India and rule of law

By Dibyesh Anand

Your husband will be killed now
We do not like to call you
We do not like to come to you
We do not like to listen to you
wall-hypocrisyWe will hang your husband
Under due process of law
Hang his body for thirty minutes
To ensure he speaks no longer
To ensure he breathes no longer
We bury him secretly
We bury with him his tales of dirty politics of Indian intelligence services
We bury him before you find out he is no more
We write a letter to you
We send the letter to you through speed post
We are not cruel for we could have used the ordinary post
You ma’am have no say in where your husband’s body lies
Your bodies are our possession
Do not forget you are an integral part of our country
We at least sent a letter to you
Three days late
We are a nation with conscience

(Dr Dibyesh Anand is an Associate Professor in International Relations at London’s University of Westminster with interests in politics of state, democracy and identity, especially in the Himalayan borderlands. He is almost always atwww.facebook.com/dibyesh)