alive at a lesser known village in West Bengal. What is prevailing in the country and state in the name of governance is abominable. This poem protests against the inhuman treatment meted out to the people.

Pranab Ghosh is a journalist, writer, poet, translator and blogger. His blog is “Existential Problems”. His poems and prose have been published by several on=line publications including Dissident Voice, Spillwords, The Piker Press, Setu Magazine, Pangolin Review, Visual Verse, etc. Pranab has coauthored a book of poems, titled Air & Age; a translation of a book of Bengali short stories, “Bougainvillea and Other Stories” (English translation title). His second book of poems and first solo book, “Soul Searching and Other Poems” (2017), was published by Scarlet Leaf Publishing, Toronto. His second collection of poems, “Vision of the World and Other Poems”, was published by in November 2020. Read other articles by Pranab.