SAY NO TO DIRTY POLITICS
By Neel Anil Panicker
I think this serves as an example to all those who thought stoking up muscular nationalistic feelings and mixing religion with politics, (sorry, even Lord Hanuman found it not so funny!), does not win elections and that one needs to show real, tangible work to convince the electorate to cast their precious votes in their favour,” profferred sixty year old Pradeep Sharma as he settled down in his favourite corner bench at the neighbourhood park.
Seated beside him, Sandeepan Banerjee, retired banker and park regular smiled, a slow elongated curve that his friend of two score years interpreted it as an affirmation of what he had just said.
A moment’s silence followed as the two men turned their gaze towards the morning assembly of walkers, runners, joggers, idlers, bird watchers and other
paraphernalia of birds, bees, two legged and four legged species that brightened the landscape and added vibrancy to the slightly wintry morning.
“This is why we should have more and more doers coming into politics; men and women with integrity and honesty and armed with an intense desire and passion to serve the populace selflessly and diligently without running after narrow, self serving materialistic pelts,” the ex-Army man thundered, this time his voice carrying a ring of finality.
Hearing him, the banker, taciturn that he was, nodded his head in affirmation.
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