Free (the) Republic

Born in Nagpur,

Though now staying quite duur*,

Last I looked, my passport said ‘Republic of India’,

And not that of Maharashtra.

Inspired by the Maharashtra government’s recent announcement that new auto-rickshaw permits will only be issued to drivers speaking the state language, Marathi.

 * ‘duur’ means ‘far’ in Hindi. I presently stay in Chennai.

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