When the dog barked at Eklavya,
He could have silenced it with a single shot.
But he silenced the barking dog
By filling up its mouth with arrows
Shot one after another
Like an expert archer.
He sent a message to the
Guru of Hastinapur,
Who had refused to train him,
That a better archer
Existed to challenge his favourite pupil Arjun.
Barking of the dog of Hastinapur
Has echoed through the ages.
The only difference is that the
Name of the dog changes with the
Name of the new Eklavya.
A dog barked again declared
Ambedkar was a false god.
Pat came the reply.
Those who fight for the oppressed
And the suppressed always
Have packs of hounds trailing them.
The archer was a civilised man
He filled up the barking mouth
With a civilised answer.
Filled up the blankness of uncivilised life
With a non-violent message of civilisation.
This poem was inspired by the attack on Dr. Ambedkar by a renowned author who wrote ‘Worshipping False Gods’.
Author – A. L. Rawal