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Rizwan

Trudging along the snowy path
With countless stares tearing him apart
Those eyes, those stares,
remind him of the steel-cold winter
And of glass, of broken shards
Shouts of ‘Moslem’ and ‘Paki’ piercing his heart
And those frowns are no less than darts
Killed, butchered, slaughtered, go the news headlines
Framing his men for unknown crimes
Peculiar sights etched in the mind
The world,
as one would expect,
has never been kind…
All he has ever asked for
Is a normal life
Away from the shadows of
Terrorism, poverty, hunger, and communal strife
Is it too much to ask?
He seems to be shaken,
Right to the core
And his self-respect seems to be snatched, taken
Countless defamatory chants greet him every single day,
but he has nothing to say…
But despite all the tribulations
And human rights violations
He continues on his way.


Gulraj Singh Bedi, 24 years old, is a student of Indian Institute of Mass
Communication, an ardent political thinker, and a poet. “I believe that
every coin has got two sides. It becomes very important for all of us as
individuals and moreover as responsible citizens of the society and our
country to raise our voice against something we deem is not appropriate.
Governments, have their own policies, their own agendas, but at the end of
the day, it is the individual who matters.”

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