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chandra thiagarajan


A Promise to eradicate illiteracy


A Promise to eradicate
Illiteracy


The dark veil of flowing illiteracy,
As a canopy on our growing democracy;
Covers many crores of our great lot,
Under which teeming with ignorance, rot.

Unaware of the goings on around,
Stark illiteracy with poverty bound;
The window of the wide world is shut,
And the kaleidoscopic view of the panorama is cut.

The spiritual and intellectual devolpment,
Not sparked off by literary involvement,
Is a curse on the person and the nation,
As multitudes live like animals sans education.

Seized of the problem, in many a country,
UNESCO launched a war on illiteracy;
Allocating funds, the malady to cure,
With India taking the cudgel, very sure.

To kindle the dawn of consciousness,
Of the need of literacy's importance;
A programme of National Adult Education,
Is on the anvil with much ovation.

Of all the state birds flying in thirst,
Kerala's bird has landed first;
With Ernakulam carrying the flag high,
Inducing others their flight to stage by!

Let us scouts now make out a promise,
A multi-pronged attack without a miss-
To launch on 'illiteracy'-the monster dreadful,
With a spirit of commitment and hearts so full.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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  • Valsa George (6/25/2013 2:00:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem declaring the resolution of a nation to eradicate illiteracy and come to the light of knowledge and enlightenment! Great thoughts powerfully rendered in rhyming verse! Enjoyed this beautiful write and a10 for the exceptional brilliance exhibited here! (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (1/26/2013 8:35:00 AM)

    dear I agree with UNESCO there should be a war launched on illiteracy, how can humanity leave one child uneducated..this is a powerful write..and I congratulate you! (Report) Reply

  • Manjula Reddy (11/14/2012 2:38:00 AM)

    Very well done. Illiteracy and an attempt to overcome.
    The poem flows well and is powerful in content.
    It would be nice if you could add a stanza about when this program was started, the year and under whose government. That would date the piece and turn the poem into a chronicle. (Report) Reply

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