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Rohith Vemula

Rohith Vemula: Indian Left and the Dalit Student Suicides

By Saswat Pattanayak (Written for CounterCurrents) Rohith Vemula did not just commit suicide – he was murdered. And this murder was not committed by the right-wing ABVP – it was conducted by the left-liberals. The “Dalit problem” citing which Rohith gave up his life, is not the creation of any fringe elements among communal Hindus – it is sustained by the liberal Hindus who tremendously profit from the status quo it provides. None of this is an exaggeration – these comprise a reality that must be confronted. The entire Hindu society, the Savarnas, are the perpetrators – no one among them is eligible to be member of the jury. This is so because, whenever the colonial masters have been credited with infrastructure and development, the critical thinkers have added to the discourse a very crucial aspect – that, the ruling class of any given era also deserves to be blamed for the maladies. For instance, it is often said that the British could not blame the Indians for Satti and child marriage practices – if …

A Song For Tookie Williams

They finally killed Tookie. After all, he needed to die. To perpetuate the system To uphold the mayhem To continue the mental slavery Since it’s our collective mockery.   Of course, Tookie had to be killed He posed to empower the reviled How long more would they let him write How much more they could let him fight Sinners don’t preach, its privilege of the saint Tookie’s pen had to justify every word he meant   We live in days of certainty, of high conformance Of how to demarcate thin lines of adherence Fast answers to many a riddles of our times Between social constructs, judgments worth a few dimes Of course Tookie was absolutely the criminal Agitating children against gangs can be fatally banal   Tookie did not watch Fox TV to be enlightened Or learnt of Law and Order from episodes televised He spoke of ways he was turned towards the evil strait During the times they would not let the blacks integrate The system then produced petty thieves and killed their colors …

Bhagat Singh

I Why, Bhagat Singh, did you die? At a time when people were shy To come out of their homes to fight Against the British’s indomitable might   You had dreamt of freedom For the future generations Thus you sacrificed your life For this mission of yours   Yes, comrade, your dream’s fulfilled Your death paid off, India was freed British are no more ruling over us How can we thank you, our words are at loss   You got yourself hanged; for the sake of the motherland With a dream in your eyes; and a smile on your lips Alas! Today’s country is not India of your dreams; Your great sacrifice has gone in vain, it seems.   II Why, Bhagat Sing, didn’t you marry? Why did you flee away from home feeling sorry For your family which was arranging your marriage You boldly defied them and took revolutionary’s pledge   You were only seventeen then Why didn’t you enjoy life like other men Look upon us, from school days, flirting with girls All …