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Sankhajit Bhattacharjee Poem 179

Scientific Research Fellow in University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


A 100 years old tradition of an engineering or a medical college-

fresher’s welcome with psychological and physical tortures-

new comers may be

burnt with a cigarette light,

kept sleeping on an ice block over night without clothes,

forced to jump from one multistoried to another,

given an electric shock,

fetched urine for drinking instead of water,

bathed with hot hissing water...

Whether it’s to equip them for future,

whether it’s a game or festival,

whether it’s destiny-

I never know.

I only know it’s an age old tradition.

Senior junior relationship turns from bad to best,

juniors become seniors,

carry on the same to the coming ones.

The wheels of a bicycle turn in this way through a grey road.

For civilized nations this tradition is totally unconstitutional,

I’m sorry to say,

“We are yet to be fully civilized.”

The court laws can’t stop them

until and unless we change our hearts.

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