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It can be very hard to embrace peace while seeking justice. The search for common ground becomes difficult when at least one party's agenda is to oppress and marginalize the other. While peace and justice go hand in hand, often times fight for justice shrinks the space for inner peace. A constant process of reflection and introspection is required to keep a check on your own thought process and behaviors as you move forward. For those who are genuinely trying to sustain peace within and with the environment, here are a few simple tips: The hardest and the most important part is to continue to look for and build on the common ground with those who might seem to be in opposition with you....
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  September 10, 2018, 9:34 pm
It is not easy to be an immigrant in a foreign country, leaving everything you knew to learn and adjust to everything new. This poem tries to give words to a silent request that most of us immigrants have for the citizens in the host countries.Beyond the color of my skin,See me, my brother!Beyond my different accent,Hear me, my sister!I bring more than my foreign birth,I bring valuable experiences,I bring my skills, a desire to collaborate,I bring more than our differences!I am not here to put you down,I am not here to snatch your portion,I am here to exchange goodness,I desire for a bright future to apportion! I beg you to treat me as equal,I am as human as you are,I beg you to evaluat...
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Tag :Immigrant
  August 21, 2018, 12:24 am
This poem is based on conversations with people during my recent trip to Texas and desk review of what is going on in the US since the Zero Policy was enacted in May 2018 by President Donald Trump. There are little children in detention centers/shelters and they don't know where their parents are or when they are going to meet them. Some parents reported that the officials didn't even notify that they are being separated so they couldn't even say goodbyes to their children or couldn't prepare them for what was coming. Anyways, some children were so small that they wouldn't have understood what is being done to them.... This poem has tried to imagine one such child's feelings who is in one of...
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  June 23, 2018, 7:55 pm
In January this year, an eight year old girl, Asifa Bano, who belonged to a Muslim nomad community, was kidnapped, raped for several days in a temple and killed by a group of Hindu men in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. Please click here for an account from a journalist who met her parents days after the horrific crime was committed. Investigators believe that the accused men committed this crime to force Asifa's community out of the area they were living in. What makes the situation even worse is that Hindu right-wing groups including government officials protested the arrest of the perpetrators (For more information, please click for an article by BBC here). https://freepresskas...
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  April 16, 2018, 4:01 am
We all have experienced times in our lives when moving forward becomes a challenge. Fears, doubts, blame, shame, anger, sadness and sometimes complacency hold us back. We become stale, and even start stinking like the standing water. Just a little step forward adds life to our lives and we must not stop not matter what! It is important to visualize your dream and go for it! As Lao Tzu said, The Journey of Thousand Miles begins with One Step! Every morning, start afresh,Take a deep breath, step forward!Even when the day is heavy as rock,Pull all your strength, step forward!If there seems to be no path ahead,Take the leap of faith, step forward!Before fear consumes all the courage,Positio...
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Tag :Resilience
  February 23, 2018, 7:04 am
This post is for those of us who are a bit different from the majority. For those who don't fit in the general societal frames in terms of thinking, life style, choice of life partner, way of bringing up our children, dressing style, etc... For example, those of us when walking on the street holding your spouse's hand notice people looking at you in a weird fashion, in my case because I am a brown woman married to a white man double my age. People also raise eyebrows about me being too liberal with my son. Sorry but not sorry because I don't see my son as a robot who should follow all my instructions, he needs to have space to discover this world and be a person of his own! Ye...
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  January 7, 2018, 8:36 pm
Most conflicts in todays world happen in the name of religion, when most religions and belief systems talk about peace and love! How does this happen? Can human brain be so dumb not to understand that the Power that created the human race cannot instigate it's suffering. It's like a mother giving birth to children and then having them kill and torture each other to prove their love for her. I believe God that various religions talk about is more intelligent, loving and merciful than an average mother across the different cultures. It is clear people don't really believe in the God they preach about if they are killing using God's name!  We, the religious people, talk...
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Tag :Inter-faith Dialogue
  December 27, 2017, 11:31 pm
Over fifteen years ago, I joined the humanitarian workforce to be part of the Red Cross response to an unfortunate earthquake in Bhuj, Gujarat. After that I had the honor of serving in super cyclone recovery efforts in Odisha, and a school fire response in Kumbhakonam, Tamil Nadu where 94 children were burned to death among other small disaster responses in India. As a young mother at the time, this work had a huge impact on my life. It changed my ambitions, my world view and the direction of my trajectory. I was so inspired by my mentors and those who had left their families to assist people who were suffering as a result of these tragic events. Wiping tears became ...
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Tag :Humanitarian Action
  December 24, 2017, 7:25 pm
The more you study various religious books, you find more commonality in the various teachings than differences. I actually wrote an article about commonalities between Islamic, Christian and Hindu scriptures that was later published in a US Institute for Peace' book. Yes, there are differences among religions but not so big that they would compel people to kill thousands on the other side! And yet those who want power at any cost have been able to convince their simple followers to fervently hate others in the name of God. I want to emphasize though this post is not only about those who might be associated with Islam but also those who are associated with Judaism, Christianity, Hinduis...
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Tag :God
  November 13, 2017, 4:19 am
Sometimes when you let yourself be led by God and let go of things that hold you back, you are able to find inspiration in places and/or from people you didn't expect it! What a liberating feeling it is!Yes, the same old insight we have heard so many times and yet we fail to practice it, mostly because we are not very thoughtful about where our focus should be. Letting go of thoughts that are not that important in our lives and yet eat us from within is the thing to do and it is possible to do it. All we need to do is to take a step back, look at the situation in an objective fashion (include a trusted friend, if needed), take a couple of deep breaths and make a decision to let go...! S...
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Tag :inner peace
  November 11, 2017, 8:02 pm
Once again, there was mass shooting in the US. For more information, please visit: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-4188051So please remember not to blame the gun or how it may have facilitated the killing of at least 20 innocent people. Also, don't forget 'guns don't kill people, people kill people'! Very importantly don't even think about how a gun could increase the impact manyfold compared to person with a stone/knife in their hand. And please, don't mention about other countries where they implemented stricter gun control laws and haven't had an incident of mass shooting since. Saving lives is not as important as saving the right to have guns, you just don't get it, liberals...
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  November 6, 2017, 5:47 am
 Diversity has been hurting for generations! If one doesn't belong to the color, race, ethnicity or religion of the majority in a nation, they have to continuously prove themselves to be patriots, sufficiently talented and sometimes good enough to be able to live! Today with nationalism on the rise, diversity is whispering to nations -  Accept me and embrace me,Before I give up on you,Acknowledge me for who I am,I am tired of proving myself to you! I pick up the cotton,And I also teach,I cook and clean,And stars too I have reached! There's no color ofIntelligence and hard work,There's no race ofAbility and rigor! Why then my people are judged...
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Tag :Nationalism
  October 23, 2017, 8:54 pm
Faith and fear,How different they are,To find a place in my heart,They're always at war!There are moments,When fear wins,It feels everything's shut,And it gets so dark within!Then there are times,When faith is victorious,There's light, hope,And a fresh portion of breeze!Clearly, fear is undesirable,Yet, life often brings it around,The slimy emotion finds way in the heart,My resistance no matter how strong!And when you're a mother,Fear finds many more avenues,You shut one door,From another, it comes through!One runs between books,and friends and family,To find weapons against fear,To defeat it finally!But it comes back again,And again and again,Until you bow down to pray,And faith w...
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Tag :Faith
  September 10, 2017, 11:45 pm
O India, my motherland,My identity and my pride!My soul seeks nourishment,Only your bosom can provide!Your children sharethe candor and the bond,where conflicts are ajar,Yet harmony is strong!Your iridescent culture,Your diversity entwined soul,All colors, all shades,Every Indian makes you whole!Dilli, your very heart!houses a conscience,Woven intricately withEvery element of your essence.A global inspiration forUnity in diversityThrives on differences,My viberant city!When I was a child,The rain was enough,To wet our liveswith happiness and love!Our contentment,Money didn’t dictate,There was more felicity,We could take!Laughter rang in the air,No dearth of games to play,Without any techno...
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  June 28, 2017, 4:19 am
The colour of my skin,Didn’t matter to me,‘Coz when I was born,I was colour free! Then eventually,The colour of my skin,began to take shapeand come into being,It crawled into,the definition of my beauty,Unwelcomed, unplanned,It became part of my identity! There were some people,Who liked and disliked me,For the colour of my skin,The 'inner me', failing to see!They said, ‘coz I was dark,I wasn’t pretty,Little did they knew,I was way too witty...!I continued to rise above,The colour of my skin,Not letting it bother,The young woman within! Just when I thought,I had conquered,The colour of my skin,Another place, I entered.A nation, that thrivedOn its diversity,But undermin...
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  April 22, 2017, 9:52 pm
I am the little girl,who was told,She was silver,and her brother was gold.I am also the girl,who let her silverbe carved and polished,and look she too does shimmer!I am the young woman,who couldn't follow her heart,because she was a womanand wasn't as smart.I am also her,who didn't stop dreaming,Created her own world,and continued devising.I am the woman,who was exploitedby the one she loved'coz she was taken for granted.I am also the woman,who fought a good fight,to protect her dignity,and made things right!I am the assistant,who was paid less with money,but lots with complements,Did her work get appreciation any?I am also the assistant,who left the job one day,not because sh...
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Tag :Indian Woman
  April 18, 2017, 8:26 pm
Right from my childhood, I was led to believe that I was a outspoken and argumentative little girl. I was instructed many times to learn to behave like other girls who focused on studying and taking care of the household. But I was busy being myself, wondering why things were as they were. As a little girl I would wonder if I was being treated equally as my brother. If not, why? If I was expected to cook 'roti', Indian bread, and my brother was not, I would fight and sulk. My innocent mind, without reading Paulo Friere or the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, aspired for equality. Teenage followed by that childhood wasn't easy either. I remained w...
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  February 4, 2017, 4:08 am
Dear President Trump,Hope you are feeling good with all the work you accomplished during your first week. No matter what my friends say, your focus and ability to get things done is impressive! I also think your motivation for doing what you are doing is good too, you want to keep our country safe, bring back jobs and keep the danger away from our homeland. Sir, while you’re trying to honour most of the promises you made during the campaign, you might be falling short on one big one. Didn’t you want to make America great again? I am not sure how by limiting America’s role on the international forum, you will make America great. I am not sure how by restricting America’s gen...
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Tag :LettertoPresidentTrump
  January 29, 2017, 7:50 pm
Yesterday, my husband and I had the honour to participate in the Women’s March in Washington DC. My goal was two-fold, first to support my sisters from all the over the world and secondly to remind our new president about the need and value of inclusion, equality and equity. It is never too late start afresh and he too can genuinely be the president of all Americans, if he really tries.It is critical for those who are angry and/or fearful to have a voice and the chance to express it peacefully. This march helped magnify their voice beautifully and it is being heard around the world! So many women, including me, are on fire! We need to keep at it and keep at it together! Because while we mi...
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Tag :Women’s March
  January 23, 2017, 6:44 am
I am neither meek nor weak,I might look like it but I am not,I am stronger than you think,I have struggled more than you can imagine!If I bared the scars on my life,You will not be able to count them.I have won more fights thanWhat I have led you to believe.Yes, I do not fight every fight,Because I have learned what's worth fighting for!The pace of my walk might seem slower,But the determination in each step is unbeatable!The lines on my face do not sufficiently reflect,The roads and distance I have travelled so far...I have stumbled and fallen many times,But every time He raised me up,Raised me to conquer more ground,Win more hearts!My experiences have taught me,Putting others first re...
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  October 25, 2016, 6:07 am
It feels like the world collectively is going through a dark night, where millions of children and their families are suffering not only the pain of leaving their homes, lack of food and security, injuries and deaths of dear ones but also rejection, humiliation, and discrimination. All of these people bring desires, aspirations, capabilities and determination to contribute to the societies they are passing through and will settle in one day. Millions, on the other hand, in the receiving countries live everyday in fear, anger and frustration. Sometimes, their fears are realistic and sometimes they are exaggerated and exploited by the rhetoric of few. But is suffering for one group and fear fo...
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Tag :#Refugees
  September 9, 2016, 5:56 pm
In July, I visited Melilla, an autonomous Spanish city in Northern Africa by Moroccan border as part of my professional work. We were there facilitate training to better prepare their local people on how to provide appropriate psychosocial support to migrant and refugee children in Melilla. Almost all of the incoming children see Melilla as a stepping stone to move on to Europe. However, in most cases, these children are held in Melilla with little to no resources in the name of ‘protection’. I saw children stuck in Melilla not only physically but also psychologically and socially. These children leave their homes, their mothers and fathers, their friends, the world they grew in and the ...
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Tag :Children on the Move
  August 19, 2016, 9:04 pm
This is a poetic petition to the youth around the world who is picking up guns in the name of God and is giving up their own lives to fulfill the agenda of those who sit in their safe sanctuaries. These young lives belong to a variety of backgrounds and they are being misled in the name of Allah, the most merciful. It is absolutely unacceptable! The internet is full of information on this recruitment process and the consequences. Here's one news story:http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/19/middleeast/isis-child-soldiers/. People have picked up arms in almost all religions including Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and even Buddhism. However, never before young lives were targeted the way they are...
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Tag :Extremism
  August 12, 2016, 6:19 pm
How can I question my brother,when I have not yet met the demand?How can I eschew an ideathat I don't even fully understand?How can I not love,if this is the supreme command?How can I not forgive,if that is the way most grand!How can I not help,when capable is my hand?How can I just sit back,when the hour is at hand?How can I contain it within,when love seeks to moisten the entire land?How can I remain at the oasis,When my calling is out in the sand?How can I look away,when their plight I comprehend?How can I return hate for hate,when love is all I tend?...
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  June 6, 2016, 3:56 am
I started writing this poem a few months back. I wasn't sure why was I thinking about my death. After a lot of reflection, I asked my husband, a fellow Red Crosser, the same question. He replied, "Maybe because you're thinking of transitioning from the Red Cross, an organisation that you love and worked for most of your professional life". I had no clue that the thought of leaving the Red Cross could have such a powerful mpact on me.Since I started with the Red Cross, I worked in many different positions and several different countries. I began as a nobody, I leave as an internationally known name and with a knowledge that it is a long way before I arrive. Whatever I am as a professional, I ...
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  May 19, 2016, 5:39 pm
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