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Nalini Priyadarshni

Nalini Priyadarshni

Nalini Priyadarshni is the author of Doppelganger in My House (2016) and co-author of Lines across Oceans (2015).Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and international anthologies. Her forthcoming publications include ‘Sacred Women in the Anti-violence movement: Anthology’, Caged Bird Magazine and ‘Your One Phone Call’.
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A poet is the product of the politics of his/her times. Here’s Nalini, as a Journalist poet, on the current issue of demonetisation and its effects on the polity, for .

We, who sit straddle, must move
Shake off complacency
And take sides
by either queuing outside defunct ATMs
with moaning mob gather to collect
Their pittance outside cashless banks
Or pooh, pooh their growling stomachs
Pinched faces, sore legs and broken spirits.

beasts! Why can’t they
Just die in national interest
Collateral for greater good
Soldiers do it all the time
Why can’t women and children too?
Ungrateful, unpatriotic nincompoops.

No bridging this ever widening chasm
between plastic money and cashless transactions
and obsolete cash with no respite in sight
so dissent and speak up even if it’s the last thing you do
For when we do not speak up for the
We side up with the tyrant.

©Nalini Priyadarshani

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