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The Meaning of Triumph: Remembering Hugo Chavez and Nelson Mandela

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The barbed wire, the bayonets, the hounds  

  The sounds of trampling from Soweto to Pretoria.   

You knew, humanity deserved better.   You were young

Then, your life lay ahead, promises, dreams-   

Winnie stood there with you, and the children.    

Then they took you away, placed you in solitary.   

  Twenty seven, prime, irreplaceable years.      

But Robben Island was no match for your will.  

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  You read, I am told, the Bhagavad Gita in your cell.  

Inheritors of the rampages of colonial tyranny

Everywhere, looked upon you with admiration.   

The voices against the privileged plunderers     

  And their enablers in zones of affluence   

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Gathered strength.   From behind the prison walls

The mighty wave of your inspiration worked its magic    

  And twenty seven years on, the walls of apartheid fell.

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Monish R. Chatterjee received the B.Tech. (Hons) degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from I.I.T., Kharagpur, India, in 1979, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from the University of Iowa, Iowa (more...)
 

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