Did “Mahatma” not die several deaths yesterday?

“Avenge our death…”
“I have given up…”

The souls whispered
As bodies dangling
On shoulders were
Placed like sandlewood
Logs on mobile stretchers
only to make the pyre
To perform the last rites



After a failed ‘operation’!

Medical science bowed out
As rulers’ bullets erased
lives opposed to their ‘interests’…

A successful ‘operation’!

One Mahatma died on this land
Years ago…

Politics of hatred felled him…

These are unsung heroes…
Cannot be compared to the Mahatma…

Too insignificant for the world perhaps
To take note of!

But should it be so?
But should it be so?
But should it be so?

Let the world take note…


• Author’s note: Panchayat elections are supposed to take place in Bengal early next month. The process of filing nominations ended yesterday as men got killed – at least five – and women, including those contesting, got heckled and bombs were hurled, shops razed to the ground in many rural places in West Bengal where the ruling combine, led by a woman leader – Mamata Banerjee (Chief Minister of West Bengal) – did not want the opposition candidates to contest the election! Panchayat is the multi-tier (mostly three) stepping stone of governance for ensuring development and democracy in the rural areas of the country.

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.