Monday, May 02, 2005

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good

--Madhya Pradesh Govt finally decided to do something for them. So the school syllabus has been changed to include a lesson on Disability and Physically & Mentally Challenged people for all kids from Class 1 through Class 12; a very Bold and welcome initiative. The first step to inclusion of those special people is to create an awareness among the young and old alike. The sooner the other states emulate them, the better it is for all of us.

Pathway, an NGO, has been working with mentally challenged kids and teaching them vocational skills so they can survive in this bad, mean world. A bunch of those kids who learnt cooking, baked a variety of cakes, biscuits and other delicacies which were promoted by the Taj hotel last week. It was a wonderful feeling just to look at those young girls & guys, beaming from ear to ear for every praise sent their way. The only sore spot was the SUN Tv correspondent covering the news. The dude rounded up the kids and when giving his so-called 'closing statement' rambled on and on about how the 'disabled youth' are doing good inspite of their shortcomings. Gosh! in my opinion he was intellectually challenged and needed more help than those kids who had the courage to look beyond and be strong...the next time someone says 'disability' i am going to thump them with my handbag!

The Bad

--The political bigwigs will call it a grand success; the bus from Muzzafarbad to Srinagar but the trouble it has brought is something we really don’t want. One Mrs.Farida who left India during partition and is right now in PoK has filed a case in court to re-claim her ancestral property - a bungalow which is functioning as a Middle School. The law says anyone who left India during partition can come and reclaim their property. The government acts as Custodian of such properties. However is this right way to handle it? What about those Kashmiri Pundits and others who chose India over Pakistan & Bangladesh? Will they get back their property? Why is our government so two-faced and spineless? How come no one has challenged that law till now? They showed a family which has been living for more than 10 years in 'custodian property'. The 10 year old girl knows the law but strongly says, "we've been here since our grandfather's times. If they ask us to vacate then we will hold meetings and fight". It is easier to fight a known enemy but this unpredictable friend who changes sides depending on vote banks? What other troubles will the buses bring?

The Ugly

-- This is so ugly that i don't even want to write about it in my blog. Technology advancement notwithstanding some of our animal instincts have remained just that – beastly & violent. No place is safe for a woman; not the police station, not her home, not the hospital and not even her mother’s womb…from pregnant women, to 4 year olds and 40 year olds , women will always remain just an aphrodisiac to the other half. Wonder if God did a good design after all?


Blogger Sagnik Nandy said...

if only more social messages and news reports were this - terse and non preachy - a lot more of us would be actually moved by them. bravo girl. very well written!

4:41 AM  
Blogger Kumari said...

:)Thank you! your comment, sure is the Top Story of the day!

4:58 AM  
Blogger Primalsoup said...

Wow, well said!

I think the media and government have totally lost perspective with the bus ride. I mean, it's all nice to be good neighbours but can we please not have Shaheen and other WMD pointed at us?!

12:23 PM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Soups: Thank you! I know, esp when we have thought of better use for them WMDs :)

1:29 AM  
Blogger Rajesh J Advani said...

To add to what Sagnik said, the news tends to be too raw most of the time. You give it some heart.

Really wonderfully written.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Kumari said...

@Rajesh: Thank you so much :)Glad to know, you come here sometimes :)

11:58 PM  

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