As I write this, I remember the one hour long call of my father urging me to stop writing about the Fuhrer and the plight of muslims’. I remember the terror-filled gaze of my mother, piercing my thoughts. I remember my grandmother saying she will accompany me to the police station if I ever get arrested one inevitable night. I remember the house owner, in Chennai, who asked my father for identity proof when he introduced himself. I remember a Muslim uncle being forced to apologize for the hideous crimes of ISIS. I remember Salman who was arrested for not standing up for a national anthem in a cinema hall. I remember Mohsin Shaik murdered for having a beard.. I remember Ishrat Jahan. I remember Ehsan Jafri…I remember the words of my welder uncle, “Times are not good, dear. Please don’t write against them” Yes, as I write this, I remember that I am an Indian Muslim. But, still I force myself to write. Because I know why the caged bird sings.
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