Why Should I Tell The Truth? A Hindi Poem By Hasmukh Amathalal In English Translation

I am an Indian living in India
Why should I tell the truth
Telling lies all times is the norm here
I live here but my living is not worthwhile.

My wife cannot wear her jewelry
She cannot travel alone by train
She cannot have a meal in a restaurant on her own
She cannot travel alone by rickshaw if she has valuables.

They say it is democracy
Everything is written in black ink here
it is nothing but all autocracy here
Whatever the attorney says that is true here
everyone else has to give up everything for him here.

Even the banks are not safe
every place is a dangerous place
in hospitals a living man is declared dead here
you cannot pay taxes with poor wages
but are billed millions for every thing.

We will eliminate poverty
they've have been saying this for decades
but they have eliminated the poor people
and cannot replace them with riches

I too am a part of this damned corruption
knowing well it brings ill fame
without paying bribe, I cannot move an inch here

Who is not corrupt in India?
who does not take bribe here?
Whom can I spare defaming?
I want to live in peace and
not interfere with any thing.
This is India, our great democracy
Why should we be telling the truth here?

by Ravi Kopra

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