manual scavangers
Photo Credit -India Water Portal

Fascinated by black holes
Which do not allow even light Ray’s
To pass?

They are hypothetical
Scientific marvel….

Look at the real holes
On Earth ….
They drag red blooded human ‘stars’
Squeeze their lives
Leave their families
In tatters!

Look at the forced labor
Cleaning humus and sewer
Entering death traps
Breathing stench with excreta ….
No statistics or data
Would reflect their suffocation
Death due to asphyxiation!

Look at the politicians
Posing for selfies with brooms
As ‘ cleaners’ of society
While the real ones buried for eternity

They are the soul of the whole
World …but consumed by blackhole

( For ‘safai karmachari’ – the manual scavengers who are forced to work without safety measures and left to die in manholes)

Sheshu Babu is a writer

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  1. Liaquath Mirza says:

    Such a poignant poem on the human tragedy where the safai karmacharis live and die in indignity. Speaks volumes of the so called advanced culture that had Internet much before Internet that flew planes when Wright brothers were not even born. Such technically advanced culture does not have the basic technology even now to abolish manual scavenging. We should hang our heads in shame.

  2. Sally Dugman says:

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  3. David Kennedy says:

    Sheshu Babu, your words are so true. We see what we want to see and hear what we want to hear. For the rest, we are deaf and blind.
    And ‘words’, what are words? They too can be deceitful, either enlightening, or deliberately misinforming. In actions alone can truth be unequivocally expressed.
    But who will respond to your words, beautifully expressive as they are?