THIS PATAKHAWALI, THIS BOMBAWALI, HAS NOTHING IN COMMON WITH DEEPAWALI

[lineate][/lineate]Lord Rama,[lineate][/lineate]How far we have come from[lineate][/lineate]That day,[lineate][/lineate]When Hanuman heralded yours,[lineate][/lineate]Sita’s, and Laxman’s re-entry into Ayodhaya[lineate][/lineate]After fourteen years of exile?[lineate][/lineate]People were ecstatic,[lineate][/lineate]And lit lamps to signify[lineate][/lineate]Victory of Light over Darkness[lineate][/lineate]Knowledge over Ignorance[lineate][/lineate]And, Good over Evil.[lineate][/lineate]

Rama returns

[lineate][/lineate]Do you think now they remember you[lineate][/lineate]When they light bombs or crackers[lineate][/lineate]Costing thousands of rupees[lineate][/lineate]In the middle of night?[lineate][/lineate]These intended to not just wake people[lineate][/lineate]From their slumber[lineate][/lineate]But, also to proclaim their new found riches,[lineate][/lineate]Power, influence, glory and arrogance.[lineate][/lineate]And all these whilst millions of poor[lineate][/lineate]Sleep on empty stomachs.[lineate][/lineate]

(Pic courtesy: www.thtimes.co.uk)
(Pic courtesy: www.thtimes.co.uk)

[lineate][/lineate]Even a General Eisenhower[lineate][/lineate]Talked about every bomb and rocket[lineate][/lineate]Being a theft from those who are hungry,[lineate][/lineate]Naked and homeless.[lineate][/lineate]But, we, the Indians,[lineate][/lineate]Peace-loving as we proudly call ourselves[lineate][/lineate]Still carry on the charade[lineate][/lineate]Of Ignorance leading Knowledge Darkness replacing Light[lineate][/lineate]And help Evil conquer over Good.[lineate][/lineate]

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[lineate][/lineate]This noise, this unchecked noise[lineate][/lineate]Is already making us deaf[lineate][/lineate]And blind to the real challenges[lineate][/lineate]That India faces, Lord Rama’s India faces.[lineate][/lineate]This naked and shameless display of ostentation[lineate][/lineate]Has nothing to do with Humility[lineate][/lineate]Purity, Modesty and Self-sacrifice, that you embodied[lineate][/lineate]Making everyone wonder, in near and far lands,[lineate][/lineate]Whether we are really with you O Ram,[lineate][/lineate]Or are we got used to going the Raavan’s way?[lineate][/lineate]

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