Category: DASTAAN-e-SUANH

The Interplay of Stereotypes and Media Portrayals

Photo by Dan Edge on Unsplash The 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack had a profound impact on my outlook of the world. The violent visuals of terrorism and havoc left an indelible scar on my mind. While taking a stroll around the school ground, I saw two little girls playing merrily with her. I assumed that…
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“It could have been me”: an Indian peace leader’s reflections on Afghanistan

By Pragya Narang Through my peacebuilding work, I have picked up a new term: “Lottery of birth.” It means that we do not choose where we are born. Our country, socio-economic status, biological gender, religion, environment, neighbourhood, family beliefs, etc are assigned to us at birth. This term improved my introspective quality immensely. So whenever…
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Reflections: Dear Zari

Photo by IsaaK Alexandre KaRslian on Unsplash ‘Dear Zari’ is one of the very rare books that move the reader with its heart-wrenching stories. The author, Zarghuna Kargar, who is living in London and is a producer and a presenter on the successful radio programme ‘Afghan Woman’s Hour’, has depicted some of the most poignant stories of Afghan…
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Voices

Photo by Danie Franco on Unsplash My grandmother loved her daily hookah while she was alive. And I loved her stories over the swirls of smoke and night fire. She would tell me the tales she grew up listening to, that of witches and magic and the wars she had seen in her lifetime. “Stories keep people alive”,…
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आज के कर्मवीर

         दुर्योधन आज आर्थिक व सामाजिक दौड़ में आगे बढ़ रहे हैं, देश, समाज की नींव कुतर रहे हैं।  दुशासन के विचारों का संक्रमण खुलेआम बिक रहा है, चारों ओर नारी के हक, चरित्र  व आत्म सम्मान का चीर हरण होते दिख रहा है।  उठो राधे के सपूतों कर्मभूमि कर्मवीरों को पुकार रही है, कर्मवीर…
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“Will you Teach me Islam?”

An Interfaith Guru Purnima Today, on the eve of Guru Purnima, I want to give a special dedication to Basit Jamal Bhai (brother) my Guru, my spiritual teacher. I met Basit bhai in 2019 for the very first time, at the URI North India regional conference at Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh. His organisation ‘Brotherhood of…
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Montage of Hope

By Upasna Mohapatra These snapshots are the montage of hope that one day everything would be alright! We all would come together as a whole community and celebrate love, prosperity, happiness together. And the monochromatic setting refers to the stillness of time and the fact that we want to revisit the moment again and again that has…
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Backward Footed

O woe to you, O woe is us,You reverse the gyre of universe,O man, O human,How inhumane, how faltered,You uproot what is rooted,And sow that which is exalted,Life sprouts from fine glasses of water,Your lands, however, remain barren,O life, O life,Your precious life,Your engines are your trees,Smoke your oxygen,You breathe, mindfully your expensive air,Broken bones,…
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Observing Ramzan for Four Years: Reflections of a Hindu-born Atheist Girl

I am an atheist, born to Hindu parents, and have been observing Ramzan for the last 4 years. This is my story. As a non-muslim, I was always curious to know what compels Muslims to undergo strict fasting for 30 days. Not even water? Of course, we have similar fasts in Hinduism, like Karwachauth, Chhatt,…
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The Diaspora- A Force of Positive Change

Children on foreign land, with nervous minds and curious hearts, With diverse neighbours, The utopia of differences, And vivid memories. In the world of fear and so much at stake, The children of the earth find love and care. They find uniqueness out and within, And, togetherness wins. With new cultures, homes, and deity, Surrounding…
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