“I may be the first woman in this office but not the last, because
every little girl who watches this moment tonight will realize this,
is a country of possibilities…” Kamala Harris, the dynamic, bold
and the scintillating 47 th Vice President of America the first
woman, first Asian and first of her colour to occupy such a high
office in America. Such a milestone to cross in a torn, divided
and split country. While she walked to the stage with her head
held up, women worldwide cried “You did it, Kamala…you did
She stood there epitomizing the women who dreamt big,
the women who wouldn’t settle for less, the women who have a
strong voice, the women who believe they can fragment any
glass walls no matter how coarse they are. She proved a
woman can lead the world’s biggest superpower; she
underlined a Black woman can rewrite history. But the way
wasn’t pre prepared for her, she had to pave it. She vindicated
the reckonings of the people who had the audacity to break all
stereotypes and choose her as the Vice President. She
represents a community suppressed, humiliated and oppressed
for innumerable years behind us. She hails as a voice of a
section, ready to battle against any avalanche of challenges
and emerge victorious. She elucidates that our voices can be
heard, only if we are loud enough…Gender, colour, caste are
nothing before your will to fight. You will be comprehended in
the history of women who struggled, sacrificed themselves for
equality, liberty and empowered by the strength of their vision.
We look up to you Kamala…with eyes filled with awe, pride
and hope…All kinds of stereotypes fall apart before you, thankyou Kamala.
And now the real work begins, real burden of expectations mount… ‘Let’s get started’...
Terrorism gashes France again, the feud between government and the terrorism takes away lives of guiltless citizens. Further from that, the most horrifying facet of France’s atmosphere is the throng that nourishes a fear of freedom. This battle to adhere the right of freedom does not circumscribe in France, it’s a global angst.
The current string of attacks began with the beheading of a teacher by an 18-year-old extremist for showing the contentious cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in class as a part of freedom of speech. President Macron’s statement defending the right to publish derogatory religious caricatures, sparked angry protests and calls to boycott French products across the globe. Charlie Hebdo’s decision to publish new cartoons this week ridiculing its opponents in the Islamic world formed the backdrop for yet another attack in France, taking away three lives. Still Macron and his government don’t seem to budge from their decision to support the caricatures.
Although killings have drawn condemnation, some Illiberal countries like Pakistan, Malaysia and Turkey are in a cowardly way positioning themselves as defenders of Islam. They openly back the inhumane killings of people who have nothing to do with the cartoons. Days before the Jihadist group proclaimed “killing anyone who insults the prophet is the right of each and every Muslim.” Those people who shriek to take lives claiming to defend Islam never realize that Islam or the prophet did advocate taking other’s lives anywhere. They fail to understand the essence of Islam and the core of its teachings. How can we deny a person of opposing opinion, the right to live? Every time you compromise on freedom of expression, you set back the struggle of millions of people including Muslims, struggling to free themselves from the yoke of the oppressive blasphemy laws everywhere across the globe. The threat of losing live if you present your differing opinion is petrifying.
Prophet Muhammad, such a venerated & Sacred spirt is respected by both Muslims and nonmuslims all over the world. Portrayal of such a seraphic soul in an inappropriate way can never be justified at any cost. Charlie Heldo say that they are calling out intolerance, oppressive & a political form of Islam that threatens democracy. But with the freedom of expression at its credo, the publication routinely pushes the limits of French hate speech laws with caricatures that take on or offended nearly everyone. While many Muslims worldwide condemned the attacks, they also felt insulted and stigmatised by the caricatures. Any freedom becomes meaningful when it is enjoyed within the boundaries. Freedom of expression should be used to express oneself in an optimistic way not to provoke someone or to hurt others sentiments. Even if someone exercises this freedom without limits there are many other nonaggressive methods to tackle it. “You don’t do evil to those who do evil to you, but you deal with them with forgiveness and kindness.” These are the words of the Prophet. Let this world be a better place housing all kinds of non-harming disparities.
On January 30th 2020, Keralites woke up to hear a dreadful news of the first covid case ever reported in India, in Thrissur district of Kerala. An inrush of fear, apprehensions and perplexity followed the incident. But fortunately all of it ended with glad tidings that all the three affected were cured quite successfully. Little did we know that it was only a tip of the iceberg of disruptions the pandemic brought along.
The second phase of covid-19 was brought about by a family of returnees from Italy. Not only them but also their parents and relatives all tested positive. Health officials warned that their contact list is quite long, and the shudders of January resurfaced . By mid of March my remaining three papers of the boards were cancelled perhaps for the first time in history. Later , on March 25 2020 our Prime Minister declared a nation wide lockdown in India. It was only then the quavering radiations of the pandemic reached me, as a student.
This disease brought through-going reforms in almost every levels of the society. Usually a week day starts with a lot of hustle and bustle of parents rushing to their workplaces, we children to our schools… But these days literally everyone are at homes. We can attend classes, order food , watch movies all in the comfort and security of our homes. These days well elucidated how hard our parents work to bring us up.
Nature is gingerly repairing itself, now there are more stars at the sky, rivers are more clean , air is more purified…all these makes me introspect that aren’t we the real viruses to this beautiful world we are gifted with.. ruining it now and then…we realised how important it is to live in harmony with our nature which we ought to love and protect…like it’s rightly coined “Nature doesn’t need us, but we need nature”.
From ‘good morning students!’ our teachers now begin with ‘ am I audible’? This pandemic have brought all our teachers behind screens and we are required to stay online from mornings to afternoons to get our lessons done…all our teachers have quickly adapted to these unanticipated circumstances and made us all comfortable at their own depths. I take this opportunity to thank all my teachers, their endeavour is only driving force that keeps our education going even in these hard times..
Unfortunately this pervasive malady has pushed us into a ravine of economics crisis. Globally, many students were forced to drop out of their schools due to their inability to pay fees on time. Daily wage workers, business men and even ordinary office goers whose salary was drastically reduced come in the list of hard hit victims of the lockdown.
“Greatest wealth is to live content with the little” these are the words of Plato. This tiny virus have taught us the importance of simplicity and that of humbleness. All our grandiose functions and celebrations have shrunk to small gatherings. We realised how shallow the materialistic pleasures are in life and preeminent the life itself .
These days transcended ourselves from words like ‘I’ and ‘Me’ to ‘We’ and ‘Us’. Sooner rather than later we understood the value of togetherness. Let’s pay a huge tribute to all those lives which was sacrificed in this struggle for existence and a salute to all those valiant warriors fighting this microscopic appalling virus for us . Like UN general secretary said “We are in this together and let’s get through this together” let us all believe more powerfully that there is light at the end of every tunnel…
സമൃദ്ധിയുടെയും,സന്തോഷത്തിന്റെയും ,പ്രതീക്ഷയുടെയും ഉത്സവമാണ് മലയാളിക്ക് ഓണം. ജാതി മത വ്യത്യാസമില്ലാതെ എല്ലാ ഹൃദയങ്ങളേയും ഒരുപോലെ ആഹ്ലാദിപ്പിക്കുന്ന മറ്റൊരു തിരുവോണനാൾ കൂടി വരവായി. ഇത്തവണ ഓണം വ്യത്യസ്തമാണ് ,കൂട്ടം ചേരലുകളും പങ്കുവയ്ക്കലുമില്ല വീടിന്റെ അകത്തളങ്ങളിൽ ഒതുങ്ങുന്നു നമ്മുടെ ആഘോഷം. എന്നാൽ സാമൂഹ്യ അകലം, മനസ്സുകൾ തമ്മിലുള്ള അകലമാകരുത്. നമുക്കു വേണ്ടി മുന്നിൽ നിന്ന് യുദ്ധം ചെയ്യുന്ന ആരോഗ്യ പ്രവർത്തകരേ ഓർത്തു കോവിഡ് മാനദണ്ഡങ്ങൾ ശരിയായി പാലിച്ച്, ഈ ഓണത്തെ വരവേൽക്കാം. ഈ കാലവും നാം അതിജീവിക്കുക തന്നെ ചെയ്യും. ഗ്യാപ്പിട്ട് , സോപ്പിട്ട് , മാസ്കിട്ട് മഹാബലി തമ്പുരാനെ സ്വീകരിക്കാം. എല്ലാവർക്കും ഹൃദയം നിറഞ്ഞ ഓണാശംസകൾ….
It has been an year since the Central government decided to impose an ‘ internet lockdown’ in Jammu and Kashmir citing security threats after ripping off article 370. While the rest of the world gradually conquered the drastic changes that followed the pandemic, hands of J & K still remain tied.
The pervasive malady has transformed ‘ internet ‘ from a medium of entertainment to a medium of livelihood. Education, health, business and many other realms had moved online initially to get better of the economic hurdles created by the pandemic and are evolving to be fully digital, but Jammu is potentially alienated from all these revolutionary developments due to limited internet access. Common people are getting acquainted with the digital world and are now moving a step forward to explore the innumerous possibilities offered by internet. Internet curb has hurdled Kashmir’s social and economic growth substantially .It has become a necessity for us to stay online be it for education, employment or entertainment. In a way or other the curtail of internet and later it’s limited supply has drastically slowed down and left J & K far behind others in the race . It is the right of the Kashmiris to get equal chance to explore the new developments like all other Indians.
‘ Right to internet ‘ may not be a fundamental right as far as the constitution is concerned but ‘ Right to education ‘ , ‘ right to information ‘ are all fundamental rights all of which cannot be accessed without internet these days. World is gingerly getting digitalized and future world would be even more digitalized..it should be the priority of authorities to grant better internet services for citizens.
Ram….is not a just a deity…., it’s something beyond a religion…, something afar from a temple… It is an emotion…
Ram..is a depiction of tranquility, tenderness, love, care, compassion and intimacy to fellow beings. His whole life was a portrayal of loyalty and self submission…be it in the mantle of husband ,son or brother…
But..but..when they said such a venerated spirit will adorn a temple built upon the cadaver of a mosque…I was aghast! When they exclaimed it as the victory of Ram and his bhakts…….. I was bewildered! How can someone who believed in the coexistence of all around him be happy and proud to see them split?.. When they say their agenda got fulfilled…I got scared! How can such a serine belief be treated merely as a political agenda…or as a golden opportunity to gain votes? “Ram Mandir hails as a symbol of unity” they say…I can’t acknowledge how can something that drew margins among people unite them? They celebrate it as a victory of democracy and judiciary.. I am confused..how an incident that vividly demonstrated how paralyzed our judiciary can be, called as it’s victory??
And yes I am not among those 130 crore people who pride on the creation of Ram Mandir. I can no longer feel his seraphic presence there. I am certain that whatever grandiose structure it may be…it will be just a concrete building..
When India woke up to commemorate the rights she seized from the acquisitive colonisers hailing from the other part of the the globe, the supreme interpreter and protector of these rights took a petrifying decision to probe into a lawyer’s due to dissent.
“Criticism is the backbone of democracy”. Be it any authority, the averment that no citizen can query or arraign it will be the greatest jeopardy to the democracy. Back in 2002, the same court found Arundhati Roy guilty of contempt of court as ‘she was not eligible and had no locus to question and criticize the judiciary, while here an advocate from supreme court’s own fraternity tries to point out a malfunction ,the court still seems to be not contented with his eligibility. The whole scenario reminds a dictator from the past who silenced all who raised voice against him. Reputation of the court can only be preserved by granting justice to the deserved and not by disciplining a lawyer with ‘ironhand’.
We the people are aghast, bewildered and are in the depths of despair not due to a tweet but by witnessing the crumbling column of justice in front of us. We are are shocked to see the judiciary functioning as puppets in the hands of ‘people with power’ we now have nowhere to go ,our final shaft of hope is now dissipating. Now let justice and only justice prevail.
Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton