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Whenever human life is obliterated for inexplicable barbaric causes, I feel enraged. Tuesday was one such day. I woke up and checked the news feed on my phone with half opened eyes and here was the news “twin blasts in Brussels”; I immediately sat up straight and opened few newspaper websites and there it was. “They” struck again. Throughout the day, I was waiting for Facebook feeds from certain people who get loudly vociferous whenever there is a news of immigrant crisis in Europe and how many European nations aren’t able to cope with the situation. And right I was. Multiple posts from those people but none focused on condemning the attacks or criticizing the perpetrators. Almost all the posts were directed towards the issue that what would be the general sentiment towards the immigrants/refugees post these blasts. I empathize with the war victims; it is a heinous crime to drive someone out of his home and strip him of his fundamental rights. I remember one short poem “No one wants to put his children in boats; It happens when water becomes safer than the lands.” I get it bigtime that the crisis war torn victims are facing is acute but I also won’t deny the fact that any nation that is  compromising its internal security and jeopardizing the safety of its own people by taking in people from other countries is not very wise. I am not saying that these bombs were planted by immigrant population. No! But you cannot deny the fact that extremists hide themselves in the general population and few pose as immigrants themselves and cross the borders easily. 

It is a warning sign for the world that DAESH has the capability to strike at its will. There is a general sentiment that blames US, England, France and few other nations who have supposedly created the ISIS. I am not going to debate on this topic but will focus on exigent issue of solving this problem which has blown itself out of proportion. Many European nations have been serving as breeding grounds for radicalized religious fanatics. Molenbeek is one such tiny place in Brussels, we call it Croissant Pauvre in Brussels and banlieues in France. In myriad articles that I have read, discrimination, lack of education and employment opportunities are cited as the reasons why the youths are taking to terrorism and keen on joining the religious war for ISIS. It is high time that we don’t turn a blind eye at these no-go places and straighten them out. Not only listen to what their concerns are but also develop a plan of action to introduce them to mainstream society and strict actions such as deportation, expulsion or arrests should be taken against those who preach and propagate radicalized religious propaganda. 

Europe is general is pretty laid back and suffers from lassitude and inaction. The Europeans still carry the romantic image that nothing will happen to them and the belief has been punctured many times in the past by the radicals. It is time to wake up and tighten the reins. Create a sense of belonging for people likely to stray and tighten the reins on anything that can disturb the balance of a mature society. Safety of your own citizens is much more important point than any other humanitarian crisis. I was talking to a friend from Austria and she told me that around 40% Austrians would fall under category of poor if Govt. withholds the services it provides to its citizens. Now do the math, same number of resources but add more mouths to feed at an exponential rate. Results can lead to dissatisfaction as Govt. can’t maintain the status quo of “provider” and it can crop up civil war.

 Just because I was born to parents who follow a different religion doesn’t mean I need to die in a bomb blast. Actions must be taken fast otherwise it will be difficult to handle these Abdeslams who are roaming among us in disguised form.

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Migrants

To all those who are crossing the seas from the war zone in hope of a life.

You have to understand,
No one puts their children in a boat
Unless the water is safer than the land

– By Warsan Shire

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Je Suis Charlie and hypocrisy of the west

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On 7th January 12 people were killed and  11 were injured by 2 gunmen in the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris,France . The attackers were from Islamic radical groups and while claiming their right to 72 virgins they shouted “Allahu Akbar(God is great in Arabic)”. Any form of terror or violence is not justified for getting any solution to any darn problem in the world.Killing innocent people shows how weak these extremists are from inside and are just acting on the whims of a few fanatics. We have been getting news from many countries that youths are joining ISIS .Leaving the comfort of their homes, they are joining the so called holy war in the name of religion.Let’s not get into the reasons why they are doing so as a sane mind won’t accept such terms at any cost. We are not living in an ancient Roman or Greek civilization that we have to give our lives up for the empire expansion. To me it’s sort of jingoism , jingoistic for a land or a nation which doesn’t even exists. I was deeply saddened by this act of barbarism. Media covered this news extensively and it deserved to be covered. Large rallies were carried out in various countries and the one held in France saw the participation of 2 million people. Most of he world leaders joined that and the slogan ‘Je Suis Charlie(I am Charlie in French)’ got viral. I accept these slogans and movements in the light that we do not fear the attackers and will not be intimidated by them. Right now I am not getting in the debate on how liberal a religion is and how well it’s followers can accept the criticism on their prophet or  What is the tolerance level of the satires it can endure. Is there a limit to freedom of speech ? I don’t know. But nothing justifies the violence. I don’t understand what the ardent followers of Al Qaida , Jaish e Mohammed ,ISIS ,Boko Haram, Haqqani Network want to achieve ? Have you seen the condition these guys live in ? Do you want us to go back to Stone Age? Do you want us to follow the sharia law? Just because we don’t follow your religion doesn’t mean you will kill us. Just because we don’t share common ideas on the concept of a deity/prophet ,it doesn’t mean that we deserve to be at the receiving end of your bullets from Kalashnikov .Does your holy book really advocates violence and brutal murders of non believers (Qafirs) . And most important question “have your ever read your holy books”. This question is for all be it Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists or any religion that exists in the world . If you love your so called values so much then why do you have a place called Dubai in your area where everything condemned by your books is sold. Sex,drugs,alcohol ! Every damn thing ! Isn’t it hypocrisy ? What you guys are failing to understand is that this war which has been going on for years is a marketing propaganda. It’s a way to keep the arms and ammunition business intact. One religious fanatic gets some vague ideas and people start following him blindly. This is totally unacceptable.
Anyway, I digressed a lot from my main topic here.So, 12 people got killed that day and the media covered it extensively. And it did deserve to be covered. A lot of friends of mine discussed this event with me and we were bewildered. But one thing was common in those discussions that whenever I brought the topics of terror events in other parts of the world up to my friends, they had not even iota of idea about those events. I was very appalled at this ignorance. The friends of mine come from all walks of life, few are very learned and scholarly and few not so much. The feeding ground is common for all of them : newspapers, print media, digital news, social media etc . The culprit is media’s hypocrisy and highly selective and biased approach There were attacks in a Pakistani school and there was minimal coverage of the event. I see that such news get a tiny column on the front page or the landing pages of the websites. Apart from few activists and other people no one has any idea what Boko haram (The name translates to “Non Islamic education is sin”)is doing in Nigerian and other territories. The social media gets filled with the hashtags ,weblinks and other memes when any such event happens in the western world but we see the usual “cute kitten and puppies” videos when such things happen in some other parts. I am not saying that one event holds more gravity than the other . Loss of even one life in the name of religion is irreplaceable damage to the society. The grief that is experienced by the loved ones is immeasurable. But this hypocrisy needs to be stopped. Every human in the world is made of the blood and flesh, only the outer covering differs. One who died in the attack might not be important to you but he was important to few others.The stance of media , the political leaders needs to be changed and this senseless bloodbath in name of factions, casts, creeds, colors and religions needs to be stopped.

Let there be peace.