Month: October 2010

New India

Yes, the new India is on the rise,  Superpower in growth and size Will exceed China, in double digits Software giant, sweatshops sans limits   Poverty is the biggest crime Prime Minister’s favorite rhyme Its the Naxals that must die For the governments must lie   To protect their seats of power Must rule over a people in despair By feeding myths of developments Need to purge peoples’ movements   Yes, the new India is on the rise Racism against Dalits the Repubilc denies Merits, not reservations, shall offer success Networking is fair and so is nepotism excess   Ayodhya verdict finally seals it all Trust Lord Ram, holy cows or you fall The more forward we claim we progress More we hold unto conservative garbage   Yes, the new India is on the rise Never before have the rich felt so wise In their decisions to further impoverish Workers worship the bosses or simply perish!   – Saswat Pattanayak, Peoples’ Poet

No Surprise Over Ayodhya Verdict – Religious Bench Favors Religious Terrorism

The verdict on Ayodhya to divide up the land among Hindus, Muslims and a certain type of God was completely predictable. For the judiciary, mass media and general population soaked in superstitions and religious fanaticism, anything else was absolutely not expected to be rendered. However, amidst the celebrations, it needs to be noted that the judgment is intrinsically unconstitutional, and inconsistent with the spirit of humanist progressivism. Whether Ayodhya was the birthplace of Lord Rama is akin to asking if the world was creation of the God. Lord Rama is as fictitious a character in Hindu mythology as any other brand of God is. If any of these divine characters were ever born, then they were not Gods, to begin with. And if they were Gods, then they certainly did not need a land to seek shelter. Certainly not in our times of profound homelessness being witnessed by people all around the world. Constitutionality: After independence from British misrule, the Indian Constitution through its Directive Principles of State Policies had barred the destruction or demolition …