• We Will Not Be Silenced

    A Poem from Battling for India

    Orijit Sen

    April 29, 2019

    Words
    -Lal Singh Dil

    Words have already been spoken
    much before us and
    will be, long after us.
    Cut off every tongue
    If you can,
    But words have already been spoken.

    —Translated from Punjabi by Chaman Lal
    (Guftugu, 2016)


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    Orijit Sen is a graphic artist, cartoonist, muralist and designer. He is the author of several works of graphic fiction and non-fiction including the graphic novel River of Stories. He is one of the founders of People Tree, a collaborative studio and store for artists, designers and craftspeople. Sen is also Mario Miranda Chair Visiting Professor at Goa University.

    This is a poem by Lal Singh Dil translated from Punjabi by Chaman Lal and extracted from Battling For India: A Citizen's Reader edited by Githa Hariharan and Salim Yusufji and published by Speaking Tiger Books.

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