Homage To Gauri Lankesh


The killing spree continues
Like that of a serial killer
Looking out for targeted attacks

First Dabholkar, then Pansare
Then Kalburgi and Lankesh

Perhaps what they don’t realise
People can be eliminated
But not their ideas
Their ideas will only percolate
And continue to inspire generations

Installing fear through taking away lives
Attempting to crush dissent through the shooting knives
Will never make the killer dream to get realised

The fight is not between two sets of people
It is between two sets of ideas
In the fight for a plural, secular and a theocratic India
In the struggle for an rational and irrational India
In the battle for equal and unequal India
In the conflict for a just and unjust India

It is the former which is going to achieve victory
Now or later

But forever

Let your shooting spree continue
But it can never crush the emerging voice
The dissent voices are only going to grow
Now and later, until the war is won

Dabholkar, Pansare, Kalburgi and Lankesh
While loss of your lives makes us sad
Your struggles only keep us inspired
And pushes us to take the fight further going
T H Sreerama is a retired Government Employee from Central Warehousing Corporation.

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