What does independence mean to children dying in the hospital out of utter negligence?
What does independence mean to sexually assaulted women facing character assassination?
What does independence mean to aboriginals being deprived of their right to live by the state?
What does independence mean to sanitation workers dying in gutters?
What does independence mean to Dalits facing everyday discrimination?
What does independence mean to Muslims being labeled as traitors?
What does independence mean to women still facing patriarchal oppression?
What does independence mean to 40% of the Indian population living under army occupation?
What does independence mean to 70% of the Indian population living on just $2 a day?
What does independence mean to farmers being forced to commit suicide?
What does independence mean to the North Easterns who are called Chinese and whores?
What does independence mean to South Indians subjected to racial slurs and linguistic imperialism?
And what does independence mean to the 10,000 people who die daily from starvation?
Aren’t we still with being happy that seven decades back some rich brown people secured their right to contest in elections!
I remember how people were getting of their cunts when food security act was introduced deeming it a politically motivated move.
I remember how people were calling free education as waste of ‘their’ tax money.
I know how upset the medical students get over the idea of mandatory rural posting.
I remembered how pained people were when an Italian ‘born’ was about to become the PM of this nation.
I have seen how unjust the idea or social justice appears to privileged people.
I have seen how apathetic were the privileged people when poor were dying in bank queues.
I have noticed how every pro people idea is deemed anti development.
I have witnessed how our deityfication has stripped the soldiers of their human character.
Does this nation even deserves to have human rights when it’s absence is celebrated by the lumpenproletariat??
Don’t say my Indian society is intolerant
we tolerate extreme poverty
we tolerate hunger and starvation
we tolerate undernourished children
we tolerate lynching over food choices
we tolerate fake promises of Govt
we tolerate massacres of dalits and minorities and aboriginals
we tolerate radicalization and polarization
we tolerate Hindu terrorists in parliament
we tolerate saffron terror
we tolerate unemployment
we tolerate fatal attacks on writers and rationalists
we tolerate exponential increase in fascism
we tolerate state’s war on people
we tolerate manhandling of veterans
we tolerate war crimes of military
But damn you if you call our country intolerant
Because calling my nation intolerant will not be tolerated
Because it’s giving a bad name to our country sorry “Ruling Party”
Because we are extremely tolerant people