An Easter of Dalit Rising
BADRI RAINA | Caravan Daily
You who are decreed to be invisible,
Expiring dutifully in gutters,
Keeping us clean without being seen,
Making no claim to human status—
How you rose like tsunami, drowning
City after sinful city in a rage of
Awakening that left duty and shame
Behind—unburdened of the shackles
Framed by those who neither do duty,
Nor know shame.
Let not now this rising be a moment’s
Passion but a rage not to be deflected
From dismantling the Sodom and
Gomorrah of our time, and sinking
The pharaoh’s legions several fathoms deep.
Only when you make untouchable
The perfidies taught by the priests
And exploited by the moneylenders will the
Republic become a new Church that
Embraces without demur or discrimination
Sheep of all hues and definition,
And seal their equality in common graves.
And let those who make loud to stand
By you now in this magnificent rising
Know that any dissembling heretofore
Will bring their sustenance to an end.