Year: 2009

2010: Enough Already!

No change in sight for women’s rights No expropriation of privileged mights Militarists prescribe global peace lies Working class interests fail to unionize   Organic farming for corporate profits Healthcare granted for the insured elites Homeless poor in the glitzy American nights Hundred twenty-two die in daily medical plights   Twenty-five hundred families each day bankrupt Subjects of Superpower profoundly distraught Feed into Afghan, Iran, and warmongering distractions Collectively throttle international socialist aspirations   The Wars are going to end, say the War Presidents Monopolist bankers at G-20 make economic precedents Plutocratic nobility yield from ethical charity claims Priests abuse children, forgive selves, avoid prison chains   Anticommunist Herta Müller wins Nobel literature Postmodern Rands follow individualistic scripture Private properties grow sacred with economic recessions Consumerism thrives on year around discount seasons   Environmental concerns lip-served by business interests Mountains ravaged, peoples displaced, plundered forests  Insidious attempts at defining freedom, political liberties Minorities oppressed amidst democratic Colacracies   Marriages outlawed for all sexual orientations Intending immigrants still illegal alien notions Middle strata suffers from pangs …

Father

My very first love, my very first friend No words can define, or transcend You reside in me, each thought or act My strength, essence, my truest fact   No matter how I say, or fail to express  My source of meaning, you are my sense Every knowledge I crave, my liberated mind Noblest gift to me, your love for humankind   You dwell in my life, in each moment of mine Precious is your presence, forever shall shine Your love, like the greatest oceans, open sky Breathing in it, sheltered, how blessed am I….   – Saswat Pattanayak, Peoples’ Poet

Militarist Obama and Corporate Nobel: Peaceful Partnership

By Saswat Pattanayak(Written for publication in Radical Notes and VoxUnion) There simply need not be any elements of surprise or shock at Barack Obama receiving Nobel Peace Prize. Almost every year, this award has been granted to neoliberal policy brokers otherwise known as liberals, social democrats, or simply the firm believers in Eurocentric democratic ethos that can be ruthlessly applied on lesser countries via doublespeaks. Obama joins Ahtisaari, Gore, Dae-jung, Trimble, Belo, Walesa, Robles, Esquivel, Begin, Sakharov, Sato, Cassin, Kissinger, Wilson, etc., as the latest torchbearer of the most overrated award in the human history. Liberal media are attributing his win to moments in anticipation, while conservatives are yet to get over the shock. However, Obama is absolutely worthy of winning the prize and he must be congratulated for the same as a regular recipient of this insipid achievement. Even a cursory look at past few winners should indicate that Obama’s prize perfectly fits. Last year’s winner, Martti Ahtisaari was almost a NATO agent who worked tirelessly as an anti-communist and aspired to end Finland’s …

David Letterman: Privileges produce Consensus

By Saswat Pattanayak (Written for publication in Women’s Rights NY) Contrary to mainstream media depictions, David Letterman did not have any affairs with his staff members. And contrary to liberal media apprehensions, the world does not need to be bothered about whether the incidents took place before or after his marriage. Letterman’s apologies to his wife on air are ridiculously unnecessary, and his failure to step down from his job after admission of guilt is soaked in implicit privileges. What Letterman has done is sheer abuse of his economic power and gender privilege. His unabashed claim that any disclosure of the details would embarrass his women employees he had sex with, evidences blatant sexism. Its a great irony of our times that women continue to not only put up with sexual advances at workplaces, but also are expected to maintain silence in fear of their career prospects. And here is a liberal intellectual who advances this regressive theory in an effort to “protect” his victims. If Letterman feels his acts with the female employees are …

Roman Polanski and Euro-American Privileges

By Saswat Pattanayak It’s a deceitful media circulation which suggests that the American judiciary is going after Roman Polanski. The truth is it never has. Polanski is a filthy criminal who had raped a child and yet was allowed to let go by the American justice system for over three decades. And this time, he is merely a bone which Switzerland threw at the United States over its UBS catastrophe. As for Polanski, who has visited Zurich several times and never been arrested before, its going to be few wordplays around extradition treaties that will ensure his freedom while, corporate media, hollywood biggies, and opportunist feminists rally in his support. Roman Polanski is not merely mentally sick, physically brutal, and powerfully abusive, but he is also a rapist of a minor without a sense of repentance. Had he any iota of regrets, he would have surrendered to the legal system on his own, not continued to evade arrests, and make movies, no matter how many awards they win. It is in the content of character, …