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!
About the Blog
This blog started in 2004 and is being regularly updated ever since. It has seen various platforms and webhosts and thousands of comments have been lost amidst various transitions due to my own limitations. To the early readers: I shall always remain grateful for your engagements.
I write mostly about issues affecting various minorities in the world, who comprise the true majority. They include the Kashmiris, the Dalits, the women of color, the LGBTQ communities, the people with disabilities, the people who are declared refugees, the prisoners, the students, the underground artists, the radical filmmakers, the black power comrades, and the despised communists.
I draw inspirations from many, way too many to count here. But I am compiling a page of acknowledgement which I will share with you all soon.
Thank you again, for visiting.