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Five Poems

By Ajmal Khan 

Casteing Ringtone

This time,
When my Mobile phone rang
They understood
I am a Dalit.
My ringtone was a song on Babasaheb.
A song against untouchability.
A song to
and Agitate.
They killed me!


Special Status for Kashmir

Half and full widows
Security checks
Mass graves
This is a haven for special statuses.


Holy water

I had gone for a
holy bath
In Ganga.
Suddenly, I was being carried in an ambulance.
The postmortem report
The cause of my death was
Ganga water.


I protest

I returned home,
After the protest
Against land grabbing by a multinational corporation,
While changing my dress
I saw,
The same company had made my underwear.



My eyes were shutting down
I fell down on the floor
My lips were dry
I was shouting
Water !
No one could hear me.
Everyone’s ears were plugged with ear phones.


Ajmal Khan is a researcher and activist based in Mumbai. He contributes mostly to English and Malayalam news portals. His poems have appeared in different magazines and online portals in English and Malayalam.

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2 Responses to “Five Poems”

  1. Sabbani Manohar

    Yes, this is the result of discrimination.
    you way of writing is purely perfect.


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