Daily Archives: December 5, 2015

Steamed Rice by Debasis Mukhopadhyay

I am not a silent poet

(For Irom Chanu Sharmila, a Human rights activist and poet from Manipur, a conflict-ridden state in the Northeast of India. For the past fifteen years, she has been on hunger strike in protest of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act/AFSPA (introduced in Jammu & Kashmir & in seven Northeastern Indian states since 1958) which licenses the security forces to make arrests without warrants and shoot suspected individuals without fear of prosecution. Her fast-unto-death was spurred by the infamous Malom massacre (November 2, 2000) in which 10 civilians were shot dead by the Indian army. Chanu, an ‘undertrial prisoner’ in the eyes of the Indian government, has been declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.)

Turned 43

Weighs 43

Prisoner of conscience

Not me

It’s my body

That has learnt to survive on the use of dreams

The daily knocks of the Ryle’s tube

Teem with thousands of Thursdays

Life still…

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