My Google Chrome history in the last couple of days,
speaks of my ignorance of being an Indian.
While I enjoy endless jokes on Trump,
every law furbished here is swiped away from the notifications.
It took a loud bang for me to wake up,
Kids – younger, shouting for freedom on Instagram.
Friends – Muslim, talking about discrimination.
Colleagues – opinionated, debating over lunch in the office.
Writers – all around, calling for submissions.
I close the window of Trump memes.
I google what a clueless person in a clueless country can do.
I pick up a book, read deeper about the nation we are.
Invasion, riots, power play, freedom.
Eid, Dussehra, Poornima, Onam.
I want to learn before forming opinions,
I refuse to remain ignorant further.
Someone once told me,
‘You can remain apolitical, as long as someone is at your doorstep,
asking you to live a certain way.’
Nobody has come knocking yet,
but I better prepare myself.
Archana Nair is a free spirit who writes short stories around conservative societies. She is an avid reader, a wannabe traveler, and a daydreamer.
For Indian writers writing in English, this is a tumultuous time to be alive. Politically and culturally speaking, a lot is happening in our nation today. And these posts are our attempt to decipher, understand, and explore the concept of nationhood. Our writing is a celebration of what it means to belong to a nation that is as diverse and pluralistic as India is. And in this attempt, if we persuade people away from propaganda, we might have just created literature.
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