Showing posts from February, 2021

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s Message Remains More Relevant Than Ever

  As intolerance and violence try to strike deeper roots in Indian society, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan is more relevant than ever. Born on 6 February 1890 in the Northwest border city of Utmanzai located in present-day Pakistan, Khan’s father was a Pathan tribal chief. At an early age, Khan was inclined towards activism. He sought to fight poverty and spread education. He realised quickly that the British Raj treats their community as second-class. Later, he came to be known as Frontier Gandhi . The important phase of his life as a political activist began in 1919 when he protested the Rowlatt Act . It was at this time that he met Gandhi. In the following year, Khan also joined the Khilafat movement , a campaign launched by the Muslims of India to influence the British government not to abolish the Ottoman Caliphate. In 1921, Khan was made president of the district Khilafat committee in his native North-West Frontier Province. He played a prominent role in the formation of Anju

My travel diary 2020_COVID19

  I traveled on 21st December, first time after March 2020, when everything had become stand still, I was traveling by train to my native village to meet my dears and near.  When I reached to Anand Vihar train station, the station was almost empty, I had luggage , so I took help from coolie, his name was Suresh ( name changed) to put my things on the train, my train was late, so I interacted with Suresh about COVID19 and lock down , and challenges to cover expenses.  I was surprised to know, there were no any monetary support to those peoples, some of the were getting rations. They were allowed to go and work on the other stations, where trains were running. I asked about their Union and what they are doing for these workers ? I didn't get any satisfactory answers from Suresh. I was imaging, how difficult circumstances for people like Suresh to live a dignified like, where one needs not only food and shelter but many more make life to run. My train came Suresh arranged my thoughts