Bhopal Union Carbide memorial, Image source: Wikipedia
When there was era of sword,
the cities were plundered,
men were treated as slaves,
women were raped
or made to live as concubines.
When gun powder was discovered,
swords were reduced to blade of grass,
colonies were established,
and sun never set on British Empire.
When Dynamite was discovered
mountains were razed to dust.
When satellites began
roaming in earth’s orbit,
villages and forests
were reduced to mines.
When nuclear bomb was dropped,
the humanity was choked by radiations.
When Auschwitz happened,
humanity was ashamed of being inhuman.
When Bhopal Gas tragedy struck in midnight,
thousands of poor Indians died a silent death,
dreaming the life of comfort and happiness,
when their souls awoke from grave,
they found politicians, Babus, Judges
were praying secretly for
to quench their
thirst for wealth.
© Sushil Kumar