Month: January 2009

An Open Letter to President Obama: Against the Rhetoric of Hope

BY SASWAT PATTANAYAKOriginally written for publication in Radical Notes Dear President Obama, I hope you truly emerge as the hope you have claimed yourself to be. A hope for the ordinary people, who have believed in your promises of change and cried tears of joy upon your election. A hope that will let the likes of Bernard Madoffs to face trial and be sent to jail, not left to enjoy house arrest at his comfortable multi-million-dollar penthouse, while, need I mention, thousands of young people of color languish as under-trial prisoners of the industrial complex you are going to chair, a couple of days from now. A hope that will finally help you decide whether or not you will cancel the series of billion-dollar extravaganzas that have been planned to herald your taking up a position of responsibility to serve, not rule. At a time when the world is reeling under economic depression a hope that you shall declare these scums of earth – those that are spending $50,000 a ticket to get a favoured …

Satyam Scandal :: Ramalinga Raju is not the Problem

By Saswat Pattanayak When Enron conveniently declared its bankruptcy in 2001, it not only resulted in rendering more than 5000 employees jobless, and relegating more than $1billion in employee retirement funds to vacuum, but the corporation also succeeded in eventually evading recovery of more than $40 billion of its assets. Enron’s corruption was neither pathbreaking nor unique. Financial bunglings are necessary features of market capitalism resulting in widespread unemployment, continuation of class society and dependence of world majority on the corporate minority. All criticisms being hurled at Ramalinga Raju – the disgraced former boss of India’s leading software giant Satyam – is pure travesty. The fact is Raju is merely unlucky, and in this present instance, a victim of his beleaguered conscience that arose too late. For, his scandal is neither as consequential as Enron’s, nor as dangerously implicit as PricewaterhouseCoopers. Any focus on eliminating Raju and his business from the world capitalistic map only shall help strengthen the businesses of his former rivals. Reducing India’s largest financial scam to the alter of accusations against …

2009: The Plans

Have we planned enough for the year ahead? The terrorizing wars, conflicts, military bloodshed Zionist lobbies, hawkish Hindus, Islamic fanatics Have we planned enough to defeat Christian clerics?   Have we planned at all for the impending poverty? Or a few billionaires controlling all earthly property Forty million refugees, can’t call a region their own Have we planned at all for the homeless population?   Have we planned well to tackle global illiteracy? For more than a billion, education still a fantasy Eighty percent of world survives for ten dollars a day  Have we planned well to end the class society next May?    Have we planned any to read beyond headlines? Of Obama’s hopes as wars on Afghans, Pakistanis Saving global capitalism as the onslaughts on poorest Have we planned any to abuse our illusions at best?   Have we planned somehow to stop funding hate? To end Israreli occupations before its way too late American troops, Blackwater mercenaries, Halliburton Oils  Have we planned somehow to block capitalistic turmoils?   Have we planned steps …