Thursday, April 4, 2019

You Did It For Me Too!

This post is dedicated to all those who spoke up, stood up, helped the powerless, never stopped dreaming and dared to love even when it seemed impossible and became unbearable. I also want thank all of you who were before me because you gave me the legs to stand on, who are around me because you are the heart that beats in my chest and who will continue to come into being forevermore because you are my wings to the limitless sky! We all feed into each other and make each other stronger and better! 

Every time you stood up
for the rights of all,
You did it for me too!

Every time you questioned
the social norms,
You did it for me too!

Every time you dared
to be different,
You did it for me too!

Every time you suffered
pain and humiliation,
You did it for me too!

Every time you broke
the glass ceiling,
You did it for me too!

Every time you fell,
got up and moved forward,
You did it for me too!

Every time you extended your hand
to pick up a fellow human being,
You did it for me too!

Every time you shared 
an opportunity with the marginalized,
You did it for me too!

Every time you covered
someone's shame with dignity,
You did it for me too!

Every time you magnified
the voice of the lowly,
You did it for me too!

Every time you defeated
oppression and injustice,
You did it for me too!

Every time you raised
the banner of equality,
You did it for me too!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Practice Mindfulness!

Hi everyone, I just wanted to remind you to practice mindfulness often. Peace is within us and we must take time to be in touch with it and let it flow outside of us so that it can reach others too! Have a relaxing weekend!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Bring It On!!!

Grateful for the injustice, ‘coz that’s what makes my struggle more powerful! Grateful for the pain, ‘coz that’s what makes my smile more meaningful! Grateful for their never ending attacks, ‘coz they make me persistent! Grateful for the defeats, ‘coz they make me resilient! Grateful for the half deaf ears, ‘coz they make my voice vociferous! Grateful for the slander and name calling, ‘coz that’s what makes me famous 😉

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Because Peace Is Possible!

In the middle of the chaos,
Seek peace!
Even when it is arduous,
Hold on to peace! 

The fight for justice,
Pursue with peace!
Speak up, the way it is,
Express with peace!

When anger takes over,
Respond with peace!
When doubts bother,
Stand firm in peace!

Because it is possible,
Sustain peace! 
You and I are able,
Let's make peace!

Since it is the right way,
Follow peace!
No matter what they say,
Retain peace!

With all our differences,
Enjoy Peace!
Let's build on commonalities,
A masterpiece of Peace! 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Pulwama Attack: War or Peace?

On 14th of February this year, 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers were killed in Pulwama district of Kashmir by a native man supported by Jaish-e-Mohammad, a Pakistan based terrorist organization. Since then Indian military has lost a total of 50 personnel in encounters with those behind this attack (based in Kashmir). A recent article by the Economics Times of India, US President Donal Trump has expressed grave concern about what this situation could lead to and expressed empathy towards Indian sentiment. 

Talking about Indian sentiment, what is it and is it what it should be? Anger towards Pakistan is understandable but is a war with Pakistan a right next step? It is true that Jaish-e-Mohammad is based out of Pakistan but is current Pakistani administration really behind this specific attack? Furthermore, should an average Pakistani family be punished for it? More importantly, war would probably also mean losing more Indian soldiers. In other words, more Indian families losing 
a dear one. No matter who wins the war, it is always the women and children who lose on both sides.

Instead of expecting the government to wage a war, this is a time to reflect on what would be good for the country grounded in the principles of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation. If India was able to defeat the great British Empire through non-violence, can she not win over smaller powers using the same principles? Average Indians and Pakistanis are not looking for a war, they are looking for a prosperous future for their children. I have travelled to most Indian states including Kashmir and have never met one person who would prioritize war over peace in their calm mind. 

I am not saying those who planned and implemented this and other attacks should go unpunished. Those people should be brought to justice and I understand Indian military is doing that. However, holding anyone and everyone that may represent the religious/ethnic identity of the terrorists accountable is not right. The desire to punish all Kashmiris is not justified and the Supreme Court of India happens to agree with that. Prime Minister Modi also made a statement to that effect in a recent rally. 

Instead of asking for a war against Pakistan or attacking Kashmiris, this is a time for us to think about the families who have lost a son, a husband, a father, and a dear one. And think of those who have lost their comrades and are still doing their duty by risking their lives to protect sovereignty of the nation. If we truly empathize with their pain, we wouldn't push more soldiers towards war just because we who are in the comfort of our homes want a bloody revenge. Those who are responsible to defend the country will make a responsible decision. 

Those of us who are impacted by this horrific attack, please utilize this energy to facilitate collective healing starting from the families and colleagues of the fallen. Here are three actions I suggest we can take:

1) There are websites through which you can donate for the family members. We should try to understand what are the specific needs of those families, which family needs what resource. 
2) Understand the needs of CRPF as an organization and how can we advocate for them. Enroll to strengthen CRPF, if eligible.
3) Finally, spend some time to truly understand what could have led this man from a relatively well-to-do district of Kashmir to attack the 40 uniformed personnel who came from simple family backgrounds who had nothing against him. Is there more than what meets the eye? Do we really understand the complexity of the problem to be able to start talking about war and violence as the solution? 

Research, read, reflect and rely on those who are able to make informed decisions. Remember, we all have the opportunity to serve our motherland and we should focus on that especially in a moment like this. US President John F. Kennedy once said, 'ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country' and this is the time to think how can we help heal and strengthen our motherland rather inflicting more wounds on her! Together we are stronger and with peace we can go farther! 

For those who read Hindi, you can read a poem I wrote on this subject on my Hindi blog. 

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