Shopian encounter

Did you hear the gun shots?

They gunned him down.
The father of my daughter
my man whom I have loved!


He too gunned someone down?

The man whom she loved
the father of her daughter.

In my sorrow then
I am not alone.

Though distant,
enemies as we are of now
our tears flow for a common cause
peace for our country
though we reason it differently,
our loss is the same.

In the meantime
the guns will ring in
the wail of the broken
fathers mothers sisters
friends …..

Though prayers will rise
there is no comfort in strife.

In the name of peace
guns will never cease..



Today Major Mukund Varadarajan husband of Indhu Rebecca Varghese , whom I have known from childhood got killed in the Shopian encounter….

This poem was written then.. with prayers for the family of all the deceased men … for in death …all becomes one ..sorrow is the same .for those left behind..

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About Dr.Mary Annie A.V.

Dr.Mary Annie A.V. hails from Trivandrum, India and writes under the pen name 'anna maria' . She hails from a family of writers . She holds a high official post in the University of Kerala,Trivandrum,India. She resides in India with her husband and three children. Her poems have been published in various e-magazines , print anthologies in India and abroad. She has two collections to her credit, titled "My Beads Unstrung" and 'More Beads Unstrung'. Her definition of a poem is : Virgin white paper raped. Rapt. Writing is her passion :)

5 thoughts on “Shopian encounter

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    It is ever the mark of an accomplished Poet,that they address matters of great personal import.Thank you for sharing with our worldwide online community.

    For all our readers who might not be well acquainted with the precise details of the event,I have gleaned this from ” The Times of India “,April 26 2014.

    SRINAGAR: A Major and an army jawan were today killed in a six-hour gun-battle with three militants holed up in a house in Shopian district of south Kashmir, an army spokesman said.

    The house in which the militants had taken shelter was blown up and a senior police officer said at least two ultras were suspected to have been killed in the operation.

    Major Mukund Vardharajan and sepoy Vikram were killed in the operation in Karewa Malino village, 55 km from here, the army spokesman said.

    The bodies of the militants and the army jawan are yet to be recovered, the spokesman and police officials said.

    At least three militants — two locals and one foreigner — were holed up in the house. They were asked to surrender but they resorted to firing, triggering the gunfight.

    Shopian is part of the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency and the encounter took place a day after militants carried out an attack on a polling party escorted by police and CRPF in the district at the end of the voting resulting in the death of a polling official and injuries to five others including three securitymen.

  2. lokesh roy

    Poets have all along used their pen for a cause- this time it is for peace. Well, the less we say about the theme, the better it is .Reasons are plenty.The topmost being , poems are meant to be poems alone !

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