I know that I will lose the job
Sooner or later
After that, I am going to die
Sooner or later
After that, I am going to be forgotten
Sooner rather than later
I have no family, so no traces will be left
Except a few gadgets and a lot of books
Which will be disposed of as of no value
Some of them are already outdated or damaged
That is the end. There is nothing after that.
What more is there to know?
Everyone present please observe two minutes of silence.
The … has been taken care of.
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:
This must be surely on the minds of many ‘highly educated professionals’, but one of them has actually come out and said all this. And not even under the cover of anonymity…
I think that there should be planned elimination of those groups of people who are seen to create problems to the “vision” of India as an good advanced superpower democracy. These irritating problem creators talk nonsense and bring down the image of India by talking about poverty, hunger, human rights etc and counter the good work that the highly educated middle class Indians working in MNCs and abroad do,to propagate the very nice image of India as a posh country with great malls, technology and being generally great.
They should be eliminated as part of an elimination policy and which groups should be eliminated can be determined by polling and asking the good indians who work in the US, the MNCs and other good posh middle class professionals and we are sure to get many nominations of groups that should be completely eliminated .These groups should include the “intelligentsia” who are useless irritants and spoil the name and image of India and of no use compared to the highly educated professionals working in the US and in the MNCs who everyone should listen to because they are the intelligent and good people.
The only slight drawback of this policy is that it can lead to situation where the country will be significantly depopulated and we will be left with noone but the good educated middle class. There would not many people of the lower classes left to admire the goodness and the greatness of India and the highly educated professionals. One way of circumventing this problem is to have along with the program of elimination a program for brainwashing,using mind control techniques etc including psychosurgery so that some people who are the problem can be made to change their opinion of India and the educated middle class indians that they are good , that India is a wonderful country etc.
We should all admire the brave stand. The forthrightness is really like a breath of fresh air.
So when is the pogrom, I mean program, starting? May be it’s already on.
I wonder which category do I fall in.
मरने के बाद क्या होना?
होना क्या? कुछ नहीं होना।
मतलब रोना-धोना नहीं होना
धोना तो बिल्कुल नहीं होना
भीड़ लगना नहीं होना
किसी को बुलाना नहीं होना
कोई खबर फैलाना नहीं होना
कोई सभा-भाषण नहीं होना
कोई पंडित-वंडित नहीं होना
कोई लकड़ी-घी नहीं होना
कोई नाम-वाम, सत्य-असत्य नहीं होना
कोई परेड-जुलूस नहीं होना
बस ऐसे-का-ऐसे गाड़ी में डालना
और सीधे जा के बिजली से जला देना
कोई तीन-दस-तेरह नहीं होना
कोई फूल-वूल नदी-वदी नहीं होना
राख को कहीं कूड़े में फेंक देना होना
और कुछ किसी हालत में नहीं होना