Action - Reaction

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Contributor: Sheshu Babuu

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For centuries
They bowed to male hegemony
Exploitation, ignominy
Perpetual suppression
Human rights violation

Suffered in silence
Waited with patience
'Til they mustered strength
Mobilized themselves at length

Now with vigor and enthusiasm
They are busting male chauvinism
Entering uncharted territories
Churches mosques or temples
Every prominent position
Which was denied due to staunch opposition

After consistent oppressive action
They learned ways of affirmative reaction

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The writer from everywhere and anywhere when ponders on the question 'who am I?' finds some response in a lyric by Bhupen Hazarika (Assamese) 'ami ekti jajabor' (I am a gypsy.)


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