Backward or forward

Life is still

But minds are terrorized

Hearts moan

And home is a war zone

Backward or forward

Taking sides are not easy decision

People are not ready to accept submission

Yesterday I was dreaming about my career

Today all I want is the safety of our nation

Backward or forward

People are killed in dozens

Looks like coercion has more fans than cooperation

Peace they promised

Now all our hopes are demolished

Backward or forward

Living in the largest democracy in the world

We don’t have the rights to go beyond our walls

In this age of globalization banned is our communication

No one can imagine the extent of frustration

AFSPA is our law how can they still call us a free nation

Backward or forward

When the whole country celebrates Independence Day

We are locked in our houses and still expected to relish this day

When I just start believing that things will be fine

More people get killed or they are disappeared in lines

Backward or forward

Wrong side of the world

We are stuck

Things which look normal there

We can get only in good luck

In this country of Gandhi’s non-violence

The only way they operate is violence

Backward or forward

Still we have not lost all our hopes

One day we going to climb all thorny slopes

And our people will get Azaadi of accountability, of law and good governance

With welfare of all will wither away our feeling of otherness

Zohra Batul is a  research scholar at Jamia Millia Islamia pursuing M.PHIL in International Relations,  from Kargil (j&k).

 

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3 Comments

  1. S.M.PASHA says:

    ZOHRA BATUL BAYTEE- THERE IS A WORD IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE WHICH REMAINS THE SAME WHETHER WRITTEN FORWARD OR BACKWARD AND WORD IS “NOON”
    YOUR POEM IS NICE. IT SAYS IN SO MANY OTHER WORDS THAT UNFORTUNATELY IN OUR WORLD TODAYM THERE IS DARKNESS AT NOON!

  2. K SHESHU BABU says:

    Backward or forward
    The economy is growing
    The poverty is growing
    The corporates profits are growing
    The number of atrocities are growing

    Backward or forward
    You decide when pallets rain on you
    When drones hover upon your
    When Coca-Cola dries out water from you
    When vigilante goons pounce on you
    You decide your step
    Backward or forward

    Thank you

  3. S.M.PASHA says:

    Fortune turns like a wheel; it lifts one to a top level and at the same time, it hurls down another unfortunate one converting thereby BACKWARD into FORWARD and vice-versa. Nothing is permanent in this world. What seems to be permanent is temporary in the longer run and what is temporary is permanent for the time being. This applies to the FORWARD and BACKWARD pendulum’
    So Jai Backward and Jai Forward whichever is good.