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.
It’s so easy to say, “Follow your heart” or “Follow your dreams” but when one actually tries to take that leap of liberty, the society reinforces its shackles. In myriad ways, the age-old traditions come to stop the dreams of the youth. This is more manifest in the case of girls and women. However, passion can’t be contained and restrained for long.
This is the story of Roshni Misbah. Breaking stereotypes, she aspires to be a professional racer. Her journey has been tough, to say the least. Consider this, a hijab-wearing woman riding a sports bike with panache on the Indian roads amid stares, taunts and jeers.
The parents at home know too that society will be unkind and hesitant to accept someone who is flouting the age-old norms. Perhaps, this is why the parents resort to worry and scoldings. However, if the fire of liberty has been lit inside an individual, then it’s only a matter of time before they will rise like a phoenix, gloriously new-born from the ashes.
Roshni has covered over 15,000 km riding more than 60 bikes. She shares, “The sight of a girl on a sports bike deeply dents egos of some men and the taunts start.” It’s not easy to follow one’s dream if there are self-proclaimed proprietors of ‘decency’ at every nook and corner. Yet, Roshni stands tall.
It’s not easy to stand up to your parents and then face the issues they warned you about from society. Is it not right to follow one’s dreams and one’s own heart? If people do not break stereotypes, then all the potential for achievement and innovation will die unfulfilled. If doing something does not break a law, then what gives the right to anyone to comment and object to it?
This is the 21st century. Till when we will allow ourselves to be controlled by the whims and desires of those whose opinions deserve no merit or consideration. If this is not the right time for talented and courageous women to take a stand, then when will that time come.
“When I will walk, you will stare. When I will lose, you will laugh at me, taunt me. But, at the speed of 234 km/h, I wouldn’t hear all this,” says an undaunted Roshni. It’s time we show our support to their leap of liberty and as a society, we come together and say #ChalBadhChal.
The Logical Indian commends the passion and spirit of Roshni Misbah and appreciates Leap 7X by Liberty Shoes for bringing up this story.