Jan 31, 2020


Truth was Everything
Till We Knew Not-Hating

When Freedom Was Real
Homes & Humans Did Feel
When Men Had Chivalry
And Women, No Rivalry
When Angels and Demons, Existed Minus Wings
LV, Gucci and Prada Were Not the Only Slings
When Shrinks Didn't Own The Stage
History Was Learnt Thru Every Page
When Friends Stood Together
Untouched By Political Weather
When Conversations Mattered
And Silence wasn't Tethered
When Twitter Trends Didn't Cloud Our Choices
Apparently, We had Our Independent Voices
And Leaders Didn't Speak of Rhetoric,
Sense Prevailed in Geography & Civics
And Mirrors Could Reveal A Mask
Faking was Then, A Tougher Task

When This Nation Was One
And In a Chorus, we Sung
Tagore's National Anthem
And The Tales of Freedom
Unity Was The Constitutional Right
Peace by large, Guarded Our Fight
Festivals Were, A Public Holiday
We Came Together,
To Eat, Laugh and Pray
Then, One Fine Day,

We Got To Choose.....
Our Clowns, Their Shows
The Prologue to Our Next
Saffron With Our Index
The Mansplaining And Bigotry
Not Debates, The Whataboutery
Hindu Rashtra And Polarisation
Outrage As The New Sensation
The News Rooms Turning into Battlefields
And Majoritarianism As Their Bespoke Shields

Those Dissenting Were Reduced to Pimps & Bitches
Nationalism Was Charred With Capitalist Stiches
Mob Lynching, Corruption and Hopelessness Rode High
Economy, Healthcare, Poor Peasants Heaving A Sigh

We Began Asking The Right Questions Again,
While They Tamed Us To Neglect What Pains
Their Failed Promises Were Replaced By Truce
Facts Like Swords, Cld  Actually Cut Through
Huh! Entitled to Just Hang Our Heads in Shame
Anti-Nationals, Urban Naxals added to our Names

This Time, None of This Made Us Feel Offended
We Ensured, Our Futures Don't Lie Suspended
We Came Together And Shed Our Communal Skins
Our Slogans Held Them Accountable For Everything
From Streets To Classes, We Raised Our Voices
Our Expectations Had To Match Up Our Choices
Wisdom Was No Longer Chained To Success
And Love My Dear! Could Not Be This Mess
With Demonetisation, Beti Bachao, Bullet Trains Undressed 
We As A Nation, Woke Up To Measure The Real Progress!!!

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