I know what it is.
I am not sure.
If I described it, you’d recognize it perhaps.
It’s a pain that begins in my head, reaches my chest, squeezes my heart, and leaves me perspiring…gasping for air. Then I push it away. I tell myself that August 15 is a joyous occasion. It is to be celebrated with pride, because India won its freedom on this day. The pain then becomes a dull thud in the background. Is this the pain of corruption that we experience every day of our lives?
I had got used to the pain of this corruption, because I had to live. I told myself that we were better off than many other countries of this world – that we at least had the freedom to express ourselves. It was a way to console myself – a sort of white flag. But this year was different. This year, Anna Hazare made us realize that while we had numbed ourselves to the pain, the cancer of corruption was growing unchecked in our country. He and his team made us wake up and reflect upon the issue. We realized that we needed and effective Lokpal bill as the tool to surgically remove this cancer that’s killing our country!
But we also realized that it wasn’t going to be easy. That another struggle was needed. A struggle that Anna Hazare called the Second Freedom Struggle; a struggle that’d help us remove this putrid mass of corruption. Unfortunately, when Anna attempted to achieve his ends through peaceful means, his voice was stifled. He was detained even before he could reach the protest venue. This freedom struggle has made us realize another bitter reality. We still aren’t free to voice our opinions…we still are in the grips of fascism…and that this battle against corruption is going to be a long one.
This is why I could not inspire myself to present a new Independence Day drawing this year. I hope you will understand.
New information of highly sensitive nature has been leaked by the Wikileaks. Experts are unanimously of the opinion that this information will cause turmoil among not only the politicos of the world; it will also raise the blood-pressure of other kinds of celebrities.
It’s being conjectured that the leaked document is part of the Caricaturist’s hit-list, and it contains famous names such as:
When the Caricaturist was contacted about this leak, she refused to talk to the media, saying that “media only worked to made bad things appear worse!”
Important Note: The Journo who called up the Caricaturist notes: “It appears that The Caricaturist is suffering from a bloated ego. It is amply clear that her success as a still-not-starving artist has gone to her head.”
We shall shortly discover whether or not this partial list really is a part of the Caricaturist’s hit-list. However, the visitors would do well to remember that the Caricaturist is known for changing her plans at the last-minute, so we really can’t be completely sure!
But we shall see.
Remember that you first read this here.
—Shafali’s Caricatures News Service…Making News out of Nothing!–