Month: April 2006

Nepal: Ode to Revolution!

As Nepal is declared normal, I find something is clearly missing…and I thought…. People of Nepal have finally “gained victory” Although why the Crown relented appears a mystery After weeks of active resistance; in face of military excesses Took 14 deaths for the King to grant freedom to his subjects Just when I thought, a specter was almost haunting Nepal A specter of hope, and struggle to erase writings off the wall The Monarchy has now heeded to its Big Brothers in crime And the world media are already replacing remnants of grime For the comrades: before the battle is won, the war has been lost! Powers have hijacked the purpose of resistance at every single cost! For I believe, freedom is ours to possess; not for the Royals to offer Even as they recreate their myths, and even as we continue to suffer…!

Medha Patkar: Revolutionary in a Fortress

Medha Patkar is a relentless and indomitable revolutionary. Her active campaigns for indigenous peoples’ causes form the means. Her endless struggles against corporate greedy motives shape her purpose. She leads to inspire generations of collective beings that we often don’t find time and inclination to become while working within the framework of capitalistic expansions of individualistic self-centrism– to love our common land, our river, and the mother earth. And her convictions enthuse the world to consider genre of critical values that we often fail to notice—suffering all alone, and celebrating with others. Fighting on behalf of the landless. And fighting against the land-grabbers. Sometimes, human beings as simple and beautiful as Medha Patkar are all we need for making the world a better place to live in. Thanks are due, to fellow traveler Sivagami Subbaraman who sends me a thought-provoking critical article. Revolutionary in a Fortress By Shivani Chaudhry The outside of the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU) at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi feels more like a police station …

Nepal: Whose side are you on?

Fellow blogger Mahesh Poudyal sent me a link indicating a hope that Nepal’s big brother might at last, have decided to take peoples’ side now! I went carefully through the Indian foreign secretary Shyam Sharan’s statements that he was alluding to. And although I certainly stand by Mahesh’ sentiments and support his enthusiasm, I may have to disagree with some of his optimism. What Sharan says in regards to Nepal is two-fold. One, he offers an apology for a diplomatic faux pas. Yes, India had officially chosen to support the twin pillar of ‘monarchy and democracy’. At least one element, the monarchy, was something that huge majority of Nepalese people had got thoroughly fed up of. And Sharan’s recent statement that everything should be rather left for people of Nepal to decide is a poor rejoinder to correct the official stance. Two, even as he said it, this was an apology that was not meant to be. Because Indian administration still continues its big-brotherly demeanor towards Nepal, even within this narrative. I will explain the …

Nepal Burning!

So who do the largest democracies of the world recognize? The power of the monarch, or the power of the people? Who do the India, USA, EU listen to? The Nepali royal’s roars, or the Nepali subjects’ pleas? Whose ways and manners the so-called civilized approve of? The gun-trotting police hounds; the abusers of basic human rights; the murderers of hapless civilians; the killers of women, children, the unemployed youth; the police dogs of a royal murderer-aggressor; the oppressors of teeming unheard millions? Or the marginalized voices long silenced; the women who refuse to anymore tolerate; the children with the non-violent weapon of protest; the organized unemployed; the unduly browbeaten; the peoples who remind the rest of the world that if not for ‘advanced’ world’s stoic privileged indifference, they would be also be enjoying lives of dignity. More power to the Nepalese peoples for freedom, liberty, and ‘real’ democracy—-none of which is ever bestowed, nor negotiated, nor offered as a compromise. The white American freedom was not ‘granted’ through negotiations with the Kings of England, …

In Search of ‘B-Span’!

The following article is authored by two of my dearest comrades. In the quest for What Needs to be Done! IN SEARCH OF ‘B-SPAN’: The Promise of Black Media Self-Determination NOW By Drs. Jared A. Ball and Todd Steven Burroughs “If the people only knew/ The power of the people” —From the 1970s song of the same name “The Negro race has enough power right in our hands to accomplish anything we want to.” —The late, great Adam Clayton Powell Jr. “Power, culture and communication are indissolubly linked.” ­–– John Downing Cell phones that record sound and take pictures. CD burners. iPods, audio and video. Digital cameras. Scanners. Mixtapes. Audio recording and posting software. Sites like youtube.com where anyone can post video. Is this enough for a revolution? Nope, because revolutions overturn systems. But it’s enough for an evolution, or at least a movement toward one—if we choose to evolve. We have historically spent decades complaining about mass media’s power to set the agenda of our minds, and we should. We must always remember that …