According to the Oxford Dictionary the meaning of the word Satire is, “The use of humor, irony, exaggeration or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
We know very well that Benjamin Franklin was the first to bring out cartoons to criticize the social happenings constructively. But in literature very few such poems or verses are available in most of the languages.
But in Sanskrit literature we find hundreds of satiric verses in the great works of poets for the past many centuries.
Take the case of son-in-law. Here is a verse!
More oft than not he’s crooked-true And ever and anon adverse too; In Virgin’s house he always stands And austere worship ever demands, Friends! What should be this object Pshaw! A planet tenth, the son-in-law (Sanskrit verse translated by Dr Velluri Subba Rao).
In the above verse the virgin’s house has two meanings. … Read More