I am a rod
I am a rod. An iron rod. Not a gun. Not a stone. Not a sword. Not a bomb. Not a Molotov cocktail. I am a rod. A short iron rod
I am a rod. An iron rod. Not a gun. Not a stone. Not a sword. Not a bomb. Not a Molotov cocktail. I am a rod. A short iron rod.
I do not advocate meaningless violence. I am a peace-loving rod… unless provoked.
I am not a rod that you'll see at riots, being aimlessly brandished by rampaging mobs.
I am not a rod that's used in civilian disputes, like road rage.
I am a rod with a higher purpose.
But I am not a cowardly rod, used for terrorist weaponry. No suicide bomb equivalent. No cruel use in ISIS beheadings.
I am not a WMD, a weapon of mass destruction. To be dropped on an unsuspecting enemy in the dead of night. To massacre innocent women and children and decimate their land.
I am specific in my aim. One man, one rod.
I am a careful rod. No video or forensic evidence has ever been used against me. Because you will never see my identity.
I am also proud that no court has ever convicted my brothers and sisters. Or, me.
I am not above the law. I am the law.
I'm not scared of being caught. Or of being camera shy.
(I seek no personal attention.)
I'd prefer to let my actions do the talking.
I am a proud rod. The upholder of truth, the keeper of tradition. I am a rod that's respectful of the tricolour. I protect nationalism. I am a patriot.
I'm not an insidious rod. Not hidden in a pocket or a robe. I am in full view as I protect the highways, like our soldiers protect our borders.
I am a rod that's here to stay. Not some fly by night, get 'my 15 seconds of fame', mercenary rod.
I am a rod that has waited years and years for my place in the sun.
I am a vigilante rod.
I am a rod with an individual mind. I dislike it when I am pluralised—"So-and-so was thrashed for hours with rods and sticks." That's insulting, frankly. I mean, to put me in the same bracket as a mere stick is absurd.
One blow from me and you're done.
I am a rod that's been mis- understood.
The media brands me unfairly, they call me brutal.
They call me a part of lynch mobs.
I abide by simple principles. I am a non-violent rod.
I am often asked, who should play me in a biopic?
You see, I am a humble rod. But, Akshay Kumar would be good: he is the poster boy of social issues in Bollywood. He would fully get into the role. He would understand the good I propagate.
I have been asked to write an autobiography.
You see, mine has been an unspectacular life.
I merely do my job, fulfil my goal.
I am not a blood-stained rod, but a rose-tinted one. I give hope.
I have a simple mission statement: spare the rod, and spoil the… um… what's the word? I forget… it'll come to me.
Rahul daCunha is an adman, theatre director/playwright, photographer and traveller. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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