Lucy Parsons :: Revolutionary Feminist

By Saswat Pattanayak No legal case in American history has been more cited than The Scottsboro Trial. Nine young African American men, aged 13 and up, were jailed in Scottsboro, Alabama to await trial over an accusation that they had raped two white women on a train in the Spring of 1931. The nature of racism in this instance was not the novelty – indeed, American society was witness to countless false charges brought against the black people. However, The Scottsboro Trial became a landmark via the manner in which racism for the first time was fiercely and openly challenged…

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Remembering Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010)

(For publication in Radical Notes) By Saswat Pattanayak “To be neutral is to collaborate with whatever is going on, and I as a teacher do not want to be a collaborator with whatever is happening in the world today.” (Howard Zinn) In the grossly unequal world that we inhabit, it is always tempting to remain apolitical, especially if one is an academician materially benefiting from the status quo system of education. It is only logical to separate classroom instructions from political activisms, since teachers are desired by the system to enhance employability of students within the social framework, not to…

On Obama’s Refusal to Acknowledge Michael Jackson

By Saswat Pattanayak Obama’s constant denial to acknowledge racial tensions in the United States has refused him an ability to officially respect Michael Jackson’s demise. Michael- the most famous black man and the most popular black entertainer in the world history passed away. And only the fans must do all the mourning. The fans must keep Michael’s memories alive. The United States system has apparently no obligation to commemorate the occasion. President Obama has refused to issue a written statement to mourn the passing of Michael even as world over, millions of people are heartbroken. As a perpetuator of the…

Ahmadinejad is the Leader the World needs Now!

By Saswat Pattanayak Obama administration has two vital interests in Iran: continuation of war and imperialistic expansion. And neither of these remotely relate to establishment of a democratic society or any other fanciful distractions that most Americans are being spoon fed to believe in through their reactionary media propaganda. In fact, a democratic society already exists in Iran. It is more vibrant and expressive than many other nations, including that of the United States. Iran’s democracy is so vibrant and strong that it has been able to produce a visionary leader such as Dr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – a leader who…

Michael Jackson will forever live on!

By Saswat Pattanayak They finally killed Michael Jackson. The music industry giants of America with their racist press collaborators took away the life of the greatest entertainer, the world has witnessed in recording history. Michael Jackson was on a slow death since several years now. Most notably ever since he raised his voice against Sony Corporation and the exploitative music industries. Ever since he, more than anyone else as influentially, highlighted the plights of black artists as victims of racism: “The record companies really, really do conspire against the artists. They steal, they cheat, they do whatever they can. Especially…

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…

Soviet scholars being assassinated!

Russian Orientalist, Prof. Grigory Bondarevsky has been murdered in Moscow. Of course, he used to take special interest in the subversive role of Western intelligence agencies in the history of India, Iran and Arab countries. And of course, after dissolution of the USSR, the systematic obliteration of the original researches have been started full force. Indeed, Bondarevsky is the 10th Russian scholar to have been killed over the past year (for example, in June, Alexander Krasovsky of the Academy of Sciences died following an armed burglary into his apartment, while in January Viktor Frantzuzov, deputy rector of the Moscow Institute…

Bapa

(To my father, on his birthday!) What do I write on thee, words are at loss! “Be a brave general and true servant” And you “dedicated me to society” It was ten, I remember I was then. Never felt like asking you if that meant I was going to be away from home and family. Father, one lifetime is transient. Yours. And mine. Not all your dreams will result, nor my immaturity. Popular minds do not speak a tale, a tale of honesty Stereotyping I did not know, for it was not thine. No thought-control. No ideological pill. You offered…

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…