Your honour!

Generation after generation
Centuries of strangulation
We sobbed in silence
Without single utterance
Against the verdicts
That depended on your instincts …

Your honour!
Thomas Moore was hanged
Dostoevsky exiled
Afzal guru hanged
For the crimes not committed

Your honour !
Workers, writers, peasants
Participated in mass protests
Were tortured humiliated and jailed
While their families helplessly wailed

Your honour!
A judge exposing reality
Of caste and religious partiality
You suspect his mental fitness
Is this not the height of intolerance?

Your honour!
Stifling his right of expression
Punishing him with incarceration
Is nothing different from anticipation
But continued centuries of strangulation
Of justice generation after generation !

Your honour!
How many more years of trepidation
Shall we bear Stark judicial discrimination?

Thomas Moore ( 7 – 2- 1478 to 6-7- 1535) English philosopher , author hanged for treason
Dostoevsky Fyodor (1821 – 1881) Russian author exiled to Siberia
Afzal guru ( 1969 – 2013) convicted under POTA and hanged. Human rights activists said the trial was flawed

( On the verdict of SC on Karnan)

Sheshu Babu is a writer from everywhere and anywhere and who wants to foster the world

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  1. Farooque Chowdhury says:

    “Your honour!
    How many more years of trepidation
    Shall we bear Stark judicial discrimination?”

    till people make them aware, discard confusing ideas, and get organized.

    thanks, SB.

  2. Sally Dugman says:

    Thank you, Sheshu, for another inspirational piece. It reminds me of so many other travesties beyond the ones that you mention. It reminds me that we have to continue to fight against grave injustice every chance that we get!

  3. Vincent Di Stefano says:

    May your continuing calls for justice attain fruition. Thank you Sheshu

  4. Pratap Antony says:

    Thank you S.B.