Month: December 2010

2011: Struggles in Vain?

Will Two Thousand Eleven be more of the same Year of wars, prisons, profit motives by other names Shall we have renounced our faith systems and gods Would religious perversions and charities finally end   Can we look ahead to forge progressive alliances Bring together historically oppressed, dispossessed   Detached from ruling class fixations, their fancy histories Imagine new ways to expropriate established monopolies?    Are new formulations going to ensure global solidarities Or farcical elections to continue national sovereignties Assange will get justice from imperialist coalitions Or be declared a terror despite political polarities   In the name of justice how many Mississippi Sisters How many Mumias, Cuban Five, political prisoners  When will have Guantanamo served its purpose Will the new year liberate conscience of its shackles   Shall Two Thousand Eleven be more of the same Love-hate with China, Obama, and WikiLeaks fame Denials of sexism, casteism, stronger class societies Gender disparities, discriminations, patriarchy shame   Pakistani flood victimizes still, Haiti a garbage dump How long more we abuse nature, and racism with …

Binayak Sen

Judges think they have now jailed Binayak Sen But he is indeed freed by this life sentence They think the doctor’s cause has met its end Little do they know he feels at home with comrades    What country, what sovereignty, what justice?  Imprisoned Binayak, what dialogues of peace? Liberal democracy a sham, and to save its grace  How many Binayaks we must sacrifice?   Professional war-mongers comprise ruling class Dacoits-at-large, freely looting the mass Tatas and Ambanis, monopolists get awarded Radia and Burkha, brokers, dalaals, well-bred   India is bleeding, oh my motherland in pain  Her comrades are dying, their revolutions in vain Vedanta’s Chidambaram, World Banks’s McMohan Auctioning India off, with terror and deception   Binayak, you wont be alone facing charges of Sedition If they found with you letters of dishonorable missions All working folks will communicate Maoist lessons To imprison us all, they better create the biggest of prisons!   – Saswat Pattanayak, Peoples’ Poet  

Assange: Myths, Hypes and Truths

“All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out.” (I. F. Stone) In many ways, Julian Assange is the “Izzy” of new journalism. Like Stone, Assange has not flinched from sharing uncomfortable truths that can embolden the people to fight the power. Stone used to prove why reporters were not supposed to be glorified stenographers; Assange likewise demonstrates how journalists are not meant to be subsumed under patriotic obligations. And like Izzy Stone, since Assange knows the hashish whereabouts, he must meet the shared fate: just as the former was decried as the unAmerican scribe spying for the Soviets, Assange must gracefully accept his disrepute, of being the principal abuser of the Western espionage principles. The need to analyze Assange vis-a-vis Stone is to pose at least two critical questions. First, are these instances of two brilliant minds serving public causes that of the journalists-turned-spies; or must journalists fundamentally emerge as spies in order to serve the public well? Secondly, are the news not in …