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Liberate Me Please!

by Madathil Rajendran Nair
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Am I falling?
Am I failing?
You placed my face on paper
And let it float without any respect
In the winds of international racket
Sold your soul in the market
And cried – it is sinking
It is in free-fall
All due to others’ faults

Look my head once upright
Is now hung in shame
On both sides
Of the sinking bill
And who has time here to see
How badly my heart bleeds?

You are busy seeking alms
At the doors of outsourcers
Across the seven seas
You have placed the land’s destiny
At the mercy of foreign economies

You pawned the brain power
Of your God-given manpower
For paltry pennies to Western masters
While you ruined your native vigour
Sunken deep in unethical mire
Staying closed in an ivory tower
Blindly believing things went in your favour
With the mercy of alien investors

Stop this please and return to your roots
Straighten your spine and string your boots
For the walk back to your nascent roots
Trust your brethren than you boot
Your faith on others who only loot

Liberate me from this sinking bill
I have nothing to do with your ills
Call me back when you are ready
To honour yourself with heads held steady
Invent your way to rediscovery
Knowing the new economies aren’t worth a penny
When your past is a glorious alchemy

Adieu brethren, so long my friends
I have renounced my precious land
Call me back only if you can
Stand on your feet and heave like men
Chests raised full unto the heavens
Like we always had been the Indians

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Comments on this Poem

Comment Rightly said, even Gandhiji's paper value too is vanishing like the grin of the cheshire cat

02-Sep-2013 04:34 AM

Comment Good poem. Portrays what is happening correctly. Although both Chinese and Indians make the biggest consumer markets for gold, the fall of rupee has been attributed significantly to the purchase of gold by Indians.

But the Chinese currency has not dropped as much as INR.

There may be other factors beyond the specific issues mentioned in the poem (such as being a destination for outsourcers, brain drain, liberalization etc.). So called alleged greed of India's leaders (most, not all) who have hoarded 100s of Billions of US$ in foreign banks also must be contributing to today's problems. I wish Gandhiji had placed people like Vallabhai Patel, Lal Bahadoor Shastri et al in the right places soon after 1947!!!

01-Sep-2013 12:46 PM

Comment Dear Nair saheb

Benjamin Franklin returned why not MKG?


Ramalingam mp
31-Aug-2013 23:49 PM

Comment Agree with Kulbir. It's time GOI, FinMin and RBI acted in tandem instead of cross purposes...

Padmaja Iyengar
31-Aug-2013 07:51 AM

Comment Thanks and lot Rupardha-ji and Kulbir-ji for sharing my angst. Regards.

30-Aug-2013 11:53 AM

Comment Good, it is time for some soul-searching!

30-Aug-2013 09:35 AM

Comment very touchy

30-Aug-2013 07:50 AM

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