27 July, 2021

Prison Diary | By Kishorechandra Wangkhem

Manipur journalist Kishorechandra Wangkhem, who was jailed under NSA, talks about detention, life in jail, democracy and personal freedom.

Prison Diary | By Kishorechandra Wangkhem
Enemy of the State?

I knew I was swimming against the tide but I stood firm on my ground. My wife, Ranjita, visiting me at Sajiwa Central Jail, asked me what I had decided. I said I would never bow down, for I had done no wrong. It seemed everyone or everything was against me and my family. It is the truth that prevails in the end; and justice has been served. But the imminence of light doesn’t always feel like a guaranteed thing when you’re stuck in the tunnel. All hell had broken loose on November 19, 2018, when I criticised the ruling party and its government on social media for their lack of concern for the history, religion and culture of the region’s ethnic minorities. Yes, in my pique, I’d allowed myself some expletives…I realise I could have worded it in a better way. Anyway, I was arrested the next day, charged with sedition and defamation and remanded to six days’ police custody.

It seemed unreal—and...

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