I am not a very soft person. When it comes to Islamists and Pakistan, I turn harder(with good reason). But this girl just stands out of all of it. I will write little in this post. Words won't do enough justice to a child like her. We know what happened to her. So I won't go elaborate and repeat what the entire world knows. I just wish to convey a message - I love you. Simple. Go conquer the world. Best Wishes.
Burhan Wani – The man and his mission
The death of a young ‘hero’?
On the 8th of July, Burhan Muzaffar Wani died in
the Valley of Kashmir. Thousands poured out on the streets to commemorate his
services to the movement that he had come to symbolize of late. The relative
calm of the region was shattered with curfews, killings and allegations of
human rights abuses. His father was proud for the services his son had offered
in the name of their faith, convinced that he would go to Heaven. Amidst all
this, the romantic ideals of a young boy, just off his teens began to shake up
the youth of the entire country, both in and beyond India.
There is a lot of unrest in the Kashmir Valley recently,
especially in the aftermath of the death, nay execution of Burhan. All of this
is not unexpected in any way. In fact, this was foreseen. Even his
glorification, his elevation to the status of a martyr in the service of Islam
does not come as a surprise to me.
There is a section of the media and a sig…
This is a story that goes way
back to 2001 or 2002. I was in the sixth standard. Yes, I do remember it quite
vividly. It was funny, painful and a bit out of the ordinary – basically it had
all the ingredients that allows a memory to stick a great while longer than
others. In the process of my recollection, I may miss out a few pieces here and
there, but it will be pretty accurate. Of course, the intention of this
exercise is in no way to humiliate anyone else or point out the flaws about
others’ actions. I now find it hilarious and I think so would you.
I studied in the Vivekananda
Mission School, a private English medium school in Joka, on the outskirts of
Kolkata. If you know the location of the Indian Institute of Management,
Kolkata, you know the location of my school. I studied there till the twelfth
standard. We had many students in our class (sixth). We were divided into
several sections, ranging from A to F (not sure if it was F or G). But anyway,
I was in section B, the sect…
The Partition of India was a terrible catastrophe. There is no doubt about that. Millions were killed, displaced, thousands were raped, orphaned etc. All this was done in a space of a few months. Mobs frantically killed each other for life, religion, property, identity, revenge and any other reason they could then think of. Even since the call for Direct Action, there was no doubt about a serious religious conflict. What followed was an eventual ethnic cleansing of parts of India of non Muslims and Muslims. How it happened, what happened, how trains full of dead bodies piled up on each side of new borders is well known. Hundreds of books have been written, research over decades have been published. We know all that.
The basic idea of it all was simple - Jinnah believed Hindus and Muslims are two separate nations and the latter should have a distinct political entity for themselves, based on Islam, their faith. To identify this they had to prove one thing. That the All India Muslim Le…