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Mainstream, VOL LVI No 39 New Delhi September 15, 2018

Rafale: Mid-Air Magic

Saturday 15 September 2018, by Badri Raina

How can Rafale be a scam,
Unless Arvind Rai says so first?
And public money in private hands
Is always in the national interest.

That was a time of paralysis,
Now decisions are made mid-air;
When gratis comes from the top
It can never be less than fair.

Cabinet, Parliament, Committees—
They gridlock development;
If we would compete with Twitter-Trump,
These must be packing sent.

Corruption is not in our DNA
We are the NDA;
The media have implicit faith
In what our spokemen say.

Next we must streamline so
Our democratic arrangements
That oppositions are by law deterred
From hassling governments. 

Only lesser mortals need account
For this, that, and the other;
World-historical individuals
Must be above such bother.

Badri Raina

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