POLITICAL

Original in Assamese by: Pratim Baruah
Translation: Bibekananda Choudhury

                       
1
Our brethrens fall into the enemy trap
Across the border

Since afterwards our brethrens sing
Songs of peace

2
Our brethrens talk of peace
And oppose war

The merchants of dream
That make us dream dreams
Talk of peace too
And oppose war

Our brethrens stay like friends
In the enemy camp
We are blinded to differentiate
Who is foe
Who is friend

3
Our brethrens
Say us that their blood stained hands
Are indeed green

We can’t make them understand
That we are not colour blind

The merchants vending us dreams
Talk of some accords
They want to say to us
That accord means independence

4
We don’t understand
The game of chess
But do definitely understand
What is a State
And very well understand
The ploy of the State machinery


About the author and translator

The Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2017 is stated to be dominated by the regional lanauge poets with 16 books of poetry along with 5 short stories, 2 biographies and one essay that won the award. Shri Pratim Baruah from Bongaigon, Assam has been conferred with the award for his Assamese poetry collection titled as ‘Xodhahe Nohol Tok o Bokul’.


The translator-author, Bibekananda Choudhury, an electrical engineer by profession, has completed his MS from BITSPilani in Systems and Information. He has also earned a diploma in French language from Gauhati University. He has got published works (both original and translated) in Assamese, Bengali & English in popular periodicals and newspapers. His translated poems has been published in 'Indian Literature', ‘Poets International’, Poetry International’, Rupsi Bangla, etc. 'Suryakatha', the Bengali adaptation done by him of the Assamese novelette in verse in the same title by Prayag Saikia was well accepted. His English translated publications include – one short story collection and four poetry collections and one Information Book on Kaziranga, apart from few others in manuscript form. He hails from Bongaigaon and presently stays at Guwahati.

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