An open letter to Barrack Obama
June 28, 2015
Dr. S. P. Udayakumar
42/27 Esankai Mani Veethy
Nagercoil 629 002
Mr. Barrack Obama
The President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Greetings! My name is S. P. Udayakumar, a social activist from India. I studied and worked in the United States for almost 12 years. When I was a student there, I heard that there was a rising star in the Democratic Party from the mid-west with an unusual name but uncommon political acumen and talents. When you became a Senator and were still rising, I, for one, felt that some change would happen at least in American politics, if not in the world system. But alas, after almost seven years of your presidency, the world is a much worse place with more poverty and misery, nuclear proliferation, increased terrorism, mass killings, racial tension and so on.
You are calling for gun control, elimination of poverty, job discrimination and the removal of Confederate battle flag after spending seven precious years in power. What all did you do on any of the above issues that you mentioned in your yet another eloquent speech delivered at the College of Charleston in South Carolina? Maybe the Black people in the United States and others like me around the world should find consolation in the fact that some powerful people like you are at least talking about these issues insincerely toward the end of your tenure.
Now you are speaking plainly about the ugliness of America’s racial history – from slavery to the many ways minorities have been deprived of equal rights in more recent times. Hopefully, you will also speak plainly about the ugliness of America’s S&T history — from industrial revolution to the many ways the majority on the Earth has been deprived of basic needs and wants because of increased milex (military expenditure), WMD (weapons of mass destruction) and the overall imperial war machinery.
In January 2015 you were here in India and signed a secretive MOU with the Narendra Modi government about the liability of nuclear reactors your country has been desperately trying to sell to India. As the Democratic Party President of the United States, the mother of all democracies on the Earth, did you ever ask your Indian and American colleagues why the whole discussion, decision-making and the signing of the MOU was kept a secret and not shared with the people of India or the United States? Maybe, you will give another Charleston-type sermon after the next Fukushima-like accident somewhere on the Earth.
In the meantime, go ahead and sell all the dirty and dangerous nuclear reactors to India and all the heinous weapons and military hardware to everyone else in the world and make a joke out of nuclear non-proliferation, peaceful coexistence, elimination of terrorism and violence and so forth. When your presidency is over in a few months, keep giving more talks and enjoy your post-presidential life with all its perks and benefits. The Black people of the United States and the rest of humanity need selfless doers who walk their talk and not selfish preachers who talk about walking.
With kind regards and all peaceful wishes,
S. P. Udayakumar