[NaPoWriMo Poetry- 22] “Champaran 1917”

The Champaran Satyagraha of 1917 was the first satyagraha movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi against the Britishers during the Indian Independence Movement. It was a farmer’s uprising against the tinkathia system of indigo cultivation  that took place in Champaran district of Bihar, India.


 

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Champaran was dyed in indigo.

Three of every twenty land planted indigo,

Three of every twenty peasants panted for justice.

Tinkathia , Tinkathia.

 

The peasant’s pale tired palms; indigo.

his starving child’s face; indigo.

An undying road to death, a burning agony.

Tinkathia , Tinkathia.

 

Mahatma, their saviour; disobedience, their means.

A fierce display of non violence and peace,

running chills down their oppressor.

Tinkathia , Tinkathia.

 

About National Poetry Writing Month : #NaPoWriMo is a creative writing project held annually in April in which participants attempt to write a poem each day for one month. This year in 2019 I will attempt to complete this challenge of 30 poems in the month of April. Please keep reading and supporting. Wish me luck !

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