You held the gaze of one who could trace
His chosen path even in the dark - -
You were wise and always worth your salt

You helped us with your experiments
And we tried to glimpse the truth of things - -
But you knew the world would have to change

For strange divisions to disappear - - 
Wrapped in a plain shawl, you are now safe
And well beyond your own twinkling eyes

On currency notes and postage stamps - - 
We survived the partition of souls
And the silence after those three shots

But your wheel still turns, under a sky
Where our rights are often seen as wrong:
Some walking sticks neither fade nor break.

Bio: I retired as an Associate Professor of English. I was awarded the Reuel International Prize for Writing & Literature in the year 2016. I was the ‘Critic of the Year’ in 2016, 2017 & 2018 at Destiny Poets, UK and was also adjudged the ‘Poet of the Year’ in 2018 by the same poetry group. Three of my poems have been included in the PG syllabus of BBMK University, Dhanbad. 


  1. Excellent poem respected Prof. Vijay Nair ji! Especially loved the concluding stanza!!!

  2. Meaningful poem extolling the indelible mark the father of the nation has left in our minds.


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