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Democracy, Hang Down Your Head And Cry

A young man's painful death in a Manipur village; an indelible taint on the Indian dream

Democracy, Hang Down Your Head And Cry
Democracy, Hang Down Your Head And Cry
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I had gone to Ukhrul, home of the Tangkhul Nagas, on the invitation of a Naga women’s organisation. It had invited a women’s fact-finding team from Delhi to document human rights violations committed by Indian security forces, in the aftermath of an ambush by the newly-formed National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN).

We travelled to villages nestled in hills, surrounded by a profusion of colourful cosmos flowers amidst maize fields, and were overwhelmed by their beauty. We were welcomed warmly and I was deeply moved by how the Nagas spoke of their most painful experiences with gentle dignity, so as not to hurt our sensibilities.

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