Monday, May 23, 2016

Who is "Che"?


Born in Rosario, Argentina, in 1928, Ernesto "Che" Guevara de la Serna studied medicine before traveling around South America, observing conditions that spurred his Marxist beliefs. He aided Fidel Castro in overturning the Batista government in the late 1950s, and then held key political offices during Castro's regime. Guevara later engaged in guerrilla action elsewhere, including in Bolivia, where he was captured and executed in 1967.


Che Guevara was born into a middle-class family on June 14, 1928, in Rosario, Argentina. He was plagued by asthma in his youth but still managed to distinguish himself as an athlete. He also absorbed the left-leaning political views of his family and friends, and by his teens had become politically active, joining a group that opposed the government of Juan Perón. 

After graduating from high school with honors, Guevara studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires, but in 1951 he left the school to travel around South America with a friend. The poor living conditions he witnessed on their nine-month journey had a profound effect on Guevara, and he returned to medical school the following year, intent on providing care for the needy. He received his degree in 1953.


However, as Guevara's interest in Marxism grew, he decided to abandon medicine, believing that only revolution could bring justice to the people of South America. In 1953 he traveled to Guatemala, where he witnessed the CIA-backed overthrow of its leftist government, which only served to deepen his convictions. 

By 1955, Guevara was married and living in Mexico, where he met Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro and his brother Raúl, who were planning the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista's government. When their small armed force landed in Cuba on December 2, 1956, Guevara was with them and among the few that survived the initial assault. Over the next few years, he would serve as a primary adviser to Castro and lead their growing guerrilla forces in attacks against the crumbling Batista regime. 


In January 1959 Fidel Castro took control of Cuba and placed Guevara in charge of La Cabaña prison, where it is estimated that perhaps hundreds of people were executed on Guevara's extrajudicial orders. He was later appointed president of the national bank and minister of industry, and did much to assist in the country's transformation into a communist state. 

In the early 1960s, Guevara also acted as an ambassador for Cuba, traveling the world to establish relations with other countries, most notably the Soviet Union, and was a key player during the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He also authored a manual on guerrilla warfare, and in 1964 delivered a speech to the United Nations in which he condemned U.S. foreign policy and the apartheid in South Africa.  


By 1965, with the Cuban economy in shambles, Guevara left his post to export his revolutionary ideologies to other parts of the world. He traveled first to to the Congo to train troops in guerrilla warfare in support of a revolution there, but left later that year when it failed. 

After returning briefly to Cuba, in 1966 Guevara departed for Bolivia with a small force of rebels to incite a revolution there. He was captured by the Bolivian army and killed in La Higuera on October 9, 1967.


Since his death, Guevara has become a legendary political figure. His name is often equated with rebellion, revolution and socialism. Others, however, remember that he could be ruthless and ordered prisoners executed without trial in Cuba. In any case, Guevara's life continues to be a subject of great public interest and has been explored and portrayed in numerous books and films, including The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), which starred Gael García Bernal as Guevara, and the two-part biopic Che (2008), in which Benicio Del Toro portrayed the revolutionary.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fedora Truns 10............

                  "It was ten years ago this past Sunday September 22nd, that the Red Hat sponsored Fedora project was born. The first Fedora release didn't come until six weeks later in November of 2003. Over the last 10 years the project has transformed itself from being entirely controlled by Red Hat to being a true community effort. In a video interview, the current Fedora Project Leader, Robyn Bergeron talks about the past and the future of Fedora. 'We need to think about how we're actually making the sausage,' Bergeron said. 'I think we can try and abstract and automate the things we have to do a lot, so our really awesome people's brains can be applied to solving problems that aren't yet automate-able.'"
Ten years ago, Red Hat changed its business model, ending its Red Hat Linux product and launching the Fedora Core community Linux distribution in its stead. The Fedora Project was officially born Sept. 22, 2003, and Red Hat Linux officially drew its last breath in 2004 as a supported offering. Fedora has been the only free non-enterprise Linux release from Red Hat ever since. From a commercial standpoint, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is Red Hat's flagship platform and in many respects, its continued success today is due in part to the success of Fedora over the last 10 years. Many features that land in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux release are first proven by community use in Fedora. In a video interview with eWEEK, Fedora Project Leader Robyn Bergeron reflects on 10 years of Fedora and discusses what the future might hold. Bergeron noted that Fedora has shaped the lives of those that have participated in the project's development. She also commented that over the last 10 years, acceptance of open source has also grown to now become the standard model for technology development. - See more at:
Ten years ago, Red Hat changed its business model, ending its Red Hat Linux product and launching the Fedora Core community Linux distribution in its stead. The Fedora Project was officially born Sept. 22, 2003, and Red Hat Linux officially drew its last breath in 2004 as a supported offering. Fedora has been the only free non-enterprise Linux release from Red Hat ever since. From a commercial standpoint, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is Red Hat's flagship platform and in many respects, its continued success today is due in part to the success of Fedora over the last 10 years. Many features that land in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux release are first proven by community use in Fedora. In a video interview with eWEEK, Fedora Project Leader Robyn Bergeron reflects on 10 years of Fedora and discusses what the future might hold. Bergeron noted that Fedora has shaped the lives of those that have participated in the project's development. She also commented that over the last 10 years, acceptance of open source has also grown to now become the standard model for technology development. - See more at:

Monday, February 18, 2013

வீரப்பன் வரலாறு

வீரப்பன் இன்று உயிரோடு இருந்தால், படகில் தமிழகம் வந்து ஒகெனக்கலை சொந்தம் கொண்டாட யாருக்காவது தைரியம் இருக்குமா ???- வில்லன் போல் சித்தரித்த விபசார ஊடகங்கள் .............!!!

இன்றோடு ஒன்பது ஆண்டுகள் ஆகின்றன. எது பற்றி என்று கேட்கிறீர்களா ? சந்தன வீரப்பன் என்று அழைக்கப் பட்ட கூஸ் முனுசாமி வீரப்பன் இறந்து இன்றோடு ஒன்பது ஆண்டுகள் ஆகின்றன.

வீரப்பனை கொன்றோம் என்று மார் தட்டிக் கொண்டவர்களும், அதிகாரி வீட்டில் சப்பாத்தியும் தோசையும் சுட்டவர்களும், அதிகாரி ஷூவுக்கு பாலீஷ் போட்டவர்களும், ஒரு படி பதவி உயர்வும், இரண்டு லட்சம் ரொக்கமும், இரண்டு கிரவுண்...டு நிலமும் பெற்று இன்றோடு ஆறு ஆண்டுகள் ஆகி விட்டன.

ஆனால், வீரப்பனை தேடுகிறோம் என்ற பெயரால், வன்புணர்ச்சி செய்யப் பட்ட பெண்களும், இட்லரின் நாஜிப் படையை(மோடி மஸ்தான்கள் ) விட மோசமான சித்திரவதைகளுக்கு உள்ளான ஆண்களும், பெண்களும், இன்றும் மவுன சாட்சிகளாக வாழ்ந்து கொண்டிருக்கின்றனர். இந்தச் சித்திரவதைகளை செய்தவர்களும், செய்யத் தூண்டியவர்களும், இன்று பதவி மெத்தைகளிலும், அதிகார அரியணைகளிலும், அமர்ந்திருக்கிறார்கள்.

வீரப்பனால் பெயரைக் கூறி பத்திரிக்கை விற்பனையை பெருக்கியும், வீரப்பனுக்கு தருகிறேன் என்று கூறி, கோடிக்கணக்கான ரூபாய்களை கொள்ளையடித்தவர்களும், அன்று ஆட்சி பீடத்தில் உள்ளவர்களுக்கு, நெருக்கமாக, கும்மியடித்துக் கொண்டு, ஆட்சியாளர்கள் அடிக்கும் கொள்ளைகளுக்கு ஒத்து ஊதிக் கொண்டு உள்ளார்கள் இந்த ஊடக விபச்சாரர்கள்....!

வீரப்பனை கொன்று விட்டோம் என்ற மார்தட்டிக் கொண்டு, ஒன்பது ஆண்டுகள் கழித்து, இன்றைய நிலைமை என்ன என்று பார்த்தால், வருத்தமும், ஏமாற்றமும், வீரப்பன் இல்லையே என்ற ஏக்கமும் ஏற்படுகிறது.

வீரப்பன் இன்று உயிரோடு இருந்தால், படகில் தமிழகம் வந்து ஒகெனக்கலை சொந்தம் கொண்டாட யாருக்காவது தைரியம் இருக்குமா ? தமிழகத்தில் கால் வைக்க வாட்டாள் நாகராஜுக்கு தைரியம் இருக்குமா ?

வீரப்பன் தந்தங்களுக்காக யானைகளைக் கொன்றான், மரங்களை வெட்டினான் என்றெல்லாம் பல்வேறு குற்றச் சாட்டுகளைச் சொன்னாலும், வீரப்பன் என்ற ஒரு நபர் இல்லாத இந்தியாவின் பல்வேறு இடங்களில் சந்தனமும் ரோஸ்வுட் மரமும், தேக்கும் மற்றும் பல்வேறு உயர்வகை மரங்களும் மிக மிக மோசமாக கொள்ளையடிக்கப் பட்டுத்தானே வருகின்றன ? இந்தியாவில் வனங்கள் இருக்கும் பகுதிகளில், மரக்கொள்ளையர்கள் இன்று வரை மரங்களையும் இயற்கை வளங்களையும் கொள்ளையடித்துத் தானே வருகின்றனர் ?

ஆனால், ஒரு கட்டத்திற்குப் பிறகு, விரப்பன் யானைகளை கொல்வதை நிறுத்தி விட்டார் என்பதுதான் உண்மை. ஆனால், வீரப்பனை தேடுகிறோம் என்ற பெயரில், மலைவாழ் மக்களை, கர்நாடக காவல்துறையும், தமிழக காவல்துறையும் படுத்திய பாடு கொஞ்ச நஞ்சமல்ல. சோளகர் தொட்டி படித்துப் பாருங்கள்… !

வீரப்பன் இருந்த காலத்தில், காட்டுக்குள் வந்து வேட்டையாட பயந்த மரக் கொள்ளையர்கள் வீரப்பன் இருந்த பக்கமே வரமாட்டார்கள் என்றும், வனத்துறையினர் மீது துளியும் பயம் இல்லை என்றும், வீரப்பன் என்றால் அவ்வளவு அச்சம் என்றும், சத்தியமங்கலம் பகுதியைச் சேர்ந்த ஒருவர் தெரிவிக்கிறார்.

வீரப்பன் என்கவுண்டரில் சுட்டுக் கொலை செய்யப் பட்டார் என்ற செய்தி டிவியில் வந்ததும் அறிந்திருப்பீர்கள். ஆனால், அந்த என்கவுண்டரில் முக்கியப் பங்கு வகித்த ஒரு ஆய்வாளர் யார் தெரியுமா ? என்கவுண்டர் ஸ்பெஷலிஸ்ட் என்று தன்னைத் தானே அழைத்துக் கொள்ளும் வெள்ளைத் துரை. ஆறு ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன், என்கவுண்டர் நடந்ததாக சொல்லப் படும் 18.10.2004ம் ஆண்டு, வெள்ளைத் துரை சங்கம் தியேட்டர் எதிரில் இருக்கும் உதவி ஆய்வாளர்கள் குடியிருப்பில் குடியிருக்கிறார். 17.10.2004 அன்று இரவு, தன்னுடைய குடியிருப்பில் இருக்கும் குழந்தைகளோடு, தரைத் தளத்தில் வண்டி நிறுத்தும் இடம் அருகே வெள்ளைத் துரை கிரிக்கெட் விளையாடிக் கொண்டிருந்தது, அந்த குடியிருப்புக்கே தெரியும். மறுநாள் டிவியைப் பார்த்தால், வெள்ளைத் துரை போஸ் கொடுத்துக் கொண்டு இருக்கிறார்.

வீரம் என்பது என்ன தெரியுமா ? மோரில் விஷம் வைத்து ஒருவனை கொன்று விட்டு, பிணத்தின் மீது துப்பாக்கியால் சுட்டு, அந்தப் பிணத்தோடு போஸ் கொடுப்பதல்ல. .. 34 ஆண்டு காலம், இரண்டு மாநில காவல்துறைக்கும், மத்திய ரிசர்வ் காவல் படைக்கும், சிம்ம சொப்பனமாக விளங்கி மலைவாழ் மக்களின் கதாநாயகனாக வாழ்ந்தது தான் வீரம். கடற்கரையின் இருட்டில் உட்கார்ந்திருந்தவனை பேசப் போவது போல் சென்று, கொன்று விட்டு அயோத்திக் குப்பம் வீரமணியை நான்தான் கொன்றேன் என்று மார்தட்டிக் கொள்வது வீரமல்ல….

வீரப்பன் இல்லாத நிலையில், இன்று கேரள எல்லையில், தொடர்ந்து சந்தன மரங்கள் கடத்தப் படுவதாக தகவல்கள் கூறுகின்றன. வீரப்பன் இருந்த வரை, யானைகளையும் வன விலங்குகளையும், உணவுக்காக வேட்டையாடக் கூட, வனத்துறையினர் அஞ்சி நடுங்கியதாகவும், இப்போது, பழைய ராஜாக்கள் காலம் போல, வனத்துறையினர், மான்களையும், மற்ற வன விலங்குகளையும், உணவுக்காக வேட்டையாடி வருவதாகவும் தகவல்கள் கூறுகின்றன.

வீரப்பனுக்கு, உணவு கொடுத்தோம், உதவி செய்தோம் என்ற காரணத்துக்காக, பல்வேறு சித்திரவதைகளுக்கு உள்ளான மலைவாழ் மக்கள் கூட, இன்று வீரப்பன் இல்லாததை நினைத்து வருந்துவதாக தகவல்கள் கூறுகின்றன.

வீரப்பன் என்ற ஒருவன் குற்றவாளியாக இருக்கலாம். வனச் சொத்துக்களை அழித்தான் என்று அவன் மீது குற்றஞ்சாட்டலாம். வீரப்பன் வனச் சொத்துக்களை அழித்தான் என்றால், மலைவாழ் மக்களின் வாழ்வாதாரத்தையும், மலையின் இயற்கை வளத்தையும், நீராதாரத்தையும் அழித்துச் சுரங்கம் தோண்டும் வேதாந்தா குற்றவாளி இல்லையா ? அதன் இயக்குநர்களில் ஒருவராக இருந்த ப.சிதம்பரம் குற்றவாளி இல்லையா ? மலைவாழ் மக்களுக்கு எதிராகவும், வேதாந்தாவுக்கு ஆதராவகவும் தீர்ப்பு அளித்த இந்திய தலைமை நீதிபதி கபாடியா குற்றவாளி இல்லையா ?

இயற்கை வளங்களை யார் அழிக்கவில்லை ? காட்டில் அழித்தால் மட்டும் தான் இயற்கை வளமா ? நகரத்தில் உள்ள ஏரிகளை தூர்த்து, அதன் மீது, பிளாட் போட்டு விற்று, கோடிக்கணக்கில் பணத்தை கொள்ளையடிக்கும் அரசியல்வாதிகளும், ரியல் எஸ்டேட் காரர்களும் அழிப்பதற்கு பெயர் இயற்கை வளம் இல்லையா ?!!!!!!!!

இதையெல்லாம் இந்த ஊடக விபச்சாரர்கள் ஊதி பெரிதாக்கி தமிழனை காலம் காலமாகவே முட்டாளாக்கி கொண்டிருகிறது ...நீதிவான்கள் ,சிந்தனைவாதிகள் அனைவரும் ஊடகம் என்னும் ஆயுதத்தை கையில் எடுக்கவேண்டும் உண்மையை உலகிற்கு உணர்த்த ...இந்த பொய் பிரச்சாரத்தை மெய்பிக்கும் வகையில் இப்போது வெளிடப்பட்ட வனயூத்தம் என்ற திரைப்படத்திலும் வில்லனாக சித்தரித்தும் ,ஆளுங்கட்சிக்கு சோப்பும் போடப்பட்டுள்ளது என்பது இந்த கயவர்கள் எதுவரை ஊடுருவி உள்ளார்கள் என்பது சிந்திக்க வேண்டும்....

நம்மை பொறுத்தவரை வீரப்பன் கொஞ்சம் கெட்ட போராளி அவள்ளவே !!!

நன்றி - இளந்தளிர்

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mind Blowing Interview

Interviewer : Tell me about yourself.
Candidate: I Rameshwar Kulkarni. I did my Tele Communication engineering from BabanRao Dhole-Patil Inst it ute of Technology.

Interviewer : BabanRao Dhole-Patil Inst i
t ute of Technology? I had never heard of this college before!
Candidate : Great! Even I had not heard of it before getting an admission into it ..
What happened is – due to cricket world cup I scored badly! in 12th.I was getting a paid seat in a good college. But my father said (I prefer to call him ‘baap’) – “I can not invest so much of money”.(The baap actually said – “I will never waste so much of money on you”). So I had to join this college. Frankly speaking this name – BabanRao Dhole-Patil, can at the most be related to a Shetakari Mahavidyalaya

Interviewer: ok, ok. It seems you have taken 6 years to complete your engineering.
Candidate : Actually I tried my best to finish it in 4 years. But you know, these cricket matches and football world cup, and tennis tournaments. It is difficult to concentrate. So I flunked in 2nd and 3rd year. So in all I took 4 + 2 = 7 years.

Interviewer: But 4+2 is 6.
Candidate: Oh, is it ? You know I always had KT in maths. But I will try to keep this in mind. 4+2 is 6, good, thanks. These cricket matches really affect exams a lot.. I think they should ban it .

Interviewer : Good to know that you want cricket matches to be banned.
Candidate : No, no… I am talking about Exams!!

Interviewer: Ok, What is your biggest achievement in life?
Candidate : Obviously, completing my Engineering. My mom never thought I would complete it . In fact, when I flunked in 3rd year, she was looking for a job for me in BEST (Bus
corporation in Maharashtra ) through some relative.

Interviewer : Do you have any plans of higher study?
Candidate: he he he.. Are you kidding? Completing ‘lower’ education it self was so much of pain!!

Interviewer : Let’s talk about technical stuff. On which platforms have you worked?
Candidate : Well, I work at SEEPZ, so you can say Andheri is my current platforms. Earlier I was at Vashi center. So Vashi was my platform then. As you can see I have experience of different platforms! (Vashi and Andheri are the places in Mumbai)

Interviewer : And which languages have you used?
Candidate : Marathi, Hindi, English. By the way, I can keep quiet in German, French, Russian and many other languages.

Interviewer: Why VC is better than VB?
Candidate : It is a common sense – C comes after B. So VC is a higher version than VB. I heard very soon they are coming up w it h a new language VD!

Interviewer: Do you know anything about Assembly Language?
Candidate: Well, I have not heard of it . But I guess, this is the language our ministers and MPs use in assembly.

Interviewer : What is your general project experience?
Candidate : My general experience about projects is – most of the times they are in pipeline!

Interviewer: Can you tell me about your current job?
Candidate: Sure, Currently I am working for Bata Info Tech ltd. Since joining BIL, I am on Bench. Before joining BIL, I used to think that Bench was another software like Windows.

Interviewer : Do you have any project management experience?
Candidate: No, but I guess it shouldn’t be difficult. I know Word and Excel. I can talk a lot. I know how to dial for International phone call and use speaker facility. And very important – I know few words like – ‘Showstoppers ‘ , ‘hot fixes’, ‘SEI-CMM’, ‘quality’, ‘version control’, ‘deadlines’ , ‘Customer Satisfaction’ etc. Also I can blame others for my mistakes!

Interviewer: What are your expectations from our company?
Candidate : Not much.
1. I should at least get 40,000 in hand..
2. I would like to work on a live EJB project. But it should not have deadlines. I personally feel that pressure affects natural talent.
3. I believe in flexi-timings.
4. Dress Code is against basic freedom, so I would like to wear t-shirt and jeans.
5. We must have sat-sun off. I will suggest Wednesday off also, so as to avoid breakdown due to overwork.
6. I would like to go abroad 3 times a year on short term preferably 1-2 months) assignments. Personally I prefer US, Australia and Europe. But considering the fact that there are Olympics coming up in China in the current year, I don’t mind going there in that period. As you can see I am modest and don’t have many expectations. So can I assume my selection?

Interviewer : he he he ha ha ha. Thanks for your interest in our
organization. In fact I was never entertained so much before. Welcome to INFOSYS.

The fellow was appointed in a newly created section ‘Stress Management’ in the HRD of Infosys.

So Excellence is not the only thing Needed. Its the Unique Quality of a Person which can let anyone to Success. Work on Your own Field rather then following somebody else's Path

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech - "I have an Dream"

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.
There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."¹
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."2
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:
My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
                Free at last! Free at last!
                Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!3

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Swami Vivekananda’s Message on Sep 11 1983 - Chicago

"Sisters and Brothers of America. [At this moment came the three minute standing ovation from the audience of 7,000] It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions; and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.
"My thanks also to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honor of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration.
"I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation.
"I will quote to you brethren a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest childhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings: 'As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.'
"The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita: 'Whosoever comes to me, though whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me.'
"Sectarianism, bigotry, and it's horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful Earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now.
"But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal."