Shankar Gopalakrishnan is an organiser and activist with Chetna Andolan, a people's organisation in Uttarakhand, India, and also with the Campaign for Survival and Dignity. He also writes on political economy, development, social movements, and contemporary Indian politics.
Lying in bed last night I felt fingers reach in, grabbing. I opened in spite of myself as you clawed me with your fingernails, flattened, panicked. Split throat, iron tongue, white masks ranged overhead, the rings on their fingers scraping me as they reached in to take you.
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