Improve Scientific Temper, VIT Varsity Faculty Advises Students in Hyderabad

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There’s need to improve scientific temperament among the children to build a logical society, advised VIT University senior faculty member S Rajasekhara Reddy. He along with other experts at IICT have pressed upon the need to observe the nature with a scientific eye.

Delivering a lecture on ‘Chemistry in Daily Life’ at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) on Saturday, Mr. Reddy said that chemistry was everywhere and every modern day need was fulfilled thanks to the chemistry.

Mr. Reddy said that most of the daily life products were produced using chemicals present in plants, algae, herbs and other natural resources. He noted that there were about 3,000 firms in and around the city of Nizams.

He also added that the industry provides employment to about 3 million people every year globally. Talking about position of India in terms of pharmaceutical production in the world, he said the country stands at 14th place.

India needs people like former president and missile man Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who always strived to build a scientific Indian society, said CSIR-IICT director S Chandrasekhar. We want the message of the great leader to be passed on to the younger generation at the early stage, he added.

Students from about 40 schools have participated in a scientific project exhibition competition at IICT in which students of above fifth standards have displayed their prototype projects.

The lecture and event was organized by IICT in collaboration with Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and WhiteBoard Ventures. Royal Society of Chemistry director D Shailaja said that her research foundation has been engaging in R&D for translation technologies as well as educating the students and teachers.

“Our main aim is to create a widespread awareness among the teachers and student fraternity about the chemistry involved in daily life. We conduct training programs, interactive sessions, lectures and exhibitions to promote the scientific temperament among the students”, said Shailaja.

Several training programs and science fairs have been conducted across AP and Telangana, for making chemistry learning easy, said Madhavi Varalwar, Director of WhiteBoard Ventures.

Tejaswi, a Vidyaranya High School student, won the first prize which Rs 10,000 cash, while C Ramalinga Reddy of Residential school in Kurnool stood second in the competition.

Girl Student of Govt. School in Hyderabad Denied Promotion to Next Class

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Sana Begum, a student of GBHS Humayun Nagar, has been forced to remain in the same class (8th standard) even as she had distinctive academic record despite being from a very poor family.

When a delegation of NGO working in education area happened to procure details about Sana, it was found that she could not attend the final examination. It was not due lack of interest, but her parents failed to send her to the school when the final examinations were being held in February 2015.

Sana Begum had taken up the Quarterly and Half yearly examinations during the same academic year, and did fairly well in those examinations. But before final exams, her parents took her to their village.

Despite several representations by Sana’s illiterate parents and social activists, including Dr. Lubna Sarwat of AAP, the district education officer (DEO) has denied her promotion to the higher class. They requested DEO Rizwanullah to promote Sana Begum into 9th standard instead of forcing her to study in 8th again, but in vain.

The management of GBHS Humayun Nagar was aware of the academic excellence of Sana Begum, and School In-charge Rukhayya had also made a request to the DEO for promoting her to the next level but education authorities have rejected the request citing lack of attendance and absence in final examination.

“Each day we hear of cases of dejected students committing suicide or leaving studies and unqualified all thru their lives. Who will take the responsibility of Sana if she turns out either of the above?,” questions Dr. Lubna.

“Sana is being made to suffer for her parents’ illiteracy and poverty, as well as the irresponsible and callous attitude of government school authorities,” Dr. Lubna added.

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Hyderabad’s HMV Institute to introduce two new job oriented courses

HMV Institute of Vocational Studies, an autonomous college in Hyderabad, will introduce two new skill based job oriented courses. The institute has been granted approval for the same by University Grants Commission (UGC)

The new courses, ‘Hospitality and Tourism Administration’ and ‘Banking and Insurance’, will start at HMV from the academic year 2015-16 .

The UGC has approved full fledged courses under the B. Vocational degree program which has multiple exit/entry route.

The entry to this graduation course is 10 + 2 or equivalent. The college said it will make utmost efforts to place the students with the support of industry partners.

Being a vast, dynamic, competitive and growing industries, graduates of ‘Hospitality & Tourism’ and ‘Banking & Insurance’ programs are expected to be well equipped with a combination of business and life skills that are in high demand with employers.

The specialty of this vocational degree is that it offers a more hands-on training to prepare students for specific entry-level positions, the institute said.

Methodology

The approach of the course combines both theory and practice in a way to apply the knowledge in the area of ‘Hospitality & Tourism Administration’ and ‘Banking & Insurance’ and by making use of latest specialized modules and techniques, case studies, business simulations and site visits.

Curriculum

The curriculum has been designed and taught by the faculty members both from academia and industry with extensive experience in both fields. The courses offer 60% skill component and 40% general component which includes communication skills, soft skills and computer training.

Thus, the courses offer broader range of skills essential for above industries and provide leadership skills to prepare themselves as industry-ready professionals, who can deliver superior quality service through sharp acumen, right knowledge, skill, attitude and decision-making capabilities and also future entrepreneurs.

Located at Osmania University road in Nallakunta, the co-education college has modern infrastructure facilities with computer labs and few A/C class rooms, enriched library, sports facility and very congenial atmosphere.

Travel and Tourism Industry

Travel and Tourism is the biggest industry in the world, and also one of the fastest growing service industries in India. It is expected that the tourism sector’s contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) will grow at the rate of 7.8 per cent yearly in the period 2013–2023.

Telangana / Andhra Pradesh state has gained its reorganization by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Other National & International Bodies for its Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality Sector. Good Number of 5 Star, 4 Star, 3 Star Hotels and Restaurants will provide better opportunities for employment to the skilled persons.

Rising incomes of the people are expected to enhance the need for banking services in rural areas and therefore drive the growth of the sector. Financial Inclusion and Payment Banks recently announced by Govt. will create more employment opportunity for qualified students.

Thus, changes in the regulatory framework and demographic factors such as growing middle class, young insurable population and growing awareness of the need for protection and retirement planning will support the growth of Indian life insurance.

Youth and Politics

Mohd Nayyer Rahman for Hyderabad Youth Mirror #

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Youth has been defined both metaphorically and technically. Technically youth refers to the young ones within the age group of 15-24 years (also known as youth labor force) according to International Labour Organisation (ILO). The article focuses on the same group and issues hovering around its involvement in the politics.

Politics has been presented as a never ending filthy game that can never be ethical. The notion has been carried on the shoulders of the old and experienced but time and again youth has rejected it. Youth has rejected it by their active and passive involvement in politics showing their presence at national level in India (Few examples: NSUI, AMUSU, ABVP, SFI etc.).

It would be justified to imitate the statement of Adam Smith with respect to economics (Every activity has an economic aspect) into politics (Politics has an impact on every activity). The popular adage goes as follows: “If you are not interested in politics, politics is interested in you”.

Thus, in a nutshell the point to be appreciated is that politics is affecting us all including the young population. When Youth and Politics is blended for the society, politics in grinded with ethical values and idealism. It is clear that youth are more close to ethical principles than the old because they have afresh ideologies and are opened less to the corrupt world. One such example is the AMU Students Union (AMUSU) in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). AMU has been the forerunner of Muslim representation for the country and a hub for the political ideology of Muslims particularly the young ones. Presently, AMUSU has been selected through the democratic election wherein youth participated with full vigor and zeal.

The nuances of politics along with ethical principles have been guiding the students of AMU for their active involvement in politics. Student’s involvement in politics has been seen in AMU as a work to unite and safeguard the interests of the students and at a broader level to raise issues concerning the Muslim community throughout the world. Yet another angle is to see this as an active involvement of youth in politics at national level. AMUSU elections are an example of how politics can be epitomized with respect to value based politics while focusing on issues relevant to society. Petty issues that represent sheer waste of time are ignored by the students for the sake of achieving higher objectives.

On youth and development subject, freelance journalist from AMU, Mustafa Tayyab opines, “It is important to understand the gap between youth and politics and we have to sort it out. We need to focus on the perception of youth towards politics particularly with respect to corruption and criminality. Youth must be inculcated with the ideology of country’s development first. They must understand that if country develops, youth will get opportunities. Politics in India has become an abusive game due to the communal and fascist forces. Overall in India we need a blend of youth energy and experience of elders.”

AMU Youth Leader Sadaqat Ali further clarifies: “Youth outnumbers the elders in this country and are filled with energy needed for developing India into a modern country. AMU is witnessing a large number of students actively involving in the politics as is clear from the AMUSU elections. This needs to be appreciated by the community. Youth has to jump in to clear the dirty premise of old and hackneyed politics based on discrimination and injustice.”

AMUSU President Abdullah Azzam, who inspires hope among youth, expresses: “In the rapidly changing political discourses, students’ political activism nurtures a hope for a better understanding of pro-people politics, and I strongly advocate the political rights of students in the university campuses without any undue interference and curbs from the authorities, so that the new blood is continuously infused into the leadership of the nation, especially in the times when the nation needs it the most.”

However, it is not all positive as we hear that students at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) are struggling to get their democratic right of contesting students elections. If subjugation of youth by curbing their democratic rights continues, it would not be late that youth of our country will lose interest in politics and will stay away from it. Add to this particular issue the Demographic Dividend India will be having in future.

In the coming years between 2020 to 2050 India would be the only country with highest number of young population. But the question remains: Will the policies of the state motivate the youth to enter into politics? Will this add to the list of reasons signaled by youth for staying away from politics based on ethical principles?

It is crystal clear that the future rests on youth and therefore their involvement in politics is imperative. Channelizing the impulsivity in the youth towards politics with the teaching of moral principles is important. Youth will be the future participant in the democracy and few have already started contributing in the democracy with the dual objective of values and development.

The great potential and energy of youth can be channelized to make India a superpower. The grey side of the issue remains that youth are not given proper chance to contribute to the politics. Thus, there is a need for seeing politics through the lens of youth that has potential for ethical changes in the political system.

[The author is a junior research fellow in the Department of Commerce, AMU.]

Need for Pluralism in Youth

Hisham Barbhuiya for Hyderabad Youth Mirror # 

The youth or naujawan are often referred to as the future of a nation, and ours is not an exception. It is for this reason that we have been instructed right from our childhood days, through our moral science classes as well as Bollywood movies such as ‘Roja’ and ‘Indian’, on how to make India a better and inclusive nation for all.

However, it has been observed in the last decade or so that terms such as ‘bachchey’ (kids) and nadaan (innocent) have been used more and more in order to describe youngsters, thereby giving them a sort of impunity in whatever they do – be it in the field of education or perversions.

These youngsters under the garb of ‘immaturity’ turn into an irresponsible lot, who feel that there is no need to be focused on any aspect of life, as this can be worked upon as soon as a job is secured or during the initiation of conjugal life.

Just as a river does not appear all of a sudden, out of the blue, but follows a pattern in – a source, flowing down highlands and then meeting the sea – so is a human life designed to go by a pattern. This concept may sound hollow to those who may argue saying, ‘we are humans and not trees, stones or animals’. Such folks need to be reminded that human beings are a part of nature and not the other way round as in the nature is a subject to our wishes and fancies.

There is a lot we can learn from our surroundings. Compassion The very first virtue which is needed for the successful functioning of any society is compassion. As youth, an individual gets numerous opportunities to interact with members of ‘other’ communities.

Thus this is the time, when almost every individual feels the universalism of existence via sharing of lunch boxes at school, helping each other out in academics at college, building the sense of cohesion via parties and picnics.

It is important for parents and elders as well to encourage such outing activities with the idea of building a strong pluralistic society. It is in such situations that the ‘others’ have the same interests, concerns and feelings for a wide range of issues – enough to unite us as a nation.

Owning Up

Responsibility comes with maturity. It has been noticed that time and again, children have proven themselves to be much wiser than elders when it comes to divisive issues put in place by the greedy sections of the society.

Even as adolescents in college, most youngsters realize what the truth is. However, they begin their slow yet gradual transition towards biased ideas at this stage owing to influences from parents and the society at large.

Perhaps the moral science lessons would never have been better suited other than these situations. If one is wise enough to differentiate the right from wrong (well many do), the nation at large would have been a better place to live in.

Keeping Perversions at Bay

Sadly enough, pornography is booming all over the world and no community is safe from it. Supporters often claim that such explicit materials are necessary in order to learn and prepare for the future. This in turn paves the way for violent crimes which plague our society.

A devout relative of mine I guess gave a befitting reply to this thought with these words, “Even a dog reproduces and learns out of natural instinct. That doesn’t mean he watches porn”. We should bear this in our minds that supply increases when the demand does.

It is high time that as individuals we take steps to reform the society peacefully and help innocents and the misguided from falling prey to evil ways. There are certain posters in cities such as Hyderabad which appeal youngsters to refrain from pornography as it is detrimental to one’s morals and health as well. Herein, a more vehement and logical form of oratory is needed in order to curb such a menace, as the nature of this deed is such.

Proselytizing

The idea of proselytizing, or preaching, is often looked down upon by cool dudes and dudettes as something boring and pakaaoo. However, if one were to embark on a small introspection, even if for five minutes, we should all ask ourselves, ‘Would I allow this to go on with my loved one?’ The answer provided by our conscience and inner voice will hold the key. If we do not go on to share and convey this to the ones who need it, we can assume ourselves to be plain ‘selfish’.

It is indeed not so difficult to make the world a better place to live in. All it takes is efforts coupled with concrete actions. There are bright spots in the society as well which force adamant parents to shed their biased racism when children intermarry. Such examples can be remodeled and worked upon by youths for the overall good.

[The author is a Content Writer, working for a company in Bangalore.]

After School, Tempting Varsity Calls

Mohammed Fazil Hussain for Hyderabad Youth Mirror #

School really does seem like a never-ending abyss to us students, a place where we dwell under the burden of textbooks, exams and stolen pens for over a decade. A place where the day is spent slumping at desks, and the night finishing up projects and revising last minute notes.

It’s agonizing to be honest, the very essence of our childhood can be seen being ripped to shreds as the homework tension overlaps the fun time being spent with family and the work pressure of next year daunts the planned excursions in summer. As children, we would dream about the day when we would finally be released from its shackles, and when it does eventually, hallelujah! But just a month later, even I couldn’t help but wish I was right back in it.

Sure, the extravagant and free life of university is always something to look forward to. New people, new teachers and most importantly a fresh start to life. But it’s often the friends we grew up with, the memories we created in those classrooms, the little arguments we had over pointless subjects that would “never help us in life”, this is what shaped us into the humans we are today. Stepping out of school might seem to be the ultimate goal of a student, but it genuinely feels like a home away from home once you’re out of it. It really is our genesis.

So where to now? Well, university of course. The famed land of lecture halls, meeting people from new backgrounds, and of course showing off the newest phones and motorbikes in the market. A place where we finally narrow down our education to our preferred career and are finally treated like adults. Personally speaking, it really is a re-freshening feeling as you finally have your own choice in pretty much everything you do. The perfect time then, for an adversary such as Shai’tan (Devil) to strike down upon us.

You see, at university we are suddenly exposed to an entirely new routine of studying. Lectures, self-studying, buying huge and expensive textbooks, living alone, cooking alone, living on a thin budget, these are all part of the mantra that make a university lifestyle different to its predecessor’s. And it is at this very point where even the best of us break down, give up, fall into depression if we are slow to react or simply reluctant to change.

This is what the Shai’tan preys upon, vulnerability of a Muslim. At our lowest points in life, we as humans are famed for making decisions that we regret for the rest of our lives. University is no exception. Thus begins the routine of smoking, drugs, alcohol, late night visits to the pub, harassment of the other gender and the easiest of all, the absence from salat (daily prayer). Even the best of our brothers and sisters tend to be lost in this world of sins, blaming their actions on stressful lifestyles.

What I’m trying to emphasize here is the importance for a Muslim not only to be pious, but also to remain strong in his stand against the battle that is life. As for our worldly success, one word sums up everything, ‘Effort’. One of the most fundamental equations in life is, the amount of success equals to the amount of effort put in. Allah (swt) gives to those who strive.

We must focus on our studies and learn time management for better outcomes. Any task given is like preparing a pot of Biryani. We must put in our effort to bring together the ingredients, measure and place them carefully into the pot, then we must ask for Allah (swt) for barakah for it to be prepared scrumptiously.

To sum up, as a university student myself, I would just like to say that stress is part and parcel of life. It is manageable. However, we simply can’t use it to fuel our urge to perform forbidden activities, instead we can invest our time in better things and prayers. May Allah (swt) help us all!

[The author is an NRI and university student.]

For Blissful Life: ‘Be Good, Do Good’

Soufia Sadaf for Hyderabad Youth Mirror #

Life is full of surprises. Some are shocking and some are pleasant. We never know what will happen next, and surely we are tired of listening to these sentences every now and then! But the fact remains that these sentences are true.

The reason of putting it like this is; it is definite that everything is unknown to us before it happens but if we have belief in ourselves, in our actions and our Almighty, it is definite that we will get what we have invested. If we correct our actions today, we will have a better tomorrow. Actions are the outcome of thinking. Our thinking must be pure so our actions will be harmless and fruitful.

One whose actions are good, he has a deep contend in his heart that life will be good to him, though he would get through many difficulties in life but he will never be down. He is satisfied with himself and knows that nothing will happen to him. But sometimes in this process pride develops. Pride of being the best, pride of doing good and it is well known that pride comes before a fall.

Instead of getting pride to develop in mind, one should always thank the Almighty that he had made us do right actions; it is all because of Him and His blessings that we are on the right path. We alone could not have achieved the goodness of our lives. Humans are not worthy of taking the credit of their good. It is correct that a person always has two choices, one is good and the other is bad.

It is up to him what to choose. But it is the blessing of Almighty if he chose the right and the blessing comes when the person is clean from heart, don’t have evil intentions and harmful plans in his mind. Our life’s motto should be ‘Do good and be good’ in every situation of life. Life will never be cruel to you. Being happy in small things is another way of thanking Almighty. Happiness creates happiness. Being happy is also an art. For this is required positivity. As positive thinking is not only about expecting the best to happen, but it is also about accepting whatever happens is for the best.

Positivity simply means for instance; if we have done one action in a right way we will get the result good though not instantly but definitely in some phase of our life. For example, if a student gave his exam and not cheated a single word, and another student cheated; the student who cheated got better marks and the one who did not get lesser marks. The one who cheated got his good result instantly. But the fact is the student who did not cheat has purity in his heart and is satisfied to his heart content that though he did not get good marks he had not applied a wrong method. He should feel happy for it because sooner or later it will prove fruitful to him. He will not be depended on others and of course Almighty’s blessings are always with him.

So life is all about action and belief. The world is round. What goes around comes around. One should every time have a check on his actions, not only major but also minor actions of our daily routine. Our actions should not have the element of hurting anyone as it will later hurt ourselves. Our speech, our words should be so that it must not let other person down. Our act of giving and sharing should also be in a proper manner. As all persons are equal before Almighty and He only knows everything about everyone, you never know who is closer to Him.

[The author is a Psychology Student from Maharashtra.]

Entrepreneurship, Youth & Nation Building

Abu Sultan for Hyderabad Youth Mirror #

The term nation building basically means development of a nation. There are many grounds on which development takes place. It’s a strong perception that youth can take the nation to a height where it is supposed to be. Youth have always been energetic and innovative in their thoughts. Their tongue usually speaks about change, their ears have become habitual of hearing about change, and finally their eyes are dying to witness it (change). The most widespread idea among them is to change the nation individually. Let’s consider how entrepreneurship can help in nation building.

Entrepreneurship means an organization with visualization of innovation. The youth is very much familiar with the term and thus they want themselves to be called an entrepreneur. The backbone of the nation is its economy. The economy will only develop when it is having sufficient entrepreneurs who are efficient and effective. Thus it’s high time that the youth should be accepted as the entrepreneurs. Youth is keen to take part in bringing out the change through their innovative brains. Innovation is the specific tool of the youth through which they achieve something out of the box which conventions does not allow.

India is in high need of potential entrepreneurs and the young population can compensate this vacuum. As the economy needs to be shined by them. The only part left in growth of a nation is polishing. Since the post-independence period the nation has witnessed persistent increment in GDP, HDI and balance of payments has been favorable at times. This increment can further be multiplied with the help of the youths. The empowerment and training of the modern times would help them attain the qualities of an entrepreneur. Certain Entrepreneurship Development Programs (EDP) need to be conducted at the state/national level by the government which develop the potential youths who are willing to be future entrepreneur and to develop skills and train the participants and make them aware about their hidden potential.

Youth Are Innovators

Innovation can most often be seen in the group of 1000 young brains when we ask to offer their thoughts on a certain topic. The youth are subject to dynamic thinking and intuitive decision making which is an important and must trait of an entrepreneur. The ground reality why people fail to become a successful entrepreneur is because of their thinking inside the box whereas youth are mostly think out of the box. Their communication skills, analytical ability, and human relation abilities actually defines them. It’s their ability to make intuitions successful with their hard work. Nation building can only take place with the help of innovators, planners, global thinkers who are dynamic and ready to face the challenges and overcome the constraints and hurdles which block their path.

Entrepreneurship is like a marathon, the more you run persistently and firmly the more are the chances to win gold. Similarly is the case of nation building where you have to be persistent intuitive and challenging which increase the chances of the developed economy. The present world is not constant, it’s dynamic and technically competent and if we will not adopt ourselves accordingly there are chances of failure we will be run over by others.

Youth Are Risk Takers, Not Risk Adverse As Old People

As we know that youth are warm blooded and want to lead. They are challenging and steady in their task and they work hard to achieve them. Motive of these young brains is to contribute towards nation development in terms of economic development. Giving the authority to the youth can accelerate the development in the economy. For substantial change in the nation building these innovators can amalgamate the economy with the developed economy. They are risk takers. Risk taking is one of major qualities which an entrepreneur needs. They are not pessimist rather they are self-reliant and optimistic which helps them in achievement. The nation building mainly depends upon the economic development which in turn depends on entrepreneurs who should be innovators and leaders.

[The author is a commerce student, pursuing graduation from a central university.]

Women and Nation Building

Dr. Thamee Shahid for Hyderabad Youth Mirror #

All of us in this world are people who share things, basic needs and wants that define the similarities between us – as humans. We are all expected to perform our duties, deliver and execute, without question. We must ‘blend in’. Work, feed family, pay taxes, etc. And if there is a little more left in you, work for the good of mankind. But this expectation is highly unrealistic in the face of the prejudices that society holds against us.

There is a prejudice that women are the “weaker sex”. Very conveniently the society has defined the role of a woman within the confines of her home, beyond which there is no need of her, and no way in which she can contribute. The crimes against women, especially the way they occur in our country, have served as constant and horrifyingly oft-repeating reminders as to why our roles ought to be limited.

People have now questioned the very reasons why women need to be considered as the equals of men and sought to restrict the freedoms which a girl has the right to enjoy. Her right to education, to earn a respectable livelihood to have her own opinions and views, and to walk in the modern world with her head held high.

As we emerged in this new era of human civilization, we thought that the world would respect women more and give them their rightful place in society but what has happened is that the very existence of women has been threatened. Then again, there are prejudices of all sorts. Almost everyone in this planet is stereotyped against no matter who they are. You don’t really have to be Muslim, or a woman. You could be a Hindu, a Christian, a Sikh, a fair-skinned person, a dark-skinned person, ethnically Asian, European or Latin American, whatever you may be, someone somewhere will have a problem with who you are.

The recent racist attacks on North-eastern students in Delhi are a living proof to this unfair reality. And the problem is that the people in our world are quite comfortable living in these horrors, rather than challenging and destroying these prejudices once and for all.

But the question remains – in the light of these unjust and illogical prejudices that the society holds against us, are we really going to be great contributors to our world? Will our need be recognized as the world we live in grows more and more hungry of aid, help, healthcare, care and concern? How in this present world riddled with Islamophobia and Gender Inequality and Racism, are you and I going to help this planet become a better place to live? Is it even possible? The answer is yes.

The world is quick to criticize, slow to recognize and even slower to appreciate. So if it is the recognition or appreciation we are aiming for then we might as well pack our bags, go home, and never touch this topic again. But if we really wish to contribute then let’s start by being realistic. Problems and pessimism are bound to be hurled our way, constantly.

Let us learn to deal with it. Let us learn to differentiate between criticism and insult, and respond accordingly, debate with critics and ignore those who find the need to insult.

Most importantly never let go of the dream that inspires you to do what you are doing, what you are struggling with to achieve. The dream of a better world.

For instance, Dr Hawa Abdi of Somalia started out with a small clinic in the midst of civil war, and the world stood up and recognized her efforts to contribute to a society plagued by violence and turmoil by providing healthcare.

She was named the Glamour Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” in 2010, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.

If we were to wake up in this moment and decide to channel our efforts and our strengths to make a difference, however small it may be, it will go a long way to help people grow as a community and society that takes care of itself. If we were to target areas such as healthcare, illiteracy, gender inequality etc, our minimal efforts would have lasting effects. All it takes is a desire, a moment where our hearts think not for us, but for others. And that is how prejudices and stereotypes are broken. That’s how illusions are shattered and how awakening and realization dawn on a people. That’s how we should respond to those who try to hold us back because of our differences, not by violence, not by hatred, not by “retaliation in kind”, but by displaying care and concern for our world at large, of whose even the people who dislike us are a part of.

We as a nation, win over hearts by befriending them, and by sharing their pain. That’s how we contribute to nation-building.

[The author is a Doctor, practicing in Shadan Medical College, Hyderabad.]

Excellence in Sports Participation

Ehtesham Ali Khan for Hyderabad Youth Mirror #

Usually when one writes articles such as these the tendency is to keep saying we should do this, we should do that and so on. However, an alternate way to put things together is to convey benefits and I think that makes more sense than the former style. This write up is articulated in such fashion.

Let’s dedicate few lines to emphasize role of sports in current economic times. It’s more than a 500 billion dollar plus industry and growing .So what does it do promote sports for advantageous purposes, which is by creating platform for expression of energy in meaningful ways with returns in the form of awards, recognition, respect, acknowledgement of talent , creation of jobs etc.

In all this, where does Muslim participation and contribution stand? A closer look at micro level exposes reality in ways we do not want to see and wish we could change things around. Our youngsters standing on day to day basis in front of girls colleges dressed up to catch attention or at movie theatres with late night parties etc. and in addition to this armed with money power at hand due to parents working in gulf countries, there is more freedom and ways to spend time and money.

A total lack of direction at young age when it matters and later we seem to be paying our way through professional courses and move on into global markets then comes the struggle to make ends meet at home or abroad. Could be sheer waste of talent when there lays the potential.

Why is participating in sports so meaningless to such a vast chunk of Muslim population? Is it lack of will or day to day survival to make ends meet that they find beyond reach to get into this lane that becomes too unaffordable for many or too many?

So lethargic that after late night or weekend activities they simply do not have will to get up early morning and go through the grind on day to day basis. There could be so many pros and cons in vast population and food for thought for those who want to enable so much for many aspiring youngsters who simply do not know how to navigate.

To be concise and direct I believe it’s a two way effort. Encouragement to participate, identify potential, Psychological consultation and development procedure initiation .This is one side of the coin: Communication strategy. The other side is the receptor and needs to understand and respond. If this situation can be rolled out I believe we have something to look forward to. We may look forward to seeing more of Hashim Amla , Azharuddin , Muhammed Ali, etc.

At grass root level motivation to both parents and children to look forward to a meaningful activity rather than phobia of losing out on academics and at youth level competitive attitude for a goal oriented activity. This is what we desire and rather than say our youth have lost direction we need to find ways to give them the same (take ownership), monitor, make corrections, set bench marks and bring about improvements for a satisfactory contribution to the society.

(The writer is a former Ranji Cricket player who played as a wicket keeper from Hyderabad.)