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WHO KNOWS WHAT PUNCHLINES will amuse a year from now. In the interim, its probably worth recalling the -

The Shakespearean warning transmitted via King Lear : ''As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods. They kill us for their sport.''

''APRIL IS THE CRUELEST MONTH,'' T.S.Eliot authoritatively yes, authoritatively declared at the start of his epic poem : The Waste Land, and it may very, very well prove to be -

So as nations around the entire globe struggle to subdue the Covid-19 pandemic amid a steadily increasing pain and tragedy.

And, and at the same time, though it's useful to remember that The Waste Land ends with three cherishable words : ''Shanti Shanti Shanti.''

That Modi jee for you and great neighbour India. Amen to that, says The World Students Society!

The first day on the month is also traditionally an occasion for japery and generally harmless hoaxes.

The origin of April Fool's Day are list in the mists of time. One theory dates it back to ancient Rome and the festival of Hilaria, another suggests -

It originated with the French switch to the Greogorian calendar in 1582, when those who continued who celebrate the new year three months later than the newly designated of Jan 1 were mocked as ''April Fools''. 

OTHERS link it to a broader cultural trend towards frivolous spring time celebrations including Holi, Sizdah Bedar and Purim, in the Hindu, Persian and Jewish traditions respectively.

Be that it may, the occasion alternatively known as All Fool' Day can can also be seen as a annual tribute to human gullibility, Our tendency to allow absurdity to fill the enduring gaps in human knowledge has stood the test of time.

For instance around 400 years ago, Galileo Galilei was accused of heresy by the then all-powerful Catholic Church and sentenced to life imprisonment for corroborating the Copernican theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun, not the other way around.  .

The aforementioned gaps have steadily narrowed over the years, but the scope for perpetrating falsehoods has barely been diminished.

This is a illustrated in a relatively harmless way by the mass media getting in on the act. BBC television pitched in back on April 1957, by devoting a three minute segment of its news to the revelation that Switzerland was reveling in a bumper spaghetti harvest, backed up with images of folks chopping strings of pasta from trees.

Back in those days when upper lops were resolutely stiff, received pronunciation still inspired awe and spaghetti was a relatively exotic import, the BBC's unexpected joke sparked hundreds of queries about where the pasta bushes could be procured and they could be cultivated.

To the latter question, the Been reportedly responded : ''Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best''.

In subsequent years, the BBC's better hoaxes have included a report just 12 years ago about a breed of flying penguins, backed up with clever computer animation, and back in the 1980s, a solemn report about the hands of Big Ben being replaced with a digital clock.

Inevitably, other 'serious' media organs got in on the act. Among the most alarming reports was an  ''interview'' with Richard Nixon, featured on American National Public Radio's widely respected  Talk of the Nation show in 1992, in which the-

The exp-president seemingly declared his intention of running for the White House once more, saying : ''I did nothing wrong and I won't do it again.   

Deliberate hoaxes such as advertising campaign announcing that Taco Bell had procured the Liberty Bell or that Burger King would be offering Left-handed burgers pale in comparison with a reality :

Whereby President Trump goes from decrying the novel coronavirus as a hoax to claiming it would be a good outcome if the eventual American death toll is restricted to 100,000.

It's worth noting, though, that many of the actions that supposedly developed nations have taken in recent weeks contradict their traditional hostility to sensible social welfare and -

And raise the prospect that the world that eventually emerges from the coronavirus disaster will be very different from the neoliberal 'consensus' that preceded it.

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Grandparents, Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. The World Students Society thanks, author Mahir Ali.

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