17 May, 2021

Peacock And Bull

A slowdown in the country’s economy, lack of job growth, Saradha scam, Kerala government’s embarrassments are all forgotten as long as peacocks and beef hogs the headlines....

Peacock And Bull

Now we know how peacocks procreate: they cry and the hens drink the teardrops and conceive. A new lesson in Immaculate Conception and biology as well! Who knows? Mary would have nagged Joseph so badly that he could have wept inconsolably making her conceive Jesus. The learned judge of a high court who made this observation about peacocks also wan­ted to name the cow as our national animal. But there is a slight inconsistency in this order. Aren’t we supposed to worship the cow as our mother? How can our mother be an animal? Sure, there are several mothers who push their children into crime and destitution, who qualify to be termed animals. But I have never heard of a cow ill-treating its calf.

Worse, what would the poor tiger do? It was given this grand title of the national animal only after we almost finished it off in the jungles. Our colonising Lord Sahibs and their Indian Maharaja minions proved their meagre manhood on these hapless tigers, cornered and almost framed into the backdrop to be shot and carried away as trophy. So, the great honour or title was...

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