Sunday, May 11, 2014

(11) PEACEFUL PROTEST

Author: Rizwan Ahmed Memon



Village Akil
Larkana, Sindh, Pakistan
April 27, 2014



Dearest Angly,

When my brother refused to support our marriage, I was very angry at first and couldn’t bear that injustice. I started to raise my voice against the injustice through some violent ways. Then I realized that kind of harsh talk was only adding to the anger and conflict. Then I tried to convince my brother through peaceful, thought-provoking, and civilized protest.

No matter how happy a man can look outwardly, he or she can never be happy inwardly when he or she is doing any injustice to someone. We, the humans, have conscience which keeps us human. A sense of right and wrong can keep oneself aware of his or her deeds. Man can get greedy and do some injustice to others, but he or she will never have inner peace after deceiving and exploiting others. I am very big fan of Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela. They always supported nonviolent protest for their rights.

I started to right about injustice. I shared quotes of Gandhi on social media which reached my brother, my friends, and the whole world. Gandhi’s words if read carefully, can shake one’s mind and heart. Gandhi’s ideas helped me a lot. Through all this my brother’s conscience was day by day making him feel bad inwardly. It gave him the sense of wrongdoing. He realized that he was snatching someone’s rights and happiness, and that being an elder brother and in charge of the home, he was supposed to help us. Though I made some share of mistakes, he never held it against me. Because whatever I did was a reaction to his injustice to me.

Well, Angly, mostly I forgive and forget everything wrong that someone does to me. He is my own brother, and I forgive and forget whatever he did. He has always been supportive of me. I am thankful to him.

By the way, I will miss writing these letters to you! How will I write letters to you when we are together? I will find some way through which we may continue our letters.



Yours forever,
   Rizwan
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