Dr. S. S. Sodhi
I am an Indo Canadian, a recent arrival,
I add “color” to the Canadian mosaic,
That makes me two in one.
I love India, but I am getting alienated by
The guilt free massacres,
The Government induced,
Socially sanctioned violence.
My ideological pacifist background,
My idealized image of “Mother India,”
Torn to shreds by fundamentalistic uprising,
My peaceful Indian mystic reality,
Being shaped by “Doon School,
Fragmented, I stand, two in one.
My national heroes —Bhagat, Shubash,
Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi,
Being replaced by dynastic rulers Sanjay,
Indira and Rajiv
The peace inducing films of my youthful days,
Have been replaced by seductive sadism
My desire to teach my children,
My realities, the struggle filled realities
Of my Indian childhood,
But their aversions of the degenerated
Present day Indian Psyche!
Fragments and tears me in the middle
And makes tears well up in my eyes
Because I am two in one.
Article extracted from this publication >> July 26, 1985