(image adroitly pinched from BBC)
Hold that chuckle. Hacking, electronics, DJing...a more pure practitioner of the punk ethic cannot be found in American cities, leave alone a poor village in Bihar. Say hello to Raghav Mahato.
"Good morning! Welcome to Raghav FM Mansoorpur 1! Now listen to your favourite songs," announces anchor and friend Sambhu into a sellotape-plastered microphone surrounded by racks of local music tapes.
For the next 12 hours, Raghav Mahato's outback FM radio station plays films songs and broadcasts public interest messages on HIV and polio, and even snappy local news, including alerts on missing children and the opening of local shops.
Raghav and his friend run the indigenous radio station out of Raghav's thatched-roof Priya Electronics Shop.
The place is a cramped $4-a-month rented shack stacked with music tapes and rusty electrical appliances which doubles up as Raghav's radio station and repair shop.
After I read this piece of news on BBC, I felt like playing "London Calling" loud enough to make the plaster on the walls start to peel.
Goodbye CBGB, hello Mansoorpur!
Now would be a great time to quote some Rage Against The Machine lyrics. Like this one, maybe?
Lights out, Guerrilla Radio!
Turn that shit up
It has to start somewhere It has to start sometime
What better place than here, what better time than now?