Inconvenient|Genocide

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Acknowledgements: Book by Geoffrey Robertson Q.C

Of course most people know who Amal Clooney (née Alamuddin) is. She is the secretly despised and openly envied woman by all the George Clooney droolers, ever since their much talked about marriage in 2014.

She miraculously managed to lock Clooney down into a matrimonial relationship. An unachievable challenge taken on by many of Amal’s predecessors. There is more to this woman than style and good looks. She is unrelenting in her drive for taking on controversial challenges, especially in her role as a barrister.

She has truly inspired (me) by taking on her most recent high profile assignment – The Armenian Genocide. Amal will be legally representing the Armenians in a case involving denial of the atrocities by a Turkish politician.

Apologies for bursting bubbles. As you may have now guessed – This blog is not related to entertainment. Perhaps this should be a book review. Reality though, is that, this is my personal reflection upon reading the book “An Inconvenient Genocide – Who now remembers the Armenian’s?” by Geoffrey Robertson.

Today, 24th April 2015 marks the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide.

To be honest, I was oblivious to this chapter in history. A chapter heavily pregnant with deliberately perpetrated atrocities against upto 1.2 million Armenian’s by the Ottomans during the first world war.

It was these horrific crimes against humanity that gave birth to the word “Genocide” by Raphael Lemkin (architect of the Genocide Conventions). He primarily had the Armenians in mind when he coined the word “Genocide”.

Armenian genocide is recognised by more than 20 countries around the world. However, Turkey denies that the genocide took place, in fact it justifies the attacks on the Armenians stating that it was a ‘strategically necessary step in civil war’. But my question is – was it strategically necessary to brutally wipe out nearly 1.2 million civilians? Was death marching elderly, women, and children through the Syrian desert a strategic move to restore civil unrest?

How one human being can commit relentlessly callous crimes of merciless torture, vindictively wiping out generations of a race, is beyond my understanding. It crosses every pain threshold in the heart, making it unbearably heavy. It took me months to read this book. Each piece of evidence is masterfully unfolded by Robertson, detailing violation after violation of human rights.

Perhaps my heart is weak. I had to gather courage to continue reading it, which I’m sure is a speck in comparison to the herculean courage that the Armenians had to conjure up during first world war. To move forward rather than succumb to the wounds visible and most importantly to wounds hauntingly invisible. Every shroud of Armenian dignity and respect was obliterated by the Ottomans.

The book contains detailed historical analysis from various angles, backed with solid evidence from multiple sources of truth gathered from undisputed historical archives. It leaves my mind devoid of doubt that this genocide was a deliberate act to wipe out the Armenian race.

To mark the centenary, the least I can do is acknowledge that the Armenian Genocide is not an allegation.

I recognise the Armenian genocide.

© as|fa 2015

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One|Voice

Had many discussions recently, some constructive and then some heated, regarding optimism and positivity, specifically around tolerance of cultural diversity. I’ve noticed many around me, unreservedly lashing out at other nationalities, cultures for various reasons. Reasons that are undoubtedly trivial and egoistically glorified, to say the least. The magnitude of hate being harboured in peoples hearts stuns me.

I truly understand patriotism and loyalty towards ones own nation and its citizens. What I don’t understand is the collective venom in the hearts of people and how that transposes itself as personal attacks on social media.

Being the voice promoting respect, demanding tolerance and displaying a reflective mirror on those brimming with venom  is hard.

The venom sprays on me occasionally. Making me reflect (sometimes question) on whether this cause of positivity & optimism is worth its while. Recently just like magic manifesting itself in my universe, my thoughts and beliefs were validated. This sensational & inspiring video of the raconteur Barrack Obama is about the power of “one voice”. One voice has the power to change a nation.

So to all that are reading this – remember that voice is a powerful weapon – use it for a worthy cause and most importantly for worthy humans.

[Please watch the video]

© as|fa 2015