Kashmir – an Assamese poem

Translated from the Assamese by Dibyajyoti Sarma

Kashmir is no longer yours
Kashmir is no longer mine
Kashmir is for those who
born in the blood of Kashmir
fight for Kashmir

 

Kashmir is no longer yours
Kashmir is no longer mine
Kashmir is for those
who are alive
in the breathe of Kashmir

 

Kashmir is no longer yours
Kashmir is no longer mine
Kashmir is for those children who
sleeping in the bosom of Kashmir
dream of Kashmir

 

Kashmir is no longer yours
Kashmir is no longer mine
Kashmir is for those
who have died for Kashmir
for Kashmir

 

Sananta Tanty is an untiring chronicler of the downtrodden, with 12 volumes of poetry to his credit, Sananta Tanty is treasure of modern Assamese poetry, a voice of reason in troubled times. Starting his poetic journey in the 1970s, Tanty’s poetry updates the modernist movement with contemporary themes like corruption in public life, unemployment, poverty, hunger and frustrations, among others, in an unadulterated voice, which is at once angry and full of protest.

 

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Starting his poetic journey in the 1970s, Tanty’s poetry updates the modernist movement with contemporary themes like corruption in public life, unemployment, poverty, hunger and frustrations, among others, in an unadulterated voice, which is at once angry and full of protest. Tanti was born in Kalinagar Tea Estate in Karimganj district of Assam, in 1952, to a family of tea garden workers who originally migrated from Odisha. He started his education in the Bengali before shifting to the Assamese during his studies at the Dibrugarh University. He recently retired as deputy provident fund commissioner from Assam Tea Employee PF Organization.

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