How could I theorise your concepts
when you never realise my context?
The context of marginalisation,
and dams built on rivers
I neglect your concepts because
it has always prisoned me in the frame
But do you know what I am?
I am an Antecedent
I have existed before
I have seen the communities fight for survival and come together to help each other in times of dire need.
I am an Adivasi
and my adivasi-ness will not be lost in the deceit of your notions.
Though you make take the limelight and ask me then why am I not articulating for my affinity?
For you may write on paper
But my narratives are
By the mainstream
But what is Undisclosed
is Unrecorded and is Carried down from my forefathers to me.
Because what you write
can dilute and one day may perish
but what I have preserved will
Stay, Rise and Revive!
(That I believe)