I grew up in Orissa, India. I live in New York City.
I have received my PhD in Journalism and Public Communication from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. My area of scholarly research include changing discourses in political journalism across traditional media and the blogosphere.
I consider myself a journalist and educator in the tradition of radical, alternative media; employing critical theories to make sense, and to raise consciousness. After abandoning corporate media opportunities, I am employed as a social justice blogger for the Women’s Rights at the Workplace Advocacy, New York for over a decade. I also work as a self-employed blogger and as a photographer credentialed by the City, covering various political events.
In my chosen time I write poetry. Systematically, I join and organize protest marches. I am a hacktivist and support open source, anticapitalist, free software movement. I identify with Pan-African, black power, internationalist, Sovietologist, anti-imperialist movements. I recognize the rights of LGBTQ, the disabled, the illegal immigrants, the Dalits, the refugees and the freedom fighters – including Rohingya, Palestine and Kashmir.
I am a photographer of people – from streets to fashion, from protests to portraitures, from fine arts to candids. I create podcasts, video documentaries, and I interview progressive people. I am an audiophile, a sound recordist, an archivist, and a folk-music enthusiast. I am a third-wave feminist, a bibliophile, a trained intergroup dialogue specialist/facilitator, a peacenik and an atheist rooted in the tradition of historical materialism.
I play tennis and chess. I relish cooking on a daily basis. I enjoy collecting and cataloging rare postage stamps, coins and Pokémon cards. I am spoilt by unconditional love from my parents, my teachers, and from my countless offline and online friends! I am enriched everyday by two amazing women of my life – Amrita and Lenina!
My thoughts, my words, everything that I believe in my life, are not entirely original, definitely not exclusively mine. Indeed, they are derived from, and hence belong to the world, past, present and its future. There is nothing so personal in my life that is not shaped by the political worldviews I have subscribed to, or refuted. Hence, this blog is CopyLeft, not copyrighted. Feel free to distribute contents to fellow travelers for education, agitation, and organization towards an alternative world.
In the current world order, we are living in a hostile climate moderated by a bunch of capitalist bigwigs. The tools of oppressions that the imperialists have used thus far include market economy, sexism, racism, police states, defense forces, national boundaries, and various forms of discriminations on basis of age, sex, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identities.
Corporate monopolists have been using their vast resources of mental productions, otherwise known as mainstream media, to violently and implicitly attempt at imprisoning many progressive collective endeavors. Using the media, they have been reinforcing vile stereotypes, religious conservatisms and xenophobic tendencies among people who fall to their calls, willingly and unwillingly. Capitalism’s consequences have been slavery, discriminations, prison systems, religious fundamentalisms, economic class societies, widespread poverty, exploitations against the landless, women and children, and unjust wars against the innocent people.
Saswat Blog is not just against Capitalism, but it also stands for something greater.
It stands to celebrate and cheer for the progressive radicals everywhere. To cherish and look forward. To organize and help unionize. The blog recognizes the efforts by progressive peoples all over the world: those that are members of the left parties, and those who are not card-bearers; those who are critical social scientists, and those who are deprived even of basic education; those who work for alternative causes at the highest levels, and those who work at grassroots in small but significant ways to carry on the dream forward.
Thank you for stopping by. Let’s unite.
– Saswat Pattanayak –
Human being, Journalist, Generalist, Atheist, Poet, Lover, Photographer, Communist, Third wave Feminist, LGBT ally, Black power comrade, Peacenik, Anti-capitalist, Critical media theorist, Radical film critic, Academic non-elite…