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…
I stayed for 3 years in Bangalore. There were places I loved in the city, places that I liked and a few places that I hated. There were also places about which I cannot make up any opinion at all.
Among them was the Jumma Masjid on the Dispensary road. This is not to be confused with the more famous Trust by the same name that is close by.
The area around is always busy and the commercial street is also close. The markets were always full of customers, shopkeepers sold exotic items. Just a few hundred meters and you could also visit the markets selling lots of stolen goods, though the shopkeepers often deny that and then wink to show that they were bluffing. It is a fun place for a man to be in, a bit scary for many women, except in a crowd.
Anyway, I always found the place inviting in a peculiar way, the nearby Salafi mosque preaching the evils of other religions, the stench of the urinals, the cheap stolen goods in the market, the prostitutes on the road, the hustle and bustle of t…
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…