BENT

Omnipresence of harsh realities- indignance trickles in;
machismo cultures predominate! Indomitable subcultures make fissures,
negating strictures, structures, status-‘quo’ndam?
Perhaps awakening of the anima mundi, brahman-atman, qi or geist
that spurred literary creativity albeit chronicling protean transmogrifications.

Historical inheritance is sole and piebald: to each his own,
1947: precipitous fenywaidd post-colonialism,
patriarchal retribution, liberation-assertion,
unregimented solidarity et al sustain new social order.
Écriture: an emotive impulse of an assaulted existence.
Legislative amendments, discrete officialdoms yet mixed economy syndrome.
Political reconfiguration and nationalistic refiguring amidst
Contested notions of nationalism carved through humanities chisels.

Historical inheritance is sole and piebald: to each his own,
1947: precipitous fenywaidd post-colonialism,

Being second, secondary, marginal, minority,
Unrepresented, Underrepresented, misrepresented, re-presented.
Site of boundary-marking and honour-killing,
Veiled, unveiled, draped, raped, contained, unfathomable-idolised,
Periodically untouchable or kunwari kanya, self perpetration or borrowed,
Etched, sketched, coloured, erased, re-aligned, straightened, gazed and oogled,
Tagged and finally hashtagged!

Being second, secondary, marginal, minority,
Unrepresented, Underrepresented, misrepresented, re-presented.

Power, control, domesticate, silence, abridge- why the need?
Perspectival mind shift, it is not power that is wielded,
but Shakti that generates, venerates, orchestrates and regenerates.
She has always been there, supported frameworks, moulded minds,
invented, circumvented, intuited, rebelled, sutured and envisioned.
Triumvirate: Femininity, masculinity, this being queer may they all corroborate,
be all encompassing and rest it all with badappan.

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Dr. Yamini A.S., is an academician, literary researcher and the curator at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. The views expressed are the author’s own.

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