Farhan Akhtar's poem in textbooks?

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By HT

Recently, Farhan Akhtar went all out on social media, promoting his awareness campaign — MARD (Men Against Rape And Discrimination) — through tweets and other activities.

The movement is clearly close to the actor’s heart as he has now initiated conversations with schools across Mumbai and Delhi to include the objectives of MARD, along with a poem that he has penned, in their curricula.

With this collaboration, Farhan intends to educate young minds about the plight of female victims and hopes to make them more aware about issues concerning the fairer gender. “Yes, my team and I are keen to make students sensitive. We are in conversation with lots of schools all over India,” says Farhan.

After the Delhi gangrape incident, the director-actor put down his displeasure in a poem titled ‘What is this country I live in’.

In the poem, he talks about inequality between genders and reprimanding perpetrators of crimes against women. He laments the state of the nation that his daughter will now grow up in, and he appeals to the reader to bring about a change in society. Farhan feels that change in law and order cannot curb the increasing rate of crime against women. “There has to be a change in the behavioural pattern of society at large,” he says.

FARHAN AKHTAR'S POEM

What is this country that I live in?
With no equality
And the quality of life
Differs from husband to wife
Boy to girl, brother to sister
Hey Mister, are you the same?
Contributing to the national shame
Replacing your mothers
With the bent ideology of another's
perception that women have a particular role in society
Fills my heart with anxiety
Where is all of this going?
What will emerge from these seeds that we're sowing?
It makes my head spin
But I'm not giving in
Will keep asking the question
What is this country that I live in?

What is this country that I live in?
That takes away her right to love
Brutalises her with an iron glove
Rapes her without fear
of there being justice for her tear
We've demeaned our goddesses
Gone back on all our promises
Become a gender distorted nation
Given our conscience a permanent vacation
what do I tell my daughter?
That she's growing up to be lamb for the slaughter
we've got to make a change
Reboot, reformat, rearrange,
and never give in
no matter how much our head may spin
Just keep asking the question
What is this country that I live in?
Here to help. Love. Farhan.

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