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The Meaning of Triumph: Remembering Hugo Chavez and Nelson Mandela

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The good die young, oft we hear

And history bears testimony.   You mocked

And defied the tyrants- the chameleons that wear

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  Ever-changing cloaks of piety; the kind that now declare

Nelson a Hero, after having done everything

To put him in jail, and aid the machine of apartheid;

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Defeated at last, spewing words of piety to steal the limelight.

Thus, indeed, death took you much too soon.

But life extracted from you the last full measure

  Of assurance and solidarity to the hungry, the naked

The disinherited, the voiceless and the exploited.

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I stand by the needy even in the land of plenty,

You declared, post-Katrina.   From Africa to Cuba,

From Tehran to Timor, they hailed your victory.

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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, (more...)

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