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38Actualizing a People's Vision of the Future

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      PROUT stands for PROgressive UTilization Theory. It means, the progressive utilization and rational distribution of all the earth's natural resources. PROUT advocates another type of revolution called "nuclear revolution." In nuclear revolution, every aspect of collective life - social, economic, political, cultural, psychic and spiritual - is completely transformed. New moral and spiritual values arise in society which provide the impetus for accelerated social progress. The old era is replaced by a new era - one collective psychology is replaced by another. This type of revolution results in all-round development and social progress.

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      Jan 26, 2010
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      What Prevents Us From Working in This Direction?

      A little while ago I said that, because of certain difficulties, both great and small, it may not be possible to ensure the perfectly equal distribution of mundane resources, but what prevents us from at least working in this direction? What is the harm in reducing the gap between wages of thirty rupees and three thousand rupees per month? Of course this will certainly curtail the luxuries and comforts of those who earn three thousand rupees a month, but with that money quite a number of people will have the opportunity to live as human beings. This is where vested interests will perhaps object; this is where they may feel inconvenienced. But why? Is it not proper to provide every individual with the minimum wage necessary to maintain his or her family, plus twenty or twenty-five rupees extra to reward his or her efficiency and sense of duty? This is the way justice can be applied in relation to people's competence and sense of responsibility.
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      Shrii Prabhat R. Sarkar

      Time to ACTUALIZE A People's Vision of the Future

      The growing joblessness, home foreclosures, burgeoning prison population, bloody wars abroad, environmental degradation, and a de facto national police state in this nation deeply affects everyday people everywhere, and it did not simply happen---, it was brought into being by the avaricious corporate / military elite who are the scourge upon this nation and planet. We must always remember that capitalism is by its very nature,--systemic terrorism against the poor and everyday people. We / you, hold the key to real systemic change, and it is we who must bring it about! Each one teach one! Onward then my sisters and brothers! Onward!.... - Larry Pinkney

      Saturday mail delivery threatened: US Postal Service moves to cut 50,000 jobs

      Ultimately, the Postal Service can balance its budget only by job cuts. The job cuts and pension reductions that would result from Potter's proposals will have a serious impact. With a workforce of about 600,000, USPS is the nation's second largest civilian employer, after Wal-Mart. Last year, USPS said it had developed a plan to shut down a sizable majority, 3,105 of 4,851, of its branches and stations. Most of the closures would target metropolitan areas. The plan requires congressional approval. - Tom Eley

      Study shows steep rise of poverty in Germany

      The recent campaign launched by Vice-Chancellor Guido Westerwelle defaming the unemployed and those dependent on Hartz IV payments is aimed at preparing the way for much more far-reaching attacks on the working class. The savings program now being developed by the government in Berlin will inevitably lead to a dramatic increase in unemployment and further devastating cuts in the country's welfare network, which in turn will send poverty levels soaring.- Elizabeth Zimmermann

      There is a serious difference of opinion also among artists and litterateurs with regard to decency and obscenity in art. The conservative among them or the connoisseurs of art and literature are somewhat like the supporters of the cult of Varńáshrama (the Hindu caste system). They think that a little deviation from the established tradition will tarnish the purity of art or literature. Excessively worried about matters of caste and outcaste, about the analysis of decency and vulgarity in art or literature, they lose sight of its main objective. If writing and drawing, chisel and hammer get themselves entangled in he wranglings of so-called ethics and morality, they cannot make any contribution to any section of the people. If you open a book to find that it contains only the tall topics of morality, you will have a headache before you read even five pages of it. In a movie if only moral ideals are paraded over and over again to the exclusion of everything else, the public will never appreciate that film. The conclusion of all of this is that the thought of public welfare alone should be the main criterion of all artistic and literary creation, and that thought will take form only though artistic joy - only then can subtle intellect awaken in crude minds. So when the artists or litterateurs have to march forward creating such a flow of delight, they cannot afford to cling to any fastidious notions of so-called purity or impurity, for it will retard progress. Excessive prudery, like mysophobia (fear of contamination), will obstruct their path of movement. These mysophobic, conservative writers will compose poems about seas, mountains and moonlight - will paint literary pictures of the drawing-rooms of the aristocratic Ballygunge elite - but it will offend their pens to write about the endless humiliations, the low standard of living and the vulgar dirtiness of the neglected, uneducated society of the villages, because these matters are unpleasant. The abominable life of corrupt women, the obnoxious environment of the slums, the carnal cravings of antisocial human beasts - all these they seek to avoid, because they are unacceptable by the standards of "decency" and "decorum". The human mind has many ideas and propensities that are normal and natural. But the mysophobic artists or litterateurs, with their touch-me-not-or-I-might-lose-my-purity mentality, want to avoid all these. They think that these propensities, if given place in literature, will jeopardize society. I cannot support this orthodox, rightist mentality. Yet those who are leftists in the world of art are even more dangerous. The defect of the rightists is their inaction, and that of the leftists is their hyper-activity, based on selfishness. It seems as though they are deliberately seeking out the dark and dirty aspects of life and, like flies, growing fat on the secretions of society's festering sores. It must be remembered that flies do not heal sores - rather they exacerbate them, because the very pus of these sores provides them with their vital juice. So the filthy aspects of society are the only wealth on which these artists and litterateurs subsist. If art or literature is created revolving around the evil propensities of the human mind, people will naturally gravitate towards it in large numbers, and the creators of such literature will earn a great deal of money thereby; indeed, this is the only aim of their artistic creation. Engaged in the quest of evil, obscenity and vulgarity, they, too, lose sight of the primary goal of art. In such matters of decency or indecency, the middle path is the best: that is, we must not deviate from the ideal. At the time of pursuing the path of benevolence we shall not bother as to which of these - decorum or vulgarity, decency or indecency - the brush, the pen, the chisel or the hammer, has become contaminated with during its march ahead. If we do so, we will stray from our path. I am not prepared to accept any hard and fast rule that literature must be created centering on good citizens alone, nor am I inclined to agree to the policy that crude and mean people have to be presented as low or vile before the readers or spectators. In my opinion whatever artists create must have the fullest touch of their sympathetic minds. Those who are inferior and neglected, who are helpless and destitute - whom the society considers infernal maggots - they are the very people who are the most unrepresented in the salons of literature. They are mute; and so the heavy responsibility of expressing the sentiments that are hidden in their tormented minds has to be borne by the artist alone. The litterateur or the artist, has to take the responsibility of enabling them to rise up and sit in the same row with the rest of society, after dusting off the dirt from their bodies.
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      Shrii Prabhat R. Sarkar

      Bangladesh: Factory fire kills 21 garment workers

      The deplorable lack of safety standards is a direct product of the drive for profit. Bangladesh depends heavily on the garment industry, which accounts for about $US10 billion in exports annually and employs about two million workers, mostly women. Bangladesh is now the world's second largest apparel producer. - Wimal Perera

      Israeli Terror At Rights Activists House

      I have to consider various options in terms of responding to this particular event. If you have any advice, I would appreciate it. My initial thought is that we should intensify our work for peace and human rights in this critical and historic period: write to the media, the politicians, neighbors and anyone who would listen. Below is an action call for March 30th (Land Day) which I urge you to heed. We can't be neutral on a moving train and there are times whether in the US in the 1950s and 1960s or in South Africa under apartheid, when silence was indeed complicity in crime. - Dr, Mazin Qumsiyeh

      Mercenaries Circling Haiti

      The U.S. has prosecuted hardly any of the human rights abuses reported against private military contractors. Amnesty International has reviewed the code of conduct adopted by the IPOA and found it inadequate in which compliance with international human rights standards are not adequately addressed. This is yet another example of what the world saw after Katrina. Private security forces, including Blackwater, also descended on the U.S. gulf coast after Katrina grabbing millions of dollars in contracts. - Bill Quigley

      Gujarat Pogrom: The End Of Impunity

      Eight years on, it is this level and extent of complicity that is under high-level scrutiny. The involvement of high functionaries of the state in Gujarat did not begin, and has not stopped, with the violence. It has extended to destruction of evidence that continues until today, the faulty registration of criminal complaints, the deliberate exclusion of powerful accused and, worst of all, the utter and complete subversion of the criminal justice system by appointment of public prosecutors who were not wedded to fair play, justice and the Constitution -- but were and are lapdogs of the ruling party and its raid affiliates. The proceedings in the Best Bakery case in the Supreme Court and the judgment of April 12, 2004 strips our legal system, especially lawyers, of the dignity of their office. - Teesta Setalvad

      According to PROUT human society is one and indivisible. Human society is just like a garland which is made of different types of flowers, woven together by one common thread. The overall beauty of the garland is dependent upon the beauty of each flower. Likewise, each strata of society must be equally strengthened if we are to maintain the unity and solidarity of society.
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      Shrii Prabhat R. Sarkar

      Chile's Socialist Rebar

      After the coup and the death of Allende, Pinochet and his Chicago Boys did their best to dismantle Chile's public sphere, auctioning off state enterprises and slashing financial and trade regulations. Enormous wealth was created in this period but at a terrible cost: by the early eighties, Pinochet's Friedman-prescribed policies had caused rapid de-industrialization, a ten-fold increase in unemployment and an explosion of distinctly unstable shantytowns. They also led to a crisis of corruption and debt so severe that, in 1982, Pinochet was forced to fire his key Chicago Boy advisors and nationalize several of the large deregulated financial institutions. (Sound familiar?) - Naomi Klein

      Naxalism: Spectre Of People's Movements

      The scale of pillaging operations can be seen from the fact that a small state like Jharkhand had signed 90 memorandum of understanding (MoU) with various big plundering houses. The now tainted chief minister of the state once lauded by the corporate media, was found in possession of 1 billion $. Till date no enquires have been made as to who were the beneficiaries who paid these monies. With Operation Green Hunt being planned as long drawn protracted armed campaign, every vested interest in the region wants to perpetuate the violence and since such armed conflict grants enormous powers to extract bribes shady activities like poaching and logging has abounded. - Prabhat Sharan

      Picking Pebbles To Survive In Gaza

      Workers in the border regions suffer more than the strain of their efforts. Since mid 2007, at least 33 Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israeli soldiers, including 11 children, as of August 2009. More than 61 civilians, including 13 children, have been injured, according to OCHA. Shahin Abu Ajuwa, 17, still has shrapnel in both his legs after an Israeli tank fired a dart bomb at him and his cousin Saber, 15, as they collected rocks and scrap metal east of Jabaliya, at the end of November 2009.

      May God Bless India's FM?

      Budget is a tool for social and economic development. It should reach out to the farther-most and inner-most corners of India. The purpose is self defeating if the citizen of India, at whom the whole exercise is targeted, are the ones who bear the burden. Budget is a vehicle for sustainable development and prosperity. In India, the majorities of the citizen is engaged in the agricultural sector and are living below the poverty line. The budget should be targeted at this 'aam aadmi' not just on paper, but also in spirit. - Kaizen Krishna

      "I love India, but my India is an idea (bha'va) and not a geographical expression. Therefore, I am not a patriot - I shall ever seek my compatriots all over the world"
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      Rabindranath Tagore

      IMF "Economic Medicine" Comes to America

      If that is indeed the plan, it is virtually complete. Unless we wake up to what is going on and take action, the powers of financial capitalism will have their way. Rather than taking to the streets, we need to take to the courts, bring voter initiatives, and wake up our legislators to the urgent need to take the power to create money back from the private banking elite that has hijacked it from the American people. And that includes waking up the President, who has been losing sleep over the wrong threat. - Ellen Brown

      U.S. Tightens Missile Shield Encirclement Of China And Russia

      This winter has been a cold one for China-US relations. So many serious disagreements between the two countries have not surfaced simultaneously for decades .In the past China and the US avoided taking harsh measures against each other serially, but evidently things have changed beyond recognition over the past several months. [10]
      As mentioned above, the U.S. is implementing plans to replicate the interceptor encirclement of Russia in regards to China. China s sense of alarm and its government s response, then, can be expected to parallel those of Russia. - Rick Rozoff

      SWEET POISON

      I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is. And isn't it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians? This has been recently exposed in the New York Times. These [organizations] cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and are required to endorse their products.

      US payrolls shrank by 36,000 in February

      The steepest job losses were in construction, which lost 64,000 positions. Local governments cut 31,000 jobs, a reflection of the budget cuts being carried out across the country. The financial industry cut 10,000 jobs. Factories eked out a net gain of 1,000 jobs, largely on the basis of reduced wages and intensified speedup. - Barry Grey

      Virtue and vice are both distortions of the mind. That which may be considered good in one particular temporal, spatial or personal environment may be considered bad in another. A country generally bases its penal code on the concept of virtue and vice which prevails in that country, and the concept of virtue and vice in turn is based on accepted religious doctrines. In my opinion virtue is that which helps to expand the mind, by whose assistance the universe increasingly becomes an integral part of oneself, and vice is that which makes the mind narrow and selfish. And the realm to which the mind of a person engaged in virtuous activities travels, is heaven, and the realm where the mind of a sinner races about in a wild frenzy, is hell.
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      Shrii Prabhat R. Sarkar

      Kerala priest held for sexual abuse of minor

      Sixteen-year-old Anu, a class XI student, died on October 24, 2009. Soon after her death her younger sister had told reporters in the presence of her father that Anju was taken out in a car by the second priest on October 21 and they returned late in the night. Anu looked very tired and was crying and didn't eat anything the next day. This infuriated the nun who beat her up, she had alleged. The torture was so brutal that there were blood stains on the wall of Anu's room, she had alleged.

      This article demonstrates the radical need for implementation of PROUT, which we can also call as economic democracy. So long as there is vast differentiation between rich and poor, so long as any poor persons exist, they will be so badly exploited, sexually assaulted, raped, and harmed in so many other ways. We just can't tolerate it. We will keep seeing articles such as this in the newspapers. It is all wrong. Where is the outrage against those two priests? Why did the nun superior in charge of those sweet girls take the side of two brutes posing as human beings? How could a nun tolerate the sexual assault and rape of two small girls in her care? It is unfathomable. Why is she not also being arrested for complicity? Why so many women in India tolerate their own degradation? And support the men who denigrate and abuse other women? The same thing happened during the Gujarat genocide. Wives watched and cheered while men tortured, cut up and killed Muslim women. It is unconscionable. Those women who perpetuate the male chauvinism should be similarly punished until they mend their ways, until they understand that it is their duty, their moral obligation, to stand by the side of their sisters. As a great woman named Hadiyah once said, "I stand by my sisters. First I take care of my sisters." So let the women of India understand this point. Let them always stand by the suffering women of India who are brutalized, raped, tormented and tortured mentally and/or physically on a daily basis by the men of India. Exceptions are there. But millions of Indian men fall into the category of "torturer of women." We need to change this. We need to speak and write over and over against such men. The entire society needs to shame them. The great Anna Hazare along with his entire village had the alcoholics tied to a post and flogged for refusing to mend their ways. In the same way, the men of India who torture women should be tied to posts and flogged until they give women the respect and dignity they deserve. Laws must be passed and then implemented by women militias all across India, and those laws must demand instant arrest and punishment by flogging and prison sentences for any man who dares to denigrate and torture a woman. If the government refuses to do this work, then let the women of India form militias and take this work upon themselves. It is men who took women's rights away from them, and hence it is the responsibility of men to give women back their rights. But, they are not doing it. So the onus falls on the women. All of us. Men who patronize women and treat them as chattel will never come to be leaders of the world. No. It is women who will be the vanguard of the revolution so badly needed in India and everywhere. It is women who have some sense of morality, some sense of justice, it is women who feel some motherly pain at injustice. Let those women come to the fore. Let them take leadership positions. Let them bring about a revolution leading to the liberation of all the oppressed women of the world! - Garda Ghista

      State Crimes Against Democracy

      The term conspiracy theory is often used to denigrate and discredit inquiry into the veracity of suspected SCADs. Labeling SCAD research as conspiracy theory is an effective method of preventing ongoing investigations from being reported in the corporate media and keep them outside of broader public scrutiny. Psychologist Laurie Manwell, University of Guelph, addresses the psychological advantage that SCAD actors hold in the public sphere. Manwell, writing in American Behavioral Scientist (Sage 2010) states, research shows that people are far less willing to examine information that disputes, rather than confirms, their beliefs . . . pre-existing beliefs can interfere with SCADs inquiry, especially in regards to September 11, 2001. 3\ - Peter Phillips

      Cover-up exposed in post-Katrina police killings

      According to the current Orleans Parish district attorney, Leon Cannizzaro, Lohman's admission of a police cover-up and his role in it will affect many other cases in which Lohman was a key witness, since defendants convicted on the basis of his testimony will now be able to file claims that his credibility is now impeached. The exposure of the police cover-up in the Danziger Bridge shootings also adds to suspicions over a series of police killings and unexplained murders in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. - Patrick Martin

      In This Country Of Cant----10, 000 Dead Do Not Count

      Forget all the recent incidents in Dantewada of babies' fingers being chopped off, mass rapes by the CRP and Salwa Judum, chopping off the breasts off 80 year old adivasi women, shooting up or arresting women who have dared to launch court cases against the police for the disappeared (Sodi Sambo). Teflon PCC! let us now talk about the over 10,000 Naxalites who were killed since 1967 to 1990. Was that violence or were those benign accidents? Is there some lawyer in India who will take up the case of the violence of the Indian State since 1967? - Trevor Selvam

      In love all the contradictions of existence merge themselves and are lost. Only in love are unity and duality not at variance. Love must be one and two at the same time. Only love is motion and rest in one. Our heart ever changes its place till it finds love, and then it has its rest... Bondage and liberation are not antagonistic in love. for love is most free and at the same time most bound.
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      Rabindranath Tagore

      By Accepting Bt Cotton's Susceptibility To Pests, Monsanto Befools India

      Knowing that we are a nation of fools, they have actually worked out a remarkable marketing strategy. By acknowledging that Bt cotton has outlived its utility, they have sent the right signal to those who needed it. Monsanto has advised farmers to go for its second generation Bt cotton. Farmers would now be spurning Bt cotton, and going in for their latest GM cotton variety, which carries two genes, and is therefore more potent against Pink Bollworm. This variety is popularly called Bollgard-II. - Devinder Sharma

      The Deepest Division In Sri Lanka

      So why did people vote for Fonseka? Tamils felt Rajapaksa was responsible for the unspeakable cruelty inflicted on the survivors after the war. Civilians who escaped from the war zone cursing the LTTE for holding them hostage and using them as human shields, conscripting adults and children to be used as slave labour and cannon fodder, found themselves locked up in internment camps, unable even to look for missing family members. It was only when Fonseka entered the electoral fray that most of them were released, and to this day the majority live in flimsy shelters without adequate rations. Although the promises of basic human rights made in Fonseka's electoral manifesto and a signed letter to the TNA were minimal, it was more than Tamils could expect from Rajapaksa. - Rohini Hensman

      Arundhati Roy Ready For Maoist Talks Role

      The rebels say they are fighting for the rights of poor people. But Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the insurgency as the "biggest internal threat to India since independence". Recently, a senior home ministry official, G K Pillay, said that some retired army officers were helping Maoists plan out their military offensive. He said that the way the Maoists plan and execute their military operations indicates they get help from trained military people.

      Time for a U.S. Revolution - Fifteen Reasons

      Forty three years ago next month, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached in Riverside Church in New York City that "a time comes when silence is betrayal." He went on to condemn the Vietnam War and the system which created it and the other injustices clearly apparent. "We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing oriented" society to a "person oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered." - Bill Quigley


      We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
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      Rabindranath Tagore

      Revealed: The Shocking Truth About Tasers

      'The metal prongs shoot out too fast to see. Amazingly, they are on target and lodge into my target's chest. For five seconds there's a crackling noise as the electricity flows and I yell 'Taser! Taser! Taser!' The burst of 50,000 volts is automatically sent down the wires, but this shock can be repeated at the pull of the trigger. The Taser can also be held against a person and the electric charge activated. This is known by officers as a 'drive-stun'.

      How Food and Water Are Driving a 21st-Century African Land Grab

      Water is also controversial. Local government officers in Ethiopia told the Observer that foreign companies that set up flower farms and other large intensive farms were not being charged for water. "We would like to, but the deal is made by central government," said one. In Awassa, the al-Amouni farm uses as much water a year as 100,000 Ethiopians.- John Vidal

      Chavez to Sheehan: "We are not anti-American, we are anti-Imperialism"

      Knowledge is power and perhaps that's why before the Revolution, only primary school was free and fees were charged for secondary education. Now in Venezuela, school is free all the way through doctoral studies. We see how the ruling class in our own country is gutting education and are tying to make it as difficult as possible to get a University education. A smart and thinking public is a dangerous public. - Cindy Sheehan

      New York Is Ordered to Move Mentally Ill Out of Group Homes

      The remedial plan offered by Judge Garaufis, which drew from a proposal presented by advocates for the mentally ill and was backed by the Justice Department, calls on New York to develop at least 1,500 units of so-called supportive housing a year for the next three years. In supportive housing, a resident lives alone or in small groups and receives specialized services from counselors who visit as needed. - A. G. SULZBERGER

      All men have poetry in their hearts, and it is necessary for them, as much as possible, to express their feelings. For this they must have a medium, moving and pliant, which can refreshingly become their own, age after age. All great languages undergo change. Those languages which resist the spirit of change are doomed and will never produce great harvests of thought and literature. When forms become fixed, the spirit either weakly accepts its imprisonment or rebels. All revolutions consists of the "within" fighting against invasion from "without"... All great human movements are related to some great idea.
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      Rabindranath Tagore

      Decency and Indecency in Art

      There is a serious difference of opinion also among artists and litterateurs with regard to decency and obscenity in art. The conservative among them or the connoisseurs of art and literature are somewhat like the supporters of the cult of Varńáshrama (the Hindu caste system). They think that a little deviation from the established tradition will tarnish the purity of art or literature. Excessively worried about matters of caste and outcaste, about the analysis of decency and vulgarity in art or literature, they lose sight of its main objective. If writing and drawing, chisel and hammer get themselves entangled in he wranglings of so-called ethics and morality, they cannot make any contribution to any section of the people. If you open a book to find that it contains only the tall topics of morality, you will have a headache before you read even five pages of it. In a movie if only moral ideals are paraded over and over again to the exclusion of everything else, the public will never appreciate that film. The conclusion of all of this is that the thought of public welfare alone should be the main criterion of all artistic and literary creation, and that thought will take form only though artistic joy - only then can subtle intellect awaken in crude minds. So when the artists or litterateurs have to march forward creating such a flow of delight, they cannot afford to cling to any fastidious notions of so-called purity or impurity, for it will retard progress. Excessive prudery, like mysophobia (fear of contamination), will obstruct their path of movement. These mysophobic, conservative writers will compose poems about seas, mountains and moonlight - will paint literary pictures of the drawing-rooms of the aristocratic Ballygunge elite - but it will offend their pens to write about the endless humiliations, the low standard of living and the vulgar dirtiness of the neglected, uneducated society of the villages, because these matters are unpleasant. The abominable life of corrupt women, the obnoxious environment of the slums, the carnal cravings of antisocial human beasts - all these they seek to avoid, because they are unacceptable by the standards of "decency" and "decorum". The human mind has many ideas and propensities that are normal and natural. But the mysophobic artists or litterateurs, with their touch-me-not-or-I-might-lose-my-purity mentality, want to avoid all these. They think that these propensities, if given place in literature, will jeopardize society. I cannot support this orthodox, rightist mentality. Yet those who are leftists in the world of art are even more dangerous. The defect of the rightists is their inaction, and that of the leftists is their hyper-activity, based on selfishness. It seems as though they are deliberately seeking out the dark and dirty aspects of life and, like flies, growing fat on the secretions of society's festering sores. It must be remembered that flies do not heal sores - rather they exacerbate them, because the very pus of these sores provides them with their vital juice. So the filthy aspects of society are the only wealth on which these artists and litterateurs subsist. If art or literature is created revolving around the evil propensities of the human mind, people will naturally gravitate towards it in large numbers, and the creators of such literature will earn a great deal of money thereby; indeed, this is the only aim of their artistic creation. Engaged in the quest of evil, obscenity and vulgarity, they, too, lose sight of the primary goal of art. In such matters of decency or indecency, the middle path is the best: that is, we must not deviate from the ideal. At the time of pursuing the path of benevolence we shall not bother as to which of these - decorum or vulgarity, decency or indecency - the brush, the pen, the chisel or the hammer, has become contaminated with during its march ahead. If we do so, we will stray from our path. I am not prepared to accept any hard and fast rule that literature must be created centering on good citizens alone, nor am I inclined to agree to the policy that crude and mean people have to be presented as low or vile before the readers or spectators. In my opinion whatever artists create must have the fullest touch of their sympathetic minds. Those who are inferior and neglected, who are helpless and destitute - whom the society considers infernal maggots - they are the very people who are the most unrepresented in the salons of literature. They are mute; and so the heavy responsibility of expressing the sentiments that are hidden in their tormented minds has to be borne by the artist alone. The litterateur or the artist, has to take the responsibility of enabling them to rise up and sit in the same row with the rest of society, after dusting off the dirt from their bodies.
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      Shrii Prabhat R. Sarkar

      Has Black America Been Politically Lobotomized?

      To reiterate: We are living during a watershed period of history, and it is time to seize this historical moment by seriously and creatively building and working for a people's vision for both the present and the future. At stake is everything!!! Future columns will address this more specifically. Meanwhile, address these things for yourselves for the creativity is within all of you! Onward sisters and brothers! Onward! - Larry Pinkney

      Jobless benefits cut off for a million US workers

      No senator, Republican or Democrat, will return home to a house that is facing foreclosure or lacking heat because of a utility shutoff. The majority of senators are millionaires, and all of them owe their allegiance to the financial aristocracy. - Patrick Martin

      The Monoculture Of 'Human Rights'

      An important addition I would also make to Dr Ambedkar's observation about Indian democracy is that the threat comes not just from the soil below but also from the foraging beasts of imperialism and neo-colonialism that have the power to chew up the 'trees' of democratic institutions as and when they want. For global capital, dictatorship is indeed the preferred mode of operation if it is to succeed in its mission of extracting every penny from the pockets of the world's ordinary citizens. Establishing a human rights culture in the country is therefore also a primary task in the overall battle of the Indian people against imperialist and corporate designs on the country. - Satya Sagar

      Yours should be a glorious march towards the Supreme Goal, and you should remember that you are not to pause a moment during this movement. The entire human society is anxiously waiting for you, for your service. You will have to shoulder a great responsibility for this suffering humanity. You know that humanity is bleeding, and you will have to save it. You should remember that if you do not help humanity, who else will come and shoulder the responsibility? It is you, you are to do everything. You are the torch bearers of human civilization. You are the pioneers of the human march, you are the vanguards of the new civilization.
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      Shri Prabhat R. Sarkar

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