So, The Sun

So, The Sun

So, the sun did not rise today.
It is true that the sun is not bound to
rise for illuminating me everyday
but still my heart pursues,
still at my back I hear rats’ feet
scuttling blind on heaps of dead bones!

With dusk the darkness literally moans,
cold, endless and alone, overwhelming
my senses with her teary eyes!
Save those nights once or twice a moon,
when the sun remains up at the sky until dawn,
I have been half in love with darkness through my life!

We live in a strange time, I think, (don’t you?)
with state of the art devices
in primitive hands, governed by a mind,
even wiser than those in age,
ruled by what the diodes showed and said,
unless eternal time has always been like this!

What should I do? What shall I ever do?
When would Time cease to throw her poisoned darts at me?
Fetch me my hemlock, I should better go
and drown, to renounce life in Lethe’s serene flow!

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Sadness But Me!

Sadness But Me!

Should I have tried to catch a falling star instead?
Finding a fair soul has become a fairy tale!
Should I have sung the song of life on my deathbed?
How much courage does it take to say, I have failed?

 

Where have those days receded now, save from memories,
when to love was nothing less than being canonized?
How come the same throbbing be fleeting pleasantries
or swirling rapids, crowned with white foams, human life?

 

Being a proper fool, I have seen too much and lost
my innocence along the way, for nothing’s free
in this wretched world but save these words in permafrost,
what you call sadness in fact isn’t sadness but me!

 

No matter how hard one tries to win the wars in their life,
no one has, can or ever will get out of it alive!

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Counter – Terrorism

Counter – Terrorism

Recently I became a member of a secret anti – violence group in Facebook. Thinking about violence, I have to admit, as human beings we are capable of myriad forms of violence both against humanity and nature, ranging from domestic violence and animal abuse all the way to terrorism, holocaust and genocide. However, as the current global focus is on terrorism, I too shall not deviate from it, although I firmly believe that by all means poverty is the most severe form of violence against humanity. It is also one of the prominent catalysts behind many other forms of violence. Moreover, poverty plays a key role in the rise of disillusionment among the third world youths, who can then be brainwashed and recruited by different terrorist organizations as well.

 

 

Before delving further into the realm of terrorists and terrorism, let me exempt one form of violence and bloodshed from the other destructive kinds mentioned earlier. It is the violence that ensues from a collective action against imperial occupation or invasion, i.e. wars of independence in Vietnam or Chechnya and rebellions against extinction such as the Native American revolt in the face of westward expansion by the US government, among many others. History has an avid thirst for blood when it has to press forward and start the next chapter for humankind. These tides of change are often borne by collective actions from the afflicted populace. Unfortunately though, in today’s world of political and economic globalization, often these collective actions are taken hold of and abused by psychopaths or corporations for individual gains and/or vendettas. Before most of the activists in these cases realize it, their collective action has sired a terrorist organization by getting involved in crimes against humanity. A very recent example would be the atrocities committed by pro – Russian rebels in east Ukraine.

 

 

This trend of collective actions getting hijacked by vested interest groups for unsustainable gains is, as it should be, a growing concern too. We need not look any further than the amazing Arab Spring for yet another sad example of the said trend. Beginning in Tunisia, the movement was hijacked as soon as it entered the bordering Coloneldom of Egypt. From there it started submitting more and more to the will of these global gamblers as it spread to Libya and Syria with more internationally vested interests due to their natural resources and political connections. In the end Egypt reverted back to yet another Army backed government, Libya erupted in a civil war and Syria is on any top ten lists that deal with possible reasons for the start of World War 3. The only successful legacy Arab Spring has managed to leave in its wake is in Tunisia with a better constitution that facilitates individual liberty and enhances women’s rights.

 

 

Now, we all know that there are as many counter terrorism units as there are terrorist organizations but training and deploying reaper units is not the way to fight against a poisonous-fruit bearing tree. It will bloom again in the next season. Yes I know this method is economically more gainful since the fertilizer industry can keep on producing. The equipment and weapons industries can also boom from the need of equipping the reapers as well as any who might want to defend the tree’s right to blossom and fruition, for the sake of production.

 

 

To further illustrate the vulnerability of the popular counter terrorism methods, let us examine two of the most used techniques to fight terrorists. One of these techniques is carried out through drone and other forms of strike, both aerial and ground based, to eliminate influential leaders and training sites, the other is when a terrorist attack takes place, achieved through direct confrontation. Here we must remember that like any society, a terrorist organization is also roughly divided into three classes. At the top are the strategists and the patrons. Below them is the midlevel and we would mostly find terrorists with specific skill sets in this level. Some are experts in brainwashing and work as recruiters. Some with expertise on explosives while others with martial training or planning or carrying out attacks. Of course none of the later ones in that list would be possible except the scouts for carrying out reconnaissance. Finally the third tier is made up of the new recruits, who despite being brainwashed to some extent, has not become enough of a zealot to be trusted with higher responsibilities mentioned above. This class also contains the target group, mostly disillusioned youths ready to be brainwashed and abused.

 

 

Now back to our dissection of the techniques used in counter terrorism. The first technique is condemnable solely from the resulting amount of unintended civilian casualties. Moreover, even if theoretically the technique did wipe out the top echelon of a terrorist organization, we are left with the entire midlevel and the probability of one of the lieutenants to take control of the proceedings, possibly with an even more bizarre and radicalized strategy. Even worse is the possibility of a fractionalization between armed terrorists from the resulting power vacuum. The second technique is even more futile as it deals solely with midlevel operatives, creating precedents for the responsible terrorist organization to use for brainwashing more possible recruits.

 

 

So how can we do it? The answer is easier said than done but to fight such a tree we have to attack at its root, at the bottom most level of new and possible recruits. I have seen enough research and studies on the web to know that illiteracy and poverty have already been identified as two of the most prominent reasons for the existence of this class of youth that can be and more often than not are brainwashed and abused. No wonder we do not see even the Islamist terrorist organizations to wage war to ensure Zakat, a form of mandatory annual charity in Islam, designed to alleviate poverty or to ensure literacy, one of the fundamental duties of each and every follower of Islam. Because literacy and lack of poverty will cut off the very roots the tree is thriving on. However, economic growth is a controversial issue and has many conflicting interpretations worldwide. But education or literacy has no such stains; so, what we need are massive constructive reforms in the education sector, especially regarding the content, quality and interpretations found in existing religious education.

 

 

Therefore, I believe creating think – tank organizations to oversee religious education should work more effectively and sustainably to fight terrorism than the creation of more gun – wielding Special Forces or economy – sabotaging sanctions and laws. In the end, any act of terrorism is an act of terrorism, regardless of the uniform, insignia or means used by the assailants to carry out the act.


 

Terrorism and Why Satan in Better

Terrorism and Why Satan in Better

Hello! I welcome you all with a heavy heart. The heaviness is primarily due to the recent atrocity in Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan, Bangladesh. Through international media reports from BBC, CNN or any other sources that you rely upon, I believe most of you are already familiar with the event. On 1st July a group of (6 or 7) Bangladeshi citizens, all aged in their twenties, appeared at the previously mentioned restaurant in Gulshan, the area of the capital city that is the diplomatic zone, as it holds most of the foreign embassies and other diplomatic establishments in the country and is also the fifth most secured area in the city after the office of the prime minister, the residences of the president and the prime minister and the national parliament complex.

 

 

The attack began at around 9 PM and before midnight 22 people were dead 20 of them diners, including Italian, Japanese and Indian nationals as well as an US citizen who was born in Bangladesh and 2 police officers. The rescue drive titled operation Thunder Bolt began at 5 AM on the following day and after 3 hours, 13 hostages were rescued alive with all the attackers killed. Before the mass killing of the diners took place but after the start the attack, law enforcement agencies arrested an individual who was fleeing from the scene. He was apprehended after being shot in one of his legs. He is suspected to be one of the perpetrators but could very well be a freaked out diner who was running for his life. Our honorable prime minister has declared a two-day long national mourning after blaming it on a “local-international group” to belittle the development her government has obtained for the country.

 

 

This is the whole thing in a nutshell but the trouble is, the narration starts begetting so many queries like how would the assailants managed to carry out reconnaissance or the attack in one of the most heavily guarded areas of the city and many more, which I cannot pose because we have an Information terrorism act that can be and has been used to penalize criticisms against the state or any of its endeavors. Even death is not unheard of. A very infamous example would be the murder of the journalist couple Sagor and Runi that took place 5 years ago in 2011. It has not seen the light of any trial so far, except a few involving the transfer of jurisdiction from one agency to another. You might wonder how long could a murder trial last! Well, here in another home invasion, the father of the state who was also the incumbent prime minister of the country then and the father of our premiere now, was killed. All of the family members found at the premise were also brutally murdered that day by a group of rogue army personnel. The trial for that heinous crime took more than twenty years to finish and deliver the verdict, though not until the current prime minister was elected as head of the government for the first time twenty years ago.

 

 

Not just the judiciary but the overall political culture needs to be inspected so allow me to postpone it to another episode of my two bits, provided that I live through any probable harassment for this one. Though, in brief, nationally there are two classes of people here, let me call them ‘Momentous’ and ‘Trivial’. The first kind is then subdivided into two classes, ‘Rulers’ and ‘Opposition’, while the latter consists of the subject race. However as it has been in any empire, some of the subjects are elevated by the dint of their familiarity with people from the earlier ones and marriage and other possible means. Now, the ‘Momentous’ kind rule the country for their personal gains like the accumulation of wealth (unnecessary, I would vainly argue) by managing the subjects in relatively better ways than the British or Pakistani imperialists that preceded their dynasty did or could. Obviously they are not doing so without our political ignorance, negligence and decadence. They are also internationally backed and there lies the only difference between the current ruling kinds and most of the opposing ones. The former sect is aligned with the interest of a more secular state, i.e. India, while the latter with that of an Islamist Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The reason is more but not entirely economical than religious, as KSA is the largest labor market for the country and foreign remittance from the Middle East is one of the primary sources of our GDP. I believe for the sake of history we should prefer India and work towards an economic union and hope that India will be fair and invest in the idea that improving one’s neighbor improves oneself.

 

 

Anyways, let’s come back to the terror attack. In a string of attacks that began in Paris last year, I think more than a thousand lives have been abruptly brought to their violent ends. Yet, this one is prompting me to write this. The fact that this one happened in an area in my city, a mere 12 kilometers away from where I live (shamefully I must admit) makes it graver than the others, somehow! After wondering for the past couple of days the only reason I could come up with is the shock from my failure to prevent the atrocity. I am part of the society that bred and brought these individuals up with such diabolically perverted wills and ideas. I know I need to act but I have no idea, how, except ranting about it here!

 

 

Finally we come to my titular question on how the act of terrorism makes us worse than the worst of evil humanity has been able to imagine so far. In the Semitic religions, i.e. Judaism, Christianity and Islam the concept of pure evil is portrayed by a fallen angel called Satan but even he victimizes the mankind only. He has never been reported to terrorize his kith and kin of angels, fallen or not, let alone take their lives. But we, human beings, the supposed pinnacle of creation (!!!) have managed to put Satan to his mighty shame!

 

 

If you have managed to read this through, you have my sincerest gratitude. Thank you!


 

Contrapositions

Contrapositions

So is a forlorn heart less blue
just because its bearer’s passport is colored green
or human blood less crimson too,
as per different weathered pigments on their skin?
  

Why should I be more favored by the God,
just because my father was circumcised
or less because my mother had to put
a pinch of rogue vermilion on her head?
   

Does a herd abandoned deer shiver less
just because its in the warm Savannah
and does a trampled soul find the numbers safe
in the cruel stampede of a fleeting crowd? 

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