Month: December 2005

A Song For Tookie Williams

They finally killed Tookie. After all, he needed to die. To perpetuate the system To uphold the mayhem To continue the mental slavery Since it’s our collective mockery.   Of course, Tookie had to be killed He posed to empower the reviled How long more would they let him write How much more they could let him fight Sinners don’t preach, its privilege of the saint Tookie’s pen had to justify every word he meant   We live in days of certainty, of high conformance Of how to demarcate thin lines of adherence Fast answers to many a riddles of our times Between social constructs, judgments worth a few dimes Of course Tookie was absolutely the criminal Agitating children against gangs can be fatally banal   Tookie did not watch Fox TV to be enlightened Or learnt of Law and Order from episodes televised He spoke of ways he was turned towards the evil strait During the times they would not let the blacks integrate The system then produced petty thieves and killed their colors …

Tookie’s Song

Just thought of penning down some afterthoughts. My tribute to Tookie…. They finally killed Tookie. After all, he needed to die. To perpetuate the system To uphold the mayhem To continue the mental slavery Since it’s our collective mockery. Of course, Tookie had to be killed He posed to empower the reviled How long more would they let him write How much more they could let him fight Sinners don’t preach, its privilege of the saint Tookie’s pen had to justify every word he meant We live in days of certainty, of high conformance Of how to demarcate thin lines of adherence Fast answers to many a riddles of our times Between social constructs, judgments worth a few dimes Of course Tookie was absolutely the criminal Agitating children against gangs can be fatally banal Tookie did not watch Fox TV to be enlightened Or learnt of Law and Order from episodes televised He spoke of ways he was turned towards the evil strait During the times they would not let the blacks integrate The system …

In India

Hyderabad is always as good as one could get. Hustle bustle of a rural life felt across the atomized civic livelihoods, Hyderabad is the classic paradox in many senses. The celluloid dreams of the star-struck ones come into virtual slides through the millions of auto-rickshaws; the amazement of the erected few buildings get diluted via the hundreds of human scavengers amidst rubbles of abandoned dust bowls. In my last visit to the city, under the dynamic leadership of a leader bent upon to convert the ancient city to Cyberabad, CM Naidu was busy ordering for the evacuation of street beggars from the city. Garibi Hatao (‘eradicate poverty’) had started sounding stale. Maybe ‘Garib Hatao’ (eliminate the poor) sounded more promising since Mr Gates was scheduled to arrive! Four years had passed in between and this time when I went to attend an international conference on technology and society, the whole gamut of social dimensions of technology could find no better platform of continued contradictions. The detachment of society from technology is never a natural outgrowth. …

Tookie Williams Must Live On

All we keep hearing is the Tiananmen Square. Only yesterday, a North Carolina man has become the 1,000th person to be executed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court upheld states’ rights to order the death penalty in 1976. 1000 people killed by the States through hurling capital punishment alone in less than 30 years! What a shame…! What’s always underscored is a system’s failure to contain crimes and often the system’s vulnerabilities leading to crimes. That, the crime is a social phenomenon is well known, what is not brought to discourse, is that crime is led by events, not by a mentality. Even if someone ascribes a mentality, there is ample evidence to prove that just like an alcoholic addict can get rid of the habit, a once-been “criminal” can get rid of the temptations, through proper rehabilitation. Moreover, it has also been seen that in most cases, the people on death row have actually been innocent. Just the way recently Illinois Governor George Ryan found out what he should do to decide the …