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Poet slams Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for unauthorised use of his poem, asks what expectations people can have from someone who even steals poetry

‘I had written this poem for the women of the country not for your cheap politics’, Pushyamitra Upadhyay said after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra used his famous poem ‘Suno Draupadi Sashtra Utha Lo’

A poet has accused Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi of using his poem without his authorisation and asked her to not use his literary property for her political purposes. Uttar Pradesh based poet Pushyamitra Upadhyay posted a tweet today evening responding to a video posted by Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee President Ajay Kumar Lallu, where Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was seen reciting Upadhyay’s well-known poem ‘Suno Draupadi Sashtra Utha Lo’.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra used the poem to liken the BJP with the Kauravas while speaking to women on the bank of Mandakini river in Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh today. However, the poet has now taken a strong exception to the misuse of his creation for political purposes. He also asked what expectations people can have from a politician who steals even poems written by others.

Responding to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra reciting his poet, he wrote, ‘I had written this poem for the women of the country not for your cheap politics. Neither I support your ideology not allow you for political use of my literary property. What the country will expect from those who steal even poetry?’

When the video of the same recitation was later posted by ANI Hindi on Twitter, poet Pushyamitra Upadhyay again posted the same tweet responding to it.

‘Suno Draupadi Sashtra Utha Lo’ has gone viral on social media several times earlier, which the poet had posted on his blog page in December 2012. The poet had earlier told media that he had written it after getting deeply affected by the horrific Delhi gang-rape case on December 16 that year.

The poem

Using the incidents from Mahabharata, the poet tells the women to pick up arms to protect themselves, because Govinda (Krishna) is not coming to save them.

Pushyamitra Upadhyay said that he had written the poem to describe the pain of women from all sections of society. Apart from the poem becoming popular on social media, it has also earned accolades for the poem. But now Upadhyay says that it has been misused for political benefits repeatedly.


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