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This is a poem by Soibam Haripriya*. Illustrated for this blog.

In red
Deep left red
On the straw stuffed mud wall
He wrote:
Join RPF
Crossed it out
and wrote KYKL
The last
A hasty scribble
A witty retort
when in
advertising thus
for Kangleipak
A patrolling van’s headlights
Shone on the mud wall
And he perched
Nailed between
the black sorok nalla and the mud wall
Cornered thus
He wrote in red:
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* Soibam Haripriya blogs at

** RPF stands for Revolutionary People’s Front: the political wing of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that was established under the leadership of N Bisheswar on 25 September 1978 in Manipur.

*** KYKL is Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup, or the Organisation of Safeguarding Social Revolution in Kangleipak, Manipur. Formed in 1994, it is a breakaway group of the United National Liberation Front (UNLF)—the oldest militant group in Manipur formed in 1964 and which leans more towards building political consciousness than guerrilla warfare in its formative years. Nevertheless, the UNLF also has an armed wing, self-styled as the Manipur People’s Army.  

**** sorok nalla Roadside drainage

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Raising Day Blues for the Rebels, Two Arrested
From a zombie correspondent

15 Feb, Sunday, Imphal:  One militant was caught while cooking gum (gom, locally) out of moida—or the white flour that is used for making adhesives. A reliable police report mentions that a box of propaganda posters from his house and a machine gun tucked inside his ass were also seized from him last night. The report added that the state police personnel can charge any militant, or a suspect as the case might be, with the possession of ammunition or contraband, by any means and allegations, ever since fake encounters have become too mainstream in the last few years. In another incident, a teenaged insurgent was apprehended while he was stringing up red stars atop a tree on the occasion of his party’s raising day.



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