by K. G. Satyamurthy ('Sivasagar')
The gallows wears a janeu. It's a pandit that offers sandhya vandana and chants vedas; It is a lighthouse in the heart of manu dharma; It's the venom bearing fang of the four-headed Hindu serpent king; In the shade of its hood the Hawala-wallahs enact their orgies of greed. Chalapathi, Vijayavardhanam struggle in its venomous fangs ! You might disagree but Sriman Gallows Shastri has limitless love only for the untouchables..!
Gantela Vijayavardhana Rao and Sathuluri Chalapathi Rao were a couple of Dalit convicts who had been sentenced to death by a court in Guntur in 1995. For more details, please read this news story. Naren Bedide's translation of the Telugu poem 'Chalapathi Vijayavardhanam', from the collection of poetry 'Sivasagar Kavitvam'. The translation first appeared on The Shared Mirror on June 15, 2012. You can read it here