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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 City, Iowa, in 1981 and 1985, respectively. Dr. Chatterjee was a faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering at SUNY Binghamton from 1986 through 2002. Dr. Chatterjee is currently with the ECE department at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Chatterjee, who specializes in applied optics, has contributed more than 100 papers to technical conferences, and has published more than 70 papers in archival journals and conference proceedings, in addition to numerous reference articles on science. Dr. Chatterjee's most recent literary essays appear in Rabindranath Tagore: Universality and Tradition, published by FDU Press (2004); Celebrating Tagore, published by Allied Publishers (2009); and Tagore: A Timeless Mind by ICCR and the London Tagore Society (2012). He is the author of four books of translation (Kamalakanta, Profiles in Faith, Balika Badhu and Seasons of Life) from his native Bengali. In 2000, Dr. Chatterjee received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2005, Dr. Chatterjee received a Humanities Fellows award from the University of Dayton to conduct research on scientific language. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, OSA, and SPIE and a member of ASEE and Sigma Xi.

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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 8, 2012
A translation and interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore's poem, Africa I present here a translation and interpretation by this author of the magnificent poem, Africa, by Rabindranath Tagore, and its implications for a world that continues to be ravaged by "civilization's barbaric greed," as Tagore portrays the obscene savagery inflicted upon Africa and its inhabitants. Tagore's indictment continues to be just as relevant to all occupations and mass-murders going on even as I write.
Series: Tagore's worldview poems (5 Articles, 21921 views), Socio-Political (11 Articles, 26917 views), Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 32597 views) (View All Series)
Sukanta Bhattacharya, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 7, 2015
The Revolutionary and Proletariat Poems of Poet-Prodigy Sukanta Bhattacharya and Musical Renditions by Salil Chowdhury This article is Part One of a series on the revolutionary poems of Bengali poet-prodigy Sukanta Bhattacharya, and some musical renditions by the famed composer Salil Chowdhury in the late 1960s andd early 1970s.
Series: Freedom songs vs British Colonialism (5 Articles, 9076 views), Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 32597 views), Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 26518 views) (View All Series)
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 30, 2010
The Tariq Aziz Sentence: The Audacity, Bestiality and Venality of Victors I discuss my moral abhorrence re. the recent "death sentence" handed down to Iraq's former Prime Minister Tariq Aziz. I find it appalling that invading war criminals and their minions and chattels have the audacity and soulless brutality to put on trial their victims. None of the premises under which Mr. Aziz's country was invaded and 1 million+ of its people murdered were proven true. The wrong people are on trial here.
Zealots on trucks- intimidation parade, From Uploaded
(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 25, 2020
In Lock-Step with the Reich: Devotees of the Orange Fuhrer The current neo-fascist regime in the US has steadfast devotees to whom this draconian administration can do no wrong. Their organized flag-waving requires these cautionary comments so that the spirit of democracy and pluralism may survive.
Series: Socio-Political (11 Articles, 26917 views)
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 30, 2011
In The League Of Howard Zinn, Studs Terkel, Kurt Vonnegut, Gore Vidal - America's Vanishing Sentinels I describe herein my sense that America today is greatly lacking thinkers and intellectuals with vision and sensitivity that can stir the national imagination. Mental lightweights populate shows like Charlie Rose. This essay harkens back to some of the prominent thinkers and visionaries (such as Howard Zinn and Kurt Vonnegut) that were already advanced in age within the past 30 years, and many are no longer with us.
Young Tagore 1, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Epiphany at Dawn: Rabindranath Tagore's Ode to Dawn (Prabhat Utsav) In the 1880s, when he was in his early 20s, poet-philosopher Rabindranath Tagore experienced two consecutive epiphanic moments at dawn on the verandahs of his Jorasanko Hose and also his brother Jyotirindranath's Sudder Street House. These led to two momentous, life-changing poems expressed in two phenomenal poems. I present here my translation and interpretation of Prabhat Utsav (Ode to Dawn).
Series: Tagore's Emerging Philosophy on Life (3 Articles, 4520 views), Tagore's worldview poems (5 Articles, 21921 views)
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 1, 2020
Unlikely Confluences: Sarah Bernhardt, Nikola Tesla and Swami Vivekananda I am presenting here an older essay from 2006 dealing with the intriguing encounters between an Indian Vedantist, a Serbian scientist/inventor and a French actress during the last decade of the 1800s. It appears to signify a convergence of the highest in art, philosophy and science.
Series: Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 32597 views)
Bernie Sanders FIRES BACK on Mitch McConnell Sen. Bernie Sanders slams Sen. Mitch McConnell for refusing to put $2000 checks to an up or down vote., From YouTubeVideos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 3, 2021
Campaign to revive the Confederacy; watch the next few days I see the entire post-election sorry and ghastly drama played out day by day in this pathetic US exercise as an attempt, now with quite some momentum, to bring back the confederacy, even the score, and to establish white supremacy, segregation and make all those MAGA dreams come true. One hopes none of these will actually happen, but what has already happened definitely sets the drumroll.
Karna meets Queen Kunti- an Italian portrayal, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 17, 2019
Discourses from the Mahabharata: The Dialogue of Karna and Kunti I present here one of Rabindranath Tagore's longer poems, centered upon a dialogue between the valiant Kuru warrior Karna, and his mother, the Queen Kunti, who had once cast the infant Karna into the river Ganges. The dialogue raises issues of human morality, ethics and relationships. Tagore presents Karna as driven by his identification with the neglected and downtrodden, and his shunning all promises of power and wealth.
Series: Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 32597 views), Tagore's worldview poems (5 Articles, 21921 views)
Cartoon of a poet in cage, From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 23, 2019
The Laws of Twenty One In commemorating my daughter's 21st birthday, and since she is aspiring to be a lawyer, I am presenting here a translation of the renowned satirist Sukumar Rays' famous Ekushe Aine, here titled The Laws of Twenty One.
Series: Satire (2 Articles, 2798 views)
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 8, 2009
On Jon Stewart and His Expose on CNBC Pundits I present here a few viewpoints regarding so-called financial experts, and some critique of the fields of economics and finance. Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's the Daily Show skewers the likes of Ludlow, Stanford and several others that offer punditry at CNBC. We see of course how wrong most of these experts are, yet nothing prevents them from passing judgment on ordinary homeowners and blue-collar, unionizing riff-raff.
A commemorative stamp of SDB by the Government of India, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 6, 2017
The Unique Musical Creations of Kumar Sachin Dev Burman and Their Roots in the Reeds and Soil of Bengal--Part I This is a two-part essay outlining the Bengali folk music of the legendary singer/songwriter/composer Sachin Dev Burman (SDB). Here in part I we present a sketch of SBD's musical legacy, mainly in the Bengali language (even though he had acquired much acclaim in the Hindi language as well).
Series: Golden Age Bengali Music (5 Articles, 9304 views), Golden age music of Bengal (4 Articles, 5135 views)
Pintu Bhattacharya in late 1960s, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 24, 2019
A Sampling of 1970s Bengali Songs of Pintu Bhattacharya: an Obscure Star of the Post-Renaissance Musical Age Following my previous articles focusing on the post-independence popular music of Bengal, which included one on the music of Salil Chowdhury based on the revolutionary poems of Sukanta Bhattacharya, and two articles on the works of the legendary Sachin Dev Burman, I present here a sampling of eight songs by the less-heralded Pintu Bhattacharya from the 1960s and '70s. I present the original Bengali lyrics with translations.
Series: Golden Age Bengali Music (5 Articles, 9304 views), Golden age music of Bengal (4 Articles, 5135 views)
Shivaji a conceptual portrait, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 23, 2019
Shivaji-Utsav (Shivaji Festival) - a Hero Poem by Rabindranath Tagore This article is a translation along with an extended commentary relative to Rabindranath Tagore's hero poem, Shivaji Utsav.
Series: Tagore's balladic poems (4 Articles, 4674 views), Tagore's Hero Poems (2 Articles, 2729 views)
Portrait of Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976), From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 17, 2020
The Caste Hooligans Part II by Kazi Nazrul Islam For completeness, I am adding Part II of the Kazi Nazrul Islam (renowned Bengali poet, 1899-1976) anti-casteism poem, Jaater Name Bajjati Shob (The Caste Hooligans, by this translator) which adds more pronouncements against the destructiveness of casteism and racism in human society. These stanzas do not appear in the portion which is composed into a song from the 1940s.
Series: Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 26518 views), Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 32597 views)
Kazi Nazrul Islam the Rebel Poet- a Portrait, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 28, 2020
Captain, Beware! Kandari Hoonshiar by Kazi Nazrul Islam I present here a translation of Kazi Nazrul Islam's Freedom Song (which will be one of several I intend to post in subsequent spaces), Kandari Hoonshiar, which I have named Captain, Beware! This song (a choral rendition YouTube URL is also provided) is addressed to freedom fighters and all fighters for justice in a world beset with intolerance and tyranny.
Series: Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 26518 views), Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 32597 views), Freedom songs vs British Colonialism (5 Articles, 9076 views) (View All Series)
The Vaishnava Sannyasi Sri Chaitanya with his devotees, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 13, 2017
The Impoverished Gift- I present my translation and brief summary of Rabindranath Tagore's Bengali poem, Deen Daan. Its message against the arrogance and vaunted opulence of wealth and power is immeasurably relevant to this day.
Series: Tagore's Emerging Philosophy on Life (3 Articles, 4520 views)
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 1, 2012
A Poet's Protest: An Address by W.S. Merwin at SUNY, Buffalo, October 1970 I present here an old speech by U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin from 1970, in which he eloquently protested an unreasonable insistence in a University setting to sign a politically-motivated pledge of allegiance, which, in his mind, had nothing to do with reading poetry. The truth he outlines, is profound and applied universally to this day. In fact, I would say it applies even more so today.
Portrait of Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976), From InText
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 13, 2020
My Alibi - A revolutionary's manifesto by Kazi Nazrul Islam A protest manifesto written by revolutionary poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam opposing colonial occupation and in particular the devastating Bengal Famine of 1942-43 which claimed over 3 million lives in Bengal. The poem has iconic status in Bengal.
Series: Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 26518 views), Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 32597 views), Freedom songs vs British Colonialism (5 Articles, 9076 views) (View All Series)
Rabindranath Tagore unknown location., From WikimediaPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 3, 2020
My Wretched Country (Hey Mor Durbhaga Desh) - Rabindranath Tagore I am presenting Rabindranath Tagore's anti-bigotry and anti-casteism poem, Hey Mor Durbhaga Desh, in my English translation. It is especially relevant in these vicious and ominous times inflected with racism, classism, intra-national and international military and economic bullying, and the consequences of turning the police in every city into ruthless military operations.
Series: Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 26518 views), Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 32597 views), Freedom songs vs British Colonialism (5 Articles, 9076 views) (View All Series)
Banda Singh Bahadur in modern enactment, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Rabindranath Tagore's Hero Poems Part I This is the first in a series of Hero Poems by Rabindranath Tagore, which I translate and present here with commentary--this particular one is titled Bandi Bir (which I translate as The Valiant Prisoner).
Series: Tagore's balladic poems (4 Articles, 4674 views), Tagore's Hero Poems (2 Articles, 2729 views)
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 21, 2009
On the (now infamous) New York Post dead chimpanzee cartoon and its ramifications: Was this the Post's Macaca moment? In this article, I discuss the implications of the recent New York Post cartoon depicting a dead chimpanzee. Many consider this as fraught with racism. I take a look at all arguments, for and against this position, and offer my own interpretation.
Winnie in African finery, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 7, 2018
Remembering Winnie Mandela: A Heroic Civil Rights Campaigner Relegated Unceremoniously to the Margins of History A short reflective article on the passing of valiant anti-apartheid campaigner, Winnie Mandela, on April 2nd. I take the position that despite the likelihood that as leader of a movement, some of her actions may have been less than laudable, or might have even involved violence (how often does one find a purely unblemished record in a leader?)- Winnie has been treated most unfairly by both SA and also the rest of the world.
Series: Socio-Political (11 Articles, 26917 views)
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 9, 2012
The Grotesque Scourge of Drones- Soulless Meghnads of the Sky I have long wanted to write about the Drone, a ghastly tool for targeted extra-judicial killing in the hands of the 1%, the 1% that controls the War Industry. In the past week or two, I have at least become aware of a few gentle and cvaring souls that have started to write about, and campaign against these frightening, faceless killer weapons. In recognizing the work by Nick Mottern and others, I submit this article.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Tennyson Redux: COVID-19 in the US Half-a-League Onward, into the Valley of Death, Rode the 300 Million My reflections on the abject and sorry reality of the COVID-19 disaster in the US. The greatest irony reflective of the death-march collective wish of its population: the clueless, diabolical, psychopathic orange entity ensconced in DC has the so-called popularity rating going up!!
Series: Socio-Political (11 Articles, 26917 views)
Many a young idealist has shed tears such as this through the centuries., From ImagesAttr
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 28, 2016
Brief Tribute to El Comandante Fidel This is a somewhat spontaneous heartfelt tribute to an impactful historic figure living in our own times who was larger than life in every sense of that descriptor.
Series: Socio-Political (11 Articles, 26917 views)
Kazi Nazrul Islam the Rebel Poet- a Portrait, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 6, 2020
The Caste Hooligans (Jater Naame Bajjati Shob) by Kazi Nazrul Islam As part of a sequence of renowned poems by Bengali poets, recently posted Rabindranath Tagore's My Wretched Country, I am now presenting a strident condemnation of caste and untouchability in India among the Hindu community, titled Jater Naame Bajjati Shob, which I title here in my translation as The Caste Hooligans. This poem equally applies to all classism, casteism, racism and other religious or economic discrimination.
Series: Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 26518 views), Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 32597 views)
A literary commemoration of Annadashankar Roy, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 29, 2018
Partition Angst in Annada Shankar Roy's Nursery Rhyme This article was recently published in the ISPaD Partition Center Journal, 2018, pp. 20-24. ISPaD was established in 2009 to serve as a forum dealing with the various partition-related issues arising following the deeply traumatic partition of India into (then) two divided nations, India and Pakistan, later turning into three (with Bangladesh emerging in 1971), highlighted in poet-author Annadashankar Roy's nursery rhyme.
Series: Freedom songs vs British Colonialism (5 Articles, 9076 views), Satire (2 Articles, 2798 views), Socio-Political (11 Articles, 26917 views) (View All Series)
Costumes of Indian servants male and female, From Uploaded
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 31, 2019
Keshta, old manservant of mine (Puratan Bhritya)- a narrative poem by Rabindranath Tagore I am presenting here a narrative poem by Rabindranath Tagore, titled Puratan Bhritya, translated as Keshta- my old manservant. It describes the devotion and ultimate sacrifice by a much-derided and abused servant towards his master.
Series: Tagore's balladic poems (4 Articles, 4674 views)
Commemorative stamp issued by Government of India, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Unique Musical Creations of Kumar Sachin Dev Burman and Their Roots in the Reeds and Soil of Bengal--Part II This is part II of a 2-part essay on the music of Sacghin Dev Burman and its connection to its roots in Bengal.
Series: Golden Age Bengali Music (5 Articles, 9304 views), Golden age music of Bengal (4 Articles, 5135 views)
Hemanta Mukhopadhyay in his prime years (1960s), From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 17, 2020
The Baritone of Our Renaissance: Hemanta Mukhopadhyay (1920-1989) at 100- Part I This will be the first of a planned 5-part series dedicated to Hemanta Mukhopadhyay, the most widely recognized vocalists of the Golden Age of modern Bengali music (from the 1940s-1970s), on this, his centennial year.
Series: Golden Age Bengali Music (5 Articles, 9304 views), Golden age music of Bengal (4 Articles, 5135 views)
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 25, 2009
March 19, 2003: A day that will live in infamy I recall with great concern the complete absence of justice with regards to the invasion and plunder of Iraq by the Bush criminal gang. Six years later, despite a change of guard in the U.S., there seems to be little change by way of U.S. policies, or any accountability for the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the preceding regime.
Rabindranath Tagore, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 21, 2020
The Caged Bird and the Free Bird- Rabindranath Tagore's Lyrical Ballad on Freedom and Confinement I present here a translation along with my commentary on Rabindranath Tagore's dichotomic ballad, Khanchar Pakhi / Boner Pakhi (The Caged Bird and the Free Bird) which using lyrical metaphors, lays out the lineaments of freedom and bondage- longstanding conflicts within the human mind relevant to this day. It speaks to gender inequality as well as slavery, colonial occupation and the human aspirations for freedom.
Series: Tagore's balladic poems (4 Articles, 4674 views), Tagore's Emerging Philosophy on Life (3 Articles, 4520 views), Tagore's worldview poems (5 Articles, 21921 views) (View All Series)
Andre Vltchek with Noam Chomsky, From InText
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 26, 2020
For Andre Vltchek: Imagining a Different World I wrote this tribute poem remembering Andre Vltchek, remarkable journalist, author, poet, philosopher, traveler, somewhere in Turkey on September 22, 2020. His sudden passing is at the moment shrouded in mystery. After all, a staunch anti-imperialist always treads a risky line.
Series: Journalism-activism (1 Articles, 858 views), Socio-Political (11 Articles, 26917 views)
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 4, 2009
On Black Elitist Pandering to the Halls of Power I wrote this article in response to a thought-provoking essay by Chris Hedges on the issue of Black elitism, and how it panders to the status quo and the existing power structure. For thus holding this administration to account for its failures and conformity with the imperial agenda, Mr. Hedges is receiving some sharp barbs from even supposedly progressive correspondents.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 23, 2009
The Death of Prabhakaran and the Fate of Populist Movements I discuss the impact and implications of the recent Sri Lankan government assault upon the LTTE and the apparent resounding victory of the military operation.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Arlen Specter, Party Switching and Political Chameleons I analyze here the Specter defection in light of recent political re-alignments in this country, mostly spurred by expediency instead of principles.
Young Mandela as boxer, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Meaning of Triumph: Remembering Hugo Chavez and Nelson Mandela This is a poem written in memory of Hugo Chavez and Nelson Mandela, two noble souls who uplifted human civilization in a world otherwise drenched in inhumanity and bloodshed, dominated by military might and corporate control of human lives.
Series: Socio-Political (11 Articles, 26917 views)
Bernie and the birdie, Portland 2016, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 8, 2020
Biden and Harris could have at least thanked Bernie Sanders, but it would be politically incorrect Despite the overwhelming relief and joy around the world that Drumpenfuhrer has been rejected, I personally have felt a relatively short-lasting euphoria that the duopoly is really back in business. And while existential disaster for the world has been averted, the duopoly's complete lack of acknowledging the promise of genuine change brought about by Senator Bernie Sanders, make me wistful for "what might have been."
Series: Socio-Political (11 Articles, 26917 views)
Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin with Family, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 14, 2021
The Duopolic Dysfunction on Display in the Senate Verdict on Career Criminal Trump My immediate reaction to the Senate "verdict" on the mega criminal mob boss, 57-43, only minutes ago.
Tagore photo from Nobel Prize archive, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 28, 2020
Jana Gana Mana Adhinayaka- (Tagore's unabridged original Anthem translated) Part II of a 2-part essay in defense of Rabindranath Tagore and Jana Gana Mana. The first appeared in Countercurrents in 2003. With the emerging fundamentalist intolerance and bigotry extending its ominious tentacles across India, the haven of diversity, tolerance (and, as Vivekananda said often, India was a land that went beyond tolerance, to acceptance) now vested in sectarian zealotry. Hence the urgency of this write-up.
Series: Tagore's worldview poems (5 Articles, 21921 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Meaning of Bijaya (Or, Going Beyond the Good vs. Evil Paradigm) I reflect in this essay on the significance of Bijaya, a celebration of divine victory that concludes the Bengali religious Fall festival of Durga Puja. I examine what it means to frequently prostrate before the notion of the age-worn dictum of "The Triumph of Good Over Evil." I attempt to show that this dictum, while essentially well-intended, is fraught with the potential for abuse and intentional misinterpretation.
Series: Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 32597 views)
Carl Bernstein CNN interview re. GA phone call, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Rumblings of the Resurgent Confederacy and the Criminal Antics of the Mafia Don US democracy, while fragile and far from perfect, is currently in grave danger of a dictatorial takeover by a posse of subversives, headed by a mafioso Don with nothing but malice and self-promotion in his arsenal. It is upto all Americans with honor, and knowledge of the great sacrifices that stitch together the history of their democratic republic, must rise up now and put a stop to this 4-years-long, monstrous spectacle.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 11, 2013
May Venezuela Keep You in Her Soul Forever: Homage to Hugo Chavez- a Leader of Unmatched Courage and Nobility This is a heartfelt tribute to Hugo Chavez, a rare and inspiring leader who set an example of courage and determination for the world against imperial exploitation and warmongering. As it often happens with the good, Chavez was taken much too soon by death, but I firmly believe his example of steadfast determination and championing of the cause of the poor and the downtrodden will long prevail for peace, justice and humanity.
Series: Socio-Political (11 Articles, 26917 views)
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 14, 2009
The Cases of Muntadhar al-Zaidi, Tariq Aziz, and Omar al-Bashir: Justice Tiered, Skewered and Skewed This essay deals with what I perceive as the great imbalance of justice as it exists in the world. The recent pronouncements of the ICC regarding the Sudanese President, and the "sentences" meted out to Tariq Aziz and Muntadhar al-Zaidi highlight this fact. Clearly there is one level of justice for the relatively weak and powerless, and an entirely different one for the powerful and tyrannical.
Soumitra Chatterjee in a Satyajit Ray film, From Uploaded
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 29, 2020
Apu, Ekshan, Ikebana and being Bengali - Renaissance, uninterrupted - Remembering Soumitra Chatterjee About 3 weeks ago, Bengal lost to Covid-19 one of her greatest living cultural stalwarts, Soumitra Chattopadhyay, at age 85. To many of us from Bengal, he was virtually the last link to the Bengal Renaissance of the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning with Rammohun Roy (1773-1833) and reaching its pinnacle with Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). Here is a tribute poem/eulogy I out together in his remembrance.
Series: Art and Ideals (1 Articles, 685 views), Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 32597 views)
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 16, 2012
American Platitudes on Democracy and Human Rights- an Exercise in Vacuousness This is a short response that was sent to Paul Craig Roberts' website upon my reading of his outstanding essay (which appeared in Counterpunch February 15th, 2012) on Barack Obama supposedly chiding China on human rights, and the irony/outrage inherent in such double-faced piety.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 4, 2009
The George Tiller Murder and the Insanity of Christo-Jihadists I address here the general onset and execution of jihadist (by which I imply bigotry, and not the literal meaning of the word itself, which is perfectly honorable) hatred anywhere in the world. This has been glaringly brought to light by the tragic murder of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 6, 2020
A Bolivarian Soccer Rebel- Brief remembrance of Diego Maradona I was prompted to write these words in remembrance of the recently-departed soccer legend, Diego Maradona, primarily after reading more about his consistent role in defending human rights in South America. His steadfast support of human rights and solidarity with the Bolivarian and other progressive movements, well established by his continental associations, place him much higher even than his exalted stature in soccer.
Series: Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 32597 views), Socio-Political (11 Articles, 26917 views)
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 24, 2009
Israel and the Chosen Mindset I discuss here my views regarding Israel's never-ending use of the "Holocaust" as a pretext under which it justifies all its actions, however inhuman, brutal or genocidal. I emphasize the absence of logic in such "ownership of suffering" models conveniently used in this instance by imperial forces.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 15, 2009
In Solidarity with Student Divestment Movement at University of Rochester The article is in support of a student divestment movement that starteed at the University of Rochester in protest of the Israeli atrocities in Gaza. This movement was inspired by similar, but much larger in scope, movements in the UK. The movement intends to have the University withdraw all investments in companies that collaborate with Israel, especially the ones involved in the manufacture of weapons supplied to Israel.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Wage War, Fire Missiles, Win a Nobel: the Ultimate Devaluation of Awards I discuss here the expected, yet deeply regrettable disappointments of the Barack Obama administration on many fronts, and especially in terms of its rejection of the peace and progressive agenda, and its pandering to the same imperial forces that dictate Washington's muscle-flexing worldwide.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 31, 2009
Edward Kennedy- The Last of the Genuine Liberals: A Cicero for Our Times I present here some views regarding the significance of Edward Kennedy's role as an old fashioned but principled Liberal, for the U.S. and the world.

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