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Mainstream, VOL LIX No 45, New Delhi, October 23, 2021

Dusshera 2021 | Badri Raina

Saturday 23 October 2021

They burn the wicked one
Who does not exist.
Those that deserve extinction
Are not on their list.

The thief who takes the biggest cut
Is new global hero.
Those that squeal for a loaf of bread
Are dangerous to the marrow.

Effigies are obliging antagonists,
Harmless, insensate things–
Lighting up to deluded cheer,
They protect the real kings.

by Badri Raina - October 16, 2021

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