Wednesday, July 6, 2022

What is the fuss about God knows – Akshaya Pawaskar, Goa

spot_imgspot_img

I often wonder if they hear me right,
on the days when I am moved enough,
to exclaim ‘Oh my God’ in all its glory.
Do my countless Hindu god’s
understand my foreignness?
Do they bless me, do they address
my grievances or just transfer me
from temple to temple.
Do my prayers fall on deaf walls when
I chant them in a non-Arabic tongue
silently under the sacred
Domes of the grand mosque?
Does “Allah’ enunciated
by my non-Muslim lips
in the house of Jesus,
on the earth of Golgotha
offend the latter’s ears?
If we build a tower of Babel
what language will we choose?
Perhaps we will talk in gun tongue.
If I fire one bullet, you will fire two.
If I speak with AR-15, you will answer
with a Kalashnikov.
This new age Lingua Franca.
What will god do then?
Whilst we fight mercilessly
over our god’s.
They recline in heaven
on their push back chairs.
The din is getting to them
They are riled, they are disillusioned
They open the window
The plumbing of heaven has got a leak
The fountain of deep
is seeping upwards to
see what the noise is all about
and we are drowning our own land
in oceans of blood and hate that we spit
like sewage, like oil spills.
If we find one common faith
in this sectarian deluge,
Will the god feel helped or helpless?
What will god do then?
Which god? Whose god?

IR
IR
Editorial Team of Indian Ruminations.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

*

Spotlight

spot_imgspot_img

Revisiting Ambedkar’s Vision of ‘United States of India’: Can It Stand as Modern India’s Viable Alternative?

In April 2020, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor waded into the debate, arguing that a Presidential system would prevent the “one-man show” that the Indian system has evolved into. The proponents of this line of thought also cite the United States' (relative) political stability as one of the key reasons to support their argument. The proposal challenges the Indian Constitution’s “Basic structure doctrine” decided by the Supreme Court in the Kesavananda Bharathi case. However, this requires further examination: a Presidential form of government might fix some of India’s political gridlock, but it may also open Pandora’s Box, releasing a whole wake of issues in its place. This includes a politically biased Supreme Court and horse-trading of MPs on a scale unheard in Indian politics.

Reconstructing our solidarity with the farmers’ protest

The controversial farm laws brought by the union government are essentially about the agricultural market. As the domains (Agriculture and the...

Sharapova: Victim of Fate or of False Regulatory Mechanism?- Dr. Razeena Kuzhimandapathil, Kerala

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova definitely had a controversial career both inside and outside tennis courts. She has the talent that...

Must read

Reviewing ‘Obsession and Wild Pigeon’ by Ismat Chughtai

My interest in Ismat Chughtai developed when I first...
- Advertisement -spot_img

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you