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To Mahatma-ji (Tribute poem by Sukanta Bhattacharya, early 1940s, to Mahatma Gandhi)

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Mahatma Gandhi at the Spinning Wheel, 1920.
Mahatma Gandhi at the Spinning Wheel, 1920.
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Only extant photograph of Sukanta Bhattacharya
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To Mahatma-ji

(Mahatmajir Proti)

Sukanta Bhattacharya (1926-1947)

Translated  2022 from the Bengali by Monish R Chatterjee

***

Of our teeming 400 million, I too am one, I know

Abruptly in the airwaves I've heard the pronouncement -

The great moment in my life has arrived, instantly wiping away

All apprehension and cowardice. The drumbeats of exultation

Ring out in my bloodstream: Hold hands, today, with Gandhiji.

***

For ages here we have struggled, embraced death, resolved

To scale someday the mountain of corpses

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Monish R. Chatterjee received the B.Tech. (Hons) degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from I.I.T., Kharagpur, India, in 1979, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from the University of Iowa, (more...)
 

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