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Articles by: Walt Gelles

Starry Night

Starry Night

Under a Hindutva sky
I lay me down to die
but suicide is a moral crime,
so maybe it’s not yet my time.

Tear Down The Great Firewall Of China

Tear Down The Great Firewall Of China

“The ‘Great Firewall of China’ – the world’s most extensive effort to try to control cyberspace – has become more formidable under President Xi Jinping.  Authorities have closed some video and audio streaming websites, limited online access to foreign and ‘foreign-inspired’ television programs, stiffened penalties for ‘spreading rumor’ via social media and restricted access to virtual private networks.”  —  Reuters.com,[Read More…]

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Linking Of Aadhaar To Heartbeat: A Positive Step

Linking Of Aadhaar To Heartbeat: A Positive Step

I linked my Aadhaar to my PAN card.
Then I linked my PAN card to my bank account.
Then I linked my Aadhaar to my bank account.
Then I linked my Aadhaar to my tax return.
Then I linked my Aadhaar to my LPG gas connection.
Then I linked my Aadhaar to my mobile phone.
Then the Government issued a decree ordering
that all persons must link their Aadhaar to their heartbeat
within three months or face discontinuation of the heartbeat.

Message To Aung San Suu Kyi

Message To Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi,
take the flowers out of your hair
and place them on a Rohingya mass grave
to show you care.

Photo by Kasun Chamara

Three Found Poems

Three eruptions of unintentional poetry plucked from prose works, on topics ranging from homelessness in India to neocolonialism to death.

Modi’s Man-Made Calamity:  How Many Will Die?

Modi’s Man-Made Calamity:  How Many Will Die?

At this point, every sane and responsible person in India should be asking:  How many tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands, or millions of people in India are going to die from hunger, starvation, malnutrition and disease as a result of Modi’s demonetisation? Reports from the rural and semi-rural areas of India, from towns and villages, already indicate that[Read More…]

Demonetisation, Day 50

Demonetisation, Day 50

I feel like a criminal
trying to score some cash,
going from bank to bank,
whipped by Modi’s lash.

I can’t get access
to my own money.
Millions of people go hungry.
This isn’t funny,

The Masses Support Modi (Not)

The Masses Support Modi (Not)

You destroyed the economy
with one colossal blunder.
You’ve brought untold misery
and torn our lives asunder.

But Modi-ji, whatever you do
or say or think is fine.
There’s just one more little thing
you ought to do. RESIGN.