Fiction Friday – Zoya

“Zoya, wake up!” my mother called. “Zoya, hurry up, you’re getting late for school beta.”
“Huh?” I woke up thinking I belonged to a different world.
Then, my mother sprinkled some ice cold water on my face and I realized it was the same mean world and I had to get ready for that gloomy and rude place which they call school.
“Mummy, I think I have a headache,” I cried.
“Great, not again. Don’t give me stupid excuses for not going to school, okay?” she said.
“But, mummy, I’m really not feeling well today.”
“Zoya, please. Everyday you give me stupid excuses. Tell me, why don’t you feel like going to school?”
“It’s nothing. Fine, I’ll get ready.”
“You better get ready. You are well aware of the fact that I struggle to pay for your education.”

So, I had to go to that place again and look at the faces of those rude boys and girls.
As I entered that wretched classroom, Rahul, the guy I hated the most, started making faces at me.
“Oh! Look who’s here in school again,” he teased. “The girl who should be washing dishes in someone’s house.”
I felt my cheeks getting hot.
“Tell me, Zoya, where is your mother cleaning the floors these days? You know, actually, my mother is looking for someone to do the household chores. One of our servants fled.”

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Will the cheap disgusted mentality of people ever change?

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This is a photo of Rupali Kaur who posted this on Instagram herself and this picture was deleted by Instagram twice by stating that this picture is against the community guidelines.

They deleted a photo of a woman who is fully covered and menstruating, stating that it goes against community guidelines when their guidelines outline that it is nothing but acceptable, the girl is fully clothed, the photo is of her own and it is not attacking a certain group nor is it spam and because it does not break those guidelines she posted it again. This girl didn’t apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have her body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak, when the pages of Instagram are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified, pornified and treated less than human.

Women bleed each month to help make humankind a possibility, her womb is home to the divine, a source of life for our species, whether she choose to create or not but very few times it is seen that way. In older civilizations this blood was considered holy in some it still is but a majority of people, societies and communities shun this natural process. Some are more comfortable with the pornification of women, the sexualization of women, the violence and degradation of women than this. They cannot be bothered to express their disgust about all that but will be angered and bothered by this. We menstruate and they see it as dirty, attention seeking, sick, a burden as if this process is less natural than breathing, as if it is not a bridge between this universe and the last, as if this process is not love, labour, life, selfless and strikingly beautiful.

This image was a part of a photoseries project by Rupali Kaur for her visual rhetoric course. You can view the full series and read the full article at http://www.rupikaur.com

Criticizing the Indian Cricket Team? Think again.

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The Indian Cricket Team is one of the best in the world. We have such good players! Our team has the most fans (because China doesn’t play cricket, duh). We did pretty well in the world cup. We won all our matches except one.

However, some people are criticizing the team for losing against Australia. This does not make sense, at all. The Australian team is number one. There is no denying about the fact that they played amazingly well. Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc performed marvelously. The game was tough, very tough, indeed. But the Indians did their best. No one wishes to lose, do they?

Sitting at your homes in front of the TV, being like ‘Damn it, they should have won! What are they doing? Gadhe kar kya rahe hain? Abbey maar yaar. Abbey dhang se bowling kar. Isko toh team se nikaal dena chaiye tha. Ye kar kya raha hai captain ban kar?’
Like, seriously? This is what you got? If you were in their place, you’d see how tough it can be. There is no point in doing this. People are burning posters and abusing. Some have even went to the level of criticizing Anushka Sharma for it. This is lame. Very lame.

A true fan is one which supports in both wins and loses. If you’re angry with the team, I’m sorry to say, but no, you ain’t a true fan and you ain’t a true lover. A good game is a good game, no matter what. This is the sportsman spirit. It’s just about playing it right and giving your best. Haar jeet toh chalti rehti hai, right?

Be bold, and stop being angry!

Think About The Fear

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I was walking alone
In a deserted area prone
Dark in night
My feelings in fright!

Rushing towards home
Just felt I am not alone
Some footsteps following me
I just wanted to be free!

Rushing fast in track
Hiding my tears in sack
Suddenly, a car arrived
The persons behind me tried
To capture me in their car
And take me really far!

After a while my eyes opened in bed
Thinking it could be a nightmare bad
But then realised that I am not in my house
Hearing the laugh coming from out
Made me scared and afraid
Thinking of demons that I faced!

Suddenly someone opened the door
I was sitting on bed all alone
Wanted to run and reach my home
Somebody save me from demon!

My heartbeat I could hear
My body was shivering
It made me burst into tear
But nobody cared!

The person reached very close to me
I just wanted to be free
Mumma! Mumma! I yelled inside
Having so much fear I just cried!

I was shouting for help
But i was in a trap
My body I couldn’t feel
My fear I couldn’t reveal!

I don’t know whether I am alive
Coz inside I have died
Was taken back by car
Thrown on road where i was
Rescued by people
From where I was thrown
Now i reached back to home!

People say that I am safe
Only I know I live in grave
My life is destroyed
And I am half dead and half alive!

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These are the feelings and emotions of every girl who is raped or harassed. People please think that every girl deserves respect and protection. We don’t even need govt. help if we change our mindsets.

And Girls, we have to stand up and fight for ourselves. No one has the right to destroy our lives. Girls are no way weaker than boys! Halla Bol!

Nathuram Godse – Not a murderer, just a savior! – Megha Chaturvedi

The people know Nathuram Godse for killing Lgend Mahatma Gandhi. But after reading this article your views will completely change about Mahatma Gandhi and Nathuram Godse. Nathuram Godse was not exactly a murderer, he was a savior of all Hindus.

Just because Mahatma Gandhi is called Father of Nation and have done a lot of freedom struggle, doesn’t mean he was always right on each and every action. I request all the people to read this speech given by Nathuram Godse and then try to understand both sides of a coin instead of just blindly following what is being taught to us!

 

Speech by Nathuram Godse in the court (Assassinated Mahatma Gandhi)

JANUARY 30th, 1949 – The Mahatma was assassinated by a man called Naturam Godse. After he shot him, instead of running away, he stood his ground and surrounded. He said, “No one should think that Gandhi was killed by a madman”

One of the best speeches of All time, which is compared to Socrates’s speech in his trial. The Judge was astonished by his speech and commented that if India had followed the Jury system of giving judgments, Godse would have been adjudicated as “Not Guilty” by the Jury, cause after the speech, the whole audience was in tears.

This is the speech given by Nathuram Godse in the court in his last trial for the murder of Mahatma Gandhi
Born in a devotional Brahmin family, I instinctively came to revere Hindu religion, Hindu history and Hindu culture. I had, therefore, been intensely proud of Hinduism as a whole. As I grew up I developed a tendency to free thinking unfettered by any superstitious allegiance to any isms, political or religious. That is why I worked actively for the eradication of untouchability and the caste system based on birth alone. I openly joined anti-caste movements and maintained that all Hindus were of equal status as to rights, social and religious and should be considered high or low on merit alone and not through the accident of birth in a particular caste or profession. I used publicly to take part in organized anti-caste dinners in which thousands of Hindus, Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, Chamars and Bhangis participated. We broke the caste rules and dined in the company of each other.

I have read the speeches and writings of Dadabhai Nairoji, Vivekanand, Gokhale, Tilak, along with the books of ancient and modern history of India and some prominent countries like England, France, America and’ Russia. Moreover I studied the tenets of Socialism and Marxism. But above all I studied very closely whatever Veer Savarkar and Gandhiji had written and spoken, as to my mind these two ideologies have contributed more to the moulding of the thought and action of the Indian people during the last thirty years or so, than any other single factor has done.

All this reading and thinking led me to believe it was my first duty to serve Hindudom and Hindus both as a patriot and as a world citizen. To secure the freedom and to safeguard the just interests of some thirty crores (300 million) of Hindus would automatically constitute the freedom and the well being of all India, one fifth of human race. This conviction led me naturally to devote myself to the Hindu Sanghtanist ideology and programme, which alone, I came to believe, could win and preserve the national independence of Hindustan, my Motherland, and enable her to render true service to humanity as well.

Since the year 1920, that is, after the demise of Lokamanya Tilak, Gandhiji’s influence in the Congress first increased and then became supreme. His activities for public awakening were phenomenal in their intensity and were reinforced by the slogan of truth and non-violence, which he paraded ostentatiously before the country. No sensible or enlightened person could object to those slogans. In fact there is nothing new or original in them. They are implicit in every constitutional public movement. But it is nothing but a mere dream if you imagine that the bulk of mankind is, or can ever become, capable of scrupulous adherence to these lofty principles in its normal life from day to day. In fact, honour, duty and love of one’s own kith and kin and country might often compel us to disregard non-violence and to use force. I could never conceive that an armed resistance to an aggression is unjust. I would consider it a religious and moral duty to resist and, if possible, to overpower such an enemy by use of force. [In the Ramayana] Rama killed Ravana in a tumultuous fight and relieved Sita. [In the Mahabharata], Krishna killed Kansa to end his wickedness; and Arjuna had to fight and slay quite a number of his friends and relations including the revered Bhishma because the latter was on the side of the aggressor. It is my firm belief that in dubbing Rama, Krishna and Arjuna as guilty of violence, the Mahatma betrayed a total ignorance of the springs of human action.

In more recent history, it was the heroic fight put up by Chhatrapati Shivaji that first checked and eventually destroyed the Muslim tyranny in India. It was absolutely essentially for Shivaji to overpower and kill an aggressive Afzal Khan, failing which he would have lost his own life. In condemning history’s towering warriors like Shivaji, Rana Pratap and Guru Gobind Singh as misguided patriots, Gandhiji has merely exposed his self-conceit. He was, paradoxical, as it may appear, a violent pacifist who brought untold calamities on the country in the name of truth and non-violence, while Rana Pratap, Shivaji and the Guru will remain enshrined in the hearts of their countrymen forever for the freedom they brought to them.

The accumulating provocation of thirty-two years, culminating in his last pro-Muslim fast, at last goaded me to the conclusion that the existence of Gandhi should be brought to an end immediately. Gandhi had done very well in South Africa to uphold the rights and well being of the Indian community there. But when he finally returned to India he developed a subjective mentality under which he alone was to be the final judge of what was right or wrong. If the country wanted his leadership, it had to accept his infallibility; if it did not, he would stand aloof from the Congress and carry on his own way. Against such an attitude there can be no halfway house. Either Congress had to surrender its will to his and had to be content with playing second fiddle to all his eccentricity, whimsicality, metaphysics and primitive vision, or it had to carry on without him. He alone was the Judge of everyone and everything; he was the master brain guiding the civil disobedience movement; no other could know the technique of that movement. He alone knew when to begin and when to withdraw it. The movement might succeed or fail, it might bring untold disaster and political reverses but that could make no difference to the Mahatma’s infallibility. ‘A Satyagrahi can never fail’ was his formula for declaring his own infallibility and nobody except himself knew what a Satyagrahi is.

Thus, the Mahatma became the judge and jury in his own cause. These childish insanities and obstinacies, coupled with a most severe austerity of life, ceaseless work and lofty character made Gandhi formidable and irresistible. Many people thought that his politics
were irrational but they had either to withdraw from the Congress or place their intelligence at his feet to do with, as he liked. In a position of such absolute irresponsibility Gandhi was guilty of blunder after blunder, failure after failure, disaster after disaster.

Gandhi’s pro-Muslim policy is blatantly in his perverse attitude on the question of the national language of India. It is quite obvious that Hindi has the most prior claim to be accepted as the premier language. In the beginning of his career in India, Gandhi gave a great impetus to Hindi but as he found that the Muslims did not like it, he became a champion of what is called Hindustani. Everybody in India knows that there is no language called Hindustani; it has no grammar; it has no vocabulary. It is a mere dialect; it is spoken, but not written. It is a b*st*rd tongue and crossbreed between Hindi and Urdu, and not even the Mahatma’s sophistry could make it popular. But in his desire to please the Muslims he insisted that Hindustani alone should be the national language of India. His blind followers, of course, supported him and the so-called hybrid language began to be used. The charm and purity of the Hindi language was to be prostituted to please the Muslims. All his experiments were at the expense of the Hindus.

From August 1946 onwards the private armies of the Muslim League began a massacre of the Hindus. The then Viceroy, Lord Wavell, though distressed at what was happening, would not use his powers under the Government of India Act of 1935 to prevent the rape, murder and arson. The Hindu blood began to flow from Bengal to Karachi with some
retaliation by the Hindus. The Interim Government formed in September was sabotaged by its Muslim League members right from its inception, but the more they became disloyal and treasonable to the government of which they were a part, the greater was Gandhi’s infatuation for them. Lord Wavell had to resign as he could not bring about a settlement and he was succeeded by Lord Mountbatten. King Log was followed by King Stork.

The Congress, which had boasted of its nationalism and socialism, secretly accepted Pakistan literally at the point of the bayonet and abjectly surrendered to Jinnah. India was vivisected and one-third of the Indian territory became foreign land to us from August 15, 1947. Lord Mountbatten came to be described in Congress circles as the greatest Viceroy and Governor-General this country ever had. The official date for handing over power was fixed for June 30, 1948, but Mountbatten with his ruthless surgery gave us a gift of vivisected India ten months in advance. This is what Gandhi had achieved after thirty years of undisputed dictatorship and this is what Congress party calls ‘freedom’ and ‘peaceful transfer of power’. The Hindu- Muslim unity bubble was finally burst and a theocratic state was established with the consent of Nehru and his crowd and they have called ‘freedom won by them with sacrifice’ – whose sacrifice? When top leaders of Congress, with the consent of Gandhi, divided and tore the country – which we consider a deity of worship – my mind was filled with direful anger.

One of the conditions imposed by Gandhi for his breaking of the fast unto death related to the mosques in Delhi occupied by the Hindu refugees. But when Hindus in Pakistan were subjected to violent attacks he did not so much as utter a single word to protest and censure the Pakistan Government or the Muslims concerned. Gandhi was shrewd enough to know that while undertaking a fast unto death, had he imposed for its break some condition on the Muslims in Pakistan, there would have been found hardly any Muslims who could have shown some grief if the fast had ended in his death. It was for this reason that he purposely avoided imposing any condition on the Muslims. He was fully aware of from the experience that Jinnah was not at all perturbed or influenced by his fast and the Muslim League hardly attached any value to the inner voice of Gandhi.
Gandhi is being referred to as the Father of the Nation. But if that is so, he had failed his paternal duty inasmuch as he has acted very treacherously to the nation by his consenting to the partitioning of it. I stoutly maintain that Gandhi has failed in his duty. He has proved to be the Father of Pakistan. His inner-voice, his spiritual power and his doctrine of non-violence of which so much is made of, all crumbled before Jinnah’s iron will and proved to be powerless.

Briefly speaking, I thought to myself and foresaw I shall be totally ruined, and the only thing I could expect from the people would be nothing but hatred and that I shall have lost all my honour, even more valuable than my life, if I were to kill Gandhiji. But at the same time I felt that the Indian politics in the absence of Gandhiji would surely be proved practical, able to retaliate, and would be powerful with armed forces. No doubt, my own future would be totally ruined, but the nation would be saved from the inroads of Pakistan. People may even call me and dub me as devoid of any sense or foolish, but the nation would be free to follow the course founded on the reason which I consider to be necessary for sound nation-building. After having fully considered the question, I took the final decision in the matter, but I did not speak about it to anyone whatsoever. I took courage in both my hands and I did fire the shots at Gandhiji on 30th January 1948, on the prayer-grounds of Birla House.

I do say that my shots were fired at the person whose policy and action had brought rack and ruin and destruction to millions of Hindus. There was no legal machinery by which such an offender could be brought to book and for this reason I fired those fatal shots.

I bear no ill will towards anyone individually but I do say that I had no respect for the present government owing to their policy, which was unfairly favourable towards the Muslims. But at the same time I could clearly see that the policy was entirely due to the presence of Gandhi. I have to say with great regret that Prime Minister Nehru quite forgets that his preachings and deeds are at times at variances with each other when he talks about India as a secular state in season and out of season, because it is significant to note that Nehru has played a leading role in the establishment of the theocratic state of Pakistan, and his job was made easier by Gandhi’s persistent policy of appeasement towards the Muslims.
I now stand before the court to accept the full share of my responsibility for what I have done and the judge would, of course, pass against me such orders of sentence as may be considered proper. But I would like to add that I do not desire any mercy to be shown to me, nor do I wish that anyone else should beg for mercy on my behalf. My confidence about the moral side of my action has not been shaken even by the criticism levelled against it on all sides. I have no doubt that honest writers of history will weigh my act and find the true value thereof some day in future.

-NATHURAM GODSE


This article is written by Megha Chaturvedi, an 11th grader in Delhi, India. 🙂
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Charlie Hebdo – A time bomb!

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The recent terrorist attacks in Paris were devastating. Masked gunmen opened fire in the offices of a French satirical newspaper with initial reports saying that as many as 12 people had been killed and 10 wounded.

The French magazine often published nude cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. This is clearly an insult to Islam which should not have been done. This is totally pathetic. France is a country from which secularism originated. They should have maintained it. All religions should be treated equally and the religious beliefs of all persons should be kept in mind. The magazine did not only hurt the sentiments of the people following that religion, but also triggered terrorist activity at large. If proper action had been taken to stop this insensitive act, many terrorist attacks could have been avoided.

They say, they were practicing their right to freedom of expression and speech. However, a distinction must be made between freedom of expression and misuse of freedom of expression. According to universal law, people should not be allowed to use their freedoms and rights to hurt the feelings of other people and specially feelings of faith. Religious sentiments of people matter a lot. Hence, the magazine undoubtedly set off a time bomb, that had to blast some day or the other.

However, I strongly condemn the attacks. They shouldn’t have taken the law in their own hands. The terrorists stated that they avenged the Prophet. This is not the case. Islam is a religion of peace. The Quran is against violence. Even Allah is against violence. The terrorists are not only deceiving Allah, but also deceiving the followers of Islam. The terrorists preach wrong and carry out wrong in the name of God. This is insanity.
Terrorism is a disease. It is an epidemic.

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Terrorism in Kashmir

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Kashmir, as we call it, is a paradise on earth. It is undoubtedly a famous tourist destination of the country. However, now the scenario is different. The valley is not crowded by tourists, but by shootings, bombings and killings everyday. And now, it is the most famous terrorist destination of the country.

From a distance, it seems as a heaven on earth but is actually a living hell for the local people there. Their lives are shattered due to the daily firing, bombings, curfews, clashes and conflicts.

Kashmir must be restored to its glory and grandeur. The Political Parties must stop the selfish act of playing dirty politics on this sensitive issue of Kashmir. If peace and order is maintained, it will not take long enough to establish the valley as more tourist friendly than terrorist friendly.


Credits: Fatima Rehman, Grade 11, Delhi.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse

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Today, Alcohol and Drug addiction is a very common problem faced by the youth in society. People experiment with drugs for many different reasons. Many first try drugs out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or in an effort to improve athletic performance or ease another problem, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. People who experiment with drugs continue to use them because the substance either makes them feel good, or stops them from feeling bad. In many cases, however, there is a fine line between regular use and drug abuse and addiction. Very few addicts are able to recognize when they have crossed that line.

 

Youth is the future of the country and they are the ones who are more prone to drug abuse. Today, children between 16-20 years of age are taking alcohol and drugs even when they are not legally allowed to consume these things. By consuming drugs children are not only spoiling their health but also their career, life and family is affected by this. There are many laws for prevention of drug abuse but no strictness is given on those laws. A 16 year old child is able to consume alcohol or drugs just because it is in their reach. If these things are kept out of their reach then how will they consume that?

 

The problem in India is that there are no sensitization programmes about drug abuse in schools or for children out of school. We do not have a substance abuse policy. There is also a high incidence of charging children under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. Children who at times done have access to high quality drugs will use volatile substances easily found in corner stores such as cough syrups, pain relief ointments, glue, paint, gasoline and cleaning fluids. There are very few to no health centers that deal with child substance abuse problems, especially in the rural areas. The use of tobacco is another major concern amongst children. In India 20 million children a year and nearly 55,000 children a day are drawn into a tobacco addition.

The use of certain drugs such as whitener, alcohol, tobacco, hard and soft drugs is especially wide spread among street children, working children and trafficked children.

 

At this age, it is very easy to get attracted towards drugs but once we get addicted to it, we loose our control and then we do not understand the difference between right or wrong and feel helpless. We know that we are spoiling our lives but we still keep on consuming it as we are addicted and when we don’t get our dose on time we start feeling uneasy and become restless and feel like there is no way out of this darkness. We know what we are doing is wrong and that’s why we don’t share it with elders or try to get help to get rid of it as we are fearful and scared that how will elders react to it.

Our one wrong step and one little attraction makes us do a number of mistakes in which we get trapped.


This article is written by Megha Chatuvedi, an 11th grader in Delhi, India. 🙂
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