Gunawan Kartapranata /CC BY-SA 4.0

Was Ram a Nepali, Indian or Thai

Or was he from Indonesia?

 

Celebrated worldwide

human rights

 

The story trumpeted

with fanfare as Ravana

inflamed burns evils to

ashes and dust

 

Exquisite dances

with long- nailed grace

Or wayang kulit puppets

elaborate stories of a hero

 

blue coloured ruler of

democrats that to appease

his protectorate questioned

fidelity with fire in a wife

 

A glimpse of ancient life.

 

Did the borders matter then?

Which faith? Which country?

 

Did countries exist then —

 

long before the churn of Manchester mills

that burnt borders violenced by colonial hate?

 

Mitali Chakravarty is a writer and editor of Borderless Journal


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