Don’t Let Lankesh’s Death Go Waste, Urges this Spoken Word Poem

This powerful poem introduces you to the sad state of affairs in India today.

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“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high” is the India that Rabindranath Tagore envisioned in his 1910 poem Chitto Jetha Bhayshunyo (Where the Mind is Without Fear).

However, is the new India – that citizens wake up to today – one where voices are drowned, words silenced, and breaths muffled?

In a short, powerful, and raw poem, Amit Pareek introduces you to the sad state of affairs in India in the present day. Dedicated to Gauri Lankesh, the poem urges its listeners to speak up, to fight, and to never stop questioning.


Gauri Lankesh, editor of the weekly tabloid, Gauri Lankesh Patrike, was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru by unidentified assailants on 5 September.

Also Read: My Friend, My First Love: Gauri Lankesh’s Ex-Husband Pens Tribute

Protests were organised across India, where journalists and others came together to condemn Lankesh’s murder. People also took to social media to raise their voices against this brutal attempt to silence dissent.

Also Watch: ‘Gauri Lankesh Didn’t Kill You For Your Opinion, Why Did You?’

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