A Palestinian crow has sent a powerful message to the world that the flag of oppression can never be raised. If we act with honesty and integrity like birds, we can establish peace in Palestine and Kashmir. While this incident may provide entertainment for a few moments, it carries a larger message – the flag of oppression must come down and end forever. It is up to us to have the courage and determination to make it happen, not only for the Kashmiris and Palestinians, but for all nations trapped in the grips of oppression.
Watch a video showing a crow pulling down the flag of Israel from a pole. This incident holds a lot of meaning and implications. As Muslims in the current state of Palestine, we believe in the mention of Allah’s protection of His House through the means of a small bird, the swallow, in the Holy Quran. We have faith that when Allah intends to provide help, it is not dependent on anyone’s request. Despite watching the whole video, what conclusion can we draw from it? We are not learning any lesson from this video. Do we need to awaken our faith in Kashmir through similar bird actions? Will we wait for a crow to bring down the flag of India from a pole to show unity with Kashmiris? As Pakistanis and Muslims, we can show our displeasure as much as we want, but the sad reality is that we lack the level of passion that a crow has.
As human rights advocates, can we not learn a lesson from birds? They possess qualities that speak to human rights. At the very least, we should imitate their honesty. It is certain that if we Muslims and the Islamic world together muster the same courage that the bird has shown, then Kashmir and Palestine will soon breathe in their free spaces. The point is that intentions do not require physical strength. They only require us to do our work like the bird.
Political slugfest erupted in Indian state of West Bengal over an order of a division bench of the Calcutta High Court directing the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take over the probe on the recent clashes of Ram Navami processions in Howrah and Hooghly districts of the state. According to the Trinamool Congress’s State General Secretary and the party spokesman in West Bengal, Kunal Ghosh, “since the central agencies always guard the BJP, the goons from Munger in Bihar coming to West Bengal will be relieved”. Ghosh claimed, “The plot of BJP and the Union government is simple. First create communal tension and then pave the way for the entry of NIA. The NIA’s entrance is never witnessed in the BJP-ruled states, just as the Central Bureau of Investigation does not arrest Suvendu Adhikari despite being named in the FIR for Narada sting operations.” On the other hand, BJP’s state president in West Bengal and the party Lok Sabha member Sukanta Majumdar welcomed the Calcutta High Court’s decision to hand over the investigation to NIA. In a Twitter message issued after the order for NIA probe, Majumdar claimed that the incidents of violence were in a way triggered by the West Bengal chief minister through her speech. He tweeted, “Welcome the Calcutta HC decision to transfer the violence incidents happened on Ram Navami in WB to NIA. These riots were pre-planned and instigated with the support of the TMC by the inflammatory speech of the CM @MamataOfficial.” The leader of the opposition in the West Bengal Assembly, Suvendu Adhikari also welcomed the Calcutta High Court’s order and claimed that the direction for NIA probe will instill confidence among the people of West Bengal. Earlier in the day, besides ordering the NIA probe in the matter, the division bench of the High Court’s acting Chief, Justice T.S. Sivagnanam and Justice Hiranmay Bhattacharya directed the state police to handover all case-related documents to the NIA within the next two weeks.