Many physicists today postulate the existence of multiple universes, even when sober. We used to live in a world of infinite possibilities. Now we live in an infinite number of worlds. India shines. Democracy thrives. The economy booms. A hundred flyovers bloom. This is not that India. If you see your picture here one day, don’t worry. That’s not you.
In what some critics are labeling overkill, President Pratibha Patil today sentenced pickpocket Mahesh Mahato of Ranchi to death early this morning. This was to counter her perceived laxity on Thursday, when she pardoned everyone who had committed any heinous crime in the last thirty years.
On being informed that her constitutional powers did not include handing out death sentences, Her Excellency was surprised. “Why not?” she asked, “I used to do it to chickens all the time.”