False Accusers

Three of us are posing an eternal threat To ninety seven of you believers Our reasonable questions unsettle your fate While your hands are soiled with bloods.   You seem disturbed by our immorality While your prophets, popes and seers Continue in the name of immortality Rape culture of glorified gory scriptures.   Our short skirts and no bras disturb your tranquility While you gloat over subjugating women in your fiefdoms Our demanding rights for the victims of your atrocity Provoke you to uphold your carefully protected sexist laws.   While you continue to claim the Queer do not exist …

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On Einstein’s Acceptance of Communist Russia and Rejection of Zionist Israel

by Saswat Pattanayak With the “God Letter” recently auctioned for over $3 million, the world has started taking a renewed interest in Albert Einstein’s core philosophies. In the most conservative estimate, he has been described as the father of modern physics; and by most liberal counts, the most intelligent human being in history. But despite tremendous biographical sketches, Einstein has remained largely unknown as an activist, or terribly misunderstood as a statesman. Many dimensions of his life have been deliberately suppressed, some grossly exaggerated, and quite a few entirely concocted with blatant lies. This is quite natural considering the ruling…

Two Terrorists

(On their untimely deaths. One died too late and one, too early)  Bal, You were right about the god He took care of his subjects Rewarded those to Him closer Punished any whom to Him objects Must be sins driving them to deaths Who dared appeal for divine justice Fateful nights of communal clashes Died those lesser Hindus, Muslims  You, much loved,  lived on, lives on Immortalized by  Lata and Bachhan Honored with Tricolor, your body Even in death, rules over the  nation —— Kasab, Now that you are gone We can breathe again Lose in the dance of joy…

Jab Tak Hai Jaan :: A tribute to Yash Chopra

By Saswat Pattanayak Yash Chopra’s last, Jab Tak Hai Jaan is by far his greatest creation. In many ways, it is one of the grandest experiments in the history of Hindi cinema. However, the aspects that are revolutionary about this movie have not really been deliberated upon by the critics so far. For one, Jab Tak Hai Jaan addresses ageism and sexism that affect a large section of Indian audience. Piyasree Dasgupta for FirstPost writes, “a self proclaimed 25-year-old, who looks 40, gets to kiss a girl who seems to have walked out of Vogue….(the girl) despite all her Mercedes…

Confuse

Let’s confuse character with color Freedom with multiparty elections Socially just education with degrees  Class society triumphs with progress Religious upbringing with well being Social networking with activisms Facebook, Twitter with revolutions Tax evasions with desirable charities Charities with poverty eliminations   Let’s confuse TV channels with news  Security Council with peaceniks Gaddafi and Castro with terrorists Capitalism with prosperity, progress Occupy activists with social parasites Polanski, DSK, Paterno with virtues Feminist demands with hooliganism Oscar, Pulitzer, Nobel with greatness Queen of England with hardworking Highness American plutocracy with vibrant democracy And working class with abject helplessness!   – Saswat…

Burma: In Exile

Aung San Suu Kyi has been rightfully recognized as the champion of nonviolence, democracy and free speech, but her celebrity stature has unfortunately overshadowed the revolutionary legacies of Burmese politics. At a time when the unabated political imprisonment of her country itself should deserve far greater attention than one individual, the inordinate adulations surrounding Suu Kyi have played right into the hands of the adversaries of the ideals once set forth by her father, Burma’s cherished leader, U Aung San. When Aung San Suu Kyi emerged in the political scene following the Four Eights Uprising, she was accepted in Burma…

Children

You who surrender your children to the gods Have you wondered about the repercussions? Those that grow with heads bent to authorities How will they conceive of unfettered revolutions?   When will the children question your scriptures Of dangerous myths and needless sanctities? When would they combat your unfounded claims How to break the cycles of plutocratic doctrines?   You who gift your children to miseducation system Have you wondered about lifelong consequences? Those that shape up worldview with falsified histories How will they challenge their status quo semblances?   When will the children demand empowering knowledge Schools where seeds…

No Surprise Over Ayodhya Verdict – Religious Bench Favors Religious Terrorism

The verdict on Ayodhya to divide up the land among Hindus, Muslims and a certain type of God was completely predictable. For the judiciary, mass media and general population soaked in superstitions and religious fanaticism, anything else was absolutely not expected to be rendered. However, amidst the celebrations, it needs to be noted that the judgment is intrinsically unconstitutional, and inconsistent with the spirit of humanist progressivism. Whether Ayodhya was the birthplace of Lord Rama is akin to asking if the world was creation of the God. Lord Rama is as fictitious a character in Hindu mythology as any other…

India, Pakistan :: The Way Forward

“No, I didn’t love my country, if pointing out what is unjust in what we love amounts to not loving, if insisting that what we love should measure up to the finest image we have of her amounts to not loving.” – Albert Camus In professing love for their respective countries, politicians from both India and Pakistan have established a woeful yardstick. Their barometer of patriotism involves maneuvered acquisitions, militarist occupations and immoral propaganda. In direct breach of peoples’ trust, beliefs, and needs, the nations have emerged as more powerful than their citizens, the administrative servants are now masters of…

Hindu Terrorism :: Scriptures & Roots

In officially denying institutionalized racism, Republic of India has been glorifying its source: Hinduism. Heralding the philosophy as a peaceful way of life and a non-violent religion, the Hindus have largely repudiated charges of casteism, misogyny, and terrorism. Each instance of terror and injustice perpetrated by the Hindus upon oppressed minorities are eagerly dismissed as handiworks of tiny fundamentalist elements within the religion. Handful of opportunistic regional parties and disgraced cultural outfits proudly don the mantle as the revivalists, while the majority of Hindus cautiously tread away from being labeled. Religious fanatics are everywhere, and in extremely small numbers. In…