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Saturday, July 13, 2013

One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world...Food for thought

Last October, when Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai was returning home in a school bus, in the remote North-West Frontier Province town of Mingora, she could never have imagined that on her 16th birthday she would be in faraway New York, receiving accolades from the United Nations for being a blazing symbol of women’s right to education in a region subject to the harsh diktats of Taliban rule.
Yet that is precisely where she found herself this Friday, as she donned a pink head scarf, and in her first speech since the Taliban in Pakistan tried to kill her nine months ago, told United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and around 1,000 students from around the world attending a Youth Assembly at the U.N that education was the only way to improve lives.
“Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution,” Ms. Yousafzai said.
After images of the prone body of a girl shot in the head and neck, being transported via helicopter to a Peshawar hospital shocked many across the world last year, Ms. Yousafzai, still unconscious, was eventually sent to a hospital in the United Kingdom for intensive rehabilitation.
Receiving several standing ovations this week at the U.N., she reflected, “They thought that the bullet would silence us, but they failed... The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, courage and fervour was born.”
At the Youth Assembly, Ms. Yousafzai also presented Mr. Ban with a petition reportedly signed by 4 million people in support of 57 million children who are not unable to attend school, and “demanding that world leaders fund new teachers, schools and books and end child labour, marriage and trafficking.”
Even as Mullah Fazlullah, the cleric who allegedly ordered the attack on Ms. Yousafzai, was said to be hiding out in eastern Afghanistan, and his capture remains bogged down by the complexity of ISAF operations in the border region near the Durand Line, Ms. Yousafzai has displayed defiance in the face of the Taliban reiterating threats to harm her and her family.
Since the incident of the attack against her, former U.K. Prime Minister and current U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a UN petition in Ms. Yousafzai’s name, titled “I am Malala” and calling for children worldwide be attending school by the end of 2015.
Mr. Ban has announced that November 10 will be celebrated as Malala Day.
‘Standing ovation’
Her continuing popularity as an ambassador for women’s rights and human rights were summed up more broadly in a tweet by former Pakistan Ambassador to the U.S., Sherry Rehman, who said, “Standing ovation for Malala at the UN. Proud of this brave young Pakistani woman. May she inspire thousands more to lead.”
One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world
Malala Yousafzai
Source:- The Hindu

7 comments:

admin said...

can you pls suggest some books by retired ias/ips officers that may be useful for case studies for paper4 of gs

admin said...

can you pls suggest some books by retired ias/ips officers that may be useful for case studies for paper4 of gs

Anonymous said...

Hello Sir,
I cleared prelims-2013, and have certain doubts regarding filling preferences. Please help me with this.

My expectations from job:
1.job satisfaction that my actions contribute in some way for nation's development.
2.Comfortable powers and infrastructure to work with my job.
3.Good work environment with less political pressure (if possible) which wouldnt be a big hurdle for people who want to be honest.
4. And for personal reasons,i prefer city postings (my husband is a private employee) with time for personal life aspirations.

1. What are the job satisfaction at levels of IAAS. I feel this is very crucial, as it can tell us about the success of policy decisions and schemes, which is very much required in future corrections or continuations.
And with ever growing awareness among public, i think IAAS can play a better role in national development.
My perception is true or im just exaggarating the ground reality.
I want to keep this as my second preference after IAS?

2. Can you also give me some insights on job and promotion prospectus of Pondicherry Civil services.

Regards,
Tejaswi.

Unknown said...

Sir,
I would first like to Thank you for such a useful blog.
I have cleared CSE prelims 2013 & will be now filling service preference. My inclination is towards IAS/IRS & since this is my first attempt only,I think I have enough commitment to give 2 more attempts if I don't get IRS this time.
So I am thinking of fillinf IAS & then IRS options & not options thereafter. I would like to know if I get rank say 700 & can't get IRS, would I be allotted any of the remaining service randomly? Or they don't consider your name if you don't fill remaining options?
Also in case they allot you a service you are not interested in, can you choose not to join without jeopardizing your future attempt chances?
Thanks a lot in advance. Appreciate it if you could respond at earlist as DAF submission is in few days.
-Sachin

Anonymous said...

Hi Sir..
Thanks for the great blog.
I cleared prelims, 2013 and need to fill DAF, so need your guidance.

Regarding, IRS (customs and central excise), will we be posted either for customs or central excise or we will do both.
And if posted for customs, is it true that we will have posting only in coastal cities and cities with international airport?

Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

sir, please tell as to what are the prospects in RAS(RAW CADRE).IT'S GIVEN ON WIKIPEDIA THAT A CAMPUS INTERVIEW ALONG WITH SOME SPECIFIC PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS TAKE PLACE AFTER THE TRAINING AT LBSNAA.WHAT SORT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS ARE THESE? CAN PEOPLE FROM ANY SERVICE SIT FOR THE INTERVIEW? HOW MANY DO THEY USUALLY RECRUIT EACH YEAR? IS THE WORK THERE CHALLENGING?DO PEOPLE PREFER TO GO FOR RAW?
WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY.....

Anonymous said...

good morning sir,

I once read in an article written by Mr Srivatsa Krishna (IAS) in TOI which he wrote about the type of indian bureaucrats ( i.e. 20% neither themselves corrrupt nor tolerant of any corruption,30% not themselves corrupt but turn blind eye to corruption by others , 40% doing norrmal corruption and remaining 10% are extortionists responsible for mega scams).
what is your advice to people who want to get into the Indian civil service and bring change UNDER THE CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES ?

Should they be part of first 20% , stick to rule book and be defiant to any and every corruption taking place, in which case they are going to be sidelined like Mr Khemka and others and given insignificant postings.This way all their energy are going to be spent uselessly fighting minions in lower bureaucracy and wont be able to bring any significant change.
Or should they choose to be a part of next 30%, who themselves are not corrupt but turn a blind eye to others doing petty corruption, in this way remaining neutral and in the good books of people on both sides of the political divide. They would learn best global management practises. They would get postings where they would be able to influence policy making (which according to mr sanjeev sabhlok is responsible for 99% corruption) and thus bring about some change.
What should they do?