On this day in 1994, Nobel Peace prize winner Nelson Mandela voted for the first time in his life, marking the end of an apartheid era. A long fought battle, not on the battleground, but on the negotiating tables, bore fruits with the diplomacy of Nelson Mandela and other members of the African National Congress.
Today, after two decades, all we see around us is hatred, bloodshed…
The oppressor is oppressing and the weak are suffering…
I have a deep-rooted love for Afghanistan. Its people with their heart-wrenching stories make me wanna visit that place. Afghanistan has suffered like no other country. A country with a rich culture and heritage has lost many lives. First, the rulers did not let their guards down and then the Soviet tried to invade the nation. The suppressors began to rise and led the country with their atrocious laws. Women suffered a lot during the ‘regime’ of the Taliban. Strict Islamic laws were imposed upon civilians, failing which, the punishment was seldom less than public execution.
Iraq has seen much bloodshed in the past one decade. After it was freed from Saddam Hussein, extremists began to take control of the country. Bomb blasts, abduction, killings and what not.. A western invasion also failed to help the country and its people. And now, the world is witnessing its worst nightmare; the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, commonly known as the ISIS.
Syria is also an unfortunate country. From the perilous destiny of its civilians which is a result of the corrupt Assad regime, to the invasion by ISIS, it has seen many loved ones gone…
Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy is also struggling to cope with the rising Boko Haram. ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ seems to be a dream, as even after one year, our Chibok sisters haven’t been brought back safe.
To all my brothers and sisters who have devoted themselves to the cause of eliminating the traitor regimes all around the world, I have a message of peace.
I belong to a country which was ruled by the then world superpower, the United Kingdom. Our freedom struggle started back in 1857 and we’ve fought hard and persistently until we drove back the Britishers. We have lost many extraordinary souls like Bhagat Singh and alike in this war. Ours being a diverse country, we have also lost the homelands of our ancestors. We EARNED this freedom with the collective efforts of people belonging to different ethnic groups and ideals. On one hand we fought a non-cooperation struggle, and on the other, we fought with arms and ammunition. Today, the world knows us as the 10th largest economy. We’ve had our leaders from all religions. And we live peacefully, with seldom any conflicts taking place.
A country that has impressed me is South Africa. I revere Nelson Mandela for his ideals. He is the epitome of forgiveness and humanity. A very striking example of his love for humanity is that while he was still in prison, his family came to visit him. His grandson who was just a kid showed hatred towards the white guards present there. Nelson Mandela rebuked him for his behavior and explained that this hatred will not change anything. He was doing exactly what the whites had done to them. For one thing, Nelson Mandela engraved respect for him in many hearts is that he accepted his suppressors with open arms.
I know that the battle Taliban, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabab and ISIS are fighting, is a result of the years of oppression by their governments and the international community. The examples cited above are a proof that battles can be won without taking up arms. Your stories of suffering need to come out in open. You have suffered a lot, and for that, I am sorry.
But you need to understand this truth, that when wars take place, only innocents loose their lives. You cannot expect to have positive results, when all you do is a sin in the eyes of God. You cannot expect people to understand your sufferings, when all you do is make them suffer. You cannot expect to win the hearts of your people, when all you do is make them victims.
Always remember the real reason why you started or joined this fight, is because you were fed up of the people ruling you. You were fed up with their oppression. But let me remind you, you are doing exactly that. Not allowing women to join schools or go to work is suppression. For how long will women have to suffer? They will speak up one day, collectively. And for some of you, that day has already become a reality.
We have an anti-corruption party, the Aam Aadmi party, led by Arvind Kejriwal. These people saw that the government were taking advantage of the people, fooling them and looting their money, and hence joined politics to ‘clean the system’. If Arvind and his partymen would have taken up arms instead of running for elections, would he ever had garnered this much public support? I don’t think so.
I know that these powerful men running big countries are fooling us. But giving them another reason to fool people, is a bigger foolishness. You guys are making these people heroes in front of the world. By waging a war against these leaders, you are making your case weak. You guys have known and felt their suppression. Come forth and make the world know how they run their governments. Help your people!
In the end, I would like to remind you that what you do to others, you do to yourself.
Hoping against hope,