The madness of war

The madness of war
The clash of two egos
from logic afar
brings death to all ethos.
Those sleepless nights
those restless days
a wind so foul
life in a haze
death and destruction
misery and sorrow.
The rise of the sadist
an uneasy tomorrow
an unwanted bloodbath
A time of frustration
cries of anguish
a path of destruction
the horrid aftermath
a hopeless today
sheer foolishness
war’ll never pay.
The madness of war
Destruction! Destruction!

(This poem appeared in Femina magazine on March 8, 1991 in the Teenage Section)

The Devalued Ratna

The Bharat Ratna awards have been made a mockery in the past few years. The last worthy recipient of this award was Acharya Vinobha Bhave in 1983. After that all the awards given, without exception, have been controversial. MGR was conferred with this award posthumously. A political stunt. Ambedkar was rightly given the award, but after nearly 40 years. Then it was awarded to Nelson Mandela, who is not even an Indian. The honour bestowed on the other non-Indian though was fully justified. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was an Indian before Partition and had contributed immensely towards the freedom struggle and he fully deserved it. Conferring Morarji Desai with the Bharat Ratna was the biggest joke, and his accepting was more so, considering his totally negative attitude towards the awards which he himself abolished as prime minister. Like Ambedkar, Sardar Patel deserved it too. But not as an afterthought after so many years. These last few years have nullified the glory of the prestigious Bharat Ratna, the highest award of this land.

(This appeared as a Letter to the Editor in the Illustrated Weekly of India magazine in 1991)