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In memoriam.

Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam passed away yesterday. For those who do not know who he is, he was a former President of India, a scientist and a great man.
I believe that he was the greatest Indian President that my generation has ever seen. I considered him to be a kind of role model ever since I read his autobiography in my 6th grade, when I was in an aeronautical scientist phase.
Even after I grew out of that, I admired him for his courage, his genius, his simplicity. He was a true role model. When he was to take the oath as the President, his special invitees were a cobbler and a small restaurant owner. Here are some more incidents that show how kind and inspiring he was.
He passed away yesterday, doing what he loved best, teaching a couple of college students. I did feel a little sad, but what annoyed me was other people’s reactions. Namely, my classmates.
Yes, I know that my classmates at college are a shallow, ignorant lot. But, even I couldn’t believe the depths they could go to.
When the news broke saying that the former-President has died, instead of having the courtesy to offer sympathy, the first thing that my classmates ask for is a holiday. The class group on Whatsapp went crazy with nearly 200 messages asking whether today was going to be a holiday or not.

When will they realise that when a person dies, it is not courteous to be happy about getting a holiday? What if the person who died was a close friend or relative?
This behaviour has disgusted me beyond the limit. How can people be so insensitive or immature?

“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.” 

I dread the day when people like these become the father, the mother and the teacher. The world shall be doomed.

Are humans losing their ‘humanity’?

So, now almost everyone is announcing that they are still alive, so the end of the world conspiracy was fake.

But, don’t you think that it can even be taken from a different perspective?

I mean, the end of the world does not necessarily mean the end of the physical world, it can also mean the end of humanitarian feelings in humans. It seems that those feelings are rare these days.

In this one week, at first, there was the Newtown shooting. I mean, just how can anyone look at the innocent faces of toddlers and point a gun at them and kill them?

Well, that’s exactly what happened, right?

Then, on Sunday, in Delhi, the capital of India and the so-called ‘safe’ city, a girl and her boyfriend was coming back after a late-night movie show in a bus.

In this public bus, there were around five men, who gang-raped her for almost an hour and then threw her out of the bus, semi-naked and left to die. She is now fighting for her life, with serious damage not only to her sexual organs, but to her intestines as well. But, even if she survives, she’ll be considered a third-class citizen in a country, where even the police blame the women for, apparently, ‘getting herself raped’.

The men were arrested, but only yesterday, almost four days after the crime. This is in a country where a girl was arrested for liking a Facebook comment, within a day.

But, for the animals who raped a young girl, justice seems far.

The power of the people is something everyone seems to have underestimated, but for no longer. Hordes of women began protesting in front of the president’s and the Chief Minister’s house, demanding capital punishment for the perpetrators. The people have jumped into action.

Yet, it leaves us to wonder, will our cities, or rather, the world, ever be safe for women.

And also whether humans are losing their humanity or not.

Student kicked out of UN Climate Change Conference, for being right?

This article was also published on ‘Youth Ki Awaaz’ here

Imagine being stopped from something because you are right but the higher-ups don’t want to accept that you are right.

Imagine being banned from entering a conference just because today’s more powerful people know that you are right and what you are going to speak is surely going to convince everyone.

That pretty much is Anjali’s story.
Miss. Anjali Appadurai is a student of The College of the Atlantic, a small college in Maine. And in 2011, when the United Nations Conference on Climate Change was held in South Africa, she got a chance to speak in front of some of the world’s most powerful people.
She spoke for the youth, the next generation or in her own words, “On behalf of more than half of the world’s population”.

This year too, she got invited to speak at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change held in Doha, Qatar. But, once she reached Doha, Surprise! She was not granted entry into the venue where the conference is being held.

What was the heinous crime that she committed, you might wonder.

Nothing other than speaking for the youth. Speaking for the future. And using the hideous n-word, NOW!

That is what the authorities were unable to digest, because all they are interested in are long term plans. The motto,”Think now, Act later” (maybe when it is too late)

Just imagine the tension and the mental dilemma she might have faced when she came all the way to Middle East just to be told that she was not allowed to participate in the conference. But she has kept her cool and the youth there supporting her have written a polite letter demanding her reinstatement. However, if Anjali is not reinstated, there most certainly will be an effort to mobilize young people around the world to support her.

The youth are on Anjali’s side and it is time that the world realised the power and potential of the youth. The youth dream of changing the world for the better and this is one way of getting it done.

It is time to realise that the youth are the future and the future is NOW!

To hear Anjail Appadurai’s short, yet captivating speech at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change last year, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko3e6G_7GY4
And to read more about this issue, visit http://www.takingonthegiant.com/2012/11/29/student-challenges-un-delegates-with-courageous-speech-deep-cuts-now-get-it-done/

I think her voice needs to be heard at this year’s conference too. Don’t you?

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