A single entity I thought,
My country is my country,
Entire country is mine not?
Shillong, where I grew up?
But they say it belonged,
To completely another lot,
Never been an insider even?
Questions about my own space,
How do I find my haven’s gate?
Liked a wild wilder beast lone.
As though a monkey feral,
Forced to fight to belong,
Where I’m treated like a scum,
I pay my tax, I pay my rent,
Who are you to ask me off this land?
Not born here so what I say,
Who asked your permission anyway?
Unity in diversity divine,
I was taught and I thought,
But regional chauvinists prove,
One India is but a notion false,
Pseudo-nationalists, this corrosion, cause!
Not knowing all languages is not treason,
Regional chauvinist, my friend I’ll live in your land,
Make peace with thee else get me hanged!
Labels: Poems, Social