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The alien craft hovered over the night sky undetected and invisible.

"The atmosphere has 78% N₂, 21% O₂, and the rest," said the alien scientist inside.

"It is 25% O₂," she continued, confused.

Priyanka and Nick were getting married.

"Weird planet," said the alien captain.
"Do we go for the second kind?" asked the alien commander, ready to encounter some Earthlings.

"Let's observe, Res," said the captain. "Is there a planetary government?"

"No," said the alien culturalist. "Territorial."

"Primitive," said the captain. "Let's observe one, then."
The onboard display screen showed a riot of scenes. The aliens observed the Earthlings closely, like Google or Facebook.

"What is everyone peering into?" asked the captain.

"It's called a smartphone, Orff," said the scientist.

"Primitive," said Orff, using his favorite word.
"They've spent decades on those shiny screens," said the alien engineer. "No wonder they haven't gone beyond Mars."

"San, what's their technological level?" asked Orff to the engineer.

"They think smart watches are the pinnacle."


They moved on to other topics.
"Give me a synopsis, Gav," said Orff to the culturalist.

"Name: India. Capital city: New Delhi - that's the cloudy smoky place there. Area: 3287263. Population: sava-sau-karod..."


"Sorry," said Gav. "It is a term I picked up watching its Prime Minister, Narendra Modi."
"Prime Minister?" asked Orff.

"They call the Ruler their Prime Minister," said Gav. "At least some of them do."

Res, the commander, was becoming impatient. "Let's contact him, Orff."

"No," said Orff. "Let's learn more."

The screen showed a video which started with, "Mitron!"
Orff got bored by the speech, not because he couldn't understand the language - he could, but because it was monotonous.

"Who is that?" asked Orff, pointing to a different screen.

"Rahul Gandhi," said Kia, the scientist.

"Why does he lie so much?" asked Orff, after some time.
"Perhaps," ventured Kia, "he uses combinatorial flux theory where numbers are not fixed but relative, changing every moment."

"Numbers are relative?" asked Orff.

"I don't know if numbers are relative," said Gav, and added, "but Nehru certainly is his relative."

"Who is Nehru?"
"According to what we have distilled from various sources," said Gav, "Nehru is the One."

"The one what?"

"The One, Orff. The God."

Orff was confused, not because aliens did not know about gods as is generally assumed, but because he found no correlation to this from the data.
"If he is the God," asked Orff, "then shouldn't his religion be the largest?"

"Nehru is the God for *some*," said Gav, "but their numbers are dwindling."


"You see that statue?"

Orff looked at the colossal statue, newly built.

"History," said Gav, "is being corrected."
"Weird people," said Orff.

"You would be interested to know that there is a larger statue in the offing," said Hab, the alien doctor who was silent till now.

"Why? Is there a competition?" asked Orff.

"Well, yes and no," said Hab, "but guess whose statue it is going to be."
"How can *I* guess, Hab?" said Orff petulantly.

"I am asking you," coaxed Hab, "because you *can* guess this."

"Give me a hint."

"Back Home."

Orff thought about it. After a pause, he raised his eyebrows, and then he frowned.

"It cannot be," whispered Orff with incredulity.
Orff looked at Hab, and so did others.

"God Rama?" asked Orff.

Hab nodded. "You are the culturalist, Gav," he said, "didn't you get the link?"

Gav was surprised too. "I didn't know about the statue," she confessed.

"How is that possible?" asked Orff. "We share a history?"
"We must," ventured Gav. "If I remember our history right, our ancestors had come from another planet millennia ago."

"Earth?" asked Orff.

"It appears to be."

"So you are telling me," said Orff, "that they still haven't built a statue?"

"They haven't even built a temple."
In the silence that ensued, they remembered the diamond statue in their home planet, Iotyo, orbiting the star, ε-Sagitarii. The temple too...

"The temple would be built once it is supported by constitutional compassion," said Gav.

"Primitive," said Orff, and went to sleep. //
"Close encounters" with aliens were categorized into three kinds by Allen Hynek. These became famous after the Spielberg flick.

Res asks for the second kind here.…

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