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By: Roopam Mishra

Create hegemonic circles,
To feed them against one-another
Prohibit mingling among those
Who belong to different groups.
Be a propagandist,
Move in pomp, and show,
Be verbose,
Shun all opposing voices.
When a fairly good number alludes
Godly qualities to you,
Consider it half a triumph.
Instill fear
Of the queer, and peculiar,
Of dissimilar, and disparate,
Of liberal, and unrestrained.
Tell them unheard fables, and formulated lore
Of how they plundered
Their lands, their culture, and their women.
Turn the believing half
Towards the other believing non-believers.
When questions arise,
Cleverly dodge them, divert focus,
Highlight the mundane as an extraordinary.
This is, and has always been
A fool-proof blueprint for a successful regime.


Ms. Roopam Mishra lives in Lucknow, India. She is a Research Scholar at the Department of English, and Modern European Languages, University of Lucknow. Her area of interest, and enquiry is theatre, performing arts, and aesthetics in the new millennium. She writes in Hindi, and in English since thirteen years of age. Her works have appeared in Café Dissensus, Borderless Journal, and Rhetorica Quarterly.

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