June 2020

Bouncing Back

The world has been witnessing the cruelty and heinous acts of India for a long time. Recent examples are Articles 370 and 35-A against the Kashmiris followed by the NRC, NPR and CAA, and not to forget the countless times it had made vicious assaults on minorities. All this is the result of the venom and hatred against the Indian Muslims expressed by the ruling Hindu nationalist BJP and its allies Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal and Sangh Pariwar, all aiming to establish a Hindu state.

Narendra Modi's slogan is ‘Jai Hindutva’.Now that the world has witnessed BJP’s heinous acts, they must exert maximum pressure on Narendra Modi and his government to not only give freedom to the Muslims of India but also lift the ongoing curfew in Kashmir.

Raheel Khan,
Islamabad, Pakistan.

Addressing Injustice

The interview of Najeeb Jung, the former lieutenant-governor of Delhi and former vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, was an eye-opener as he provides insights about the injustice prevailing in India. He says the Muslims have always been a part of the mainstream. They have always voted and can be seen in every facet of life. The perception that they were aloof is mistaken. The CAA, Article 370, triple talaq or the lynchings and the lack of action on lynchings are a constant pressure over a particular population of 200 million Muslims which could be dangerous. Giving his message loud and clear, Mr Jung has emphasised that Indian Muslims don't want the country or the social order to collapse.

Namra Saeed,
Karachi, Pakistan.

Democracy in Zimbabwe

The President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa recently said that democracy is for the dead people. He also said that he was going to make firm efforts to re-engage Zimbabwe with the international world and re-join the Commonwealth. However, his actions and lack of meaningful commitment to unlocking the fortunes of Zimbabwe shows that he is a dismal failure.

Tapiwa Muskwe,
London, UK.

Quality Education

This is regarding the article ‘Directionless’ written by Dr Taseer Salahuddin. Whenever I hear the word ‘education’ the first thing that comes to my mind is that it should be free and compulsory for all. Today, the education system is so expensive that it is almost impossible for lower middle-class people to give their child a better education. There’s a huge difference in the quality of education. Where there are schools that charge parents a bulk claiming to be imparting international standards of education, there are also schools where boiled eggs and pakoras are received as fees. This leads to economic, social, regional as well as political discrimination between students of these various educational systems.

Naina Tripathi,
New Delhi, India

Waiving School Fees

Schools will remain off till July 15, 2020, on the direction of the government. Summer vacations would not be given this time and the school closure would count as summer vacations. Usually, summer vacations are given for two months from June to July but owing to the outbreak of Coronavirus, schools were shut down on February 27, 2020. In this scenario, schools fees should be waived off for at least three months as no academic activity has taken place in schools since February 27, 2020, and people working on daily wages might suffer to pay the fee. The Government should look into the matter and ease the problem of the people.

Sara Taha,
Karachi, Pakistan.