For the last few days, there has been strange correlation. As I start watching some Howard Zinn video (apart from the video becoming unavailable and other network problems) on the Internet, there comes a long unscheduled power cut.
The institute here has its own power station. And the power goes in some places in the institute, not in others.
Sounds like paranoid? Of course, it does.
A cut in electric power supply for me means no tea, no food, no fans during that period. And it’s already really hot in the beginning of March, a time that used to associated with spring in other northern cities.
And no computer after the battery runs out.
The correlation suggests a powerful powerless strategy to deal with dissidence and dissent, even of the most mild kind.
Another man done gone. But just the body. The Howard Zinn I knew (even if only slightly and not personally) and lot of others knew, is not going to die so easily, in spite of the manufactured consent and the manufactured dissent (of the Caine and Melnyk kind, not the Michael Moore kind).
I am not mad about meeting people, even great ones, but I wish I could have met him and told him that I have translated one of his articles in Hindi.
Still, I might translate more.
In case you don’t know anything about him, his is the book to find out about the American (US) History: A People’s History of the United States. But he didn’t just write. He participated in as many movements for justice as he could and faced beatings and arrests. He could do that because he didn’t have to juggle for maintaining a privileged place in the establishment and also a place as an acceptable honorable dissenter. Some of you might be disappointed now if I mention that he served as a bombardier in World War II and was no loony hippie.
Here is one of his recent interviews and below is another:
(It seems to have suddenly become unavailable here, though all other videos are working. You can still read the transcript here)
And you might also be able to watch, or rather listen to (unless that too suddenly becomes unavailable) readings from parts of The People’s History of the United States by Matt Damon. I am adding the first part below, from which you can navigate to the other parts: