Monday, 31 December 2012



As we are almost reaching the end of 2012, how many of us have wondered or pondered what will be the year ahead like? The answer depends very much on us and how we collectively make it. This is because our beliefs determine our actions.

We believe the worst is over and we are heading to a much better year ahead if we persistently take collectively conscious actions to press on to a new record height level. In fact, we can make good use of the multi-media and social media to spread the truths, despite the fact the truths are spreading relative slower than the bad news. However, these will not deter us as we can still turn these into wise moves by not only providing its warranted attention but also following up with actions that demand accountability and responsibility proportionately and accordingly to the rule of law throughout the globe. These will create true transparency, integrity and accountability on the substance and not form.

''How long you will go on killing innocent people...if one Malala will be killed, thousands will replace her. One Benazir was killed, thousands replaced her..'' Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the 24 year-old son of Benazir Bhutto and the heir to one of the most powerful, famous, and controversial political dynasties in the world, made his formal lethal world of Pakistani politics at an emotional rally in a small village which is his family's ancestral home in the south of the country. This is a good illustration between the "two powers" in his homeland, "those on the right path and those on the path of lies."

Today, the Indian news channel NDTV greeted news of the death of the gang-rape victim, on a bus that sickened India, in the early hours of Saturday in a Singapore hospital with the banner headline "RIP: India's Daughter", in  another reflection of how her plight had moved the nation. After spending her evening watching "Life of Pi" in a New Delhi mall, the 23-year-old student and her male companion were looking for a quick lift home when a bus with tinted windows pulled over.

The pair was then subjected to a catalogue of violence and sexual depravity which has evoked comparisons with Anthony Burgess's novel "A Clockwork Orange" and brought simmering anger over the plight of women to the boil across India. Hope this anger will ultimate transformed into consciousness and not hatred.

Ever since she was attacked on the night of December 16, the country's leaders have lined up to offer their prayers and condemn the attack as well as paying for her treatment in Singapore.

After getting into an argument with the woman's male companion, the group are then alleged to have lashed out at the pair before taking turns to rape the woman in the back of the bus while driving around Delhi for some 45 minutes.

They also sexually assaulted the woman with a rusting metal bar, leaving her with severe intestinal injuries, before hurling her out of the vehicle.

The bus would have had to cross numerous police checkpoints at that time of night but at no stage was the vehicle pulled over by officers.

After news of the attack emerged, small-scale protests quickly swelled and were then repeated across the country -- fuelled in part by anger at the police's use of tear gas and water cannon.

The Indian government has set up a commission of inquiry to investigate what mistakes were made on the night of the attack and in its aftermath.

But in an address to chief ministers from the country's states who gathered in New Delhi on Thursday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh acknowledged that it was far from an isolated event.

"We must reflect on this problem, which occurs in all states and regions. It requires greater attention by the central government and states," he said.

Gang-rapes happen on such a regular basis that they are rarely reported in the Indian press although the attack in Delhi has led papers to shine a rare spotlight on such attacks.

On Thursday night, it emerged that a 17-year-old girl had committed suicide after police allegedly tried to persuade her to drop a complaint of gang-rape and instead either accept a cash settlement or even marry one of her attackers.

After quoting from the infamous gang-rape scene in Burgess's novel, a columnist for The Hindu wrote this week that "few Indians will need a dictionary of the teenage slang Burgess invented to grasp the horror of this passage".

"For progress to be made, we must begin by acknowledging this one fact: the problem isn't the police, the courts or the government. The problem is us," wrote Praveen Swami.

Trust the above two incidents have  demonstrated the points that we must take accountabilities of our own actions and not to blame others. We need to make changes should we truly want to make progress. Change is the solution.

We can't expect progress should we stay status quo or follow the same approach we deal with the things like in the past.

Therefore, it is crystal clear as to how we determine the better year ahead is through changes. Then those lives of those kind and innocent ones being killed are not lost in vain.

Let us put the old chapter, of those innocent lives being killed, to an end and move forward to a happy, harmonious and healthy year ahead. So, let us embrace change and make the year ahead better.

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