'Digital India' they dream.
'Mann ki Baat’ they speak.
But for me, these are faraway tales,
Under the shadow of your ignorance,
I live. Under the veil of your vested interests,
I die. A mere burden, my existence,
Crushed and trampled under the weight of your arrogance.
I have nothing to do with IITs and IIMs.
Nor with AIIMS and its gems.
I lived from day to day, worried from night to night.
Prayed for a square meal, honestly, my only fright.
But today I have nothing left to fear,
Nothing left to lose, nothing I hold dear.
For my little one could breathe only for eleven years,
As hunger gripped her, and took her away from here.
Today, I can’t even shed tears.