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When was the last time
you saw the trace of a civilian liberty in Gaza? How would you define
the term 'liberty' when there is no such thing in the history of a
nation? What effects and affects can follow a destructive series of
an external attack? One cannot get rid of hundreds of such questions
when he/she travels through the ever ending news pieces of the
prolonged Israel-Gaza conflict. It is not just a happening in one of
the world nations. But it is a terrifying strategic shift of a group
of 'citizens with hearts burning with fire of rage and aggression'.
Height of terror: A view of Israeli attack from Gaza strip
From the point where the
very first human being tasted the forbidden fruit, the whole of the
conflicts forming in the universe had two parts: the all powerful
dominant existence and the part that struggles for minimum existence.
When a man becomes enemy to another man/woman, the circle of conflict
doesn't stretch much. But when it comes to a battle between two
nations, the vicious circle extends to a vast area focussing on
conflicts between ideologies, cultures, attitudes, authorities,
governance principles and so on. The presence of a third force in the
role of a mediator pre-supposes the chance for reasonable compromise
from any of the two sides. Sometimes the mediation engulfs both the
nations within a hidden agenda.
Gaza, a region of
Palestine, on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean sea, has been
subject to a kind of continuous authoritarian harassment by the
neighbouring nation Israel since 8th July 2014 in the name
of a 'borderless murder of three Israeli teenagers' by Hamas, a
palestinian Islamic organisation. The operation series titled as
protective Edge, initiated by Israel has crossed a shocking death
toll of about 2100 and also caused around 10,500 casualties. It is
not a surprising information when it happens to be a fact that the
Israel Defence Minister, Deputy Defence Minister and many others have
higher holds in opinion formation and decision making than that of
President and other superiors authorities. Being the third attack by
Israel upon Gaza in six years, the UN discussion benches and the
so-called global peace makers pretends to be dumb and deaf, sharing a
submissive attitude towards the US hidden agendas of monetory as well
as political desires.
What did my child do to you?
As a journalism aspirant,
I am afraid that I don't feel anything good in focussing on the death
toll and opinion-competitions of these conflict zones in the global
sphere. Rather than making each of these terrifying moments as
news-celebrations, we ought to have a highly political debate on what
are the ideological intricacies that prepares such nations for fierce
long battles in the name of dominance, possession and revenge. And
what does it mean when we utter the word 'freedom'? It is not merely
the space for free life, speech etc, but it also encompasses that
right to dream freely of a peaceful co-existence and the provision
for kick starting initiatives as stepping stones to that dream.
The dead-end of peaceful moments
you can dream of yourself, you are not in taboos. If your neighbours can
dream about you, then your nation is free. Break the shackles of
cliche political controversies and wake up to a new dream of
continuing renaissace. Have the sense of sensibility and work out
your ideas of a political conscience in the huge canvas of not
worldly pleasures, but of the fine art of social and political
ASHWIN KV NAMBOODIRI listens to the various panelists at a talk show on the politics and ideology of Aam Aadmi Party and reports.
Politics is a much complex phenomenon and ideologies make them further difficult to analyse. The soul of any political thought sprouts from the spark of fire for a change. Labeling an individual as a good or bad politician would be unfair, in most of the cases. These dilemmas together constituted the positive mileage of SIAS MCJ department’s talk show on ‘Making Sense of Aam Aadmi Party: Politics, Ideology and Future’.
In a global sphere, surrounded by identity politics, discussions happen to fall on to the mainstream as an engaging catalyst of forming variant political manifestos. That was how the panelists and the audience were driven in to the debatable show, moderated by Nisha K,IV Semester MCJ.
The Great Debaters:Panelists of the talkshow
Explaining the sudden set of unanticipated factors which led to the formation of the Aam Admi Party (AAP), Nisha opened the session by enquiring Jamsheel C, Lecturer in MCJ, about the most spotted contribution of present day media in fostering the developmental process of AAP. Jamsheel cited that it is in fact a rare situation of media giving considerable support and attention to a party, which in sense arouse as a contradictory entity to the existing dominant political alliances and that the visual media have played a vital role in reminding us that this is not just the birth of a party, but also a novel political space too, which was in constant demand of time.
Responding to the concept of AAP as an alternative political ideology, Anshif KK, IV Semester MCJ, clarified that, for a party to be called alternative in all respects, it must throw light on social issues or problems which have been steadily neglected or put out of sight of the political discussions, and since AAP is not able to do the same, it can never be called an alternative. He also added that, thinking about AAP, it feels just like an expanded and modified version of that furious mob present in Delhi during the infamous rape incident.
Packed with full energy… Nisha moderating the talk show
Following Anshif’s strategic realisation, Harris Hudawi, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, expressed his frustration on how AAP, under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal, tactically exploited the current political situation of Delhi as well as India as a whole and how badly it projects its null ideology. Former Chairman of SIAS Students Union Abdul Samad supported the argument by pointing out AAP’s adaptation of concepts like Satyagraha, Swaraj whereas Shibili, I Semester MCJ, resisted the same by upholding the eighteen point agenda of AAP which projects the systematic working style of the party.
Balancing the talk, Fasil, V Semester BCom, suggested the entire audience to review how dedicatedly the so called ‘historical parties’ in India have formed ‘model ideologies’ and ‘corruption-free governance’. Adding oil to the flame, Kamil, Lecturer in History, raised a powerful question: Did any of these ‘great’ parties have a comprehensive ideology and holistic political view at the time of their formation? He stated that AAP is in its infant stage and we should give them more time to grow up in a huge and complex system.
In the complete spirit… Kamil, Lecturer in History, placing his argument.
While the panelists and some from the audience mocked upon the void promises of AAP which they couldn’t keep till date, Nazrullah, Lecturer in MCJ, pointed out how AAP proves its prospect to become a success in future, by quoting the eighteen point agenda, license issual project etc. Most of them were of the opinion that AAP reflects an inevitable shift from power politics to action oriented politics, based on solid dreams about an egalitarian society.
Breaking the shackles of shameful silence, the session set up for a stressful, informative and interactive one. Every individual shared a deep-felt longing for change, to find a space of their own in the society. Blessing AAP to be a positive concept and an intellectual political alliance in future, the talk show met with a temporary closure for the time being, assuring the continuity for tight and bright political debate to be staged in course of time.
ASHWIN KV NAMBOODIRI spends time in different venues of the 53rd Kerala State Youth Festival recently held in Malappuram. Photographs by SHAMNAS RAHMAN.
Malappuram: Leaving the rhythm and pace of a Pooram of arts, the curtain of Asia’s largest festival of youths fell here at Malappuram. When Kozhikode bagged the overall championship, the 53rd Kerala State School Youth Festival sowed seeds of hope for the next year to be held in Palakkad.
There was an umpteen number of performers: young artists from across the state, all with a zeal to triumph. As usual, many performances were clichéd. However, the seven days from January 14 – January 20, 2013, remain etched as shining and glorious visual feast to the land of Mappilas. The judges as well as the viewers from every nook and corner of the world were eagerly looking for outstanding performances of students from High school and Higher Secondary sections, particularly on 15 newly introduced items ranging from Mushara(Arabic poem recitation in which every competitor has to begin from the last letter of the previous line), dictionary making, Chavittu Naadakam etc. Obviously, Chavittu Nadakam, one of the oldest art forms, was the main highlight. A participation of 16 teams is undoubtedly a good start for this new entry. Almost all teams have put their best possible effort to recreate the charm of this historical art of the Latin Catholic clan.
Today, rules are being rewritten so that it is easy to break them. Here is an example from the main stage of the youth festival where the concept of responsibility is re-defined. Since plastic has become a main threat to our environment, the festival committee declared it waste-free environment, aiming cleanliness. But the message went wrong as it failed to make an effective implementation. At many places, boards were erected with a request to put the waste there. But, in the first day, no baskets or bins were kept beside the boards for the waste. No wonder, the people were in doubt if the organisers have seriously mistaken about the concept of waste disposal.
An important thing that the visitors from other parts of the State noticed was the etiquette of the people in Malappuram, particularly in a moral sense. The whole police force opined that they couldn’t find even a single misbehavior from the part of the Malappuram natives in the visuals captured on hidden cameras. Despite the uncertainties of various kinds, the hospitality of the people was deeply touched by many visitors.
Walking through the different exhibitions set in the Kalolsavam venues in this year, one will feel really happy to realise that the veils of Malayalee’s ignorance are slowly being lifted, seeking new paths of enlightenment.Mathrubhumi daily exhibited a huge collection of their archives from their starting era and also paid salutes to their photojournalists by displaying their selected photos based on social issues.
Old is Gold:
A captivating smile of Mr. Beerankutti welcomed the visitors’ attention to his never-ending world of antique collections which ranged from the old Thaliyola and Quran scriptures to Nannangadis and coin collections. Gramaphones and other ancient articles were kept intact for the understanding of the new generation. His love and passion for such ‘originality’ even in his old age is a great inspiration to the visitors.
Innovative Ways of Education:
In this postmodern society with confusing theories and puzzling philosophies, the God’s own country’s Education Department is seeking new ways of thought in order to bring the students to the mainstream discussion platforms where they would feel confident and equipped to face an ever-changing global scenario or knowledge and wisdom. There was an undecorated hall, which simply invited everyone with an attractive board ‘Akathekku Varu’(Come inside). It was a new initiative that gained special attention among an endless number of exhibitions in the venue.
The initiative named Sarga Vedi was coordinated by Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan in support of Vidyarangam Kala Sahithya Vedi. Coordinators Mr. Rajesh and Mr. Somasundaram made it clear that the initiative aims at creating a platform for the students to respond to the happenings in the society through their creative writings as well as drawings. Apart from the objective of improving the creative skills and imaginative ability, the assessment of their creativity is done on five levels to evoke a competitive spirit among the students. The levels are class, school, block, district and state levels. Selected works from the block level competitions were displayed there; it included collections of short stories, poems, articles, essays etc. The coordinators merrily shared the happiness of the victory of the joint venture. It was really beautiful to see those excellent writings with artistic caliber, written by gifted young minds from 1000 panchayats in Kerala, becoming the center of attraction of the hall. The huge collection gave hope to the dawn of a new educated world, free from the darkness of ignorance.
Even though Malappuram was dipped in the sea of endless celebrations throughout the festival, we can’t deny the truth that there were several organisational deficiencies regarding the transportation facilities, food distribution and stage programs. Such issues often reduced the punch and flow of the over all festive mood.
However, when the dust is settled, what one remembers is the beauty and grace of those wonderful young artists from across Kerala who proved their talents, though in a cut-throat competition. The spirit often went unhealthy as the innumerable appeals suggested. A festival of hope and hospitality, a mela with unprecedented people’s participation, is now a sweet memory for the people of Malappuram as well as for everyone who witnessed it.
I don’t know where it all started. I don’t know how it
developed its roots. I’m ignorant of how I was introduced to it. At first, it
was only a door, being lighted up ‘indecently inside’. The door was opened and
someone pushed me in-The lucky, called everyone. I didn’t know why I was so ‘lucky’.
Yes, maybe a ‘lucky contestant’ of an unheard ‘competition’. Knowingly or
unknowingly, I received awards and honors for exploring new phases in the
competition. There were many people competing with me; but in different ways,
roles, appearance etc. Why this diversity in the same competition? , I thought.
Out of numerous questions, answers were few. Promotions were
few, but transfers were huge. Sometimes, it feels like, there is equal distance
from the beginning and towards the end (from the present).
It was really shocking to know that the answer for all
these confusions has been compressed to just four letters of the English
language-LIFE- one of the most thrilling, complicated and fantastic competitions
of all times.
Today I know where I’m and I don’t know what comes next. But,
in this endless ocean, if I’m told to make a choice, I would prefer crossing
the ocean on the broken wood of the sunken boat rather than being betrayed in a
live, we die, and the wheels on the bus go round and round.”
This is what the ‘followers’ of ‘The
Bucket List’ love to share with the world audience after experiencing one of
the most touching and powerful visual projections by Rob Reiner on an unusual
journey of two characters from life to death.
As the name suggests, ‘The Bucket
List’ introduces a wish list of things to do before they ‘kick the bucket’ (as
metaphorically presented in the film).
Carter Chambers is basically an
amateur historian, but his world was confined to the job of a blue-collar
mechanic at the McCreath body shop. His favourite TV show is ‘Jeopardy’. Edward
Cole is a four time divorced billionaire and hospital owner who enjoys teasing
and tormenting his personal care taker Thomas. Though Thomas reveals his name
as Matthew at a point, Edward makes a strong defense saying that the name
Matthew is too biblical. He like drinking Kopi Luwak, one of the most expensive
coffees in the world.
After discovering the spread of lung
cancer, Edward and Carter are admitted or queued in the same room for chemo
treatment. Edward’s first impression about Carter is that “he looks half-dead
The film portrays the harsh realities
of life along with some factual realizations which we common people tend to
discard calling them intellectual or philosophical. Carter is a man who has
travelled across the ever ending paths of the history and mystery of life. This
itself is the reason why Edward gets attracted to Carter within such a short
span of time.
As soon as both of them becomes aware
of the truth that the term of their remaining life is only one year
approximately, Edward insists Carter to get ready for a ‘final splash’ to
fulfill all those wishes in the Bucket List in the power of his financial
Carter joins with Edward for the
adventurous journey, denying the objections of his wife Virginia. The remaining
part of the movie depicts the touching rhythm and inspiring pace of life.
Sky diving, laugh till I cry, help an
extremely stranger for his good, kiss the most beautiful girl in the world etc.
are some of the interesting wishes in the Bucket List which adds beauty to the
meaning of the very title of the movie.
As the film progresses, we can see the
joyful Carter and Edward sharing chit-chats, sitting at the top of a great
pyramid where they reveals the points at which they utterly failed in their
lives. Carter feels less love with his wife. Edward is deeply hurt because of
the separation with his only daughter who ignored him after he drove away her
The lovely friendship of Edward and
Carter meets with a twist when Edward gets angry on Carter’s move to re-unite
Edward and his daughter. There we witness a sudden collapse in their friendship
which is followed by Carter’s return to his home and Edward’s lonely moments
where he cries desperately for the first time in his life.
The wish ‘laugh till I cry’ is striked
off by Carter through their last meeting, where carter describes an interesting
story behind Kopi Luwak and makes a loud prolonged laugh till he cry.
The most beautiful part of the movie
is the way how Edward crosses the wish to kiss the most beautiful girl in the
world. He re-unites with his daughter and there he finds his grand daughter
which he never knew that he had. He gives an affectionate kiss on her cheek and
fulfills his so called wish.
The film closes through a couple of
heart touching emotional clips, including Edward’s funeral speech after Carter’s
death where he remembers who was Carter to him and how special he was; the
visual picture of Matthew placing a Chock full o’Nuts coffee can alongside
another can with the Bucket List placed at the middle after crossing the wish
‘witness something truly majestic’
“Even now I cannot understand the
measure of a life, but I can tell you this. I know that when he died, his eyes
were closed and his heart was open. And I’m pretty sure he was happy with his
final resting place, because he was buried on the mountain and that was against
This is how Carter’s epilogue ends in
the movie. This film is not about life; not about death. But it is all about
what matters for us in the lonely path of life between life and death. For me,
it is not a film. It is just a reminder to make us think of what we can do to
be happy and to make others happy in this dark room of life.
is strangers at first. Come; let’s make our Bucket Lists before we kick the
is highly disgusting to witness such a miserable situation in the God’s own
country where the judging tables are becoming victims of ‘Silent Verdicts’. Huge
variety of versions for a single case; diverse opinions on a single verdict. Orators
always preach about our unity in diversity. But it is a question that where is
this unity? The situation is getting worse in such a way that Kerala is being
plunged into the path of an unlawful state. Citing the series of incidents such
as the Ice cream parlour case, T.P Chandrasekharan murder case, Soumya murder
case etc., as a malayalee, I feel myself insecure to live in this so called God’s
own land. Silence is a basic rule during court procedures. But what if silence
becomes a judicial principle?
Don’t be deaf and dumb in
front of a civil society. Rise and Respond!
wonder about the miserable situation of the God’s own country, being driven by
price hikes in all sectors of market. Let it be petrol, gold, food or anything
like that. It is really sad to watch us from outside becoming silent victims of
such irresponsible decisions of public as well as private authorities. I strongly
feel that the situation demands a change from harthals to timely pressures and
actions at the earliest. As a journalism aspirant, I assure my complete
support, being aware of the duties of a citizen as well as a social individual.