I remember the day I was travelling to Oinam village in Manipur’s Senapati district. The beauty of Manipuri landscapes made me wonder if I was journeying through a world of paintings. As I shifted my attention from the far mountains, rivers and grasslands to the road that connects to Oinam, I saw armed men in uniform walking on either side of the road, mostly from army camps en route to nearby villages. As “Vidai kodu engal nade” (grant me farewell, my land!) was playing on m