Month: May 2013

False Accusers

Three of us are posing an eternal threat To ninety seven of you believers Our reasonable questions unsettle your fate While your hands are soiled with bloods.   You seem disturbed by our immorality While your prophets, popes and seers Continue in the name of immortality Rape culture of glorified gory scriptures.   Our short skirts and no bras disturb your tranquility While you gloat over subjugating women in your fiefdoms Our demanding rights for the victims of your atrocity Provoke you to uphold your carefully protected sexist laws.   While you continue to claim the Queer do not exist  You keep on beheading, stoning them to deaths In your discriminating worldview so heterosexist Even your chief charlatans, your seers remain all males.   All you wise folks that disallow being questioned Dismissive of our child-like curiosities Are you our teachers and parents thus inclined To teach us tales of twisted credibilities?   Scripted tales of selective valor, courage, and heroism  In your books, virtues of forgiveness, vices of hatred  Only per your convenience, the …

Socialist Realism

Communism is pure evil, It offers no freedom. On the other hand – Capitalism, is all about Choice and option.   And in our free world, We have inalienable rights. To choose life’s recourses – Between rotting public schools And swanky private elites.   We may pick universal healthcare, Or join the elite insurance systems. In pursuit of happyness –    We may select manual menial jobs Over executive positions.   Foods with pesticides, Or those organic produces. We eat or live how we like – The choice to dwell in slums Or to reside in ancestral palaces.    Between career woman blues, And becoming voluntary moms. As we age, amidst senile decay – The choice to work past retirement Or to opt for vacation homes.        To consume the books that tell the lies, Or to drop out of institutional favors. Between emerging heroes or misfits –   Have the choice to swear patriotism Or be condemned as living terrors.   Its a free world and we are its voters, Elect our destinies from the parties …

The Market

  By Saswat Pattanayak Real man Farhan Akhtar prevents violence against women on behalf of the Delhi Police, Al Gore makes millions to save the planet from temperature gain, Amnesty International recruits Peter Gabriel to be their conscience, Aishwarya Rai counters Polio and HIV/AIDS, Unicef heralds Aamir Khan as the expert on child rights, and Narendra Modi hires Amitabh Bachchan to spread ‘Khushbu Gujarat Ki’. And we lesser mortals, legends in our own minds, emulate our stars and wait for our moment to go viral on Facebook and Youtube, while these corporations churn out billions in our name via offering us a supposedly free platform. Even Michael Moore, the multimillionaire activist, sells a few more copies at the Left Forum. Rape won’t happen again, wail our criminal leaders on our television screens; while change.org gives us a marketable online page to cry justice. From activisms against capitalism to advocacies by corporations, from revolutions on the streets to enactments on the television sets, from underground coalitions of committed comrades to publicized hobnobbing of social media elites …