‘Feminism’ has been a long-debated subject and a concept which is almost regularly misinterpreted and misunderstood in the society. In this piece of writing I would share my personal thoughts and views on ‘Feminism’ , it’s past and it’s future and of course it’s necessity(I assure you it will have an analytical edge).
Gender inequality has it’s roots dug deep in our history books, social structure, customs, religions,literature and together they have forged our psychological outlook. There is absolutely no divinity in these inequalities. These had been forged by one gender to retain their superiority over the other. One thing that is hard to accept for many is that Religion is a patriarchal view , it is philosophies of men, where divinity is reserved for a particular sex. (I am not labeling Religion as good or bad). But in many ways and through ages gender inequality…
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Science class was on. No doubt I was supposed to be attentive just like the rest of the class. But one thing I never understood is why do all these ideas(or whatever you like to call them) pop up during these classes…The rest is just a part of a scribbling on the unused corner of my science book…and when I put all together, it left me wondering about all those metaphors I have used ….but anyway I liked the piece.
Look beyond those symbols I used, afterall it is (was) just another scribbling…
The Dead Zone
BLOOD and Scream…..blood and scream….and limbs of unknown Human beings stacked one upon another- so ruthlessly.Heap of concretes, piles of ashes and blood. More blood. More screams.
Two insomniac eyes. Transfixed. Visions started to blur. A mixture of Agony and Anger, opening an aisle to the abyss. A window to the Inferno Shadows…
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an interesting piece of writing and a worthy reading….
Last night before I went to bed, Facebook was telling me to prepare for the worst. The father of our nation, Nelson Mandela, who has been in hospital for more than a week, is standing on the threshold between life and death. The Presidency said the old man was in a critical state. The nation started saying goodbye, getting ready for the inevitable death of a man who was more like a god to our people than any other man before him.
My mind inevitably went to the stories those on the far right have been telling us for years – stories about the “ethnic cleansing” terror that is planned for white people on the night of Madiba’s death. They call it Night of the Long Knives – the Right has always had a penchant for the dramatic – and they have been preparing themselves for it for years. I’ve…
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“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
There was a time when when your skin color would’ve determined your human identity, there was a time when a darker skin meant a darker life and no matter how much you want to give the world, after the end of the day ‘black’ meant – your rights, wants, needs would never exist. But that ‘never’ was conquered by the struggle of the same person who said– “It always seems impossible until its done.”
Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary- who had dared to redefine FREEDOM, dared to end an episode of chains, a chapter of slavery. He was the boy nicknamed ‘trouble maker’, the same boy who grew up to be the only native African student studying law at University of Witwatersrand, no doubt he had to bear the scars of racism, something immensely prominent at that time.
This is a sign board from Capetown at that time of apartheid. When I had the first encounter with this picture on internet, it left me perplexed thinking what kind of ruthless world it was to live in. Glad the world had a Nelson Mandela. He actually showed the world what it is to be a human. Chains and shackles are definately not what the world needs. During the time of apartheid in South Africa laws were made with a racist outlook and thus it gave a legal face to something inhumane and barbaric. How can he avoid being a ‘troublemaker’ ? The path that he had chosen was a path of suffering, imprisonment, torture but all these became inferior to him when the struggle is for FREEDOM, EQUALITY and HUMANITY. He chose the road that was never paved with fortunes and wealth, it was an uncertain one where the victors might have erased him forever. It was that walk where every step is a struggle, it was a Long Walk to Freedom.
But history can never label Nelson Mandela with that sticker of another rebellious leader who had the eye of violence wide open but the other one always shut. How could he have been the Nelson Mandela, if he didn’t have that warm heart?
Like the Greats of history, Nelson Mandela could envision that without the end of the inequalities, Liberty and Freedom would remain merely a luxury item, it would not serve its true purpose and certainly it would not serve humanity. During his early years of struggle the racist authorities enacted Suppression of Communist act, and thus repressed him and other fellow activists, labeling them of waging a communist revolution. (That’s actually what the authorities are best at when they become desperate to retain their legacy of evil !)
Today, it’s the 95 th birthday of Nelson Mandela. From every corner of the world people paid their tributes, tweets , fb posts. And of course flowers .Everybody in their own way of wishing a great man. There is actually something more in it. A Hope.
A man who had put ‘the end’ to long chapter of slavery is the Hope to end modern-day slavery. Happy birthday and salute to Mandela. Get well soon-this is not just a wishing from a random blogger but this is the the desperate cry of millions. This world badly needs you, we need you.
Perhaps just like another observer of events around the globe, I was following the Malala case for some time. By this time she had made a well reputation of a diehard girl in a struggle for promoting education in a corner of the world which believes in shackles and chains. Part of the incidents like the Taliban assault on her made to the headlines. Well, I am not focusing on that part (I certainly have a place of respect for her struggle) but today I will let the skeptic inside me speak.
Let’s start with this-“Let us pick up our books and our pens,” she said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.”.http://world.time.com/2013/07/12/pakistani-teenager-shot-by-taliban-comes-to-un/
A portion of the speech Malala delivered in the UN, I can’t deny that these words are valuable and they have an essence of truth in it.But what has started to disturb me is the very question- Are these words actually her own??
Another thought that disturbs me is – How far is she genuine or she is just another media face??
I know these are stuffs that should not pop-out, not in a moment when the UN has declared- Malala Day. Again I want to add that I do honour for fight , her cause and things for which she stands (at least what the media let out). And just like everyone of you who finds optimism watching her steps, I also wanted to believe in her originality. Sad but true the skeptic inside me won’t let it go. Again it is certainly not something outlandish for Malala to be another of those media faces,right?? Who pops out very often and then everyone has a good time, then years go by and the old face is replaced by a new one. New spices in the blogs, websites and new headlines. And everyone seems to like it that way. But what if the truth is on the other side? if she is another media face??
Every piece of news or writings on malala is riddled with optimistic comments from the viewers, comments where there is encouragement for her to move ahead, where I find people desperate -seeking the end of the shackles , and they are convinced and they believe in Malala, most importantly they have placed their hope on her. Can she answer this calling ?? Or will we find her fade away and replaced by another of those media faces?? Is she simply another spice in the wired world, made exclusively for hungry mass?? Or is she actually the girl worth all those optimism?? These thoughts are something that worries me right now .(yes, in a time when the world is celebrating Malala Day)