A sense of déjà vu prevailed in 2015; lots of circumlocution, tall talk
Like Mann ki Baat on AIR, election spiel and some vapid acronym
Rural distress peaked, the alarming rise in farmer suicides was frightening.
Modi Sarkar was obsessed with Ease of Doing Business
Mr. Modi, added frequent flier miles, performed at events a la rock-star
Accompanied by crony capitalist friends, rightly called Suit Boot ki Sarkar.
RBI governor cut interest rates, as did the Fed
The common man, of course, went shivering to bed
Onion prices kissed the sky, the tomato vanished, as did the grain.
Dumb people, said many, want to create a smart city?
This ain't a jumla, jamboree, a rhetoric, or a quickie?
The year's buzzword was "intolerance", manifested in Award Wapsi
Libertarians, writers, artists, film-makers, even the President lamented the Dadri lynching
Beef and cow became pet-subjects for communal milking.
Pahlaj Nihalani admonished James Bond for an extended kiss
While Hindutva fundamentalists protested to give Dilwale a miss.
Gajendra Chauhan remained obstinate, damn the poor FTII students
Poor Aamir Khan, spoke honestly at an event of Indian Express
Was shouted down, abused, a threat we need to address
Go to Pakistan, said agitated right-wingers as if worse than Delhi's pollutants.
Govind Pansare, Narayan Dabholkar, M M Kalburgi, killed in cold blood for being rational
If one uttered one word in protest, sorry, you were anti-national
Cosmopolitan Mumbai saw Sudheendra Kulkarni's face plastered with black ink
While Modi's tribe went ballistic on a revolution pink
Where is the Lok Pal? Whistleblower Act? An independent CBI?
Graft soared, the gravy train of corruption
Lalit Modi-Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje, Raman Singh, Shivraj Chouhan rode sky high
Even Arun Jaitley stood accused as Kirti Azad made a logical deduction.
The Vyapam Scam was a crime of foul reconstruction
Leading to inevitable parliamentary disruption.
But, Barack's good friend maintained a studied, stoic silence
He inhaled, exhaled, did a yoga pose, offered nonchalance.
Na Khaunga, Na Khaane Doonga was his rhetoric empty
Modi Sarkar's moral fibre has the backbone of a Maggi noodle
They treated allegations, as if a casual doodle
Even if the charges were serious and aplenty.
A BJP President caught on camera accepting cash, chronicled in history
So this brazen hypocrisy, seemed an intriguing mystery
While Modi continued to blow his own trumpet
Aggrieved, insulted army men protested on the streets on OROP
RSS has made the government its favourite puppet
Camera, Twitter, Selfies, Modi was busy with many a photo- op.
The Chennai floods ravaged a hapless city, the PM on a plane
Photoshopped the tragedy, left the PIB much to explain
To divert attention from mounting failures, target was the GST
India remained worried, from the economy, social harmony to national security.
Modi toadies, trolled and patrolled the social media like an ardent devotee
Amit Shah had predicted a cracker carnival, so Modi went to Pakistan
From Wembley, Madison Square Garden, Tokyo to also Afghanistan.
But Modi's yet to be known foreign policy is at best touristy
Hope you enjoyed this year-end sonnet, and are smiling ear to ear
Wishing your family and yourself a Happy New Year.
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