The Un-Patriot

A Short Story: M., the protagonist of this story, unwittingly gives the"up-yours" salute to the Great Leader (instead of the patriotic V for Victory salute) and faced with the prospect of being sentenced to the "Un-Patriotic Zoo", pays it a visit. There he acquaints himself with different grades of un-patriots: the freshly interned "Doggies" fed on a diet of noodles; the famished "Ghosts" being trained for their "Patriotism Certificate" examination by virtuous and patriotic children; and the sacrificial "Goats", who are soon to be fed to the lions and hence have attained the status of gods, for with their sacrifice, it is believed, they will take the sins of the devotees on their own heads...