In a world desecrated by loathing and lust,
she stands as civilization’s last beacon of hope.
In an unfair race run by rancorous men,
with profound dignity and grace does she gallop.
Persecuted and manipulated since countless ages,
she went through it all with a humiliating muteness.
Peeved by the brutality of the stronger sex,
she was forcefully tamed and rendered speechless.
God blessed her with such a breathtaking beauty,
that ships sailed and wars were waged in her name.
But she was turned into a toy for amorous men,
as they engaged in their own narcissistic game.
As a mother, she housed him for nine months in her womb,
and then showered him with a love so ferociously pure.
As a wife, she blindly supported all he undertook,
and stood by him through all that he had to endure.
As a sister, she tied her prayers to his wrist,
and let him become the luckier of the two siblings.
As a daughter, she did for him all that a son could,
but still failed to garner the best of his feelings.
Today, she has proven that she has all that it takes
to confront the wicked world and find her place in it.
And yet, we still grudge her that lawful equality,
and prevent her dark life from ever getting lit.
Every breath of hers has been a veiled cry of anguish,
as she yearns for a chance to give her dreams a chase.
But now she is indeed making her presence felt,
getting ready to bid adieu to those accursed days.
Yes! She is rising…like some phoenix of heathen lore –
beyond the injustice that has crippled her all these years.
Finally breaking free from the cocoon of coercion,
she is learning to conquer the worst of her fears.
She is waking up from the paralyzing ignorance,
that had eased her into a wretched life of submission.
No longer will she be subservient to his lechery –
nothing will now deter her from defining her ambition.
Do not seek to resist this rebellion…
Do not snatch back this moment of triumph from her.
Do not make her go through hell once again…
Do not deny her the right to progress and prosper.
NISHANK MEHTA | 30.05.2009