American war par da song by Jayashree

Eisenhover in a memorable speech talked of the danger of the military industrial complex.  His warning has sadly been borne out time and again in the decades following the speech. In this context calculations of gain overwhelm concerns for morality in foreign policy.  Thankfully, the same decades have also seen an appreciable growth of people’s voices for peace.  This movement has made remarkable use of media to covey its message; this song by Jayashree is a good example of such efforts.

Set in the tune of the Sinhalese song “Surangani” that took India by storm, “American war par da” is a spoof of US foreign policies.

For an excellent critique of India’s nuclear politics, I recommend “War & Peace” by Anand Patwardan

About Vivek Srinivasan

I work with the Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford University. Before this, I worked with the Right to Food Campaign and other rights based campaigns in India. To learn more, click here.

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