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meetdheeraj · 15 days ago
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Here’s a Rational and Definitive Explanation as to Why the Patriotism of Hindus Needs To Be Suspected Not of Muslims
Here’s a Rational and Definitive Explanation as to Why the Patriotism of Hindus Needs To Be Suspected Not of Muslims
Everyday when a Muslim person walks out of their home they come across or by the time they get back to their home in the evening, they invariably would have interacted with close to five or seven non-Muslims. This has been happening for generations and continues to happen even today with most Muslims, and to the most extent even without their own explicit knowledge. But in contrast, how many…
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meetdheeraj · a month ago
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Notice how some stories outrage us, how they make us feel unsafe and what not. And how some have no effect on us. Nil. Notice. And then pay attention to who is victim and who is perpetrator in these stories. You see, the first thing to understand this world as is, to be able to see what really exists before our eyes, is to first really see and acknowledge our biases. We all have certain biases owing to where we were born, in what families, in what surroundings we were raised. No one can be bias free. No one can be objective. But we can know our biases and be careful about them while forming new opinions. And in doing so we can fight for justice more equitably.
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meetdheeraj · a month ago
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Notice how some stories outrage us, how they make us feel unsafe and what not. And how some have no effect on us. Nil. Notice. And then pay attention to who is victim and who is perpetrator in these stories. You see, the first thing to understand this world as is, to be able to see what really exists before our eyes, is to first really see and acknowledge our biases. We all have certain biases owing to where we were born, in what families, in what surroundings we were raised. No one can be bias free. No one can be objective. But we can know our biases and be careful about them while forming new opinions. And in doing so we can fight for justice more equitably.
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meetdheeraj · a month ago
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"the Gujarat carnage stands out for its extensive and specific targeting of women, young girls and children, who were subjected to the most sadistic and vicious forms of violence... women suffered the most bestial forms of brutality, sexual violence, including rape, gang rape, insertion of objects into their bodies, stripping, molestation, cutting of breasts, slitting the stomach and reproductive organs, and carving of Hindu religious symbols on women’s body parts’ ... Rape was used as an instrument for the subjugation and humiliation of a community. A chilling technique, absent in pogroms unleashed hitherto but very much in evidence this time in a large number of cases, was the deliberate destruction of evidence. Barring a few, in most instances of sexual violence, the women victims were stripped and paraded naked, then gangraped, and thereafter quartered and burnt beyond recognition."
How does this does not bother you, how does this not shame you? And how do you feel nothing knowing no one was held responsible for these crimes? It's as if all these crimes never existed. They've even removed 2002 riots from textbook now. Essentially they want to erase public memory of their crimes. And we are playing complicit partners in this. And why would we not? As Hindus we like to portray we are peaceful and morally superior right? We are the best? You see, your god, if he does exist, knows who you are.
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On February 27, 2002, Vishwa Hindu Parishad called for a statewide bandh (shut-down) for February 28, a call that according to press reports, its cadre interpreted as a call to action. The state government headed by Chief Minister Narendra Modi endorsed this bandh, announced through a press note issued at 8 p.m. on February 27. This was taken by the VHP/Bajrang Dal as an endorsement of its stand.
Yes, Narendra Modi's govt endorsed strike/bandh/shutdown called by VHP. When rioters know political bosses are with them, how do you think riots will be? Severe and severe they were. The worst kind.
Indian army arrived in Gujarat soon after the Godhra carnage, the state government refused to deploy the soldiers until twenty-fours hours after they arrived and only once the worst violence had ended. By the time army was allowed by Modi to enter into state and act, 36 hours had already passed since riot started. Thirty six hours that establishment let rioters run their carnage. The army's inability to rapidly intervene was also hindered by the state government's failure to provide requested transportation support and information regarding areas where violence was occurring.
Several sites of burnt Muslim-owned restaurants, places of businesses, and hotels in Ahmedabad, Gujarat's commercial capital had police stations less than fifty feet from them. What's fifty feet even? And without exception, the Hindu-owned establishments neighboring the destroyed structures were unscathed. What does that tell you? The mob wasn't mad in anger - they were measured and calculative. And they had information that only state can have.
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The famous 500-year-old masjid in Isanpur, which was an ASI [Archeological Survey of India] monument, was destroyed with the help of cranes and bulldozers. The famous Urdu Poet Wali Gujarati's dargah was also razed to the ground at Shahibaug in Ahmedabad. While a hanuman [a Hindu god] shrine was built over its debris initially, all that was removed overnight and the plot was [paved] and merged with the adjoining road. No authority claimed any knowledge about the entire episode. It is worth noting here that the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, which is responsible for the maintenance of all these structures, and for the building of roads, is run by the Congress [party] with a near two-thirds majority.
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meetdheeraj · 2 months ago
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Every Hindu has to answer where they stand on current politics being played out in their name. Silence is no more an option but an answer that you're with the fascist monstrous state since that's the default assumption being made by administration. Feelings of Hindus are hurt when there is an advertisement by a brand showing marriage between a Hindu and Muslim, feelings of Hindus are hurt if someone targets Asaram Bapu or Swami Nityananda who are all convicted criminals, feelings of Hindus get hurt when people in traditional dress are shown without bindis, the list is long. But who are these Hindus? Are you one of them? If not, how can they claim your feelings are hurt? And why are you maintaining this silence that's indicative of your approval? Remember when Shah Rukh Khan is expected to condemn and clarify he does not support Taliban bombing something in Afghanistan? Now Afghanistan doesn't exist in India and nor is Taliban elected by Shah Rukh. But this RSS-BJP govt is elected by you, the thugs on the street are doing it in your name. If tomorrow they were rioting and burning houses in your area, they'll spare your houses. That's what they did in Gujarat and that's what they did in recent Delhi riots. You are part of it and responsible for this mayhem. I'm part of this too. Despite speaking forever against this politics of hate, I'm part of it because I was born a Hindu and this is happening in my name too by virtue of my religion. I have relatives that spew hate and forward bigoted texts on WhatsApp and social media. This is all on us. The more we speak the better. At least eventually we will tell them they don't have the numbers. But given reelection of Adityanath and Modi, I doubt that myself. The Hindus exist only as a reaction to Muslims. They practice and do what would displease Muslims. And they do more and more that which irritates Muslims. They want to play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers because Muslims play Azaan from loudspeakers. They want to wear saffron shawls and gamchas because Muslims wear Hijab and skullcap. Bhagvadgita says God is everywhere but Hindus search their gods and are sure that their gods only exist inside Muslim mosques. It's bizarre religion that only exists as other of Islam. What is its identity by itself? Each God has a hundred temples to himself/herself. Where does the original Ganesha exist or Ram? Is Ram in Ayodhya then what are hundred other temples scattered in every city? What is shiva lingam? Is anything that's an inverted U a shiva linga? Or only those inverted U's that exist inside mosques? What is Hinduism and what kind of a Hindu are you? Are you the kind in whose name Muslims get lynched on street because they allegedly have beef in their refrigerator? The beef that in lab is found out to be simple mutton! Are Hindus in Goa and Kerala and North east who eat beef not Hindus? Does that mean those who wrote Vedas and mentioned themselves eating beef not Hindus? Then why do you say Vedas are Hindu texts? Maybe those are Islamic texts since Muslims eat beef just like writers of Vedas did, what do you say? Isn't that the kind of logic you read on WhatsApp and jump on to hating a whole community?
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meetdheeraj · 2 months ago
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I Erred Just the Right Amount Today to Find This About Our Beloved Ginger-Tea Aka the Humble Adrak-Wali-Chai!
How do you like your tea aka chai? I like mine, depending upon my mood, with a degree of ginger. Sometimes a subtle feel of it and other times a strong hit of it. I usually add ginger to the tea when it has just started to boil and then stir it so it becomes slightly cold and will take an extra bit more to boil again. I have followed this method without change for a long long time until this one…
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meetdheeraj · 2 months ago
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"the tale of Palestine from the beginning until today is a simple story of colonialism and dispossession, yet the world treats it as a multifaceted and complex story hard to understand and even harder to solve. Indeed, the story of Palestine has been told before: European settlers coming to a foreign land, settling there, and either committing genocide against or expelling the indigenous people. The Zionists have not invented anything new in this respect. But Israel succeeded nonetheless, with the help of its allies everywhere, in building a multilayered explanation that is so complex that only Israel can understand it. Any interference from the outside world is immediately castigated as naive at best or anti-Semitic at worst."
Ilan Pappé
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meetdheeraj · 2 months ago
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The historical town of Aland in Kalaburagi (Karnataka) is well-known for the dargah of the 14th century’s great Sufi-saint Hazrat Shaikh Alauddin Ansari, popularly known as Ladle Mashaikh.
During the last days of the Russian traveller Afanasy Nikitin’s sojourn in the Bahamani Sultanate in India in the 15th century, he describes a visit to Aland and the dargah of Hazrat Shaikh Alauddin Ansari. Describing the Urs (annual festival) of this Sufi-saint, Nikitin in his book The journey beyond three seas writes “There is a place the tomb of Sheik Alauddin at Aland, where a fair is held once a year, and people from all over the Indian country come to trade for ten days. It is twelve kovs from Bidar (he assumed one kov to be approximately equal to six and a half miles). As many as 20,000 horses are brought for sale, and all kinds of goods, too. It is the best fair in the land of Hindustan.”
Months ago, this Dargah was in news. Some Hindus started claiming that there was a shivling inside Dargah - there was a stone pole structure in the dargah complex. BJP leaders swooped in. Hate speeches were made, men gathered and despite there being court order against gathering, Union Minister Bhagawanth Khuba, along with other BJP leaders, led a right-wing mob to offer ‘purification’ puja to the stone structure in dargah on the day a sandaal procession and Shab-e-Barat were supposed to be held by dargah authorities. Despite court order - remember.
If you have seen, the old homes have stone grinders, 'seelbatta' - doesn't that look like a shivlinga? Remember old panchayat tap-stands? Even those look like shiv lingas. Actually, stone structure left in sun and rain will eventually look like a shiv linga. Start pouring mud from top and it'll appear like shiv linga? Did you read up on how Amarnath ice shiv linga forms? You know how in the refrigerator if there's small leak and water drops into freezer creating cute tiny shiv lingas? Forget all that, do you know what linga means?!
The fights and frictions we are creating in society, by myriad means, just amazing. This is when we have record heat waves due to which at least 25 have died just in Maharashtra. We have record inflation, record unemployment and job loss and price of rupee is at lifetime low. But let's find the linga, shall we!?
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meetdheeraj · 3 months ago
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Meaning, if your income/salary isn't rising (hike I mean) by 14.55% then your salary is effectively decreasing. Told differently, the value of 100 rupees has decreased by 14.55 rupee in last year. i.e., if you had Rs. 100 last March, that 100 rupees is worth Rs. 85.45 now.
If this was during Congress govt, all will be on streets now. I mean, we were protesting for far less. LPG was somewhere around Rs. 500-600 and people were on streets. Now it's over ₹1000 and we are sitting before television sets cheering for the blood and destruction of Muslim lives.
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meetdheeraj · 4 months ago
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Young people may say that they have no interest in politics. However, most have fairly strong conservative views on hot-button political issues - six out of ten people aged between fifteen and twenty-four supported banning movies which could hurt religious sentiments, nearly half believed that the consumption of beef should not be allowed, anfelt that people should eat what they like). Similarly, when asked after the 2014 elections what the first priority of the new government should be, one of the issues slightly more important to first-time voters (under the age of twenty) than to older voters was 'protecting the interestsd half wanted to retain capital punishment. In particular, Hindu youth strongly opposed the consumption of beef, as did BJP- and AAP-supporting young people (while Left-supporting young people felt that people should eat what they like). Similarly, when asked after the 2014 elections what the first priority of the new government should be, one of the issues slightly more important to first-time voters (under the age of twenty) than to older voters was 'protecting the interests of the Hindu community'.
- Rukmini S, Whole Numbers and Half Truths
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meetdheeraj · 4 months ago
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कहीं किसीने लिखा कि लोग काम-धाम छोड़कर नफ़रत फ़ैलाने में व्यस्त हैं। पर भाईसाहब! सच ये है कि कहीं काम ही नहीं है.. ये नल्ले बेरोज़गार है जो मुसलमानो के सामने जाके नारेबाजी करते हैं, उन्हें उकसाने की कोशिश करते हैं क्योंकि उन्हें पता है की जब मुसलमान ज़वाब देने की हिमाकत करेंगे तो हिन्दू पुलिस उनके खिलाफ कार्रवाई करेगी। मैं हैरान हूँ मुसलमानों की नेकी और संयम से। मेरे यहाँ कुछ हफ्तों पहले एक मस्जिद पे हमला किया गया, और कल एक दूसरी मस्जिद के सामने नारेबाजी! कल जब रमजान का पहला दिन था और सब ने रोज़े रक्खे हुए थे, कल। पर मुसलमानों ने अपना संयम बरकरार रखा। और इन्ह नारेबाजी करने वालों को उकसाने वाले अपने घर पर मस्त थे.. बोल रहे है कि हिंदू सब को एक होना है? क्या मतलब है इसका? एक होना क्या होता है? बोल रहे हैं कि हमे जाती भेद को भुलाना है? क्या ऊंची जाती के लोग दूसरी जाति में अपनी बेटियों को ब्याहने में आज से राजी हो जाएंगे? क्या मंदिरों में कोई भी जाती का पुजारी नियुक्त कर लिया जाएगा? नहीं ना? तो कौनसी एकता की बात कर रहे हैं महाशय लोग? यही निर्लज्ज एकता की बात गुजरात 2002 दंगों से पहले भी की गयी थी, दलितों को हिन्दू धर्म में शामिल करने का मोह दिलाकर उनके हाथो में हथियार और बम दिए गए थे। सब ने मिलकर खूब हत्या और मुसलमानों की सम्पत्तियों का नाश किया। सब ने मिलकर - एकता से। पर जेल में आजतक जो सड़ रहे हैं, वो सिर्फ दलित-बहुजन है। मुसलमानो के खिलाफ़ हिंसा और ये हिन्दू एकता का ढोंग आप सब को एक मत में आरएसएस-भाजपा को वोट दिलाने के लिए है। इससे आप सभी का ना इससे पहले कभी भला हुआ है ना इसके बाद होगा।
मैंने बचपन से आजतक यहाँ ना कभी हिन्दू-मुस्लिम दंगे और झगड़े सुने ना देखे। जब कि यहाँ मंदिर मस्जिद सब आमने सामने है, कितने हिन्दू मुस्लिम घर भी एक दूसरे के बगल में है। पर आजतक कुछ नहीं हुआ। और आज हिन्दुओं को एकता चाहिए? और किस लिए और क्यों? आपने एक मस्जिद को नुकसान पहुंचाया तो लाज़िम था कि आप तबियत से जाके माफ़ी माँगते और नुकसान की भरपाई करते। पर नहीं। आप हिन्दू एकता की बात करने लगे हैं! जहां झगड़ा नहीं था, जहाँ अमन था वहाँ फिरकापरस्ती को लाने में क्यों आमादा हो रहे है ये लोग? चुनाव जीतने के और भी तरीके हैं, बार बार इसी तरीके का चुनाव क्यों करते है भाजपा वाले?
और क्या हिन्दू दिमाग इतने ज़हर से भरा हुआ है? आरएसएस-भाजपा वाले आपका ईस्तेमाल कर रहे है ये आपको दिख नहीं रहा है? या आप देखना ही नहीं चाहते हैं?
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meetdheeraj · 4 months ago
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So a masjid was destroyed by Hindu boy(s) in Sadashivgad, Karwar some weeks ago now. Few kilometers from my where I stay. Hindu boy who allegedly confessed to his crime and was arrested, is currently out on bail. That's not all. Group of Hindus today had a meeting in Kanasgiri (?) - they want to bring here Hindu Jagriti Vedike and likes (the kind of Hindu organizations that spread the seeds of division between Hindus and Muslims eventually leading to riots). I have been speaking about this to my friends here and telling them of the ills of such moves. Today I stopped my neighbor walking to his home and asked him where he had been, he told me about this meeting. He mentioned the old prop about the need for Hindus to unite forgetting all castes so they could fight the Muslims. I asked him where was the need for Hindus to do anything and such meetings? What was he saying? That Hindus break Masjids? He didn't answer. I reminded him that it was Hindus that had broken the masjid, Muslims haven't touched Hindu temples, not even in retaliation. He murmured about future, Shivamogga etc. I told him Shivamogga, Mangalore are the places where Hindu Jagriti Vedike, Bajrang Dal etc have their footprints, how wherever these outfits traveled, social relations break into worse, how riots and such things happen. Reminded him how they were inviting trouble into here where we have never seen any Hindu-Muslim trouble. Never. He started grumbling about Muslim population exploding etc etc - I told him those were lies but you know, there's no point to this arguing. He has his head filled already with hate and venom. His mind is no more capable of processing rational argument. There brains never are. I fear for our future now. Everyone of us who have lived side by side for all time that I can think about. Hindutva virus is only spreading and it seems is finally here too.
P. S. Had this conversation and wrote above week after incident. It's over a month when I'm posting it now.
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meetdheeraj · 4 months ago
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Another deployment of suicide attacks in recent Tamil history can be found in the story of Velu Nachiyar, the queen of Sivaganga, who fled her kingdom with her daughter after it was annexed by the Nawab of Arcot and the East India Company in 1772. Building strategic alliances, including with Hyder Ali of Mysore, the queen launched a military operation to regain her kingdom. One of her key associates was Kuyili, a Dalit woman known for her unflinching loyalty. Kuyili and a small band of women fighters sneaked into the Sivaganga Fort on the tenth day of Navaratri, pretending to be devotees. As they approached the armoury, Kuyili doused herself in ghee and set herself on fire. Almost the entire armoury stock was destroyed, and the British had no chance against Velu Nachiyar, who reclaimed her kingdom.
- Josy Joseph, The Silent Coup
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meetdheeraj · 4 months ago
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Whichever country's citizen you are, imagine, imagine that one of your army men rapes someone, some civilian. Imagine.
Now if media reported this, and if a newspaper editor or a journalist demanded that this army man be punished, punished severely - would you call this editor or journalist anti-national? Would you characterise this as shaming your country?
Of the two acts - the rape by army man and reporting by journalists - which one would you say is shaming your nation?!
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meetdheeraj · 4 months ago
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Even after such brutal violence against Muslims, many still perceive Hinduism as a religion of peace and harmony. And no, it's not Modi who has inspired this violent behavior in Hindus. He's only fanning it. Historically hindus have never been peaceful. And if you thought the violence was only targeted towards Muslims, you should someday read about Hindu violence against Buddhists. King Jalaluka for instance destroyed the Buddhist viharas within his jurisdiction on the ground that the chanting of the hymns by the Buddhist devotees disturbed his sleep. Hindu ruler, Pushyamitra Sunga, demolished 84,000 Buddhist stupas which had been built by Ashoka the Great, followed by the smashing of the Buddhist centres in Magadha. Thousands of Buddhist monks were mercilessly killed. In Kashmir, King Kinnara demolished thousands of Viharas and captured the Buddhists villages to please the Brahmins.
A large number of Buddhist viharas were usurped by the Brahmins and converted into Hindu temples where the Untouchables were given no entrance. The Buddhist places were projected as the Hindu temples by writing Puranas which were concocted myths or pseudo-history.
In Kerala, Sankaracharya and his close associate Kumarila Bhatta, an avowed enemy of Buddhism, organized a religious crusade against the Buddhists. We get a vivid description of the pleasure of Sankaracharya on seeing the people of non-Brahmanic faith being burnt to death from the book Sankara Digvijaya.
Brahmins by way of concocted stories in Puranas and mythologies have created an illusion of goodwill around their religion which is anything but oppressive. And I use oppressive carefully here. A religion which has caste system at its core cannot be anything otherwise.
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meetdheeraj · 4 months ago
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Education here is closely connected with the nationalistic agenda. One of the stated purpose of education in Pakistan is to promote nationalism among children. It is for this reason that the mainstream education here is diluted by nationalistic propaganda and hence, by association, religious propaganda. It is then easy to understand why such an educational process breeds chauvinistic nationalistic traits. With a strong sense of nationalism comes a strong sense of 'otherization', a demonization of those who are not part of us - 'us' being Pakistani, Muslim, and in particular Sunni Muslim.
- Haroon Khalid, Pakistani writer
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meetdheeraj · 5 months ago
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Like birds, I tread lightly on the earth’s skin
so as not to wake the dead
I shut the door to my emotions to become my other
I don’t feel that I am a stone sighing
as it longs for a cloud
Thus I tread as if I am a tourist
and a correspondent for a foreign newspaper
Of this place I choose the wind
I choose absence to describe it
Absence sat, neutral, around me
The crow saw it
Halt, my two companions!
Let us experience this place our own way:
Here, a sky fell on a stone and bled it
so that anemones would bloom in the spring
(Where is my song now?)
Here, the gazelle broke the glass of my window
so that I would follow it
(So where is my song now?)
Here, the magical morning butterflies carried the path to my school
(So where is my song now?)
Here I saddled a horse to fly to my stars
(So where is my song now?)
I say to my two companions:
Stop so that I may weigh the place
and its emptiness with Jahili odes
full of horses and departure
For every rhyme we will pitch a tent
For every home to be stormed by the wind,
there is a rhyme
But I am the son of my first tale
My milk is warm in my mother’s breast
The bed is swung by two tiny birds
My father is building my tomorrow with his two hands
I didn’t grow up and so did not go to exile
The tourist says: Wait for the dove to finish its cooing!
I say: It knows me and I know it, but the letter has not arrived
The journalist interrupts my secret song:
Do you see that dairy factory behind that strong pine tree?
I say: No, I only see the gazelle at the window
He says: What about the modern roads on the rubble of houses?
I say: No, I don’t see them
I only see the garden under them
and I see the cobweb
He says: Dry your two tears with a handful of fresh grass
I say: That is my other crying over my past
The tourist says: The visit is over
I haven’t found anything to photograph except a ghost
I say: I see absence with all its instruments
I touch it and hear it. It lifts me high
I see the ends of the distant skies
Whenever I die I notice
I am born again and I return
from absence to absence
This poem - Standing Before the Ruins of Al-Birweh - by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish relates his return to the ruined village of al-Birweh, where he was born on March 13, 1941.
In 1948, when Darwish was 7, Israeli forces occupied the village and depopulated it of its Palestinian inhabitants, leaving only ruins. Its inhabitants became refugees, some in Lebanon, some internally displaced and designated present-absentees. In 1949, a Kibbutz was established. A year later a settlement was built on the lands of al-Birweh.
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