With pluralism, the world has found a common ground to live on but that does not guarantee a peaceful ground. For years the tug of war in the name of religion has given unimaginable grim events. These intolerable events have questioned the role of humanity multiple times. The inter-religious conflicts ensue due to the difference in religious affiliations. The theological beliefs differ for every individual thus creating a strong boundary between different religious groups.
Due to the religious uproar, the masses often indulge in violence mainly exerting their power on religious minorities. This has led to some shocking and irreversible aftermath. To give a bitter taste of the reality, some of the incidents of religious conflicts and its consequences are given below.
- The Plight of Muslim Minorities in India
The contemporary state of Muslim minorities in India
The abject misery of Muslims in India is not concealed. Though the government tries its best to sweep it under the rug, the plight has reached every ear. Physical violence and lynching are common practices in India making it difficult for the minorities to survive. The religious conflict reached its limit when on 22nd June 2017 three Muslims were killed in West Bengal by Hindus. They were accused of cow smuggling. Moreover, never-ending religious riots make their way to the headlines every day.
- Dublin calls out for Religious Discrimination in schools
200 people marched through Dublin to protest against religious discrimination
Roopesh Panicker, the mother of a 4-year-old Eva encountered an unimaginable problem when it became difficult for her to find a school for her daughter. The local Catholic school in south Dublin refused to admit the Hindu child. This called the attention of over 200 people who joined the protest to end religious conflict and discrimination. Mrs. Panicker said “We are not anti-religion. We just want to take religion out of the school. We should make sure our taxpayer-funded schools are for everyone”.
We as inhabitants of a modern and advanced world are still dictated by our conservative ideas. These ideas hold us back and for some people, it acts as an obstacle to hinder their social mobility.
Author: Malik Noureed Awan
Poverty and its unarticulated state are synonymous with the fall of Icarus that went unnoticed. It is a growing problem and globally has not found an egress. The poor people occupy a subaltern status in our world that are not given a chance to articulate. With each passing day, the number of people dying of poverty is increasing and it truly affrights the well-being of the world. According to the 2010 U.S Census, 45,000 people die in the U.S. because they lack access to the basic needs that are essential for sustenance.
The failure of the government surfaces when such cases catch the eye of the masses both on national and international forums. Lack of medical healthcare, employment, unequal distribution of wealth etc. contribute to the poor state of the people and in extreme cases become fatal. Following are some of the melancholic cases can open your eyes to the grim reality of the world.
- African-Americans: The Hunger and Poverty Facts
The history of Africans in America goes way back with startling and jolting truths. The diaspora for Africans proved to nurture in some parts but mainly it was cataclysmic. The 7 out of 10 countries with the highest food shortage are mainly inhibited by the African-Americans. Moreover, the survival rate of a black infant is less than a white infant in America. The reason is an inadequate supply of staple needs to the pregnant black women.
A household of an African-American living in abject poverty
- Starvation: A Far Cry from Nigeria
The horrifying humanitarian crisis has left many helpless. The situation requires our immediate action. If this cry goes unheard then 90,000 children are expected to die in Nigeria according to the report by Unicef. The terrorist insurgency of Boko Haram has left 400,000 children malnourished and many stand on the verge of death. Starvation has completely taken over and subjects await a humanitarian mercy.
Poverty stricken children in Nigeria
So these are some of the shocking truths that need our immediate attention to fight the problem of global poverty.
Author: Malik Noureed Awan