Prime Time

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Government proposed
“Special Economic Zone”
Buy farm land for Industries, Chinese scheme
“Give us your land. We’ll pay you three times it’s worth”
Farmers refused
They lunged “let us be”
and the lobbyists won’t let that be

Relax
Give me a chance
Let me speak

“Farmers, my brothers, sell your land
You got no choice but two
Hang yourself to a rope and die or raise a gun
Don’t
Let me be your inspiration
Look at me
I’d sell anything
My underwear, my socks, my neighbor’s wife
That’s all I am left with”

My speech had an effect
But on the authorities, it seems
“An apartment on your farm land for free”
Awesome deal!!

Not a single eyelid winked
Farmers like to make out in the open, I believe
Damn…I so envy that
I’m game
In the car, on the beach, moonlit night
But hush hush job unlike countryside
Cops and hooligans alike, how many can I fight?
I am getting old now and I got to keep myself fit for prime time

Millions die of hunger in my country
Let them eat, I am on liquid diet
Prescribed by a celeb dietician, a cute one!

Am I missing the point?
Food grain decays in the open yards
Exposed to insects and rats

Huh! All you need is a reason to blame our politicians
How do you expect them to build storage overnight?
Haven’t they asked Wal-Mart and Carrefour to march in
With Dollars and Euros and insight?

Rise above petty thoughts
you don’t appreciate, take all for granted
air and water, they never levied upon us

Contaminated?

YOU FOOL,
We are immune
virus, bugs, worms, fertilized crops,
toxin, venom, carbide gas
a thirty odd die everyday, get crushed under trains
Don’t they read public messages?
Politicians are clueless
they did their job ardently
To make us aware
they glued posters
In the stinking public toilets
but we just don’t go there
We like it in the open

Ah! Now you get it

you need not question our politicians

or doubt their selfless act
Ask the Indian cricket team
if you don’t believe me

Can I see it?
Can I see a civil war closing in?
Really, is that true?

God help me please
Hold that war
Don’t be unfair
You see, I am on diet, and I have waited quite a while
I was promised a special coverage on TV, Prime time

Alright…alright, I’ll let that pass
One picture in page 3 will do
What do you say?

Damn, I hate deadlines

4 thoughts on “Prime Time

  1. I had stock in Tata Motors for a time, it did rather well. But I remember reading that they were having difficulties in getting a factory built, because some farmers refused to give up their land. How the issue was resolved, I never found out, but I hope the farmers win. They so rarely get what they want, but at least they have land, to lose the soil that passed through the fingers of their ancestors would be a tragedy.

    • That was a sad episode. Farmers who had sold their land were promised jobs in the factory so they spent money they got, to redo their houses, married off their daughters.
      Factory shifted to Gujarat. Matter is stuck in the court. I’m not sure, if farmers are toiling the land as of now.

  2. the painting of a tragedy here… You would be amazed but long time ago Romanian farmers were fighting with the rich of the time for nothing but land. “We want land” was their motto… It’s because as farmers that is their very soul and identity…
    I think it’s a disaster that money rule everything in our world, money buy land, houses, animals, good lives or souls… everywhere in this world it’s the same, the poor farmers have no chance or money to win against the rich or the corporations…

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