SENTINEL POETRY
ONLINE MAGAZINE MONTHLY #13  (DECEMBER 2003) ISSN 1479-425X

NILANSHU KUMAR AGARWAL


Rural India

Rural India a great paradox.
Girls are prohibited
To study at the colleges.
Boys are there, Boys are there.
You should avoid boys.
The moment they are married
They do nothing but cohabitation.
What a great paradox!
Till puberty complete avoidance
After puberty complete indulgence.
A Brahmin family epitome of purity.
They are from Lord Prajapati's mouth.
The woman of the holy caste
Using the same dirty rag
To wash the menstrual liquid
Numberless time.
What a great paradox!
An upper caste Hindu avoids a Shudra.
Defiled he is by the shadow of the untouchable.
The same higher caste person
Grazing greedily...
Where? Where? Where?
The bathing fairsex of the lower caste.
The soap on her frail skin.
Slight piece of clothing on her breasts and hips.
He is not polluted by her touch.
What a great paradox!

Note:
According to Indian tradition, Lord Prajapati is the creator of this universe. Out of His mouth, there was the birth of Brahmin. Kshatriya, Vaishaya and  Shudra, the other three conventional castes, came out of His chest, thighs and feet respectively. Indian society is  divided into a stratified caste system. In this ladder of caste system, the Brahmins(the holy caste)were at the top of hierarchy, whereas the Shudras were made untouchables and  they were prohibited from all social contacts.

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