A tribute by Saipadma Murthy
There is world before you
There is world after you
But the way you changed our minds
Our worlds indeed…
So notoriously told to globe
That what we are
And what we were…
So glaringly visible caste India
Posing to world as chaste India
What have you done my dear babasaheb?
With a stroke of pen and burning midnight oil
Makes us remember you
Forever and ever and ever
But we are clever…
You wanted to unite us,
We are searching every conceivable way to
Divide us in to castes…Sub-castes…known and unknown
But you won!!
On our ignorance and negligence
Purposeful and not so
You caught us with constitutional pen
Gunning down our brilliant action of equality
Caught us red-handed indeed
But dear babasaheb…
You amuse us!
Why there is no one like you
Are atrocities ceased to stop
Is India equal in words and deeds?
We get so many questions
With no apparent answers
People were busy enjoying
Their reserved and deserved status
Rest of unreserved busy with fighting
For possible benefits of their future reservations
Yes… we do remember you!
Definitely on two days a year
We try to bring equality
We are yet to infuse quality in equality
We want to give a tribute to you…
Now we all have essentials of life
Thanks to you!
Whether we respect fellow lives
We surely respect our lives.
Though we may not recognize dignity
We are leading fearfully dignified lives!
We try to garland you
Pay tributes from lips
Thinking about tomorrow’s work
Today’s generation doesn’t much know about
But it knows about CLASS INDIA !
But ironically… your iron will
So evident and fresh on constitutional paper
Is afresh in our minds
It’s not faded or yellowed like practicing constitution
We may get jaded as individuals
But we can promise you…
We will be united
In bringing INDIA out of CLASS INDIA
We promise you
You are not just a text book in children’s curriculum
You are an equal feeling that you evoked in
Every Indian’s heart
Which we wish to keep alive
Don’t you think we have you in our daily lives ?
Of unity, equality and fraternity
Which is much necessary in this turbulent
Terror stricken world!
Let there be innumerable ambedkars
In this INDIA to make our country… THE INDIA
6/12/2008 Ambedkar Death Anniversary