The Death Of Own Choice

Original Poem in Maithili by Gajendra Thakur Translated into English by Jyoti Jha Chaudhary

Gajendra Thakur (b. 1971) is the editor of Maithili ejournal “Videha” that can be viewed at . His poem, story, novel, research articles, epic – all in Maithili language are lying scattered and is in print in single volume by the title “KurukShetram.” He can be reached at his email:

Oh Bhishma! The story of your hard life is heard while eating Pan and Makhan
But couldn’t understand why you asked for the death of your own choice
The scary stories are limitless, the hunger, and the injustice;
Your soldiers fought between power and money in the boundary of wrestling
The Brahmins were the same, the education system remained unchanged
Then leaving the kingdom to one Yudhishthir
How you bereaved yourself from your life!
We have now five hundred and forty Yudhisthirs
Wearing Khadi and Silk dresses
The problems sustained, the border of wresling redetermined
The citizens choose death for their emotions and desires
All duties are bound to the Yudhisthir of republican system
Now I got you Yudhisthir, you are freed through the death of your choice.


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