JAMMU & KASHMIR STUDENTS EVACUATION Srinagar
JAMMU & KASHMIR STUDENTS EVACUATION
CHANDIGARH: JAMMU & KASHMIR students stuck chandigarh | Mohali and other areas because of the coronavirus . The students, enrolled in different programmes, had stayed back due to their examinations in March and thought they would return to their homes in Jammu & Kashmir once the lockdown was over, one of them said.We had no clue that the lockdown would last so long and the situation would worsen here in chandigarh also in terms of the coronavirus outbreak. We have run out of money and food supplies, the banks are not working, going out is a risk because the city is a COVID-19 hotspot and back home our families are also worried for us,” Umar Reyaz,. "We have reached out to our public representatives in chandigarh named as KASHMIR STUDENT UNION , operating currently by Mr Tehleel Manzoor ,
Tehleel Manzoor and other representative of Chandigarh helped JAMMU & KASHMIR students to evacuate from chandigarh .
Two Buses left from Kharar today around 3:30 pm.
His Gratitude and Thanks to all the supporters and representatives from chandigarh
Purposes of Education..
Faizan Hashmi 27June
Getting educated is very important for every person. It goes without saying that each of us has to have a proper education. We learn how to read, count and write. These are the basic abilities we acquire and use during our life. Is there any other purpose of education or it is aimed only at giving us a possibility to communicate our ideas and satisfy basic needs? During centuries, there were different interpretations of the purpose of education. Many scientists, pedagogues and philosophers tried to answer the question: what is the purpose of education? Taking into consideration the needs and tendencies of a modern society, we can assume that the purpose of education is to prepare students to be self-sufficient citizens capable of solving.Our education should be aimed at educating people who love the world they lie in and who are ready to become peacemakers and healers of the world (Orr 55). A sustainable society “consists” of citizens, workers, specialists, technicians, etc, who are ready to work in order to build and support such society. One of the ways to provide such education is to “get outdoor”. The skills and abilities develop in real world and not in artificial situations in class. In this regard, we may refer to the Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”. One should “touch” the real world problems and get personal experience from it. Shadows in the cave are the retrospectives of the real knowledge. To acquire the knowledge, we should leave the “cave”. We can learn theory separated from practice and this will not have any result. Instead, we should understand that every individual is a part of the natural world, thus, education should be based on ecological literacy as “health of our planet” is one of the most urgent questions of the modern social community. For many centuries, the principles of the classical education were in the spotlight. The good of the individual, realizing his/her own potential were the purposes of the learning process. Cultural development is the aim of the classical education. It stands above everything, including religion.
irony? humans aren't monsters.
In the era filled with extravagant technologies and sizzling comforts provided by it, I find animals more soothing than inborn endeavours of humans.
We all want to be happy ? right ?. we wake up everyday, work hard to our sweat and blood and give all of our capabilities to every possible hour of life just for one comfortable lifetime. And as any other normal human being, I totally find it okay. But as a person, and a woman what I find quiet unacceptable is truth. A truth that now more than anyone else, a human is terrored by none but more by a human.
you ask me and I have zillions of instances, to put forth to you; the instances that can let you know how disgusting and low a human being can be. George F , A black man who was no less precious than any other being on this planet was so brutally led to demise only because he wasn't lucky enough to own a milky white complexion? isn't that what makes humans terribly low? . Do you feel compelled after reading such articles to ask yourself why and how profound this story can be?, The story of truth that we often avoid?. George F. is just a sole glimpse of the brutality happening; there no doubt, are many more who are just living and striving hard to live because of thier black hues.
As a person, I know I can't change the whole world but through this article, I would like to abolish my words at a note that if this persists then a generation is not so far where humans will evil and admonish humanity. This is a serious matter for all of us. We should take a healthy amount of time from our lives and ask ourselves are we still valid enough to call ourselves humans? if 'yes', then how and if no then 'why'.
THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURT
the ball is in your court
life is like a game
sometimes you play with it
sometimes it plays with you
the ball is in your court
you have to decide on the spot
hit it hard to make things wonderful.
or it will put you down,
but you have to get up again
stand to prove yourself not to anyone
but to your self.
life is a game
ball is in your court
you have to decide on that spot.
you miss hit
you have to pay for it
you hit hard
things will go far
don’t wait for the turn
you have to be smart.
you will fall
you will rise
don’t fell bad
don’t get sad
get up and play the things again
it’s your goal, it’s your ball
it’s your yard, it’s your decision
be what you want to be
don’t think what others want for you
realize what you want to be
don’t let anyone change the game
if you fall, don’t play the blame game
because it’s your ball, your court
you have to decide what is yours
the court may be short
the game may not be strong
never say no to a chance
because the ball is in your court
you have to decide on the spot
life will never give you the
same chance again
either miss hit OR hit it hard
and see what it will make of you
either a rising star
or a shooting star.
play till the shooting star
becomes a rising star.
the ball is in your court
you have to decide on the spot.
XENOPHOBIA, RACISM AND DISTRUST: A PARALLEL PANDEMIC TO COVID-19
The first patient who caught fever , cold and cough from coronovirus would hardly have imagined that what looked like a normal illness could emerge into the greatest crisis since World War II. Coronovirus has spelled disaster for the world economy and put the world healthcare system under greatest strain.
The Whistleblower Doctor
However , it was Le Wenliang, a doctor by profession , who in a group chat with other medics correctly diagnosed the outbreak of new SARS like illness in early December for the first time . The response of the chinese authorities was akin to their authoritarian functioning. Dr Le Wenliang was arrested a few hours later after posting about the new deadly virus for spreading rumours and was forced to sign a police document admitting that he had breached the law and "seriously disrupted social order” . This whistleblower , later contracted virus and his death in early february sparked outrage in China. The news of his death became the top trending topic on Chinese social media, garnering an estimated 1.5bn views and internet users demanded action and raised the demand of freedom of speech.Chinese authorities kept the outbreak a secret and downplayed the gravity of situation exacerbated by the severity of virus for some time . Perhaps , it was this insensitivity initially shown by china towards the outbreak of coronovirus that it slowly trickled into Europe , America, South Korea , Japan and other parts of world and assumed the shape of a global pandemic. Least concern was shown towards the fact that this virus was highly contagious and as such endangers the humanity. But , perhaps , China did not want a dent in the international image of China as an economic and political alternative to USA.
The Coronovirus didn't stop here.While as China , apparently , initially hid as to what had engulfed Wuhan , once the coronovirus named covid-19 spread within and beyond the frontiers of China, there was an increase in the acts of prejudice , xenophobia and racism. The people of East Asian and South East Asian descent faced the racist attacks The rights groups condemned a racially motivated attack in New York city on March 6, after a video footage emerged of a man spraying air freshener on an Asian-American on a train. The most shocking comments came from Donald Trump who repeatedly referred the virus as chinese virus eliciting a strong criticism from the critics saying that he was 'fuelling bigotry' and putting Asian-American communities at risk. Who knew then that New York city would emerge as a new epicenter of covid-19. Nature, perhaps , played a great leveller. If this was not enough two french doctors proposed that a potential vaccine for coronovirus should first be tested on people in Africa . This racist rant sparked of a strong reaction from an Ivorian football player, Didier Drogba who tweeted ,"Africa isn't a testing lab. I would like to vividly denounce those demeaning, false and most of all deeply racist words." And when china observed three minutes of silence on April, 3 for all those who died of coronovirus , one of the journalists in France made a racist remark on BEMTV,a french TV channel-" They are burying the pokemons". Even though he apologized later but the remark manifested the deeply embedded illness.
While the people of Asian and African descent are mostly at the receiving end of racism in Europe and America , shockingly, even within China people from Wuhan , the initial epicenter of coronovirus, faced discrimination from their fellow countrymen. In the same vein, the customers from mainland China were turned away from a number of restaurants in Hong Kong . Similar incidents of bigotry were and have been reported from other countries - Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea , Malaysia , Australia , etc. China, first at the receiving end of racism because of coronovirus , has off late started to pay in kind as stories of discrimination against foreigners from different countries accusing them of a second wave of covid-19 have been reported. Infact the stories of discrimination , racism and distrust have been reported across the world . Notwithstanding the fact , the continuous pounding of Palestine by Israel , Houthi attacks against Saudi Arabia and the deadly retaliation by Saudis, internecine warfare in Libya and Afghanistan and the posturing of responsible leaders and institutions as deafs and dumbs towards the greatest humanitarian crisis in Syria, Rakhine (myanmar) and Yemen continues to bewilder the human consciousness. And spare a thought about the Sikhs of Afghanistan who were killed in a dastardly terrorist attack in their Gurudwara on 25 march ,2020. Even their funeral prayers were not spared . A tragic interplay of fate indeed.
Linking Pandemic To Religion in India
Here in India , too , there were many reports of racism .People from North Eastern states and chinese origin people in Kolkata were subject to racist slurs and discrimination . However, the greatest witch-hunt, with dangerous consequences for the fragile communal harmony in India, over the last three weeks has been against the 'Tablighi Jamaat'- a missionary Islamic organisation . They are being denounced with worst of the adjectives for being ''solely responsible'' for bringing and spreading covid-19 in India as part of a "larger conspiracy". It is true that the 'Tablighi Jamaat' gathering in Delhi from 13-15 march was an indefensible act given the fact that the government directives on social distancing were ignored . More importantly, the gathering ultimately proved the timing was wrong as hundreds of covid-19 positive cases have since surfaced with direct or indirect links to this particular religious gathering. However, the manner in which hate is freely peddled on social media and a large section of electronic media reflects the larger disease embedded and afflicting the republic of India. Corona Jihad trended on Twitter and primetime shows of the news channels. All this is being done in a surcharged polarised atmosphere after the incumbent goverment passed the controversial anti-citizenship law. No sensitivity is being shown given the fact that hardly a month has passed since deadly Delhi riots consumed dozens of lives and brought a bad image to India in international circles . The results of the free peddling of communal hate has started to pour in. As a case study, one muslim pregnant lady was denied admission in Bharatpur , Rajasthan citing Islam as the reason resulting in the death of her child soon after the delivery.
No Lessons Learnt
To be very precise , every Country , especially the developed countries , are facing the brunt and watching helplessly the fury of Covid-19. However, if the intention of Covid-19 was to bring home a lesson before the world leaders to assume a responsible role in striking out a balance between nature and human mankind's demands , ensure food and economic security net for those who are living at the margins of society , make sincere efforts to sort out the conflicts which endanger world peace with fairness and justice and make efforts for a greater cooperation between member nations , then I am afraid the covid -19 has miserably failed . We continue to run and act in consonance with our preconceived notions , biases and prejudices .
Is there a way forward?
One wonders if a global pandemic like Covid-19 cannot bring the world closer together and abolish the boundaries of race , colour , region , ethnicity and language ,what else it could be. The pandemic has derailed the economy of world with tens of millions facing the inevitable spectre of unemployment. The IMF has already indicated that the world faces a recession far worse than the global financial crisis a decade ago. There are calls against globalization to prevent such pandemics. However, there have been epidemics in medieval times as well like Black death which travelled from one part of the globe to another killing people between 75 million and 200 million despite the absence of modern means of transportation. The solution to prevent such pandemics lies in simple but effective doctrine - mutual trust, global solidarity and cooperation. The reliable scientific information should be shared and acted upon without any delay . The current efforts by a number of countries to develop a vaccine for Coronovirus must be collaborative. It is time for China and USA to shun their egos and assume the leadership in the present crisis entailing a huge cost for world health and economy. It is time to work in unison and develop a greater trust for each other . America can set an example and show the way forward by lifting crippling sanctions on Iran in these apocalyptic times. The parties to the various conflicts in Yemen , Syria , Afghanistan , Kashmir , palestine and elsewhere should go for an unconditional ceasefire to give a breathing space to the common people. The current crisis posed by Covid-19, though catastrophic, also offers an opportunity. The opportunity of bidding a farewell to xenophobia, racism , mistrust , discrimination, injustice and isolationism and taking a giant leap towards greater global cooperation based on trust , fairness and justice . That will be the true victory over the Covid-19.