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A Temple in Ayodhya

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A Temple in Ayodhya

By Rashme Sehgal

Odd shapes abound

A demon sprouting wings

A fleshy apsara without a chin

A naked woman

Buried beneath a mound

Is she held captive

For her unexpected strength

Adorned by graces

No creature can encompass

Or is she now

A victim of her times

Used in vendetta

To destroy a thousand crowns.


(This poem was written a few days

after Babri Masjid was brought down.

I  was witness to it being broken down

Stone by stone though I had no idea then

it would prove a turning point in our history. )

(Rashme Sehgal is an independent senior journalist).

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