Poems by
Ramachandra Reddy

We must have a new deal now

a poem by Ramachandra Reddy

News media writes about many ‘nomics’,
Whether it is Manmohanomics or Modinomics.
They are all plagiarized from Reaganomics,
Which is nothing but trickle-down economics.

If there is anything profoundly unfair,
It is none other than the laissez-faire.
Tycoons are the ones politicians care,
Commoners, helpless, silently bare.

When politicos push ease of business,
The commoners lose ease of living.
All the talk about the high growth,
Is nothing but a mountain of froth.

Demagogues pretend respect for democracy,
Their aim, however, is promoting oligarchy.
They promise ‘achche din’ for multitudes,
But gang up with tycoons to inflict servitude.

When they want to divert people’s attention,
Use Ram Lalla and Sabarimala pretention.
They claim that there is a danger to religion,
To push bread and butter issues into oblivion.

The Parivars – whether it is Gandhi or Sangh,
What people face from them is only a ‘Jung’.
They enrich themselves making many ‘deals’,
To give the poor and the ordinary a raw deal.

They deregulate in the name of ‘reform’,
To slowly let the public goods to deform.
Modinomics is guided by the World Bank,
Which makes all human development tank.

The right-wing forces, wherever they thrive,
The interests of the ultra-rich they drive.
Whether it is US’s Trump or India’s Modi,
They are one and the same, Donald Modi.

Let’s democratically deliberate and confront,
To combat the regressive forces upfront.
We must replace all ‘nomics’ with a ‘New Deal’,
And install people who have an egalitarian zeal.