The Wintertime Olympics

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Sports have always been enjoyed by humans from prehistoric times till this modern age. Not only humans but animals also love to play games too. For example, when the lion’s cub tries to strangle its father, the king of the jungle pretends to act hurt for the cub’s encouragement. The biggest event that sets the stage for the sport talents to showcase their skills is Olympics. Everyone loves olympics to their heart.

Olympics comes once in four years hence is the most awaited. It is an age old tradition first started from Athens by the Greeks. The first event that was organized five years after the International Summer Olympics in 1896 were the Nordic Games held in Sweden but only Scandinavian countries participated in the Nordic Games. Hence in 1911 IOC proposed separate event to be organized for 1912 Stockholm Winter Games. Sweden declined the offer as it will replace Nordic Games.

In 1921 the decision was finalized for Winter Sports Week to be held in Chamoix, France in January 1924. The 1924 Winter Olympics, officially known as the I Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event which was held in 1924 in Chamonix, France. Initially it was called the ‘Winter’s Sports Week’ but later officially called the I Winter Olympics. It included all the winter games which couldn’t be played in the summers. It lasted a week starting from 25th January – 5th February 1924. Sixteen nations participated and the Olympics was aired in 35 different countries. There were total 258 athletes; 11 women and 247 men and 10,004 paying spectators were recorded.

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The famous American author Joyce Johnson very beautifully describes the Olympic season,

How lucky I, to have the time

To watch Olympics all the day

I have not written one small rhyme

For fear I’ll miss some of the play

 To watch Olympics all the day

Means I don’t get my housework done

For fear I’ll miss some of the play

In London town its rain or sun

Everyone is different and loves to express themselves differently. Some people love to express themselves through dance moves, some write poems or articles, some compose a symphony, others might paint but an athlete expresses himself through his performance in his most favorite sport. This he does by maintaining balance of enthusiasm and trying to come up to the audience’s expectations, motivating and inspiring others. It is just not an event for sports but also serves as a platform of expressing oneself, showing one’s talents and winning and breaking of hearts too. It is a stage where discipline matters more than the victory.

 For athletes, the Olympics are the ultimate test of their worth

~Mary Lou Retton

World these days has become a hub of prejudices but Olympics is an event where all can participate regardless of skin color, gender, or race. It is an enriching experience for every nation moral where athletes and organizers work untiringly towards their country. There is no better example of how the world can be united than the Olympics.

Contributed By: Manaal Ayesha Aamer

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Martin Luther King Jr. – Man with a dream

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I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

These are not the words of any poet or philosopher. These are the words of a man who had a dream; a dream for a better future. A future which is void of any kind of discrimination whether religious, ethnic, cultural or racial. His name was Martin Luther King, an American Baptist minister and a social worker who was assassinated by gunshots for fighting against the plague of racism and injustice prevailing in America. He also worked as a leader for the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

The current circumstances of the colored race in USA are nothing as compared to what they were about a century ago. Slavery was at its peak, killings and beatings were a daily ritual. The black people were treated just as badly as the Muslims were treated in the Indo-Pak Sub-continent. Because King himself was an African-American, he had been through what his people had been going through for centuries. The ill-treatment, the humiliation and the degrading attitude of white people was enough to make him stand up on his feet and fight for the rights of his people. He was mainly known for his Christian morality and non-violent civil disobedience for the advancement of African-American Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King Jr. grew up to be a fine young man with excellent debating skills and a fertile mind that not only looked at things on surface but also observed the minor details. It is said that when King was six years old, his best friend was a white boy but they were separated because the boy’s father stopped him from playing with King. That affected King’s young and innocent mind pretty badly. He lost his best friend due to the racist psyche of the white boy’s father. Later on, when King had to attend a segregated school for African-American children and his friend to a school for Whites, King started processing the humiliating attitude of the whites towards his people. A glimpse of that childhood heartbreak can be felt in his words,

I have a dream that one day in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

As King was a Baptist, he strongly believed in the equality of rights for all. He wanted all the Americans to be a singular nation irrespective of their race, caste or creed.

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He wanted a united America and lost his life in the battle for it. When he spoke about his dream for America, he said,

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will he free one day.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of outstanding caliber who fought for the rights of his people just like our beloved Quaid-e-Azam fought for us. The only difference is that, the great Quaid-e-Azam ended up getting us a separate homeland to live freely while King died a death he never deserved. Even though his assassination caused an incurable wound in the heart of his people; a wound that still bleeds, they haven’t lost hope, and there will be a better time. They have hope; a hope that there will come a time when another Martin Luther King will arise to save the nation from their misery. When that time comes, they believe that history won’t repeat itself. Their rights will be fully restored and the African-American people will be treated as respectable citizens of America because the dream Martin Luther King cherished and gave his life for is now a dream of the whole African-American community.

Contributed By: Tayyaba Seher Khan

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The Day Where Youth Have Their Say

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Young people must be considered the drivers of change, and not only beneficiaries or targets
-Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General

International Youth Day (IYD) was first celebrated on 12th August 2000, after the UN General Assembly passed a resolution accepting the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth in Lisbon in 1998. This day highlights the efforts of the world’s youth in heighten global society. Moreover, the day also aims to enlist the youth in becoming more effective to make decisive contributions to their communities.news.am

 

 

www.wvi.ord“International Youth Day is an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential
partners in change, as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and hardships facing the world’s youth.”
-UNESCO

 

United Nations defines ‘Youth’ as people ranging between the ages of 15 and 24 years. This is to ensure statistical consistency across regions. Every year a theme is selected for the day.
Last year in 2014, International Youth Day 2014 was acclaimed with the theme ‘Youth and Mental Health’. United Nation held a two months online campaign and their ambition was to raise awareness about the issue of youth and mental health. The tagline was ‘Mental Health Matters’. Young people were asked to submit their artwork, poetry, films, stories and photos to the campaign. There were over 2000 followers, 200 submissions and 150 events that took place.

nicaragua.usembassy.govThis year’s theme “Youth Civic Engagement” emphasizes the importance of involving young people to establish a better community. It is important to support the youth and their involvement in improving the community. The youth is an entirely separate unique social group and is a great benefit to of all of society. This can help improving living conditions, basic human rights and enriching mankind.

Many activities and events that take place around the world on International Youth Day aim to advocate the benefits that youthful people bring into the globe. Youth around the world are encouraged to organize activities to raise awarenessunesco.org about the situation of youth in their country, and send in a description of their planned activities. Many countries participate in this global event, which may include youth conferences on issues such as education and employment. Moreover, other activities include concerts promoting the world’s youth, as well as various sporting events, parades and mobile exhibitions that showcase young people’s achievements.

There has been recent increasing attention and policy and programming focus on youth civic engagement by governments around the world. It is high time that youth be given a chance o take charge of their destiny and got involved in global decision making matters.

So get involved and have a say in your future!

Written by:

Marium Ashraf,
Writer,
Revolution Flame.

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Hope

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As I stood watching the wave’s crash into the shore, I felt depressed. Just a few hours back I had heard the news, and it had filled me with dread. Another bomb blast and that too, in a school. The militants had struck yet, once again and destroyed another school for girls .I felt horror and sadness inside. I did not know what i could do to make it somehow feel better. There was nothing that clicked; nothing that could make me calm again. And as i stood there, somehow my troubles were all passed on to the sea and it showed the pain with its waves; the waves were howling now. They felt the loss and were expressing it.

Coming from a nation where education, on the whole is taken for granted. Yet another school had been bombed. Young girls, with dreams in their eyes; with hope for a better tomorrow; all their dreams dashed away; finished.!What was their fault in all of this?

Girls, with dreams of making it big in the world, of being a source of pride and honor for their family and the nation, could no longer hang on to those dreams..The feeling I felt was of utter and complete dread. I did not want the women of my nation to lag behind..but what could I do to make things better?..

As I was thinking, I saw a young girl, of about seven years. She was selling Cotton Candy(the common laccha),and as she sat down to rest, I saw her take out a book from her ragged bag. It was a book with the Urdu alphabets on it. And she started reading them aloud. Seeing her, I felt a tiny glimmer of hope, that somehow, somewhere ,sometimes things would change INSHALLAH and once again we ,as a nation, will rise above all. As long as we don’t let go of our dreams, there is nothing that can stop us..

Written By : Iffrah Malik

1947 – 2012

 

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Pakistan independence day
Back is the green
Back is the white
Back are the joys
Back is the delight

Buckle your seat belts
We are going downtown
Down in the memory lane
To make you astound
I remember those days
When rule was of “White”
Muslims and Hindus
Rebelled all day and night

Let’s glance at the history
Where politics was played
Where it was a mystery
Who was loyal and who betrayed

Power was lost
Strength was gained
Majority obtained
Minority detained

Then emerged the leaders
Then rose the rebellion
Then raised a slogan
“Now or never, are we to live or perish forever?”

Martyrdom was the price
More than a million paid
Then came the poets
In came the zeal
In came the leaders
In came the movements
There was no ration
What they had was passion
There was war going on
There were battles being fought
They severely lacked arms
All they had were two arms
They were slaughtered with spears
But in their eyes was no FEAR
The destiny they seek
Though seemed, so bleak
Was again in sight
They struck with all might

A million souls was the price
For the land in which, we reside
Back is the day, when this deal finalized
Back is the day, back is the pride.

O My homeland, my motherland,
My love and O my life,
I will heal your wounds
Protect you with my life
You gave me a place
Numerous resources to thrive

What if I lack gas, water and light?
What if I starve each day and night?
What if I am being killed in bright sunlight?
What if I am being mocked for their delight?

Back is this day, the days were the same
The pain endured by my ancestors was same
So who am I now, to complain?
Everything is just.. mundane
United they were and so should me
If I have to leave marks of glory on the eternity

We are a nation in truest of sense
United in adversity and that too, immense
Pakistanis rephrased history, historic times
They smashed world record, record times

So why are you sad?
Why is this gloom?
It’s time to cherish
It’s time to bloom
Walk with pride O Pakistani!
Back is the day, back is the time
Back is the day to sing national rhymes
Back is the glory, Back is the time!

Written By : Syed Ommer Amer

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The Reel of our Nation

 

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Reel

The cassette of my nation got stuck,
I press replay,
And lo! the reel finally runs,
Yet my country’s progress remains impeded …

The audio tape reverberates voices
Of terrorists’ blasts,
Of corruption and loot,
Of acts of brutality
and the whimpers of the injured,
and the dripping droppings of blood,
and the acts of injustice,
and the hushed silence of courts.

Tired of these voices of strife and vice,
I press reverse.

I hear now the sacrifices of independence,
The Quaid’s speech,
The thud of boots of the martial law dictators,
The explosion of a Nuclear bomb,
The foreign media hype against us,
The useless talk shows babbling together
In an orchestra of nonesense.

Cringing at what the past and the present
Had for me to listen,
I couldn’t press forward to hear my future.
And so I stop the tape
Fall on my knees and pray
That I may hear something good tomorrow,
As no more I can bear any sorrow.

Written By : Azka Durrani

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Happy Independance Day Pakistan

Happy Independence Day to all.

A prayer for prosperity of Pakistan, for the love of this country and for the Peace of this nation from the core of our heart!  Oh God, Bless us with Peace, Joy and Prosperity. Bless us with all the good things one can have. Give us patience, Oh Lord! We want the Peace back in this country. The blasts and drenching country we had never dreamed of it. Please take it away from us, dear God. Bless us with what we deserve! Give our Beautiful Country back to us…

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