His Name is Khan

I often wonder
if it is controversy because
his name is khan
or because
his film is named pathan.

where have we lost the india
where bismillah used to sing
for krishna or was it never there?

how has india been so poisoned
that our eyes no longer open
to the injustices in the name
of my god, your god, ram?

If you still think
you haven’t been poisoned
do tell if you would be
as offended as you are
if he was a kumar?

Sutputra Radheye is a poet and commentator on themes affecting the socio-eco-political scenario. His works have been published on Frontier, Countercurrents, Janata Weekly, Culture Matters (UK) and other platforms.