I AM GRETA THUNBERG SPEAKING

Origin in Assamese: Lokesh Boro
Translation: Bibekananda Choudhury

Are you all listening?
My soulful cry 
For the Earth locked up in a room with the door shut
To pacify my heart
You need not beat the drums
Let the battle plan to win the election-fight
Be stopped forever

Go back a couple of steps and look
The golden days of our great grandfathers
Today all these are just a fallen leaf of memory
Dreams of fresh generations are gradually shattered
Under the heavy feet of the powerful stallion of economic growth
The environment is located at the edge of the gorge of erosion
Are you able to understand the situation?

I have set my foot
In the valley of death built by you
How dare you?
Do you have the ability to comprehend
The words coming out of my lips
But now
The world has woken up
Change is coming one step at a time
We’d keep a hawk’s eye on you all
Whether you like it or not

About the author: Dr. Lokesh Boro (born on 21 February of 1975) has been serving as an Assistant Professor (Grade-III) in the Department of Economics, Devi Charan Baruah Girls’ College, Jorhat, Assam (India) since 2000. Dr. Boro has done his M.A. with special paper- Econometrics (1999) and Ph.D. degree (2013) from Gauhati University, Guwahati. His areas of interest are Arts, Culture and Literature besides Econometrics, Mathematical and Environmental economics along with Integrated farming system research. He is one of the Editors of a peer reviewed multidisciplinary indexed e-journal, DIMORIAN REVIEW, URL http://www.dimorianreview.com and also serves as life member of various scientific bodies. Dr. Boro has published two text books entitled as “Mathematical Economics for North-eastern University” and “Ganitik Artha Vigyan” for under graduate degree course. He also published many research papers and popular articles besides attending many National and International seminars/ workshops in different parts of India.

He is also one of the members of Editorial Board of “INTUIT”- A Peer Reviewed Multidisciplinary International Research journal published by IQAC, D.C.B. Girls’ College, Jorhat (Assam) and one of the members of the Peer Team of “JOSAC”- A Peer Reviewed Journal of Science, Arts and Commerce (Multidisciplinary), published by D.K.D. College, Dergaon (Assam).

About the translator: Bibekananda Choudhury, an electrical engineer by profession, has completed his MS from BITS-Pilani 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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