What sort of a world do we live in,
where a leader says that…
Half the population for half the day
Is the best way to keep them safe
Is a hoax and that voluntary
Agreements are binding and expensive
Should give up it’s symbols because
The majority are from another faith
Drug-users is an act of benevolence
And human rights don’t matter
Are celibate and pure, and cows are pure
So why is the cow not the national animal?
Dumbfounded, I sit, thinking —
How did we get to the stage where
The word politician seems synonymous
With dumb, senseless verbal vomit?
Where we read the news and cannot know
If it is a satire or the sad reality?
*Peacock is the national bird of India
I have linked the news stories for these unbelievable words, because, frankly, if someone had told me this, I would have assumed it was a joke.