I acquired his drawings at the group exhibition
in New Delhi
I met the artist at the gallery,
conversed with him asking
where he originally came from,
he looked Japanese,
a typical Indian.
he was from Manipur.
Manipur, which borders Myanmar, has
the city of Imphal
—known as the Battle of Imphal in English—
as its capital.
it is the only Indian state where
the Japanese soldiers invaded
were beaten by the British army under the Second World War.
I do not forget him
I read the article on the Battle of Manila,
That reminded me of the Battle of Imphal.
Both battles resulted in the disastrous damage
huge suffering of many local residents,
by the Japanese soldiers.
the situations were very different
as the warfare.
Manila was once dominated by Japanese army,
although for a few years,
the US forces came back to defeat Japan in Manila, that triggered
the Battle of Manila.
On the other hand,
Manipur was a princely state under the rule of British India
when Japanese army invaded it.
the Battle of Imphal
is named as
“the Japan Laan”,
the Japanese Invasion
the state language of Manipur.
While leaving the gallery,
I asked if I could visit him someday,
he replied, “You are welcome,”
I haven’t fulfilled my wish so far.
I still dream of the day.