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Srilanka – The land lost to War

Posted by Saipradeep on June 18, 2011

Two sects of people, two languages, one land, thousands of weaponry, many brutal wars, millions of lives. This is what Srilanka was for the past 25 years.

Well, let me break it down even further. To me, the entire case boils down as a War of Languages. Oh no, I am not trying to degrade anything here. Neither am I trying to belittle the sacrifices made by the millions. But yet, I can think of it as nothing but the War of Languages…

How else can you define it? One sect oppressing another just because they speak a language different from theirs, and the suppressed sect in turn retaliated. Hell breaks loose… result… rapes, murders and massacres. Trace it back 25 years and it all gets down to this fact. Someone spoke a different language… War of Languages…

I still do not understand how a tool for communication became a cause of massive destruction. I started questioning myself… Isn’t language just a tool for communication? Can I not survive if I don’t have the ability to speak, read or write a language or for a matter of fact any language on the face of earth. Is  it so precious that lives of fellow human beings cannot be valued against it? Is it that important?… and then it dawned upon me… it was not just a War of Languages… It was a War of Egos. Few egos had to be fed in at both ends and so millions were sacrificed in the altar. A few egos… just a few… and millions had to lose their lives. Along with it 25 precious years gone.

A generation has been lost. A generation that has not seen peace. A generation that does not know what is peace. A generation that knows nothing but fear. Born in trenches, lived in bunkers, died in shallow graves.

War brings nothing but misery. It brings Nothing. well it brings loss… loss of loved ones, loss of dear ones. Moms lost their children. Fathers their sleep. Children were orphaned. Elders left helpless. Everyone lost someone. The survivors are left with nothing but scars. Everyone has a scar, in their body as well as their hearts. The dead would be forgotten by everyone but their loved ones. They will live just itched in the memories. Memories of the faces that were lost. Nothing else to remember. Nothing else to relate.

I too feel the loss…When I think of Srilanka… I can feel nothing but pain and loss.  Just to let you know…  I have never been to Srilanka, I have never been in the war field, I never saw the dead but yet I feel I have lost somethings… Many things…

Let me say this one more time…

Two sects of people, two languages, one land, thousands of weaponry, many brutal wars, millions of lives. This is what Srilanka was for the past 25 years. Well… am I right in saying “was”? Only time can answer that question…


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Indian POLITICAL League, the New “IPL”

Posted by Saipradeep on June 15, 2011

Oh No… please don’t think that I am talking about the cricket IPL. This article is in no way connected to that arena. I am writing about a completely different ball game, the one where there are many teams and many key players. A game that has no rules. Teams can combine together to bring down another team in one season. The same teams can become rivals and partner other teams in the next season. Key players can jump teams change their role and do what ever they want. They may become the best player or the worst dud. There are no holds to bar. You need no qualifications. well probably just one… you need to know to count (for the money and the bars as well). Yes, I m talking about the Indian POLITICAL league… the new “IPL” which seems to outbid and outrun everything.

On one side we have “families” that have looted a state possibly the country too for decades, on another side parties and “Kalmadis” who seem to milk every paisa possible from every possible venue and on the third side are sanyasis and Gandhians whom seem to go on fast for anything and everything. In the center of this “Bermuda triangle” is our “Aam aadhmi” unable to decide if he has to vote for a free tv or a free laptop or free rice bags. Poor being… in his plight for survival, his choices are restricted to the gifts he receives rather than the so-called leaders themselves. And yes there is a fourth side too… the Press who seem to worry more on circulations and TRP rather than the actual issue itself.

India is a land of diversity… Poverty and suicides at one end, black money and swiss accounts at the other end, This is possibly the only country which faces such extreme challenges. Jails and police stations have become guest houses and rest houses. The newly renovated Taj stands no chance in front of “Tihar” for the portfolio of the ones who are stationed here for the past few weeks is so rich and versatile…

Where are we headed?
What is the reason?
Why is this happening?
How is going to be different?

Few of the many questions that may never be answered…

Change is the only inevitable thing in Nature… but would this change bring anything new?

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