Country lies in tatters
Democracy lies in shambles

‘You have blood in your hand’,
We cry!
Our blood; blood of your
Brethren, your countrymen

They say it’s not blood
It is ‘gulal’ as if…
And smear you with the same
If you dare to turn
Against them, raise your voice
Or ask for your due share!

They designed to charge you with
They want a revamped legal weapon

The Supreme Court has put
A brake in their evil design!
As they are out to invent
Newer and novel
Means to suppress and oppress!

•  “Gulal” is a kind of colored powder you play Holi, the festival of colours, with in India.

Author’s note: Recently the apex court of India has come up with this ruling, where they have put on hold the government decision to put into practice the revised Sedition law, which the opposition parties, especially the Left, have said to be not needed in free India.

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.