Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Punch on the Left

So you talked about equality, Sir;
As you puffed that cigarette in roundabout whirls.
So you talked about the hungry, abused and the oppressed, Sir;
As your wife fried bhetki after bhetki*.

You snubbed her right in front of your comrades
For you insisted "Women must know their place."
So much for equality and social rights, Ha!
Your woman has lost her voice...

Your arrogance was pungent and sorry,
But your comrades perfectly understood the necessary dominance,
They nodded as you commanded your wife back in the kitchen,
She retreated hurt and hounded, sought solace in her sacred space.

Sir, your hypocrisy is shocking, your doublespeak commendable:
How beautifully chauvinism and culture blends in your town
How intriguing is your politics, how stinking is its stink,
Orwell was right when he conceived the idea of doublethink.

How about first bringing the revolution
you propose for the landless and the needy
within the precincts of your feudal patriarchal regime?
How about letting your wife vomit the words she has eaten up all her life?

So much for your suffocating talks of ideals and equality,
So much for your sham of decency and morality;
You can fool a thousand others who think like you,
But you cannot fool a million others who will still see through.

So much for what is gone,
So much for what is left.
As the ballots are counted, manipulated, maligned,
I just have this to say:

I don't understand politics, but I was brought up in equality;
As a woman, I am disappointed in the way you live your ideology.
Don't try it on me, your wife you could snub;
But I am made of stronger stuff.

West Bengal socio-politics.

*Bhetki : An expensive freshwater fish popular in West Bengal and Eastern regions of India

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very well written..I just finished watching a shpiel on Mamata Banerjee and her fights with the so called Bhadralok...who have behaved in the most abhadra ways with a woman !

doremi said...

Ah, a poem on the hypocritical (bengali) leftist.

Sad thing is, I know quite a few...

baruk said...

is this based on a particular/bunch of events?

Gauri Gharpure said...

@ J. Too disillusioned with the "Bhadralok" to comment separately.

@doremi and @baruk Yes. I also know quite a few. Sadly.

Vaibhav Gandhi said...

"I don't understand politics, but I was brought up in equality;
As a woman, I am disappointed in the way you live your ideology.
Don't try it on me, your wife you could snub;
But I am made of stronger stuff"
SLAP.... A REAL ... SLAP... But I am made of Stronger Stuff.... yesssss.

sangeeta said...

I know quite a few of them too...
well said Gauri ...bang on.

sushama said...

"How about letting your wife vomit the words she has eaten all her life" Simply wonderful.

Gauri Gharpure said...

@Vaibhav, Sangeeta and Sushama ma'am-- Your comments are so appreciated. Saddening that such people still exist by the cartload and worse, they seem to thrive in politics, bureacracy and such other positions where a liberal outlook is most required.

Indrani said...

Strong words there... well written.