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Issue No.: 571 | January 2015
 

Between Ourselves

S. V. Raju
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In the November 2012 issue of Freedom First, we wrote in this space: "A 15-year old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, from Swat in Pakistan has been showing immense courage in taking on religious fanatics, a lesson they are not likely to forget for a long time to come. Freedom First derives great satisfaction in honouring her on our cover. As we go to press BBC reports that she is recovering satisfactorily and may have to undergo another operation. But she is out of the ICU.”

Not only was she out of the ICU but two years later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her courage and determination, sharing the Prize with India’s Kailash Satyarthi, a save the children activist and founder of the Bachpan Bachao Andolan. Malala has become a very special person for the whole world, a famous young lady not yet eighteen but a symbol of hope for the world’s children. We were planning a celebratory cover to begin the New Year.

Instead we have a cover mourning the loss of over 140 innocent human beings mostly school going children, mercilessly shot down in their classrooms by black liveried savages who call themselves the Taliban – all in the name of religion. The Peshawar horror has horrified and deeply shaken the conscience of the world. Will this universal outrage unite the peoples of this world to take stern action against the perpetrators of this dastardly crime or will it, after a few days or weeks, be back to business as usual?

The cover facing this page (in the uploaded pdf copy of this month) is a reminder of a request made a year ago by our publishers to our readers and which has gone unnoticed. Being optimists we still hope it will catch some readers’ eyes who might consider responding. Hence the reminder.

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