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Modi-Sharif Class Interests

By Saswat Pattanayak Narendra Modi’s newfound love for Sharif only proves how Class triumphs over everything. Capitalists can forgo all their differences in coming together for common cause. Adani/Jindal commercial interests in Pakistan ruled by a feudal lord whose family has profiteering interests in collaborating with the new souled-out India show how even the worst form of jingoism from either side has no locus standi when it comes to safeguarding class interests. No matter the religion or caste (Sharif being a Sunni Muslim and Modi being an OBC Hindu) or nationality and gender, when it comes to class interests, there is no stopping in their consolidating efforts. Likewise, Reagan (Presbyterian) and Bush (Methodist) were buddies with Taliban and ran family businesses with Osama bin Laden (Wahhabi Muslim) in their common interest, putting aside nationalistic rhetorics employed domestically to retain their patriotically misguided fan bases. While the corporate bosses collaborate with each other representing their own class interests, they make sure to let the working class folks fight with each other in the name of various …

Looking for Jesus and Finding them

Physically disabled GN Saibaba, the revolutionary from Delhi University who is suffering the brunt of a fascist Indian state for holding radical views, is Jesus. The Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera suffering from a sentence of 70 years in an American prison, charged with “seditious conspiracy”, is Jesus. Black Panther and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal who remains the undying conscience of a world crying for freedom, is Jesus.

Orissa Killer Cyclone 1999: Recollections & Some Lessons for Phailin

 

Cyclone Phailin is not over yet, and Orissa is not all about Bhubaneswar. If lessons be learnt from 1999, there’s an enormous amount of work to be done, beginning with the administration ending its premature jubilation. Even as this cyclone did not prove to be as catastrophic as the ’99 one, we must not undermine the challenges that are ahead of us. Evacuation is not enough, rehabilitation is the key. Farmers, fishers and the poor in the vulnerable coastal belts devoid of ecological balances, wrought upon them through corporate greed – are the sections of population that will be the worst sufferers. 500,000 hectares of crops have been damaged and the already impoverished state of Orissa has been relegated further down. 

I am sharing with you all my journey as a reporter during the 1999 “super cyclone” when the team of Asian Age covered it extensively. Some of it are pure nostalgia, but many are pointers to what may lie ahead.

2013: Global Spring?

Another year past, and the die has been cast  Future will be better, so predicts the soothsayer Changes visible at last, with progresses steadfast Status quo flayed forever, ruling elites now shudder   What can be worse, than the last year so coarse Drabbled in colonial blood, Diamond Jubilee fraud Millionaire monarchs, offering austerity measures Middleton’s pregnancy nod, nurse upsets the god   Africa continues to exist, exploited, needy, subsists Capitalist handouts ravage, suppress evolving rage Gaza attacked by imperialists, Israeli apartheid wins First world too has problems, Kim Kardashian craze   Yet Sandy storms still, Sandy Hook gun cultures kill Frisk and search racist, disempowered cannot resist Islamophobic Youtube reel, West’s warmongering shill Obama’s growing kill-list, the American draconic fist   Hindus wake up to rapes, Indian conscience reshapes Dalits brutalized, Maoists killed, Modi wins reelection bid Where the mind full of fears, and head regretfully hangs Protesters off the lid, protected again by nationalist shield   Shall we see more of the same, or more shall make us ashamed For the historical alarms …

Reflections for 15th August…

By Saswat Pattanayak We started off with an exalted note, a thundering applause, and an optimistic tryst with destiny. Despite obnoxious Churchill laughing away sardonically. We installed the most erudite of scholars at the highest echelons of power. Even as that could not deprive us of our web of superstitious ignorance. We strived to help Indira’s India turn duplicitously socialist carving out a veritably stimulating mixed economy. That did not prevent us from cementing the biggest feudal setup in modern times. Now a full circle; we are a capitalistic mega success, a military super power in the making, an economic giant, and foremost of all, a proud nation zealously loved, fervently guarded and sacredly held in esteem. And our lofty, unwavering proclamations of nationalism have decisively helped us masquerade our sickening class society as a vibrant and robust democracy. It is imperative not to discount the significance of political democracy, or the labeling of it. After all, electoral voting is deeply crucial in sustaining a system that can be controlled by those exuding self-perpetuating power …