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’.
A poet is the product of the politics of his/her times. Here’s Nalini, as a Citizen Journalist poet, on the current issue of demonetisation and its effects on the polity, for Different Truths.
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.
Selfish beasts! Why can’t they Just die in national interest Collateral damage 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 oppressed We side up with the tyrant.