Mourad Laachraoui, the younger brother of Nazim laachraoui who was one of the suicide bombers in Brussels attack, will take part in Olympics 2016 at Rio De Janerio. Mourad, 21 has recently won European taekwondo championship in under-54 kg weight category. He is part of the contingent bound for the games in Rio De Janeiro starting on August 5, where he will compete in the Under-54 kilogram category.
Born into the same family
In contrast to his brother Nazim, 25 was one of the two suicide bombers who blew himself on Brussels airport. “It’s crazy, they were born into the same family, they received the same education and one turns out really well and the other really bad,” said Mourad’s lawyer in court.
He was not radical until…
“You don’t choose your family“, said Mourad in a press conference. He said he was devastated to think that his brother would commit such a crime. In a conference, 2 days after the attack, Mourad said that Nazim was a very smart boy and showed no radical thoughts until he left for Syria and broke contact with his family in 2013.
The Logical Indian had earlier strongly condemned the attacks in Brussels where precious lives were lost even from India. We are as shocked at the contrasting fortunes of the brothers. It is worthwhile noting there has not been any discrimination in Mourad participating in Olympics. Even as we continue to remember the victims of the Brussel’s attacks, it is only fair to wish Mourad the best wishes for his Olympic debut.
Little did the thousands of women who stepped out on the streets of the then Russian Empire know, that their protest would become the theme for women’s rights across the world, for eternity.
It was March 8, 1917, when women textile workers in Petrograd (capital of the Russian Empire) marched for their right to vote. Since then, the day is commemorated to celebrate women worldwide.
A century later, have we progressed?
Yes, we’ve come a long way since the first women’s rights movements, but a long road still lies ahead.
Even in 2018, women do not enjoy equal status to men in all spheres. We still hear phrases like ‘don’t run like a girl’, ‘don’t throw like a girl’ or ‘don’t dress like a girl’. The ones making the statements remain ignorant to the fact that running like a girl is the same as ‘running like a boy’ – with all your might; throwing like a girl is the same as ‘throwing like a boy’ – with all your power; and dressing like a girl is the same as ‘dressing like a boy’ – in whatever makes you comfortable.
Women have time and again proved that they can do ANYTHING, and this video by ParleG aims to showcase just this. It is time we realised that women are capable of achieving great heights because #ZiddiChhoriya never give up.
This International Women’s Day, Parle-G is celebrating the Ziddi Chhoriya; Woh jinhone apne dil ki suni, jo apni zidd pe adi rahi. #InternationalWomensDay #ZiddiChhoriya #WomensDay #ParleGWatch the full video here: https://youtu.be/vrtanBj7PFM
Despite the hushed talks, the demotivation and the doubts, women have worked hard to become athletes, scientists, singers, poets, writers, chefs, army persons, and what not. In fields where they were not recognised before, women are making strides. Their determination and will power are making those who questioned them, question themselves.
What is it that women cannot do? From trekking Mount Everest to making beautiful paintings? As the video correctly portrays, #ZiddiChhoriya are representing India at international stages, playing drums, leading teams, and motivating others to do the same.
It is because of these women who show immense perseverance that other women are inspired to chase their dreams.
This Women’s Day, let us salute the power of women. Let us spread awareness about equality, and lead by example.