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Friday, September 11, 2015

Sympathise with those unfortunate brethren


8 Sep 15, 11:01 PM

B Ganga Raju: We read about or saw in movies the EXODUS of people fleeing from their own country to other lands. The recent one in our memory was Bangladesh refugees in 1970s.

In biblical times if it was Moses who led the exodus of his people, during World War II Jews became the refugees followed by Palestinians who became refugees in their own homeland.

In our sub continent the scars of partition are still visible. Lakhs of people moved in search of a promised land. Perhaps many of our generation were quite young to know first hand the human tragedies forced on innocent populations due to perverse politics and cunning colonialists. To resolve the refugee crisis India had to go to war in 1971 and the territory of East Pakistan became Bangladesh. We were witnesses to creation of Bangladesh and later assassination of Shaik Mujibur Rehman. When the world became unipolar some were thinking that there would no more be areas of conflict. How wrong were they?

The latest crisis in Syria that forced its citizens to become refugees going to Europe via Turkey is grim reminder that peace has not come upon this planet. When a government starts dividing its own people into those who are for it and those against it and starts attacking the dissidents, CIVIL WAR will be the product. 

Add to this the highly volatile explosive mix of religious extremism, there won't be any better recipe for disaster, murder and mayhem. This situation can arise anywhere. How many of us have seen visuals of Syrian refugees in Budapest/Hungary and other places on BBC and other media?

Please spare some time to know about and sympathise with those unfortunate brethren.