Poem: We are here to stay forever
By Mujeeb Jaihoon
You flex your patriotic muscles at the Fort
And reign in the city that the Sultans builtYou gloat in sherwani hailing the ghazal
And flirt with your beloved in the Urdu vowel
You claim to be one nation – united by the folk of Babar
India: whose very name was donated by the Other
Now, at last, when you have had all the nectar
You ask the Flower to prove its love for the Garden!
We fought the Colonial Satan tooth and nail
We sacrificed our children for this dignified soil
Don’t be fooled that your threat will have us falter
We shall remain firm: not faint at your Numeric Altar.
We are here to forever stay
So try not to keep us at bay
Amend your thought and say
And join us in peace and play.
Mujeeb Jaihoon is a UAE-based writer, orator, and wanderer of Indian origin. His published books include The Cool Breeze From Hind, a historical fiction of a spiritual travel across Muslim Kerala, and Slogans of the Sage, collection of illustrated aphorisms by late Shihab Thangal, late supremo of Muslim League. Besides pursuing literary passion, he is also a regular speaker on issues pertaining to education and women’s empowerment. As a prolific traveler, Jaihoon has extensively travelled to cradles of ancient civilizations in various parts of the world. He also serves as director at several educational institutions in Kerala, besides playing an advisory role in community development initiatives. His blog is available on http://www.jaihoon.com
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