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When pen
Becomes gun
Ideas flow like bullets

The enemy
Picks up gun
Unable to withstand the ‘ fire’ of ideas
And sprays bullets
To eliminate ideas

Still,
Question remains
As it did for ages and ages
What are we going to fight over to-day?
What is your grudge?’

The fight
Never ends
‘ To- day, the deliberate increase in the chances of death,
The conscious acceptance of guilt in the necessary murder;
To- day the expending of powers
On the flat ephemeral pamphlet and the boring meeting …’ (2)

Sheshu Babu is a writer from anywhere and everywhere

Notes
‘ What are we going to fight over today?’ taken from ‘ The fearless- activist Gauri Lankesh #Obituary …http: //www. bbc.com/ news/ world-asia-india-41172115 (posted kracktivist.org September 7, 2017)

2 . Lines from ‘ Spain ” by W H Auden

One Comment

  1. Sally Dugman says:

    Sheshu, the only way to go forward is to continue to resist the status quo. There is no guarantee of a good outcome with such a contrary direction, but it IS the only way to foist change. …

    “The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you’re going to lose, because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins.” ― I.F. Stone

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