Sunday, November 18, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Editorial, 'NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FOR MALALA!' in LAW ANIMATED WORLD, Vol. 8, Part 2, No. 21, 15 November 2012 issue.
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FOR MALALA!
Our friend, Tarek Fatah, a Karachi-born Canadian writer, broadcaster and a secular Muslim activist against Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism, founder of the Canadian Muslim Congress, has recently started an online petition http://www.change.org/petitions/nobel-peace-prize-for-malala appealing for the award of Nobel Prize to the intrepid, selfless, child rights activist Malala Yousufzai, the Gul Makai of Swat Valley, Pakistan, now recuperating in Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital after her miraculous survival from a deadly attack by the Taliban fundamentalist terrorists in Pakistan. Gul Makai (Malala’s pen name meaning ‘corn flower’) is also a messenger of peace between nations as evidenced by her spirited speech on 15 April 2012 appealing to both India and Pakistan to shun costly and useless conflicts and forge amity and peace for all round development of the people. Already about 1, 50, 000 persons including several luminaries signed this online petition and we expect the numbers to cross a million before the end of this year. It is remarkable that the United Nations has also declared a Malala Day on 10 November for the education and protection of girl child which has been widely celebrated, with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declaring, “Malala Yousafzai is a global symbol of every girl’s right to an education. Education is a fundamental human right. It is a pathway to development, tolerance and global citizenship.” Also Education is the single largest protector of girl children against the evils of child marriage, trafficking, etc. We fully agree with Tarek Fatah that “in the face of terror, Malala risked her life to speak out for the rights of girls everywhere. Malala's bravery has sparked a global movement and we believe the Nobel Foundation should give her the Nobel Peace Prize.” As the Pakistani-British woman Shahida Choudary, herself a victim of abuse of child rights, leading a campaign for Nobel Prize to Malala stated, “Malala doesn’t just represent one young woman; she speaks out for all those who are denied an education purely on the basis of their gender.” Who else deserves better the Nobel Peace Prize this time, to be the youngest person ever to be so awarded, than this dedicated, daring 'little angel for Peace', this self-sacrificing fighter for the cause of education and health for all? §§§
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
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Thursday, November 1, 2012
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DIVIDED WE FALL!
On the eve of the Andhra Pradesh State Formation Day we once again warn our readers as also Telugu people all over the world that the hard-won unity of Telugu people after decades of people’s struggles in several fronts and the credit of being the first reorganized State formed on linguistic basis must not be dissipated on flimsy grounds and that deliberate distortion of history exacerbates regional animosities all the more. Especially it is sadly ridiculous to hear the slogans of ‘betrayal day’ hurled at that glorious event which took place five and a half decades ago. Our intense search into all the news items post 1 November 1956, or for that matter post 5 March 1956 when the then Premier Nehru announced at Nizamabad the decision to form a united Telugu State merging the then Andhra State and the then Telangana region of Hyderabad State, did not yield us a single protest event/sentiment that such unity was any kind of betrayal of people of any region. On the contrary, we found the then MLA of Nizamabad, Mr Davar Hussain, exhorting the people of Telangana to heartily work for unity, specifically observing that “though people of Nizamabad were till then Telanganaites [he meant ‘generally in favor of separate Telangana’], when Premier Nehru announced the decision in favor of united Andhra [Vishalandhra] State, there was a general ovation with not a single voice of protest from the people. It is in that spirit that Telangana people should now work for the unity and progress of the country” and that is quite laudable and exhilarating. We also remind our readers that the entire Telangana cultural and social renaissance movement was conducted successfully under the illustrious Andhra Janasanghams and Andhra Mahasabha and the star leaders of the Telangana renaissance and Telangana peasant struggle were all dedicated to the unity and progress of the entire Telugu people without any regional bias. The first Telugu book to bag the Kendra Sahitya Akademi award was ‘Andhrula Sanghika Charitra’ (Social History of Andhras) by the great Telangana leader Sri Suravaram Pratap Reddy, who always fought for Telugu unity and development. We earnestly appeal to all the people of the State, especially of Telangana region, to realize that in our amity and unity lie our progress and prosperity but nothing but sure decline and fall would result from our mindless antagonisms and conflicts §§§
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