Sunday January 21, 2018
Home Uncategorized Libya conflic...

Libya conflict: Indian nurse, 18-month-old son killed

0
//
73
Photo: http://www.operationworld.org

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram: A nurse hailing from Kerala and her infant son were killed in a shell attack at their residence in Libya on Friday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday.

“I have received report regarding the death of an Indian nurse and her infant son in Libya,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

“This happened in Zawiya, 45 km from Tripoli,” she said.

Sunu Sathyan, the nurse who hailed from Kerala, and her son Pranav, who was 18 months old, were killed when a shell hit their apartment.

Sushma Swaraj said that Indian authorities have got in touch with the nurse’s husband Vipin and added that there were 26 more Indians working in Zawiya hospital.

The minister also renewed her call to Indians abroad to move out of conflict zones.

“We have issued advisories many times. I request you once again – please move out of the conflict zones,” Sushma Swaraj said in another tweet.

The office of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told IANS that they were making efforts to reach out to people in Libya to find out the latest situation.

The attack also killed a few others who resided in the same complex, according to reports.

Speaking to IANS, an official in Chandy’s office said the chief minister spoke to Swaraj and sought all assistance of the central government.

“We have requested to see that the bodies are brought and also around 15 Keralites, who are working in Libya to return for good to here, after unrest continues there,” said the chief minister’s aide, who did not wish to be identified.

The external affairs minister promised all help to bring back the bodies of the nurse and her son. (IANS)

Next Story

Ethnic Indian Jai Sears responds to complaint against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada

Jai Sears wrote in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier

0
//
57
Gandhi
Mahatama Gandhi, leader of non violence

Jai Sears from Grenada, Caribbean has written a letter to editor in response to complaints against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada. Here is the text:

I write in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier and published in the Grenada newspaper, The New Today (Nov 3, 2017). In his letter, Rougier is asking the Government to remove the bust-statue of Gandhi which overlooks Sauteurs Bay in Grenada where East Indians arrived 160 years ago. Rougier’s opinion is based on the false notion that Gandhi was racist because the Mahatma reportedly considered Indians to be superior to black Africans when he referred to the latter as “kaffirs.”

Gandhi was only 27 years old when he made that contextual statement. If Rougier had done his research, he would have found that Nelson Mandela said: “Gandhi must be forgiven for these prejudices in the context of the time and the circumstances.” The quote can be found in “Gandhi the Prisoner” by Nelson Mandela published in 1995. Gandhi was a man; he was not god. And even god made mistakes.

In favour of Mahatama Gandhi
Photo of Jai Sears

Rougier must instead focus on the Gandhi’s vision of non-violent protest and his belief in satyagraha which inspired rebels and revolutionaries around the world. Gandhi’s ideas influenced leaders of the African National Congress and the struggle by Indians and blacks against white apartheid rule in South Africa. From as early as 1956 when he was 27 years old, Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to Gandhi as “the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change.”

Follow NewsGram on Facebook: NewsGram.com

Following the success of his boycott, King contemplated traveling to India to deepen his understanding of Gandhian principles. The fact is that Gandhi saw people of all races, castes, colours and creeds as equal which led to his assassination by a Hindu fanatic in 1948. So who is this unknown Josiah Rougier? Is he as illustrious as the great Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King? And is he disagreeing with his possible heroes?

A friend to all.
Jai Sears
Grenada, Caribbean

Next Story