[Written on the India visit of Prince Charles after last Commonwealth games 1-April-2006 ]
Europe was already of the white people. After finding America, they controlled that as well. They grabbed Australia as well. What is left is Africa and Asia, and these were the colonies of the white people.
So, in a way the whites had control of the whole world. And even after these countries got their independence, their exploitation is still going on! Now it is not called imperialism, but commerce and market.
Your country, Britain, I mean Great Britain itself is a symbol of white-ness. Sun never set in your empire. From the recently finished Commonwealth Games [this article was written in 2006 after the last CWG] readers would have known that in these games a total of 71 ex-British colonies participated.
Sometimes the so called patriots of these countries feign self-respect by changing names of places that may remind of the white lords. If this was enough, something would have happened by now. The real need is to change the over usage of English language, lifestyle, fashion etc. but these things might label one as fundamentalist and hard-liner.
If you see, in this respect America (USA) is the most fundamentalist and hard-liner. Even America was under Britain. Britain did nothing for it, just kept extorting taxes. So, one day British-origin residents of America stopped paying tax to the king of Britain and became independent. Very easily earned and affordable independence!
But what did America do for its own independent identity, hear me out! They call their language as American English, and have modified its pronunciation, spellings, grammar to suit themselves, just a tad bit different, to be different. Traffic goes on the right side, as opposed to left side in most of the world. Still, separate from the rest of the world, they have gallon, pound, pint, ounce, yard, foot, inch, mile. Similar to cricket, they have their baseball. They call football as soccer, and their football is different.
And they don't participate in commonwealth games either, which would remind them of their slavery.
And here we are - whose life is blessed just by speaking English or shaking hands of an English. In any Commonwealth meet, the Queen sits in the center like a school principal, and the heads of other countries gather around her like teachers, clerks, peons, and get their photos taken. So, Commonwealth means (to Britain) that "Our wealth is ours, and all yours' is common". Lest we forget our past and present 'lords', master and respectables, sometimes the queen and sometimes you keep coming to India with your ex or present wife. And we keep welcoming you like an emperor and feeling blessed.
So, O Just-now-came-and-gone, father of two young sons, sixty year old, husband of a divorced mother of two, prince Charles, Victory to you! This time you have come on a (India) New Year. Till now, we only new of Annd Domini (AD) years only, the Christian calendar. We do all our work by it, we wake up to it, and die by it. Even though five hundred years before Jesus Mahavir and Buddha had walked the earth. Two thousand years before that Harappa and Mohen-Jodero civilizations had flourished. And even before that are Rama, Krishna, Dwarika and Rama Setu (Rama's bridge). But according to your wish, we have the AD calendar.
By giving us the privilege of welcoming you in Jaipur on the occassion of (Indian) New Year, you have honoured the world guru India and the (Indian) New Year. We are grateful to you even for this. We could care less that our most revered gods - Rama, Krishna, Shiva, Vishnu are all darker skinned and we are dying to apply Fair and Lovely to become white like you! If possible, invent something so we all black baboons can also become white faced monkeys like you. Really, this dark color is so humiliating. You saw the villages, saw the daughter-in-law plastering the courtyard, accepted the crafts of this place, did a heritage walk in Jaipur, sat on teh throne and photographed with the elephants. We are again grateful to you for all this.
But, one thing in closing. Once before you had come when Padmini Kolhapure had kissed you. If it was the real princess Padmini of Chittorgarh, she won't even let your shadow fall on her. This kiss was a debt on you and you settled the score by kissing some ex-queen of here. But, now you should reduce your trips. You have crossed sixty. Now, you should sit at home and pray to the almighty. Do some chanting, or kirtan. Now, to remind us of our slavery, you should send the two sons of Diana with your latest girlfriends. At least there be some spice for the youth and media.
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Translated from the original works of Ramesh Joshi from the following blogs - Jhootha Sach (True Lies) and Joshi Kavi (Poet) Original (c): Ramesh Joshi. Translation (c): Shashikant Joshi