Kidivu by Ismath Hussain pleads justice for the people of Lakshadweep
In an island chain with over 96% of Muslim population, the advent of Islam is traced to the legend of a saint named Ubaidulla, who landed following a shipwreck on the shores of Amini in AD 7. This tiny group of island located southwest of mainland India in the Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep is facing the brunt of the central government policies since the President appointed Administrator, Praful Khoda Patel took charge.
Ismath Hussain, a poet from the Island expressed his resentment against the injustice faced by the people of Lakshadweep. His poem, Kidivu, that he recited in the International Poetry Festival describes the landscape and the primary occupation of the native that is weaving mats with coconut leaves. He goes on to describe how this native is asked to produce his citizenship certificate and on failing to do so is tagged as an antinational. The poem depicts the helpless condition of the Islanders and it is also a literary protest against the fascist regimes of the dictating government.