Shocking reality: Middle East women still living in medieval era

Today, the women of Saudi Arabia – one of the richest countries on earth have access to every information through magazines and websites. What they miss is an free air and open exchange of thoughts and ideas.

IF YOU believe that you can buy every thing with money, you are mistaken. We live in an enlightened world or so we are told. However, sometimes the power of wealth and glitter of religion also can’t take you far if the dominant society incarcerates you in a golden cage of ignorance. The women of Saudi Arabia are a living proof of this statement.

Today, the women of Saudi Arabia – one of the richest countries on earth have access to every material thing and information through magazines and websites. However, what they miss is an free air and open exchange of thoughts and ideas. If health experts are to be believed, Saudi women are still leading unhealthy lives as they are unaware of basic health principles.

According to the research done by several local and international health organisations, including the National First Care and Preventive Medicine, Saudi Arabia is ranked as one of the worst countries in terms of obesity, diabetes, blood pressure, osteoporosis and cancer rates.

Dr Munirah Balahmar, a consultant of community medicine and head of the health awareness unit at the First Care and Preventive Medicine Department made this observation, “The majority of Saudi women are careless about protecting their health. This carelessness is also affecting children. Most Saudi children become victims of their unhealthy mothers. Large numbers of Saudi children are suffering from obesity and diabetes at early age. Saudi women are ignoring basic health activities such as eating a balanced diet and exercise.”

To stamp the statement of Dr Munirah another prominent expert Dr Wafa Faqih, director general of the First National Association for Women’s Care in Jeddah and assistant professor for King Abdul Aziz University’s Faculty of Medicine, “Women have ignored advice on how to protect their health. Most Saudi women are suffering from osteoporosis, cancer and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The absence of awareness on how to safeguard themselves have increased the risk of women contracting these diseases.

She claimed 30 per cent of women are risking death because of osteoporosis, while 90 per cent were ignoring advice on how to avoid sexual diseases.

And if it sounds strange to those, who believe that Saudi Arabia is an El Dorado, it is more shocking to learn that many Saudi women are suffering from STDs but they do not know how to avoid catching them. Some sexual diseases can lead to infertility.

According to Dr Faqih some Saudi women are also indulging in illegal drugs, herbs, and online medication. This trend is mostly visible in women, who want to lose weight, prevent hair loss, treat their skin, and generally look younger without consulting specialist physicians.

She called on the Ministry of Education to implement a new syllabus on health care for primary school.

Too much of anything suffocates including religion.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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I wasn’t also invited at Chelsea’s wedding

Chelsea-Clinton

Chelsea-Clinton

God has made us all equal. Chelsea is not only Clintons’ daughter but ours also. And if I’m not mistaken, you were the most devoted and ardent supporter of Bill Clinton when we had Monica Lewinsky dominating the world media.

I AM really fortunate to have a better half, who knows about all my acts of omissions and commissions in life at least after our marriage. She is the home minister, finance minister and foreign minister.

Naturally, with the blight of recession, inflation and Commonwealth Games our resources, like every middle class or lower middle class Indian are strained if not torn apart at the seams. I don’t remember exactly when did I purchase my last vest and the present vest has been washed and stone-washed so many times that it has become an excellent example of smart ventilation or air-management system.

So when I announced this morning that today, and by today I mean this today, and by time I mean right now this time I‘m going to venture out to purchase a cow-boy shirt, a Texas style jeans and a new vest, no one in the house believed me, not my wife at least.

“Why not shoes and underwear ?” she asked in her usual sarcasm. “Rough shoes go well with American-Style jeans and underwear is not a big issue; it’s a very personal matter.” I tried to match the intensity of her incisive remark.

“And how’re you going to stand this treat ?” She fired back as she knows all my income. She is well aware that I’m not blessed with any talent of a Godman or policeman and nothing can make a dent in my economic status for the better till God so desires.

“My old friend from US has send me some money to look for a land to put up a business premises. He will come to India after performing his pilgrimage. I’m sure he will understand the situation and as he is in possession of a kind heart he would allow me some years to pay him back. By that time my eldest son would be on the job. We should never lose faith. Hope is the only refuge of victor or vanquished alike.”

“Your idea isn’t bad. However, patience usually runs thin when it comes to money matters. But, I’m catching here a different scent in this fry darling ! Your cow-boy ideas suggest that you got an invitation from Clinton’s to attend the weddining of Chelsea ?” That proves my earlier statement that my wife knows me better than I know myself. She is a philosopher, thinker, a planner and a strategist. She knows about the gap between rich and poor, between privileged and underprivileged and haves and have-nots, between her husband and Bill Clinton.

Being a man of honour I refuse to accept the supremacy of her intellect before her.

“We’re poor because you’re poor in managing our resources like our dear Sharad Pawar. I have always worked hard to make this house happy. You don’t know how to keep the food from rotting when electricity comes like good weather. You don’t want the kids to go to municipal school or Angan Wari where they even arrange the feasts of Khichdis and other sumptuous treats. Its not always that kids get sand, any other foreign particle or a mini-reptile in food. We could have something at least. You’re an ardent religious lady but you want to send your kids to elite nurseries.

Its sheer hypocrisy. You don’t know how to manage this house !” I delivered a homily or spewed the pent up venom with a good excuse and for a good cause. That should have silenced her for a while and could have put her out of wits. Unfortunately, like our great ex-sport minister Mani Shankar Iyer she was determined to make her statement:

“ Thirty five per cent of Indian population lives on less than $1 a day, which is comparable to Bangladesh’s 36 per cent and much worse than Pakistan’s 17 per cent. The World Bank reported that India is 12th wealthiest nation in 2005 with its GDP touching 785.47 billion dollars or Rs 35,34,615 crore . US is the wealthiest nation with GDP of 12.46 trillion dollars. While India was way down compared to China, positioned fourth with 2.23 trillion dollars of GDP, it was wealthier than Mexico, Russia and Australia. So, my dearest husband, please don’t make an ostentatious rhetoric or display of our poverty or your incompetence. These days the gape between rich and poor is decreasing faster than the DTC bus. We shall overcome one day.”

Then came an stroke of epiphany. “I’m sure, any moment someone will knock at the door and hand-over to you a return ticket for USA. They will make you a show-piece of milk of human kindness, an example that people care; a proof of the statement on US Dollar “In God We Trust.”

God has made us all equal. Chelsea is not only Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter but our’s also. And if I’m not mistaken, you were the most devoted and ardent supporter of Bill Clinton when we had Monica Lewinsky dominating the world media. The President is not a thankless man. I’m sure I might have an issue or two with his wife but they could have nothing against an innocuous entity like you. You’re going to go to White House. Enogh was enough. I decided to be a loving husband of the real life.

“Darling, they haven’t invited even Obamas to the wedding. Didn’t you hear what the poor President of USA said the other day – I was not invited to the wedding because I think Hillary and Bill, properly, want to keep this thing for Chelsea and her soon-to-be husband.”

Life doesn’t move according to our dictates after all !
We can explain certain situation but often we don’t even understand them.

“You don’t want two presidents at one wedding. All the secret service, guests going through (metal detectors), all the gifts being torn apart,” he added jocularly. Clinton’s Vice President Al Gore, celebrities Barbara Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Ted Turner will also not be attending Chelsea’s marriage to her investment-banker boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Bobby Fischer – the legend of all times

Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer

TWO GREAT sportsmen of the 20th century had always fascinated me for their idiosyncrasies and extraordinary IQ – John McEnroe, the popular American who won at SW19 in 1981, 1983 and 1984 and Bobby Fischer, the American chess prodigy who defeated the Soviet Union’s best player at the height of the Cold War to become the only United States world champion. After winning the great laurels he called it a day and spent the next three decades in self-imposed exile and died of kidney failure in Reykjavik, Iceland, hospital at an early age of 64.

Robert James Fischer was born on March 9, 1943, in Chicago. His parents divorced and Fischer’s mother Regina, who was of German Jewish descent, moved Bobby and his sister, Joan, to California, then to Arizona, and finally to New York. At Brooklyn, Bobby learned from his sister how to play chess at an age of six. He became a mature player at an early age of eight years. He was a high school drop-out and became the youngest US national champion at 14, and an international grandmaster a year later.

He was the greatest US player in the world of chess. While many world champions were guided and oriented by the team of chess strategist, Fischer worked as an individual practicing against himself. He was known for unpredictable tactics and flamboyant attacks. According to fellow grandmaster Garry Kasparov the gap between Fischer and his contemporaries was the largest ever. The popularity of chess in the US is widely attributed to Fischer’s compelling victory.

Fischer defeated Boris Spassky in a two-month long match; it was in Reykjavik in 1972. It was a match which had kept the world spell bound, transfixed and mesmerised and had since gone into folklore. He has his unique predilections and at one point, insisted the match be relocated to a room not much bigger than a closet because he was bothered by the sound of television cameras.
Fischer’s victory in that match was a revolutionary moment in the international sports. Fischer characterised ‘this little thing between me and Spassky’ as no less than ‘the free world against the lying, cheating, hypocritical Russians’ and ‘a microcosm of the whole world political situation’.

Though an acknowledged American hero, Fischer never enjoyed the praise or hyperbole. He never employed claques and hated the empty admiration. Once he had told a reporter, “The creeps are beginning to gather.” Shelby Lyman, who hosted public television’s coverage of the Fischer-Spassky match, told Atlantic Monthly Magazine in 2002, “He was referring to press, lawyers, agents — everyone he thought was out to take advantage of him. After that his whole life was about avoiding the creeps.”
He was a great recalcitrant who he had grown more vitriolic in his denunciations of the US and its policies. After the attacks of September 11, he gave a radio interview praising the terrorists and urging the arrest of all US Jews.

People usually think of him in suits but in later life Fischer often sported a long, unkempt beard and baseball cap. In 1981, he was arrested after being mistaken for a bank robber in California.
Fischer was arrested in 2004 at a Japanese airport, and was accused of trying to leave the country on a revoked passport. He was detained for eight months. After considering his deportation to the US, the authorities released him to Iceland in 2005, after the country offered him citizenship.

Fischer died in January 2008. Since his death, there has been an ongoing fight over his estate involving competing claims by Marilyn Young, Jinky’s mother; Miyoko Watai, the head of the Japanese Chess Association, who said she married Fischer in 2004; and two of Fischer’s nephews, Alexander and Nicholas Targ. The estate is said to be worth at least two million dollar and Fischer left no will.The remains of Bobby Fischer, the American chess champion, were exhumed on Sunday (July 4) night in the cemetery of Laugardaelir Church in Iceland, according to a report in ‘The Reykjavik Grapevine’. The exhumation was ordered by the Supreme Court last month to determine if Fischer is the father of Jinky Young, a nine-year-old Filipino girl. He remained an enigma in life and a prodigy in death.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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A sojourn in idyllic Bavaria

That fortnight was unusually bad for me. Sometimes your whole universe comes crushing down before your eyes and you just watch yourself being torn apart. You are compelled to become a helpless spectator of your own destruction. You accept what you see and you sleep while your eyes remain open. It often happens with many if not with every one. Personal life is too private and I won’t strain my readers with my trials, tribulations and travails. To make it short the critical moment when I was sinking in the morass of life a child hood friend who had well ensconced himself in Germany, offered me a change of the situation. He suggested a few days visit to Germany with a promise that it would alter my perception of situation no matter how bad it could have been.

It is easy to hop around the different cities in Europe than any other continent. You don’t need visa of every country if you got for one. London had become too mundane and sanctimonious to brighten up a bruised soul. I quickly packed my necessary baggage, took the earliest flight for Munich and sallied forth into the world of Mercedes, BMW’s and Porches. A day in the Munich and walk-through tour of the city did make some subtle difference but the next day’s program was a secret that my friend advised to appreciate the way it comes.

Next morning he announced that we were going to Dachau. The very mention of the name of this town conjures up some deadliest memories of human history. As early as 1935 there were jingles warning: “Dear God, make me dumb, that I may not to Dachau come.” Dachau concentration camp (German: Konzentrationslager (KZ) Dachau) was the first Nazi concentration camp opened in Germany. It is located on the grounds of an abandoned munitions factory near the medieval town of Dachau, about 16 km northwest of Munich in the state of Bavaria, a state of Kings and aristocrats and it is located in southern Germany. Dachau served as a prototype and model for the other Nazi concentration camps that followed. Almost every community in Germany had members taken away to these camps. It was opened in March 1933. Heinrich Himmler, the Chief of Police of Munich had officially described this camp as “the first concentration camp for political prisoners.

We took Metro train No. S-2 from Munich Hoptbahnof in the direction Petershasun. Travel time was only 20 Minutes. From Dachau Rly Stn we boarded bus No. 726 to reach camp site, the first destination of our day.

“I’ve brought you a place where once every hope, every dream, every aspiration and every sense that nature has vested in a human beings was paired down to absolute minimum. You can’t fall down further. There existed no abyss after this.” My friend told me as we approached the main Gate. Dachau is city that runs in circle and as a pantry man informed – even today the spirits of the victims roam in circles here. More than 2 lakhs prisoners from more than 30 countries were housed in Dachau of whom two-thirds were political prisoners and nearly one-third were Jews. 25,613 prisoners are believed to have died in the camp and almost another 10,000 in its sub camps primarily from disease, malnutrition and suicide. In early 1945, there was a typhus epidemic in the camp followed by an evacuation, in which large numbers of the weaker prisoners died.

On 29 April 1945, KZ Dachau was surrendered to the American Army by SS-Sturmscharführer Heinrich Wicker. A vivid description of the surrender appears in Brig. Gen. Henning Linden’s official “Report on Surrender of Dachau Concentration Camp”:

“As we moved down along the west side of the concentration camp and approached the southwest corner, three people approached down the road under a flag of truce. We met these people about 75 yards north of the southwest entrance to the camp. These three people were a Swiss Red Cross representative and two SS troopers who said they were the camp commander and assistant camp commander and that they had come into the camp on the night of the 28th to take over from the regular camp personnel for the purpose of turning the camp over to the advancing Americans. The Swiss Red Cross representative acted as interpreter and stated that there were about 100 SS guards in the camp who had their arms stacked except for the people in the tower. He said he had given instructions that there would be no shots fired and it would take about 50 men to relieve the guards, as there were 42,000 half-crazed prisoners of war in the camp, many of them typhus infected.”

I was feeling nausea and wanted to leave the sight immediately.
“Do you realize that there are and there had been and there would always be people who are more unfortunate than you ? I have booked a taxi for Lake Steinberg !” I was listening to my friend. In a few minutes a smart lady appeared with her cab and we got into it leaving behind the goriest sight of human depravity.

Within minutes we were in a different world. Along the roads there were shady tree-lined avenues, tranquil orchards, cobbled streets and we passed through the villages whose farmsteads and houses have retained much of their original charm. White stork could be seen as reminder of virgin nature. We saw the glittering waterways and wooded hills. fortified stone churches and beautiful hard working people. Finally we reached Lake Steinberg. Glaciers and melt water from the last ice age formed a landscape here that has a touch of Switzerland about it. Lush green pine covered hills surround the idyllic lake. You can observe very closely how geology was shaped by the last ice age. A whole host of breathtaking sights did wonders to my spirit. It was evening on the road and we had a nice discussion with our beautiful taxi driver who was not that smart in English :

“My mother taxi; my father taxi; me taxi…”
“What about your kids ?” I asked her.
“No, they go school !”

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Copenhagen – the price of failure

In the finest moments of gentility and noble thoughts the leaders of the World had joined heads and decided to save the planet earth. They reached upon an Accord in the city of Kyoto. The Kyoto Protocol U.N. Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC or FCCC), was aimed at combating global warming. Its a treaty with the goal of achieving “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” The Protocol was initially adopted on 11 December 1997 in Kyoto, Japan and entered into force on 16 February 2005. 187 states have signed and ratified the protocol.

The Kyoto Accord is an international treaty whereby countries agree to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they emit if their neighbors do likewise. It is a very complex agreement that allows trading pollution credits. If it is cheaper to reduce emissions in country A, then country B can buy the pollution credits, and have them count toward its own quota of reductions. Ironically, the global atmosphere does not care where the greenhouse gas reductions come from. Doesn’t the following sound funny:
“Kyoto Accord calls for a greenhouse gas emission reduction of 6% in Canada and 5% in the USA“.

Millions of years before the Industrial Revolution the level of pollutant gases in atmosphere was in harmony with life upon earth. As a result of the industry growth the pollutant gases took charge of skies and caused the ‘greenhouse effect’ – the harmful gas levels, particularly CO2. It started to climb rapidly. They are now astronomically higher than what they had been in 20 million years. The evolution process is neither gradual nor natural. To generate energy we are burning the oil, coal, forests and every resource which could give us energy. The gases – by product of the process are trapped in the atmosphere and generate heat. This heating is called global warming.

Global warming has already reduced the depth of the winter polar ice cap since the 1970s by 40%. Polar bears will become extinct if the ice retreat continues. 90% of all glaciers on the planet have retreated significantly in the last 50 years. As the white reflective snow melts, it leaves behind the darker earth which is even more efficient at absorbing solar energy. This causes an acceleration of the heating effect.

And now see how its effecting or going to effect if fail in Copenhagen:
The see level would rise all over the globe and it would be the beginning the disappearance of all coastal habitats irrespective of power and pelf of a country. Large parts of Florida, and much of the eastern US seaboard will be at risk if the Greenland icecap and the west Antarctic icecap melt.
As there would be more heat in the atmosphere than needed to balance the ecosystem, we will have more turbulent weather, more tornadoes, hurricanes and super hurricanes. We have already seen the damage to life and property from tropical storms and no one could predict the extent of damage that could wreck the life if the situation is allowed to go worse.

More heat would play havoc with the patterns of rain. We are now seeing freakish storms all over the world that dump many feet of water in a single day where previously even an inch would have been considered a major downpour. Floods in Jeddah seem interesting and welcoming but these are the premonitions of things to come. The changing patterns of rain would cause inundations in some areas and droughts in places that previously had abundant rainfall.

It would be interesting to remind that there have been two mass extinctions in earth history, the ‘Permian‘, 230 million years ago, was the worst. 70% of all species were lost. It was caused by natural global warming when volcanoes released greenhouse gases. The other more familiar to most people was the more recent ‘KT Cretaceous-Tertiary Mass Extinction’ event, 65 million years ago. It was caused when an asteroid plunged into the earth at Chicxulub Mexico wiping out the dinosaurs and half of earth’s species.
We are re-experiencing the same global warming conditions that triggered the more devastating Permian extinction, only this time it is man made.

Let us now see how we are destroying ourselves. When it gets too hot, plants die. When it gets too hot and dry, massive fires ravage huge areas. When plants die, insects and herbivores die. When insects die, even heat-resistant plant’s don’t get pollinated and die. Birds die without insects to eat. Carnivores die without herbivores to eat, all triggered by what seems so innocuous — heat. Similarly, in the oceans, when they get just a few degrees too warm, corals expel their symbiotic algae and die soon thereafter. When coral reefs die, the fish that live on them die, triggering extinction chains.
What are we waiting for?

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Michael Jackson: A flight into eternity

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

The ‘King of Pop’ was a performer who was perfectly complimented by dancing lights, rapid musical renditions and special effects.

WITH THE age and the passage of time, the body reflexes may grow atrophy but the sense of living should not; the level of joy should not. Life is the game of living – all out. I do no longer gyrate with the tunes of ‘Thriller’ or ‘The Lady in My Life’ and ‘The Girl is Mine’, but my heart and every vein of my body dances to the tunes of the ‘King of Pop’.

There was a time, in early eighties, when ‘Madame Tussauds Wax Museum’ at Marylebone Road in London was not packed with every Tom, Harry and Dick to call the visitors and to sell more tickets. It had a touch of class. I remember the biggest space, after the mini replicas of poverty stricken London, was occupied by the legend of music – Michael Jackson. The starlit stage at which the statue of the ‘King of Pop’ raised was a perfect blend of magical dancing lights, rapid musical renditions and special sound effects. There were intermittent recitals of his songs which sent impulses to every feet in the audience to move with rhythm; transformed every one in trance.

The charismatic singer has invariably filled the vacant spaces left by Elvis Presley. Nothing remains for ever and Michael Jackson was no exception. But his untimely and curious death left all the music levers aghast at the scheme of Almighty. After his death every one is talking – be it right or a wrong thing; and my thoughts won’t make any difference. However, a tribute is tribute and as a music lover I owe him that. Elizabeth Taylor, the closest friend of the Jackson expressed her sorrow said, “My heart, my mind are broken. I can’t imagine life without him.” Diana Ross, the former lead singer of ‘Supremes’ who introduced ‘the Jackson 5’ in 1969, couldn’t stop crying and paid her homage: “I am unable to imagine this.” Liz Marie Presley, his loving wife at one time, recalled what Jackson had said when they were still united: ‘I shall die young!”

As world wide mourning continues for the ‘boy of all times’ who moon walked his way into the sunset of his life, into the eternity of memory, his legacy of pop-revolution would remain, haunt and trance the coming generations with awe, respect, admiration and adoration. His health and his reputations – both were precarious and these uncertainties took their toll and painkillers finally killed the patient and the pain.

The singer’s Muslim brother Jermaine, who was converted to Islam in 1969, claimed that Jackson had been considering converting to Islam following acquittal and child abuse charges in 2005. ”When I came back form Mecca I got him a lot of books and he asked me a lot of things about my religion. I told him that it’s beautiful and peaceful. He read everything and he was proud of me that I found something that would give him inner strength and peace. I think it is most probable that Michael Jackson will convert to Islam.” No Jermaine, he was above the circuits of religion. To an ardent and fervent devotee of Michael’s music, no worldly religion can encompass the qualities of a creative person. Hundreds and hundreds of his fans, from all walks of life, who are making the pilgrimage to the ‘Jackson’s Family Compound’ in Los Angles, leaving flowers and messages of love are followers of a ‘Universal Religion of Music’ and Michel is a Prophet who filled this world with every feeling you name it.

The world of music is really poorer without him.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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Iran: The Bermuda Triangle of US policies

Iran is not a country of backward fanatics but a modern nation with 70 million people tightly sitting on top of world’s richest energy resources. Ahmadinejad is a courageous leader who had demonstrated his grit against the narrow partisanship of West IN THE aftermath of Iranian presidential elections, there are sporadic street protests and some youth are coming out against Nejad. West is cautiously busy in exaggerating the magnitude of these symptoms of discontent. Ironically, they hold no sway or say in Iranian affaires as their persistent support to anti-clergy-fifth columnists had completely isolated them and they have lost touch with the realities of present day Iran. They forgot that Iran is is one the oldest civilisations of the world. It is not a country of backward fanatics but a modern nation with 70 million people tightly sitting on top world richest energy resources.

Courage, integrity, confidence, enthusiasm, vision and effective communication are the most sought after qualities in a leader. Irrespective of Western and Israeli’s propaganda, most the Iranians and Non-Aligned masses in the world consider President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a courageous leader who had demonstrated his grit against the narrow partisanship of West and its blind, insensitive and misplaced support for Israel. He is the leader of the masses and darling of the guiding clergy of Iran. According to the Article 113 of ‘Constitution of Iran’, he belongs to the supreme leader of Iran Ayatullah Ali Khamenai. The West had never tried to peep into this somewhat complicated politico-religious hierarchy of Iran.

They passed their judgments carelessly just upon the casual smattering of the system. They failed to understand the subtle difference between the rudderless, majority- is-always-right western democratic concepts and the guided-disciplined-principled-democracy that Iran is today. President Ahmedenejad claims that Iranian nuclear programme is for electricity generation and not for nuclear weapon’s development. Under his leadership, he refuses to end the nuclear enrichment despite United Nation Security Council’s resolution calling it to do. He argues that sanctions imposed by West over Iran’s nuclear enrichment are illegal and that Iran will continue to abide by ‘International Atomic Energy Agency’ monitoring of its nuclear programme.

It is difficult to swallow the paradox that Israel, a country, which has usurped the Palestinian lands, a country which had from day one ignored all resolutions of United Nations and had committed worst offenses of human rights violations, is a civilised country and has every right to maintain the largest nuclear arsenal and no other country outside the elite club can dare to sneak into their domain.

There are two statements, which are attributed to him, “Wipe Israel off the map” and “the holocaust is a myth.” According to President Nejad, these statements were made in Persian and their transliteration is incorrect.

Noone in the West bothered to listen and give currency to the clarification he made: “No, I am not against Jews, I respect them very much. I’m not saying that the holocaust didn’t happen at all. This is not the judgment I am passing here.”He is a man of steely resolve who could break but won’t bend.It is also not the first time that this West fomented protest brouhaha in Iran is taking place. Way back in 1953, when the ‘Anglo Iranian Oil Company’, now ‘British Petroleum’, was refusing to share its financial records with Iranian government as it was fleecing the country’s oil wealth, the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Mossedeq nationalised it.

An operation code named ‘Operation Ajax’ was hatched in American embassy in Tehran to destabilise the government. The plan failed and the tyrant ruler of Iran – Raza Shah Pehelwi fled to Italy. The West didn’t give up and again conspired against Mosaddq and finally affected the collapse of democracy. The Shah was brought back from exile. Weds of money had been spent to orchestrate the protests and long marches against Prime Minister Mosaddeq at that time. That is how these so-called defenders of democracy fared in Iran.

“You have no right to complain, because you took our whole country hostage in 1953,” said one of the hostage takers to Bruce Laingen, the chief US diplomat in Iran at that time. He was referring the US backed coup against the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Mossadeq.

The present protests would lose their pitch shortly as they are neither based on reason nor facts. Friendship between Iran and US would enhance American prestige in the world, which had been tarnished during the darkest days of Bush. President Obama knows that by and large world listens to what Iran says and he has to lend his ears if he really wants peace.

Naim Naqvi

Naim Naqvi

Did his graduation in Science discipline from AMU in 1972-73. He was Secretary of University Ali Society in 1970 and M.M. Hall Literary Society in early 70 's and member of Tayyabji Literary Society. Did his Diploma in Bakery Administration from HTT College Oxford Street London in 1987. Worked with National Herald - Delhi, Blitz - Bombay as Trainee Journalist and in Production Department with 'Naya Sansar Pictures' of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas at Bombay in early 70's. Traveled for study and training purposes to Germany, U.K., Switzerland, France, Dubai, Oman, AbuDhabi, Bahrain and Philepines.

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