The Clothes I Wear

I am an urban naxalite
And you can identify me
By the clothes I wear.

My collar is neither
White nor blue but
Red with anger.

My sleeve is heavy
With opinions and facts,
Unlike your empty promises.

My pocket is filled
With empathy and peace,
Unlike your misguided hate.

My cuffs are tied
With well-meaning respect,
Unlike your fake ones.

My buttons are transparent
With truth and ideals,
Unlike your hidden agendas.

My pant once clean is now tattered,
With your lies and hate,
Sinking down like our economy.

My sock smells,
Disgusted with your open taunts
And fear spreading trolls.

My shoes are capable of handling
More dissent than your
Tiny little ego.

And so, I am not an urban naxalite,
I am no illiterate,
Nor an anti-national element.

I am just a concerned citizen
Worried about our constitution,
Trying to save our democracy.

Author Bio
Nitin Nadig is currently working as a product manager at a startup in Bangalore. He completed Young India Fellowship from Ashoka University recently. His short story “Norman” was shortlisted for the Juggernaut Short Story Prize 2018. He loves writing short stories and poems and is an aspiring novelist.

Redefining Nationhood
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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Bangalore Writers Workshop (BWW) is interested in fostering the creative mind, encouraging a community, and making writers aware of who they are as creators of text. Bangalore Writers Workshop is a unique, effective, and interactive method of bringing a group of writers together and allowing them to study the craft of writing while simultaneously receiving constructive feedback on their own work. BWW uses the workshop method. We run intensive creative writing workshops with small groups in Bangalore. Our groups are fuelled by passion and the creative energy of people with diverse life experiences. Find out more on our website. www. Bangalorewriters.com
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