When he said that peace and harmony flowered out of their guns
I didn’t ask him how peace would be
When he said that security was being born of their eyes
I didn’t ask him how to feel safety.
When he said that they didn’t seize our lands
I didn’t ask about the Buddha statues and army camps.
When he said that we were all the citizen of one and the same country
I didn’t ask him how he would treat his brother.
When he said that none disappeared
I didn’t ask him where those surrendered had gone.
That they had not raped and killed any of our women
Nor disrobed any of our young men and shot them on the nape – when he claimed so
I didn’t ask wherefrom the blood flowed on the land.
While he went on to say
that they had killed none
and that all those killed were terrorists
that my child was a terrorist.
Translation: Latha Ramakirishnan
his poem by theepachelvan captioned MY CHILD IS A TERRORIST is a very significant one, penned by one of the very poignant and effective voices championing the cause of human rights and Liberty, Equality and fraternity. this poem gives us a poignant picture of the children of Tamils who fought for their freedom and were betrayed and butchered, and branded as Terrorists. Latha Ramakrishnan, a reputed writer and translator has rendered this poem in English