Dalit - Not A Curse
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“I swear to the Lord that I just can't see why democracy means everyone but me”
- Langston Hughes
Why am I a second rate citizen
Am I unworthy of your attention?
Trapped in your narrow minded social categories
That limit me, restrain me, cage me!
I’m tired of being a victim of shame
You’ve stripped me of my dignity, cursed my name
I may be a Dalit…but I’m human first
In your little world though…
I’m the worst of worst
My status, my birth, social standing and ranking
Is all that matters to you?
Not my character, values and all that’s just and true!
I step out and feel your hard stares on my back
Whispers behind cupped hands
Low caste, no class…poverty
Is that really all you see?
Can society ever stop judging me?
I’m human first, with a treasure of worth
If you would only give me a chance
In Shakespeare’s own words:
“ If you prick us, do we not bleed?
If you tickle us, do we not laugh?
And if you poison us, do we not die?
Don’t judge a book by its cover
Or a person by a face
Stop being judgemental,
Criticising on Caste, creed, gender or race
The tri-color flag unfurls
To reveal a country of unparalleled diversity
Yet can we truly call ourselves that
If you refuse to accept people like me?
The first step to success is to unite
Failure strikes onto who divide
In this fragmented world, where leaders divide to gain power
Acceptance and tolerance is the need of the hour.
This is what is fair and right
Diversity the key to humanity’s might
So let us unite and set ourselves free
From these discriminating categories
To achieve a nation of true prosperity
And a vibrant Diversity.