Thursday, January 17, 2013

Island Sealinks and Tolling Bells

For once , no visual inspired a poem here. But a comment did. A comment by my friend Ujwal Thakar (on FB ),  who wrote on the sudden predominance of GM food articles on the editorial pages of some leading papers on Jan 16,2013 :
"The paid news specialists seem to have graduated to paid editorials now... Or should we call them EDVERTORIALS.. Both ET and TOI are today carrying op Ed page main editorials on how good GM ( genetically modified) foods are and how they alone can save the world from starvation... Whilst there may be some truth in the claims, unfortunately the joint espousal of the pink and white papers of the group make it sound like Monsanto propaganda.. Wondering what the tariff for EDVERTORIALS is?"
Does no one stand unshakeably tall ?  So many Caesars; and no Caesar's-wife(s) above suspicion ?  Have we made so many sealinks to the island to chip away opportunistically at the base  ?  
With apologies to the great John Donne.....
No man is an island,
True and faithful himself...

Each is a piece of bosses,
A part of the top.
If a farmer can be
washed away by the land,
A praised BT variety is the cause

As profitable as if an iron mine were.
As well as if a mafia of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.

Everyone else's win diminishes me,
For I am involved in scams
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
I will ensure,
It tolls for thee.


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