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‘Tiranga’- Sakina Bootwala’s views on ‘India and Independence’

The ATKT.in Cypher is an exclusive community of some of our favourite artists and talent across categories of artforms. 

For the first theme of August, here’s the submission of Sakina Bootwala from KC College Mumbai, a member of the ATKT.in (Writers) Cypher on the topic – ‘India and Independence- what it means to you, personally in today’s day and age’.   

 

 

Tiranga.

Do you still recognize me?

It has been seventy years; I am old and battered-

covered in wounds and blood-

perhaps the dust and scars make me unrecognizable-

however, my soul has not aged by a day.

 

Green trees of faith still sprout in the midst of the toughest concrete-

blooming with flowers that are not afraid of being trampled upon

for their roots run deeper

than the shallow hatred seeping through their destroyers’ ideals.

 

White doves of peace still fly, unfettered-

unaffected by the arrows and bullets aimed at them by blinded men

for their fluttering wings clear the skies

of the black clouds of smoke that the guns and bombs have left behind.

 

Saffron-clad courage still strolls through the cordoned streets-

grateful for the little it has retained despite its worldly sacrifices,

warmly smiling with prayers on their lips,

praying for its brothers, regardless of who their mother may be.

 

The chakra still spins, stopping for none-

weaving through the boundaries that only exist on the surface,

stitching the torn land together

and helping it move forward, towards enlightenment.

 

Do you still recognize me?

It has been seventy years; I am old and battered-

covered in wounds and blood-

perhaps the dust and scars make me unrecognizable-

however, my soul has not aged by a day.