‘Throw away the Brahman’s scriptures fast’

A poem by Savitribai Phule, circa 1860:

My weak and oppressed brothers,
stop living in slavery.
The day of Manu-worshipping Peshwas is done,
the English, who share knowledge are here.
Learn now. For a millennium you have been denied books.
We will teach our children and ourselves to
seek knowledge; our souls cry out for wholeness,
to leave behind the marks of caste and
unfurl our proud flags in Baliraja’s kingdom.
This shall be our war-cry, we shall rise up now,
Rise up now, to learn and to act.

(found at the end of ‘A Gardner in the Wasteland’. There’s another one called ‘Throw away the Brahman’s scriptures fast’ =)

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