Writing for common cause: Revolutionary Pens

This poem has been written on, Revolutionary Pens, a Facebook page and initiative started by Soumya Mohanty Vilekar. We live in dangerous times where writers are being the soft target of haters, mercilessly and mankind are ruthlessly indulging in cannibalism. In the name of religion, we have lost our sense of tolerance and spurting dirt on anyone who hold a contrarian view. Our weapons are not arms but the power of pens who can bring a change and revolution in society. It’s high time for free thinkers to rise together and protest through the sheer power of words against jingoism, hatred and violence.

Below, is a poem I wrote on Revolutionary Pens and urge all of you who believe in freedom of expression to like the page on Facebook

We are living in dangerous times.
The pen is mightier than the sword, yet the force of the latter is muzzling the former.
Only, if the pen could kill!
Forces of hatred are scared and uses violence to silence voice of dissent.
Writers have no right to stay silent,,
but use their weapon, powerful, to protest against heinous killing and divisive communal politics.
No one has the right to crush our pen.
Rise together comrades,
for we owe it to the next generation.
They want to burn us to death.
Staying silent means being part of the conspiracy.
Let’s act together for our rights and creativity is under threat.
Let’s tell bigots and haters that we shall never let them win the game.
Together we can become a force.
The power to overturn their weapons of destruction.
We are One, rising above ethnicity, race or country.
We shall say no to the killing of authors and journalists.
Let’s not give the freedom to pour ink on our faces.
Truth be told,
we will pour ink on paper to show their true color.
Say yes to the revolution for our fore parents relentlessly fought for freedom of expression and thoughts.


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