It's Election Time

Updated on November 28, 2017
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Ashutosh enjoys writing on a variety of subjects including politics, current affairs, social and religious issues.

People queuing outside a polling booth
People queuing outside a polling booth

It's Election Time

Its that time of the year again
Our politicians put on a new persona
Nothing new however, compared to the previous gimick
Decade old cliched stuff, on the repeat

A costly road ahead with a hefty expense
Backchannels, bargains and deals , none can comprehend
Funding is secured, the plans are now been drawn
Delegation to the foot-soldiers, with ease and control
The demography and previous trends have all been accounted
The war-rooms being set up, as the arsenal needs to be surmounted
Minute by minute, hour by hour
The dirty games and abuse of power
Horse trading has begun,
Old and even wounded horses are the best bet
Money, honey or even the hard ways
All attempts to break the loyalty and build pathways
Media Cells activated on the double
Spitting venom and creating trouble
Plethora of photoshops and planted stories
And peddling narratives, worst than 911 conspiracy theories

Meanwhile on the ground, a different game being played
The pawns as usual disillusioned and dismayed
Onslaught begins
First phase is division
Divide by nationality, caste or religion
Hatemongering and fearmongering
No holds barred
All kind of theatrics put to use
Needless to discount, petty rhetorics and abuse
And morality and conscience, vanished into thin air
Utopian lands being promised, as if almost here
Next up is appeasement mode
Religion ofcourse is the code
Pitch is for reservation or extended quotas
Both left and right wing ideologies hand-crafted to look cool
To trap the gullibles and make them drool
And nationalistic pride sprayed like chemtrails
Beyond jingoism, everything else fails

Media houses, whether print or television
Working overtime and envision
Which politician to vouch
And which story to couch
While brainstorming is on
The motivation knocks on the door
Now the analysis begins with opinion-polls
Gradually and carefully steering the discourse
Prime time stories and fuss on social media portals
Breaking news and obfuscation, on full throttle

The voter's are intelligent, they keep reiterating
It's just a bait though, to lure them for voting
But then again, what is the voter supposed to do?
Greater evil or lesser evil are the choices to make
Can it get any worst, is his obvious take
Confusion & distortion and a hasty decision made
Now crib, cry, swear and the same blame game
Cometh the next election, its the same game play
The vicious cycle repeats
Politicians are back to decieve and cheat

Alright! Been there, done that
To err is human they say
Well! Guess what?
I'll willfully repeat that!!

© 2017 Ashutosh Joshi


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      Ashutosh Joshi 5 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Thankyou, just being honest with a bit of wordplay :)

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      Robin Goodfellow 5 days ago from United States

      This poem is rather accurate…it was excellent by the way! :)

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      Rasa Aur Drama 5 months ago

      Love it!