The Barefoot Saviour
by Bashabi Fraser
In honour of Dr Binayak Sen, a doctor and human rights activist jailed in India
The metalled road peters out Where the dirt track begins Its joyless journey to the villages Where unlighted lives spend Listless nights undisturbed By a country boasting of a boom Which has not penetrated millions. This is where a barefoot doctor Laboured against the lack of sanitation And drinking water, opportunity And change, bringing succour To survivors of famished farmlands. He and his unarmed troops strove to Treat all who sought him out, Deliberately blind to the differences Of class, caste and party colour But staunchly loyal to the Hippocratic Oath To protect his patients’ sanctity. Unbending now in the face of incarceration In a monastic cell, he is doomed Like the people he sought to save, To oblivion, languishing As the law evades him in a violation That curbs his freedom to heal.
- Free Binayak Sen Campaign
- Wife of jailed Indian human rights activist visits Scotland (SACC, 8 March 2009)