Phir Apna Kya??? - Tribute to Om Prakash Valmiki

चूल्ह मिट्टी का 
मिट्टी तालाब की 
तालाब ठाकुर का 
 
भूख़ रोटी कि 
रोटी बाजरे कि 
बाजरा ठाकुर का 
 
बैल ठाकुर का 
हल ठाकुर का 
हल कि मूठ पर हथेली अपनी 
फ़सल ठाकुर कि 
 
कुआँ ठाकुर का 
पानी ठाकुर का 
खेत-खलिहान ठाकुर के 
गली-मोहल्ले ठाकुर के 
 
फिर अपना क्या?
 
गाओं?
शहर?
देश?

Choolha mitti ka
Mitti Talaab ki
Talaab Thakur ka

Bhookh roti ki

Roti Baajre ki
Baajra Thakur ka

Bayl Thakur ka
Hal Thakur ka
Hal ki Mooth par Hathaili apni
Fasal Thakur ki

Kuan Thakur ka
Paani Thakur ka
Khet-Khalihaan Thakur kay
Gali-Mohallay Thakur kay

Phir Apna Kya???

Gaon?
Shahar?
Desh?

Om Prakash Valmiki (ओमप्रकाश वाल्मीकि) was a Dalit writer and poet well known for his autobiography, Joothan, considered a milestone in Dalit literature. He was born at Barla village of Muzzafarpur district in Uttar Pradesh on June 30, 1950. After retirement from Government Ordnance Factory he lived in Dehradun where he died of complications arising out of stomach cancer on November 17, 2013.

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