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April 10th, 2010 by naren bedide

We are the wounded of a thousand generations
and not those who ever gave up arms

We are the veteran soldiers of a thousand defeats
and not those who ever surrendered

We are the sacrificial lambs of a thousand betrayals
and not the cowards who ever strayed from the path

We are the hardened warriors
who survived amid a thousand penal codes

Ours are the thousand and one springs
among the thousand winters

We're adivasis

We're women

We're dalits

We're blacks

-My translation of  the Telugu poem 'mEm' (from the collection 'naludikkula nunchee ranDi') by Dalitbahujan poet and activist J. Gautam.


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