Affirmative action

The Downtrodden People’s Party came to power in the state, winning an overwhelming majority of the seats. This was made possible by their earnest and sincere commitment to improve the lot of the common man, forgotten in the political bickering in the state.

They promised plentiful fresh water supply.

They promised abundant, uninterrupted grid-supplied power for the people.

They promised reduction in the number of people below the poverty line.

They promised shelter for everyone.

They promised jobs and meaningful work for every able person.

They promised state care for the elderly and disabled.

The Party has gone about fulfilling their pre-poll promises in an earnest, systematic manner.

They have constructed huge parks, filled with statues of leaders of a single community to which their supreme leader belongs, made with marble and granite transported from over a thousand miles.

They have changed the name of all the major cities in the state to names of people associated with their party, their parents and their children.

They have redefined the poverty line and moved it downwards.

They have changed the names of major airports and railway stations in the state to names of people associated with their party, their parents and their children.

They have created new districts within the state by dividing the existing districts. These districts have been named after people associated with their party, their parents and their children.

Despite the notable contributions to the cause of upliftment of the common man, they lost the next elections five years later. The People’s Action Party came to power based on their earnest and sincere commitment to improve the lot of the common man, forgotten in the political bickering in the state.

They promised plentiful fresh water supply.

They promised abundant, uninterrupted grid-supplied power for the people.

They promised reduction in the number of people below the poverty line.

They promised shelter for everyone.

They promised jobs and meaningful work for every able person.

They promised state care for the elderly and disabled.

The Party has gone about fulfilling their pre-poll promises in an earnest, systematic manner.

They slammed the previous government for wasting public money on frivolous projects like building huge gardens, and have demolished the parks constructed by the previous government. They have, instead, constructed huge parks, filled with statues of leaders of a single community to which their supreme leader belongs, made with marble and granite transported from over a thousand miles.

They have cancelled the change of name of major cities whose names were changed by the previous government. Instead, in a people-friendly move, they have changed the name of all the major cities in the state back to their original names.

They have redefined the poverty line and moved it upwards and blamed the increased number of poor people to the policies of the previous government.

In a far-sighted move, they have given every person below the poverty line a mobile phone. It was a tough choice. They had to choose one out of housing, education, medical aid and a mobile-phone.

They have cancelled the change of name of the airports and railway stations in the state whose names were changed by the previous government. Instead, in a bold move, they have changed the names of major airports and railway stations in the state to names of people associated with their party, their parents and their children.

They have rejoined the districts divided by the previous government. In addition, with an eye of the future, they have created new districts within the state by dividing the other districts left untouched by the previous government. These districts have been named after people associated with their party, their parents and their children.

The Downtrodden People’s Party has called these changes a blow to the cause of social uplift. The People’s Action Party has said that all these decisions were taken after representations from the people’s representatives.

The next elections are around the corner. The common man, his lot having been uplifted so significantly by two successive governments, is waiting eagerly to cast his vote once again.

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18 thoughts on “Affirmative action

    • I think people should be condemned for not taking ownership and looking for soft blame targets, of which politicians is one. For example, in India, now there is a proliferation of cars. Houses and dwelling units are small, often without space for parking, at least in the big cities. People park on the roads. If prevented, they will blame the government for not providing for their basic needs, even though they should have ensured availability of space before buying a car. If allowed to park on the road, they will blame the government for creating traffic snarls by permitting parking on the road. As Shakespeare said, “the fault, dear Brutus, lies in ourselves, not in our stars…”.

    • Quite right. While there are cultural, economic and other differences, it is my belief that in the most basic of instincts, all humans act and react in a very similar manner. Thank you for leaving comments on the post.

  1. This is a brilliant satirical analysis of political realities in, sadly, probably every country in the world.

    Absolutely spot-on, and, as always, very funny – though I don’t suppose any politicians would see the joke.

    Keep bashing the villains! (Though, as I think you suggest above, we are none of us completely blameless in allowing our ‘leaders’ to run the world in the way they do.)

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