All posts tagged: Political

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 …

By Any Means

With the new dawn, the promising sun,  revolutionaries now victorious, and after Many comrades dead, many youths spent Finally invincible, triumphant, glorious   The masses have won, capitalists mourn Old order’s demise, new seeds of hope sown Winds have changed course, profiteers’ loss System replaced, no sympathy for elitist woes   Yet the paths ahead more difficult than traversed Organizing are old guards of private accumulators  “We shall soon crush all & bring you back to sense” Modern day White Armies gearing up for assaults   Traditionally privileged won’t give up hoarded lands Elected agents lost the battles; not them an ounce Mercenaries and private army, Swiss bank accounts Masses a juvenile bunch got no budgetary allowance   Are revolutions half-won? Cause the war’s always on When the privileged surrender, do they ever mourn? Do they give up liberties for love of social equalities Or they conspire to get back exploitative legacies?   Capitalistic morons, individualistic parasites Liberty preachers, meritorious networking bullies Free market advocates, tax-evading charities & those  That hail Corporate Social Responsibilities    …

Freedom Tree!

Tireless in pursuit of democratic rights  Relentlessly challenging plutocratic might Braving atrocities, police state’s plights Awaiting the passage of this barbaric night   Freedom Tree! Free Press shall set us Free!   In actions and spirits, journalists united Radical is our zeal, refusing to be placated No longer shall we let scribes be oppressed Duties shall manifest, and our rights protected   Freedom Tree! Free Press shall set us Free!   Unjust regimes can imprison us; not our thoughts They can chain us down, charge us with treasons Truths we shall expose, fearless in our purpose With conscience intact, misdeeds we shall oppose   Freedom Tree! Free Press shall set us Free!   Too many journalists have been assaulted by State For speaking out with reason, against fear and hate We must all stand by our comrades, before its too late Until justice is served, liberties restored, we shall not rest!   Freedom Tree! Free Press shall set us Free!   – Saswat Pattanayak, Peoples’ Poet (Written for Media Unity for Freedom of Press – …

2011: Struggles in Vain?

Will Two Thousand Eleven be more of the same Year of wars, prisons, profit motives by other names Shall we have renounced our faith systems and gods Would religious perversions and charities finally end   Can we look ahead to forge progressive alliances Bring together historically oppressed, dispossessed   Detached from ruling class fixations, their fancy histories Imagine new ways to expropriate established monopolies?    Are new formulations going to ensure global solidarities Or farcical elections to continue national sovereignties Assange will get justice from imperialist coalitions Or be declared a terror despite political polarities   In the name of justice how many Mississippi Sisters How many Mumias, Cuban Five, political prisoners  When will have Guantanamo served its purpose Will the new year liberate conscience of its shackles   Shall Two Thousand Eleven be more of the same Love-hate with China, Obama, and WikiLeaks fame Denials of sexism, casteism, stronger class societies Gender disparities, discriminations, patriarchy shame   Pakistani flood victimizes still, Haiti a garbage dump How long more we abuse nature, and racism with …

Binayak Sen

Judges think they have now jailed Binayak Sen But he is indeed freed by this life sentence They think the doctor’s cause has met its end Little do they know he feels at home with comrades    What country, what sovereignty, what justice?  Imprisoned Binayak, what dialogues of peace? Liberal democracy a sham, and to save its grace  How many Binayaks we must sacrifice?   Professional war-mongers comprise ruling class Dacoits-at-large, freely looting the mass Tatas and Ambanis, monopolists get awarded Radia and Burkha, brokers, dalaals, well-bred   India is bleeding, oh my motherland in pain  Her comrades are dying, their revolutions in vain Vedanta’s Chidambaram, World Banks’s McMohan Auctioning India off, with terror and deception   Binayak, you wont be alone facing charges of Sedition If they found with you letters of dishonorable missions All working folks will communicate Maoist lessons To imprison us all, they better create the biggest of prisons!   – Saswat Pattanayak, Peoples’ Poet