Poem – I Don’t Need Your [Temple] Bells


I don’t need your bells

Babasaheb fought…

Fought for my rights as human

I couldn’t ring your temple bells

Your gods gave me just inequality

I couldn’t get water from public wells Your scriptures gave me untouchability Religion of inequal- ity & caste injustice Does no good, only harms humanity

In the world I live in,

I want Equality, liberty, mo- rality, rationality

Scriptures I have burnt;

And your bells I don’t need to ring Ram-Krishna you keep with yourself

Buddham-Sharanam-Gachhami is what I sing

Babasaheb won… Won for me my rights as human.

Author –  Diksha Neel, Source – Sparks, Voices of  Dalit Women

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