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Et tu Brute!
The Politics of Polite Pitches! Go Please Yourself!
Et tu Brute!

VAKTANTRA: WEAVING VOICES OF INDIA

THE PARADOX OF POLITE POLITICS!
PLEASING PLEASANTRIES IN POLITICAL PITCHES?
OU?  Et tu Brute!

'To kalon to epieikes' 
'That which is beautiful is true'
quoth the Greek Ancients
 
or vice-versa sweetly concurred ambivalently, 

the not so 'definition' driven Keats
when he equivocated rather more elegantly
'Beauty is truth,  truth beauty, 
that is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know'
 
But is that enough?
To know or to live on.
 
No! Because humanity does not live
nor die by truth alone
let alone pause for a mo
beheld by the beauty of truth.

Okay  Hokay!  Or vice-verse-ah.
 
Panem et circenses
Yes Bread and Circus, 
they do drive the world around
the bend
and into the Barbaric Amphitheatre
we call 'Civilization' 
and the call for "civil"ized discourse
to govern our talk
if not our work.
 
But then as Indians we never work anyway
because we are so busy getting all worked up!
WORKED UP OVER HOW ONE SHOULD MOUTH ONE'S WORDS.
OR MIND ONE'S WORDS.
Especially those that should have never be uttered.
Or so uttered!
Or uttered so. . . well you know sooh!
But uttered if need be, 
with such delicacy
that may never have been
so feathered into that fine weather
all-season down filled pillow.
That you must never
ever throw at a fellow "civil" servant
or with such felicity.
Tch!  Tch! How can you not b so touchy?

Or use it,  that fine down filled pillow, 
on which no one must ever rest one's nervous head
upon just in case
you are jerked upright in the middle of the night
to answer the call of duty.
 
The call of a duty never done!
In this country anyway.
 
See the whopping tragedy?
THE ENORMITY OF THIS UTTER  FALSITY?
OF THIS BARBARIC AMPHITHEATRE WE NOW CALL:
THE GOOD GOVERNANCE
OF OUR DIVINE DEMOCRACY!
OF HOW
OUR SACRED PLACES ARE BEING SO SECULARIZED?
OR THAT
OUR SECULAR SPACES ARE BEING SO SACRILEGINOUSIZED?
 
OR RATHER MORE TRUTHFULLY
'To kalon to epieikes' 
THAT OUR SECULAR-SACRED SPACES
OF THIS OUR HIJRA RAJ
OF NEITHER THIS NOR THAT
OR MORE KEATSIANLY
VICE-WORSE-ALLY
BUT NONE THE WISERLY
BEING SO
UNRESERVEDLY
 RESERVED
AND
RE-'SERVED'
LIKE RE-FRIED BEANS IN THE BAG
AND RE-TRIED BEENS AND HAS BEENS IN THE GAB
GABFEST BEING FETED AND FESTED AND INFESTED
WHOLLY AND SOULLY
WITH THE WRIT HONOUR IF NOT WRY HUMOUR
WITH AND FOR
THE POWERS THAT BE
WHOLLY AND SOULLY
 
THAT ARE BEING SO SANITIZED
OF ALL VOICES OF SANITY?

Alas!
Such is the stuff of rules and regulations.
And regimentation of religion,  science
and raiment and arraignment!
 
Take the delightful deliciciously delivered and delicately served diatribe FOR INSTANCE
that Dr. P.C. Alexander has served on the
Lyngdoh
'Lightning Tongued'
Episode.
That [WHICH THAT?]
most of us found ever so
lightsome,  lissome and listensome
but which has been turned into
and is still turning into
such an archaic anarchaic
EPIC DISPROPORTION?
 
But then the circus must move town
And the bread must be baked
for all to winsome:
Breaky after the Fast
ANY ONE?
 
 Still and anon,
It is tragic that a quick riposte
over a shocking lack of 'sensitivity'
to 'suffering humanity'
man-made-man made-to-suffer-humanity
should be so brandished about
a year and half, OR, SO AND SO, on?
 
What goes for 'popular memory'
Which being fleetingly held and
titillated beyond keeping
by the 24 hour telly telling
all the time:
or the print-'papers' which pulp
the first editions before they are even
registered as read,
is this that when Lyngdoh berated
that now 'named' and repeatedly being 'shamed'
Collector as a 'joker'
it was at the shock of being told what he was being told.
There was this mass of dislocated humanity
Being bedded down and mind you
without any fine feathered all-season down filled pillows to rest their worried heads upon
living under the mercy of the stars
and spread out over the parched earth
without an address being called their own
and with no view to returning to a home they can call their own
STILL CALL THEIR OWN
AFTER BEING RIOTED OVER MOST OUTRAGEOUSLY
AND THIS PERSON SAYS"
'THE SITUATION IS NORMAL SIR,'
AND THEN 'LIGHTNING TONGUE' GOES:
'ARE YOU A JOKER,  THAT YOU CALL THIS NORMAL?'
People,  prosperous home owning,  home living and loving people being driven to living in such dismal conditions under a tent,  and a tent is a sophisticated term for a piece of garish plastic sheet stretched over a tripod of poles and their only security for their women being a saree drawn across the gaping and when this is reported as 'normal' and he retorted:  'Joker' the whole country and then some curious eves-droppers from all over blow up a perfectly 'sensitized and sensitive shocked second' into a PANEM ET CIRCENSUS
BREAD AND CIRCUS SAGA
DRAWN OVER A PERIOD OF THIS LONG?
Pray,  what should he go?
'OKAY SINCE YOU ARE THE LOCAL AUTHORITY HERE
I'LL BRING IN MY EVMS AND HOLD THE POLLS
TOMORROW WITHOUT A CARE OR A SORROW?'
Dr. Alexander sitting a great gubernatical distance away is rightly restive over this rather risque response having been 'innoculated' from the inhumanity by the sanitized surrealism of the television,  at a great governor-al distance away and he is right to rap 'Lightning Tongue' responses to other such stimuli and then a sweet lecture goes on under the Chin-Ease Lantern  about how one must deal with errant juniors and so on but what takes the absolute cake biscuit and rules and regulations on the cakewalk is his own 'DISCARD AND DISREGARD' for his own advice!
HUH HUH!
This was absolutely delicous!
Dr. Alexander uses a public fora, 
a paper-ed over piece de resistance
or rather gives in to the irresitable 'urge'
to urge Lyngdoh to go forth and do likewise!
LIKE WISE?
Why did Dr. Alexander not take Lyngdoh aside
and do it over a shared teapot
or slug it out or snort it down
snog it over an egg-nog
or snort it over a chota peg
or whatever it is snooty civil sorts
do when they gather together
and are all uppity and away
when they are away
from the eye of the public,  anyway?
 
BECAUSE AS Lyngdoh puts it so delightfully
"one serves 'the rules the regulations'  and 'the principles' as such" [irrespective of the government telling civil sorts how to suck eggs or suck up to 'em eggheads]
and the most delightful 'rule and reg' is this

that DR. ALEXANDER did it so delightfully:
when he broke the BIG RULE HIMSELF:
 
BY BERATING LYNGDOH IN PUBLIC!
yahoo ya who!
WELCOME!
TO THE REAL WORLD WALLAH CALM!
ET TU BRUTE!
And the show in the amphithetre
IS OVER!
GOODNESS GRACELESS ME
IT'S ALL ABOUT GOOD GOVERNANCE FOR GASSAKES!
REST ASSURED!
INDIA VOICES ON REGARDLESS
YES REGARDLESS!
 
'REGARD'-"LESS"
RE-GUARD-YOUR-TONGUE-LESS
DON'T BE TONGUELESS IN TELENGANA
IT'S ALL A GREAT MATTER OF
GOODNESS GRACELESS ME
DOING A GOOD GOVERNANCE FOR GASESSAKES!
WITH BOGUS VOTERS THIS TIME
BEING BIRTHED AND GROWN
OVERNIGHT IN A PETRIFIED DISH!
START GATHERING IN THE TOWN-SQAURE
TO SAY:
'DOWN WITH DICTATION!'
 
WHICH IS SPELLED 'DICTATOR-SHUN'
IN CERTAIN ADVANCED DEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES
LIKE WHERE ALEXANDERS DON'T BERATE LYNGDOHS IN PRIVATE
LIKE WHERE ALEXANDERS DO BERATE LYNGDOHS IN PUBLIC
LIKE WHERE ALEXANDERS TELL LYNGDOHS NOT TO BERATE JHAS IN PUBLIC OR REBUKE IN PRIVATE BECAUSE THAT IS JUST WHAT HE WOULD DO IF HE WERE IN HIS PLACE BUT BECAUSE THIS IS SUCH A MOTHBALLED MOTI-BOL [PEARLTOOTHED LYING DEMOCRACY] ONE MUST JUST SAY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT ONE DOES AND FIND NO INCONGRUITY IS SAYING THE SAME WHICH IS THE OPPOSITE WHICH IS RATHER AMBIVALENT OR AMBHIBIAN WHICH MEANS ABILITY TO LIVE ON BOTH SIDES OR RATHER NOT "LIE" ON LYNGDOH'S TRUTH WHICH IS TRUTH TO TELL TRUTH TO TELL WHICH MEANS IT MUSTN'T BE TELLED BECAUSE THIS IS A HIJRA RAJ WHICH MEANS THIS IS NEITHER THIS NOR THAT ALL THE TIME WHICH MEANS VICE-VERSA OF ALL THAT WAS EVER SAID ABOUT SATYA MEVA JAYATE BEING OUR NATIONAL MOTTO WHICH MEANS TRUTH TO TELL THIS WILL NEVER DO WHICH MEANS TRUTH TO TELL THIS WILL FOREVER DO BECAUSE WE NEVER DO ANYWAY!
BUT GET ALL HOT AND BOTHERED UP ABOUT WHAT SOMEONE ESPECIALLY THAT ONE SHOULD NOT HAVE EVER SAID THAT ONCE!
BUT WHICH WE WILL REPEAT AD NAUSEUM BECAUSE IT IS SO TASTEFUL WHICH MEANS VICE-VERSA IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO TASTELESS IF IT WASN'T SO PUNGENTLY INDIGENTLY INDEPENDENTELY TRUTHFUL WHICH MEANS IT IS
'To kalon to epieikes' 
'That which is beautiful is true'
OR VICE-VERSA IF YOU LIKE IT KEATSIAN OR INDIAN WHICH MEANS ALEXANDRIAN OR LYNGDOHIAN
 
BUT NEVER POLITICIAN
 
AHA!  AHA!
 
LIKE WHERE THE GREATEST SINGLE RULE THAT EVERYONE MUST FOLLOW RELIGIOUSLY TILL ONE MUST BREAK IT IRRETRIEVABLY:
 
'DON'T DO AS I DO,  DO AS I SAY'
AND DON'T BOTHER WITH HOW ONE DOES ONE'S WORK
BUT GET ALL BOTHERD ABOUT HOW THAT ONE WORKS HIS WORDS!
HAPPY HANGAMA!
COME HANG AROUND HERE!
DON'T BE HANGED THERE
BY THE DICTATORSHIP OF CENSORSHIP!
AND SAY LOUD AND CLEAR:
ET TU BRUTE!
BECAUSE YOU ARE LIKE THAT ONLY
BECAUSE I AM NOT LIKING YOU ONLY
WHEN YOU ARE TALKING LIKE THAT ONLY
BUT INSIDE INSIDE I AM WANTING TO VERY MUCH SAY THE SAME THING ONLY
BUT OUTSIDE OUTSIDE I AM WANTING TO BE VERY MUCH POLITE PUTNAALU!
SO WHY DON'T YOU SHUT UP YOUR MOUTH AND EAT UP YOUR POLITE PUTNAALU WITHOUT MAKING ANY NOISE?
OR WE WILL NOT BE HAVING ANY CARROTS DANGLING IN FRONT OF THE DONKEYS
OR RATHER HAVE THE DONKEYS DANGLING ANY CARROTS IN FRONT OF OUR SHUT UPPED MOUTHS IF WE DON'T IF WE DON'T IF WE DON'T DO WHAT THEY ARE LIKING NOT LIKING OH!  WHAT WAS IT I WAS SAYING?  I FORGOTTED TALKING EATING UP THOSE POLITE PUTNAALU SO PLEASINGLY ONLY!

OR MORE TRUTHFULLY:
ET TU BRUTE!
WE ARE LIKE THIS ONLY!
WE WILL BE TELLING AND TELLING OTHERS TO BE DOING
WHAT WE ARE NOT OURSELVES GO BE DOING
OR VICE VERSA
OR VICE AND WORSE AH?

TELLING AND TELLING OTHERSELVES TO BE NOT DOING WHAT WE ARE OURSELVES DOING BUT NOT TELLING!
NOT TELLING WE ARE DOING BECAUSE WE DON'T LIKE TELLING
ET TU BRUTE!
 
COME AGAIN!
SAY THAT AGAIN!
ET TU BRUTE!
AND BRUTUS WAS AN HONOURABLE MAN?
SO WHY ARE WE STILL BEING SO BRUTALIZED BY THIS FALSITY CALLED CIVILITY?
COME AGAIN!
SAY THAT AGAIN!
 
ET TU BRUTE!

And fine-ally since the circus must go on and the bread must be given our daily dose of prayer or is that the other way round,  anyway,  Lyngdoh has not but that does not matter because whether he does or does not consent to play BY THE RULES AND REGULATIONS WHICH HE ACTUALLY DOES BELIEVES IN
'INFORMED CONSENT'
WHICH MEANS THE PATIENT MUST BE TOLD HOW BADLY ILL HE IS WHICH MEANS
NO POLITICS
or petty nics over whether the people must be told what is as is,  which means BEING FULLY INFORMED AND CONSENTING ADULTS BEFORE THEY GO TO THE POLLING BOOTH,  AND BEFORE THEY CAN CONSENT TO THE CURE OR THE LACK OF CURE OR CARE IN THE CANKER WITHOUT BEING CANTAKEROUS OLD CUSSY OR PLAIN WRY WITTY WHICH IS RYE VITA BREAD BUT NOT FOR BREAKY WHICH MEANS ALEXANDER IS TOO LOVELY AND LEARNED TO BE IN POLITICS WHICH MEANS THERE IS NOT A MEAN BONE IN ANYBODY WHICH MEANS ALL THE MEAN BONES MUST BE HONED TO PERFECTION WHICH MEANS NO PEARLY TOOTHED LYING BETWEEN THE LINES WHICH MUST BE SPOKEN BUT NOT IN THE HEARING OF THE DONKEYS WHO DANGLE CARROTS IN FRONT OF THEIR MASTERS WHICH MEANS ET TU BRUTE WHAT A BRUTALIZED CIVILISATION THIS HAS COME TO BE SO LYNGDOH WILLING OR UNWILLING BUT FULLY DIAGNOSTIC WITH FULL AND FREE AND FAIR AND FEARLESS 'INFORMED CONSENT' has agreed to be the national punching bag for all punchlines so drop in as many punches as you like anywhere here or there and you may drop as many  aitches and forget to dot your i's and mind your p's because who knows counting as in 'counting' of real voters in any constituency in this country anyway because in any case where is there a living politician in this country who is caring of and for democracy and if there are please write their names and read them aloud on the telly and the printers black ink yourselves instead of bludgeoning lightning tongued Lyngdoh about what he does not know anyway and has admitted to as much as such in broad daylight or rather tubelight or rather thrown light on the 'tube' anyway, when he said:
niyyat rahaan
neta kahaan?
 
dhoonteh
rah javoge
but jaagna nahi
because
we don't have
fine feathered
all-season
down filled
pillows to rest our troubled heads on.
 
SO WE MUST DO SOME WORK
INSTEAD OF GETTING ALL WORKED UP
ABOUT WHO SAID WHAT AND WHEN
TEN TIMES AND TEN MONTHS AFTER THAT ONE SAID THAT ONE THING THEN and ever since then we haven't slept because now we are in possession of 'INFORMED CONSENT'
 
SO GO:
 
ET TU BRUTE!
 
AND ADD MORE PUNCHES TO LYNGDOH'S HUNCHES
BECAUSE ELSE WE'LL BE LEFT WITHOUT ANY LUNCHES
PAID OR FREE!