• Manipur Burns, Again

    Ananya Guha

    December 28, 2016

    Gopal Ghose, 'Untitled (The Red Bloom) / via livemint



    Manipur burns, again.
    If I take a walk 
    up the Kangla fort,
    what will I see?
    Will I still see women 
    selling vegetables
    in softly dressed attire?
    Will the market still make
    its humming bird sound?
    Or will I hear only 
    of buses burnt,
    the whiff of curfew,
    of human bondage?
    The skies once again
    overcast with clouds;
    women no longer sing,
    children no longer play,
    Manipur burns, again. 
    The Kangla fort, with the
    King's visage, still
    not outsmarted. 

    Ananya S Guha is a writer based in Shillong. He works at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) as a senior academic.

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