Frank discussions
Start at home.
When the doors are closed
there. They stay closed
all across the nation.
That’s how echo chambers happen.

Hatred starts
At home.
Then it is spread
evenly across the country
as a normal.
That’s how hate speech becomes acceptable.

The lies start
At home.
Once they are
cemented there, they
Climb the walls and fortress,
the entire Nation.

Loving starts at home.
And in the absence of it
Non-dialogue, hatred and lies
Become the nation’s substitute…pillars.

Keshab Mansukhani is from Pune.

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