The Real Bbuddah

“Hi Lulu….” I called out Lulu, my parrot who was sitting on the window lost in his thoughts.
“Hi Lulu! So engrossed in thoughts? What’s the matter? What are you doing?”
“Purane papon ka prayaschitta kar raha hun [Atoning past sins]” Lulu replied.
“Don’t use Amitabh’s lines from Bbuddah hoga tera baap, Lulu.” I laughed.
“I am remembering him very badly.”
“In that movie, an old Amitabh Bachchan understands people’s feelings, tames baddies, threatens underworld and kills some of them, moves with tremendous energy and confidence.” Lulu said.
“Yes, he has acted really well.”
“You almost believe that old men can do miracles.”
“Yes, I agree. So? What’s the point you are making?” I asked.
“They should ban the film.”
“Why so, Lulu?”
“The reality is so different. It pains. The other Bbuddah [old man] who matters to Indians is so weak and powerless.” Lulu commented.
“Are you referring to Dr Manmohan Singh?”
“Yes. He cannot execute Afzal Guru and Kasab while their associates are playing havoc in the country.”
“But we are a law abiding country. We must follow the due process of law.”
“I don’t know what you are talking. I only know that in the final analysis Kasab and Afzal Guru will die their natural death in the prison. And hundreds of citizens will get killed by their associates who face no deterrence from the Bbuddhah who matters.” Lulu looked at me angrily and flew away.
He was right, we are perhaps atoning our past sins, I said to myself.
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