Thursday, 18 August 2016

World Independence Day ?

India celebrated its 70th Independence Day with great flair and grandeur. I, being away from my country, celebrated it with almost equal grandeur and that is the beauty of our country. 
India - Bhārat - Hindustan is a country where every one has a place to live. You can be a Tamilian, you can be a Kashmiri, a Maharashtrian, a Mallu, Punjabi or Gujju or speak Nephamese, Manipuri or Hindi. With more than 1650 dialects and 22 official languages - we have it all. 

If I start to write about India as a country - this post may just not end. Lately, there have been serious concerns with the condition in Kashmir and since I have not read extensively about Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir, I would refrain from commenting on the same. 

As an everyday routine, I was scrolling through my Facebook News Feed with half closed eyes, updating myself with what's going on around the world and my friends, of course. It was a proud moment to read about Sakshi Malik, first Indian woman to get a medal this year after splendid efforts by other athletes. It was disheartening and saddening to read about the unfortunate injury of Vinesh Phogat who succumbed to her injuries and was visibly in deep agony. 

Moving forward, to good news, Salman Khan announced awarding Rs. 1,01,000/- to each Olympic athlete and finally,  reading Sehwag's congratulatory tweet for Sakshi was a funny thing to read early morning. 

For those who missed out the battle of comments between Sehwag and Shobha De - here's a 'LINK'  which will give you a detailed account of what happened between the two. 




And then, I saw this - Do not click if you're faint hearted


The video shows the boy being carried out of a damaged building by a medic and then placed on a seat in the back of an ambulance, covered in dust and with a blood-covered face.

Fighting between Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air strikes, and rebels have escalated in Aleppo in recent weeks. Aleppo, is a city split down the middle and the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the civil war that’s been tearing Syria apart for more than five years now.






Courtesy: Independent.co.uk


Courtesy: ibtimes.co.uk



On the western side, it’s held by the government. The eastern side, where Omran lives, has been held by rebels. It has been under siege, subject to constant bombardment from Russian warplanes supporting President Bashar al-Assad, under the guise of “fighting terrorism”.





Courtesy: ibtimes.co.uk


Probably, the child's video is the most horrifying thing that I have ever watched in my life. It gave me chills and has left me disturbed. I don't usually get affected by terror videos to this extent; but this one, was heartbreaking. Unable to concentrate further, I couldn't forget about the boy who has been identified as Omran, a 5-year-old child I decided to read if the child was alright.



5 - year - old. Is that an age where a child should wipe 'blood' off his hands only to make it clean?



Thankfully, his mother father and a brother were safely rescued from the building, which collapsed a few moments later. Omran with his scared eyes, not knowing where to go and what to do will make you think about the deplorable condition there. Unfortunately, the physical marks may fade away, but how will his mind forget the blood stained hands? 


Courtesy: Independent.co.uk 


I can only pray and wish for the best for his countrymen. With India celebrating its 70th Independence, I hope that this boy and other children get to celebrate theirs.


I do not have enough courage to use the haunted pictures of the child, for this post. As I write this post, the UN  secretary has called for a 48-hour pause in Aleppo as a gesture of humanity from both sides. President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and his Russian allies say they are targeting “terrorists” but humanitarian groups have reported hundreds of civilian deaths. I am not sure what good it would do, but I sincerely hope that the helpless civilians survive the terrorism wrath safely.