Sunday, 27 July 2014

Is It Really A Zionist Massacre??



“An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind”
-           M.K.Gandhi


The violent images of blood stained bodies have sent chills to my spine. I was wondering once, whose fault was it by the way that led to such series of skirmishes and massacred bodies which has led to loss of lives and property. The entire infrastructure has come to a stand-still. 

WHAT CAUSED A FUROURE IN GAZA STRIP – 

The series of firing and backfiring was initiated with the alleged abduction and subsequent killing of three teenage Israelis. The Israelis alleged HAMAS, the politico-militant organization for the abduction and killing. Disapproving of their allegations, Hamas started bombing Israeli cities leading to violation of the ceasefire.
In retaliation, Israel launched an offensive as Operation Brother’s Keeper which culminated into massive manhunt o find the possible suspects for killing three Israelis as well as started firing back on the Gaza strip. While the real perpetrators of the violence are still roaming free, the civilian lives have taken a heavy toll. This retaliation was Operation Protective Edge. I support the retaliatory part as it was done to defend Israel and the unprovoked ceasefire violation was initiated by Hamas. It has still not stopped there. It is now sending “DONKEY BOMBS” to kill Israeli soldiers. 

As I am writing this, the two parties have agreed for a 12-hour ceasefire and a proposal to extend it to a day by Israel but rejected by Hamas. But in the midst of all this led me to think deeper as to why Israel got the moniker of pursuing a hawkish diplomacy. This forced me to flip through the pages of history.

THE HISTORY BEGINS – 

There used to be a time when Jewish Diaspora was spread in entire world. They were one of the most prosperous communities. World War I of 1914 brought semantic changes in their lives. FASCISM reached its peak with the rise of Hitler in Germany, Mussolini in Italy and Hirohito in Japan. 

Hitler with his fierce speeches attracted huge crowds and he initiated an era for “purification” by segregating Jews with Germans. They were devoid of all important posts and were allowed to live in ghettos, separate settlement away from German areas. The discrimination reached its peak into the infamous episode of HOLOCAUST of 1942. All the Jews who were sick, old, women and children were brutally exterminated in the gas chambers. 

In the end days, USA somehow found out these chambers and showed solidarity towards Jewish survivors. Palestine then, was a British colony and it saw frequent riot-like situation between the native Arabs and the Jews. However, after much persuasion by the USA, Britain agreed to provide shelter to Jews. As Britain left Palestine, Israel proclaimed itself as a free country. This was on May 15, 1948 and it is remembered as NAKBA, the day of Catastrophe by Palestinians.

Facing such difficult and traumatizing situations at the hands of Hitler, Israelis vowed to never bow down ever in future. They are now credited to being the most powerful standing army fully equipped with state of the art artillery. The secret intelligence agency MOSSAD is one of its kinds. Remember the Munich Massacre of 1972. 

It is just my inquisitiveness to know that if you are well aware that your opponent is much stronger than you, why always you have to provoke him. First, equip yourself with requisite arsenal and then initiate a fight. Till then, why risk lives of others.

What it Takes to Live In A War-Prone Zone - A Child Story



“It was a miracle!! I survived another day…
            I was just an inch away when a bullet was about to hit my body, I jumped. I was scared, very scared, and my friend too. We were surrounded by walls. So we jumped over walls and ran away." 

“Nidal recalled how his father was sleeping and his mother doing chores, when people with their faces covered burst in. They entered and started beating my father with sticks. All of them were beating him. One of them was kicking him. I was hiding in the room so they wouldn't take me."

The WANA (West Asia-North Africa) region is searing under violence and war and when I think of small children there, goose bumps clings to my body. When I compare my situation here in India, I find it a lot better (even better than in China). I am happy here in my own life with all sorts of ‘comfort’ amenities and I have the power to complain to the government when things do not go as per my wishes. Since India is a democratic country, I can waive the flag high and sit on a dharna at Jantar Mantar to fight for my rights or even for any other petty matter. (People at Jantar Mantar agitate just for the sake of agitation). But when I think of the wrath that wars bring to such unfortunate children, my heart cries silently at their plight. The escalation of hostilities has a disproportionate impact on children in armed conflict. Remember the 223 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria abducted by the armed rebel group Boko Haram?

IN on-going conflicts, these angelic children live under daily cloud of violence. The sound of bombings, the deaths of family members, the blood-stained bodies inside the debris all around leave them bereft and scarred for life. If got caught on the street, they are subject to sexual violence. In such volatile areas, generations of young children do not know what it is like to go to school, to study or to dream of a better future. In all, war destabilizes the very foundation of children’s lives. They usually undergo physical, sexual and emotional/psychological traumas that shatter their world.

Children are dependent on the care, attention and empathy of the adults. But these relations are disrupted in the war time due to loss of parents or emotional preoccupation of parents in protecting and finding a decent subsistence for the family. This ultimately culminates into changing the life trajectory and it takes several of years for the wounds to get healed and start a normal life, if ever that opportunity comes in.
There used to be a time when wars were fought far away from the residential areas in the open spaces/battlefields. Now, modern conflicts target civilians and approximately 90% of casualties include harmless women and children.  One has to stop at some point because in most cases, the war wagers suffer nothing but their heinous acts take away from a child his CHILDHOOD, THE GOLDEN PERIOD OF ONE’S LIFE!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

A highly Condemnable Move!!

This is in reference to the recent conduct by a "respected" MP who had 'forcefully' fed  a person who was  on fast.

ISSUE - 

As floated in the media, the issue here is - Are people in high position the 'real' decision-makers of what one's religious rights be?

The 'respected' Minister argues, "the food supplied to them on-board was not up to the mark".

It is my humble request to ask all the 11 concerned ministers that 'WE' as ordinary citizens who too travel by train and pay "full" compensation get to eat sub-standard quality food. A video was floated recently on the net which showed the stills of a cockroach in the rice bowl...

Owing to lack of power and position, we as the "Aam Junta" are helpless in this situation to raise a voice against any government official. Who will redress our grievances??

India is not a theocracy and it being a pluralistic land (and a SECULAR one), it is the task to be borne by each individual to protect each others' religious rights. Thus, it becomes imperative to respect a person's religious rights, no matter what may come!!

The political class supporting such a wanton act of ministers is highly condemnable and should  be looked at with all seriousness. It could be a severe blot on the Union government's functioning!
Several other nations have set their eyes on India to evaluate the conduct of the current government so far as MINORITIES are concerned.

Before it turns out to be an INTERNATIONAL DRAMA, concrete steps should be taken therein.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

What Kind of A Devotion Is This ?

With No offense to the "REAL" Pilgrims!!!

Year after year Kavariyas hold large procession in this part of the city and that too on a grand scale. I dont have any qualms against those who do it in the right spririt. But I seriously do have my reservations against those who are nuisance to the general traffic.

I am writing this because I too suffered at the hands of these 'orange-clad' so called devout devotees (but I personally call them "PROTECTED" Hooligans)....

Yesterday, as I was on my way back from office, I encountered some of these orange clad protected hooligans who were hovering on top of their vehicles like anything. They played all sorts of music on the entire length of NH-24 which was not at all music to my ears. With such a bass and extremely deafening like high volume, I felt like I was in a discotheque rather than on a jam packed highway. The noise pollution apart from a jammed highway added fuel to the fire.

It's good to hail the LORD but nowadays it has become more of an act of display. There were times earlier, when only the sick and the weak used to embark on such pilgrimages. But now the pilgrimage tourism has acquired an entirely new dimension with becoming more of a leisure trip..

PISSED!!
The View Of NH-24

Monday, 7 July 2014

First Day @ ISHIR !!

" A leaf that is supposed to grow is full of wrinkles and creases before it develops;
if one doesn't have the patience and wants the leaf to be as smooth as a willow leaf from the star, then there is a problem"
                                                                                  Johann Wolfgagng von Goethe

This popular adage above from the German philosopher reminds me that there is no replacement to hard work. It is only the hard work that pays off in the end. 
July 7th, 2014 became a momentous day in my life's journey. A new chapter in my life was unfolded. It was filled with a little bit of anxiety along with a positive outlook for a new tomorrow.

I still remember my first day at Tangerine. I was flooded with memories in a flash of a second. It was 16th December 2013 then (coinciding with Bangladesh's Independence Day)*. As time passed by, Tangerine became my second home in the real sense. In such a short span of time, I was able to make some really good friends. Life was like a dream come true in the company of such friendly mates and one of the coolest project managers that I thought I could ever get.

But, it is TIME which has never stopped for anyone. Coming back to the reality of today, I was acquainted with a new set of environment and in the company of new colleagues. By the grace of God, the project manager here too is very cool. It is only a few weeks back that I was discussing something with my ex-Manager. I was very apprehensive about the attitude of the future one; my manager helped me in garnering strength and repose trust on that "UNKNOWN FIGURE". And my God! to my surprise, she was right!

Looking forward to start this adventurous journey with a positive outlook.

Rest everything left on the Almighty!

* PS: Being a History Student, I am helpless for stating or associating facts of which I am aware of.. I just cannot move forward without referring the Bangladesh's Independence Day..
Please spare me for that... LOL!!
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