By Badri Raina
Hindutva, a famous lordship once
Said, is a “way of life.” Askance,
Subsequently, at the consequence
Of that certification, he did meekly try
To infuse some democratic sense
Into his fatal faux pas by
Explaining that it was only a way of life
Not the way of life; but the damage was
Done and we live with the strife.
Thus, not a day passes when we are not
Told, on pain of sufferance, what to
Wear, what to say, what not to say,
What to read, what to pulp, what laws
To uphold and when, and what laws
To jettison at the behest of Hindutva
Warriors, the self-appointed torch bearers
Of virtue and genuine indainness—all
With widely propagated judicial sanction.
What amazes is that these saffron shirts
Should think of the Taliban as the “other”
When in every measure they are brother.