Monday, Jul 04, 2022

In Assam, Bengali Muslims Are Asserting Their Identity Through 'Miya Poetry'

Assam’s immigrant Muslims are owning the racial slur Miya to assert their identity and express dissent

You can’t trust me
Because I have somehow grown this beard.
Somehow slipped into a lungi
I am tired, tired of introducing myself
To you.
I bear all your insults and still shout,
Mother! I am yours!

—(Excerpt from Rehna Sultana’s poem My Mother)

Edited by: Mayabhushan Nagvenkar