We Need Legions of Traitors Like Stans

We need legions of traitors like Stans
Father Stan Swamy, not a mere voice of the voiceless,
he, a priest who ‘leapt out the walls of the Church
and made the people his religion.

Unsteady with advanced stage of Parkinson’s,
A frail and ailing elderly man,
imprisoned, denied bail time and again,
even for a sipper he had to set eyes to court.

Cold-blooded murder at Taloja prison.
of course, he was a traitor—his oneness with poor tribals
is an open testimony to his treachery!

And we need legions of traitors like Stans
who can speak truth to power,
let millions of traitors bloom
and fill our arid lands with singing springs.

Toothless patriots, sewed lips, chameleons,
crows, rats, pigs, and rotten tomatoes by the roadsides   
I have seen much.

I know why the caged birds still sing,
And I know why the free birds oil feathers after each bath.  

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I write because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, said George Orwell. As a writer, I never kowtow to the whims and dictates of the sacred godmen or godwomen, the political bigots and hypocrites, dealers of laymen, the dishonest and self-serving intellectuals, traders of religions, the betrayers of ‘other’ Indians who eke out a living by their sweat, who are living in fear for being lynched for this and that.

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