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Mainstream, VOL LVII No 17 New Delhi April 13, 2019

Fascism

Saturday 13 April 2019, by Badri Raina

I am not a fascist only when
I pull the trigger and kill;
I am a fascist when first I think
My work is God’s own will. 

I am not a fascist only when
I break the common law;
I am a fascist when first I think
I make the common law. 

I am not a fascist only when
I set up to harangue;
I am a fascist when first I think
What need has the other of tongue. 

I am not a fascist only when
I tear up like the vulture;
I am a fascist when first I think
My culture alone is Culture. 

I am not a fascist only when
I decimate all other kind;
I am a fascist when first I think
It is purity I have in mind.

Badri Raina

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