• Recalling Gandhi in 2019

    Abhijit Sengupta

    October 14, 2019

    He was not there when we unfurled the flag

    Of independence.

    He would not celebrate the day with

    Hosannas

    Because somewhere, someone was still not free.

    His tryst with destiny

    Was in a small room in Calcutta

    Where he prayed for goodness,

    For freedom from ego and bigotry,

    For peace.

    No fluttering flags please.

    Today, as we celebrate the man who saw and yet did not see

     our independence,

     We find eight million citizens still in chains.

    He is still not with us, will never be,

    Symbols are not enough.


    Abhijit Sengupta is a former secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

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