Raju Z Moray in his poetic style reflects upon the continued incarceration of human rights activists, intellectuals, writers, journalists, and the denial of adequate medical treatment to Dr. Varavara Rao who had to petition the Bombay High Court to avail it.


A sick man needs treatment

It’s a basic human right

But we are living in times

Where this requires a fight!


Why should dissenters

Be locked up in jail?

Why should activists

Be repeatedly denied bail?


There is another India

Overlooked out of choice

It’s to their sorry plight

The jailed were giving voice



Mainly an intellectual lot

Find themselves behind bars

Accused of a sinister plot


Even the priest and the poet

Have not been spared

Their crime basically is that

To question they have dared


Any attempt to free them

Meets staunch opposition

Merely on basis of suspicion

They are threats to the Nation!


Comrades used to darkness

Wait patiently for some light

Hoping Law meets Justice

They continue with the fight


If Constitution springs to life

Injustices will have to die

Till then we ask Milords

Why are you silent,why..?


(Raju Z Moray is an advocate who practices law in the Bombay High Court when not puncturing bloated egos. He is the creator of ‘Gobble D. Gook’, his alter-ego, who figured in the ‘Court Jester’ columns of ‘The Lawyers’.)