Caricature by Seema Moghe

Caricature by Seema Moghe

Nashik went to polls on Thursday, the 24 of April!
I do hope you all went and voted, if your name was there that is!

Get ready for the outcome!!! No matter what it is! An apocalypse alright!

But over and above all! Just forgive and forget!

So what if our politicians lie, cheat, or embezzle, don’t we have big hearts! Just forgive and forget them. So what if they have criminal records, with the judiciary, legislative and executive bodies in their pockets, does it really matter? Just forgive and forget!

If you must! Just think of ordinary Indians doing great things abroad!
Elate your patriotism!
Watch the circus at home, laugh it off, die of shame, forgive and forget!

So What if the taps run dry for weeks, Just order a crate of the best wines in the city! Forgive and forget the rest!
What if we don’t have gas to cook, have to wander for the subsidised cylinder, just patronise a Political clout. You sure will have a plenty to ‘cook’ on!
Inflation? No food at home? Order the best biryani, Pizza and eat ‘natural’ ice cream instead… isn’t the city trendier now!

Can’t afford an affordable housing? Get one super luxury pent house in ‘ideal’ scam society instead!
Queen Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI are executed dead and gone; still, take their advice after 2 centuries… – if you don’t have bread eat cake – that too with double icing instead!
Forgive and forget our leaders! Let them rejoice! In their scrap power!

No sanitation around your house? look at the brighter side, dump your garbage any where, what more freedom do you want?
Bored of life? just switch on the television and watch the oratory of our politicians … what more entertainment do you want?
Missing Z horror show? Watch the Parliament sessions and the gory living ghosts instead!!

Longing for those sizzling titillating item songs? Watch the elections rallies…. They offer much much more!
Want lachrymose melodrama? Turn on the television for the latest election ticket tragedies….,
Sweating it out in no power supply for hours together? Just pay your five figure mseb bill and die in cold sweat instead!
So what if the street lights are on in the middle of afternoon? Dont you dare? The Authorities are enlightened enough to run their office!!! Forgive and forget!

So what if your new Datsun or E Class Mercedes has no roads to drive on… just enjoy the adventure through deadly pot- hole -erratic –vehicular- terrains!!!
The angels wait for you!

Guilty of offending a dog on the street? Don’t panic! Learn from our leaders, imbibe their courage, deny, challenge the proven in public, and proclaim “I am innocent”. Or even call your wife and children on the media, make them cry, sell their emotions to an ever walloping audience, or if not, call it a conspiracy of the opposition!! Its so easy, get away with it all! Forgive and forget!

A first time voter? , no worries! Our veteran Politician will teach you how to vote! Not just once, but even twice!!!
Work pending in a government department? Learn to be tolerant, respect their ‘religion’ are we not a ‘secular’ nation?
Looking for a lucrative career? Jobless? Become a politician instead! No degrees required! No accounts and accountability needed at all!
Or better still become a spiritual Godman! Wine, women, and unquestioned wealth will creep to your doorsteps. No marketing required!
After all are we not a pious and ‘God fearing nation’?

Want justice for the common man? He will get it in hell at least!
So what if the ‘mango man’ party has gone berserk, we still have the mangoes to eat!
Proud” Man of Maharashtra- the Marathi Manoos” the land of maximum farmer suicides! Who cares why should you?? Let the ‘vultures’ prosper!

Be Tolerant, patient, perseverant, generous, benevolent, honest and truthful, and work hard to donate online, offline, in cash and in kind, for the election funds so that our poor and unscrupulous politicians can thrive!!!
Why think too much and land up in the mortuary, Obituary or bedlam!
Be saintly! Be naïve! Be deaf, dumb and blind!
Just forgive and forget!!!!!

Don’t our elders teach us that? Don’t we boast of an ancient civilisation and rich cultural heritage?
Just forgive and forget!!!
It’s nothing much!
Just forgive and forget!!



4 responses »

  1. Beyniaz says:

    Nice one C’ma.

  2. Dear Seema.
    A wonderful and timely article much needed in today’s political scenario. The problem with most of the leaders is that nothing shakes them out of their political sloth. They take over the powers that their respective posts give them but do not do justice to either their work or the post. I do hope the results of the recent elections will do justice.
    The caricature that you have painstakingly sketched to accompany this article must also be appreciated.
    Hope to see more of you here Seema.

  3. jsbrocaj says:

    A scintillating tongue in cheek narrative of things that need to be forgotten or forgiven. To err is human; to forgive, divine, said Alexander Pope. So better be divine isn’t it? We think that forgiveness is weakness, but it’s absolutely not; it takes a very strong person to forgive. So let us become strong! Mahatma Gandhi had opined: ” The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” So follow Gandhiji like Munnabhai! My view is : ” Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names! ” William Blake reportedly said:” “It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” Do you agree? I recall that when I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me! Simple isn’t it? In the final analysis, remember this quote from smart guy:” The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget!”

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