December 22, 2007 - Annual Number 2007
VOL XLVI No 1 New Delhi December 22, 2007
This leprous daybreak, dawn night’s fangs have mangled,
This is not that long-looked-for break of day,
Not that clear dawn in quest of which our comrades
Set out, believing that in heaven’s wide void
Somewhere must be the stars’ last halting-place,
Somewhere the verge of night’s slow-washing tide,
Somewhere the anchorage of the ship of sorrow.
When they set out, those friends, taking youth’s secret
Pathways, how many hands plucked at their sleeves!
From panting casements of the land of beauty
Soft arms invoked them, flesh cried out to them;
But dearer was the lure of dawn’s bright cheek,
More precious shone her robe of shimmering rays;
Light-winged their longing, feather-light their toil.
But now, word goes, the birth of day from darkness
Is finished, wandering feet stand at their goal;
Our leaders’ ways are altering, festive looks
Are all the fashion, discontent reproved.
Yet still no physic works on unslaked eye
Or heart fevered by absence, any cure:
Where did that fine breeze, that the wayside lamp
Has not once felt, blow from—where has it fled?
Night’s heaviness is unlessened still, the hour
Of mind and spirit’s ransom has not struck;
Let us go on, our goal is not reached yet.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz
MAINSTREAM COMPLETES 45 YEARS
Mainstream Annual 2007
8 EDITORIAL : Ray of hope
10 Urgent Need to Mend Fences with Iran
11 Swaraj—Unto the Last : A Patriotic Thought
-V.R. Krishna Iyer
-From N.C.’s Writings
13 The Road Ahead
15 Nuclear Deal : USA’s Game Plan and GOI’s Abject Surrender
-Sailendra Nath Ghosh
-From Mainstream Files
19 Remembering S.V. Ghate
21 Violence and Our Youth
24 WOMEN’S WORLD : Re-imagining Women in Islam
29 Taslima Nasreen’s Agony Must Come to an End
33 Abduction Simpliciter!
36 Taslima Issue in Perspective
37 P.C. Joshi : A Political Journey
49 Pakistan : Re-emergence of Nawaz Sharif
53 MUSINGS : Please, No Ecstasy for Pakistan’s Agony
54 Nandigram : Another Symbol of Challenge to Democracy in India
59 Questions that beg Answers from the CPI-M
61 In the Wake of Nandigram
63 Nandigram : The Gujarat of Sonar Bangla
65 Bihar’s Manmade Woes
-Shree Shankar Sharan
67 Is the Cult of Non-Violence opposed to the Fight against the Culture of Tyranny, Injustice, Oppression and Exploitation?
77 BOOK REVIEW : On Socialism and its Version as Practised in China Today
79 US Exaggeration of Iran’s Ballistic Missile Threat
81 DISCUSSION : Need to Redefine Socialism after the Collapse of the Soviet Union
84 The Centenarian Alvas
85 National AIDS Control Programme-Phase III : A Socio-Political Disaster in the Making
99 Implications of Plutonomy
101 Bundelkhand: Is the Journey from Despair to Hope Possible?
105 On 150th Anniversary of 1857 Revolt : Sepoy Mutiny and Indian Patriotism
109 Did India let down Aung San Suu Kyi?
110 IMPRESSIONS: We are Politically Correct—for What?
111 Barriers to Historical Research—Restrictive Accessibility to Public Records
114 COMMUNICATION: On Rabindranath’s Prasna and Nandigram Events
Readers, Please Note...
This Annual Number being more than three times the size of an ordinary number, the next issue of Mainstream will appear on January 26, 2008 as the Republic Day Special. —Editor