Speak up India – A tribute to sexual assault victims

A burning shame spirals downwards
Into the bloodstream of this nation.
Racing through, so thick
The heart melts into suffocation.

How long before we asphyxiate
And give in to the brutality?
How long before the struggle wears us out
and our indignation turns into passivity?

How long before we become
Just another number in your damned statistics ?
Another scream choked into silence.
Another pair of frantic eyes faded into void.
Another forlorn soul.
Bruised. Ripped. Killed. Buried.

While you fight over your trifling politics
And your god forsaken religions.
So exploited in their names,
Your Gods abandoned a long time ago,
Grieving over the monstrosity they birthed.

How do you not drown ?
Under the wailing cries of the innocents.
How do you not choke yourself ?
While smothering humanity with your own bare hands.
How do you go on living , remorseless?
With so much blood splattered
All over your conscience.

-SR


Dedicated to :
6 year old from Haryana,
8 year old from Kathua
11 year old from Surat
17 year old from Unnao
And countless others who have endured some form of physical violence / assault , meaning 1 in every 3 women in India.

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Plan for yourself, because God doesn’t have plans for you.

Growing up in a deeply religious family and society, hearing things like ‘Do your best and leave the rest on Him.’, ‘He’s always watching over you.’, has been a usual part of my everyday life. And I won’t go into a lot of personal details but to tell you, I was a deeply religious person myself. But lately, I have started to realize how much people actually count on God and the “power of praying” for every single thing. For instance, a few months back, before my results were about to be declared, to tame my anxiousness and nervousness, I went on Google and searched for little tips to calm myself down. ( I know how silly this sounds, but anyway…), so I reached a page, and a student literally wrote an entire article on the power of praying and how it got him through his most difficult and strenuous exams. Seriously though, you really think that can get you through? And what if it didn’t? Apparently, a reasonable answer of a believer would be “God has better plans.”

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to impose my non religious ideas on you, nor am I trying to tell you that God doesn’t exist, but if you think about it, don’t you reckon that praying has actually become more self seeking over the years. Even if we go with the idea that He exists and that He answers us, don’t you think he has a lot better things to do than listen to our little frivolous complaints. Do you feel like you scoring good in an exam is much more important than those kids who aren’t even fed two times a day? Or you making it into that college or that job or your parents permitting you to go somewhere you wanted is so much more significant than all the miseries and torments of this world? But unfortunately, none of them are feasible unless you yourself make them happen. How I wish praying was the solution to all of those issues. But it isn’t. And the sooner we understand it, the better. As much as we like the thought of someone ‘watching over us’ or someone who’s ‘listening to us’, it’s time we snap out of our fantasy world and stop asking and relying on some invisible superior power for our requirements and demands and control our own destiny.

By this post I’m in no way trying to conclude on a religious notion. I don’t know if there’s really someone who’s looking out for us. I’m just saying that if we believed more in ourselves than in God, this world would be a better place. And if you are really a firm believer of God, then stop bothering him for your inconsequential concerns. I assume if you’re reading this post, then you’re better off than almost half of this world. Be thankful for what you have. Be self reliant. Be self believing. And be the change you wish to see in this world.