Republic of Banistan



Did he sneeze against a Dalit? Arrest him!
Oh, maybe it was an OBC or a Muslim,
Or perhaps, it was the majority Hindoo
Whatever the shade, we have your fundoo!

We are India, the Republic of Banistan
Where for every sentiment, there is a clan
to rail against A, or B or that wretched C
(And then we remember speech is free)

They’ll hound you for a movie, jail you for a tweet
A book of your thoughts can bring mobs to the street
A song that you sing or a Facebook update
May step on the toes of the Mighty State!

Everybody’s got a right, and a vote to boot
And angry crowds make the free-speaker scoot
Helped by netas an obsolete IPC
That helps them bully whoever they see

The Constitution lords, but its the cop that rules
(The leader at the sight of a ballot drools)
A film must be made with a sarkari plot
Or face the wrath of the political lot

You must see a judge to evade the police
And run a campaign to seek your release
Or pre-empt an arrest, with a fervent plea,
Or say you were misquoted. “Who? Me?”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Sunita,
    Just Curious..Are you anyway related to Congress MP Praveen Aron?

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  2. Parmanu says:

    The first half was just the kind of essay I look forward to about your work – fascinating. Coming to the second half, I was hoping this was not what I thought it was, but…

    Sad and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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    Kushal Reply:

    Thank you, Parmanu.

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  3. Kanika Dhupar says:

    You have an old-world charm which is inspiring.

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    Kushal Reply:

    Are you calling me a buddhi, Kanika?

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    Kanika Dhupar Reply:

    Arrey baba I calld you hawt three day ago in a picture you are trying to slink to the corner. Need I say more Bunny *winks*

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  4. Anamika says:

    Going through some endings in my life as well…it’s good of you to have shared yours. Good to know that you can hold on while letting go.

    Thank you for sharing

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    Kushal Reply:

    Hope the endings are not all sad, Anamika.

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    Anamika Reply:

    Inevitable is more the word I’d use. You let go of people who really have no time or space for you. And when they happen to be someone close to you, it takes some time to move on…

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    Kushal Reply:

    Hug.

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