Khalil A. Cassimally Seeing the explosion again and again every six seconds in an endless loop is a diabolical experience. But the actual atrocity of the explosion isn’t shown in the Vine video.
This isn’t Tarantino’s extreme, yet cheap, violence which wins applauds and awards in Hollywood. This is the real deal. This is real violence, real blood, real pain, real death. This is real. People, or rather bodies, ripped apart in a spray of flesh and blood. Desperate cries, desperate tears. The eight-year old innocent child who was torn apart by the explosion (or the second one that occurred seconds after) leaves behind a father who will never forgive himself for running the 2013 Boston marathon, hoping to see the smiling faces of his family at the finish line.
Three deaths and more than a hundred injured leaves a mark. And this mark should force us to open our eyes to what real violence is like. It shows us how it feels to be insecure, how it feels to be attacked. It also shows us how peace feels like.
Khalil A. Cassimally I periodically hear Mauritians murmuring their disappointment that Mauritius is no longer governed by the British government. Those murmurs made themselves especially audible following the devastating floods that hit the island earlier this week, causing 11 deaths. The typical murmur pertains that life in Mauritius would have been much better under the oligarchs of the West. This is absurd.
Absurd because both history and current austerity measures heralded by the British government point to a Britain that disrespects, frightens, lies to and martyrs its vulnerable people—its sick, unemployed and underpaid. Admittedly, the majority of Mauritians do not fit in any of these vulnerable groups. But that’s only because we were in a fourth category during British rule: brown-skinned foreigners. There is no reason to believe that things would have been different today.
People in Mauritius have always been considered as foreigners by the British government even when we were British citizen... (more)
Khalil A. Cassimally When we hear that eight people have lost their lives [French] in a flooding, we close our eyes and pray in harmony to a greater force. Then some of us derail and vent our frustration typically by blaming the government. We are a pessimistic nation—a statement which is now backed by statistics—and casting blame is one direct consequence of our state of mind.
And perhaps in response to our penchant for criticism, one that perfuses the media and politics, some Mauritians are adopting a radically opposite anti-criticism standpoint. This is a dangerous position that needs to be stripped off.
As the death toll was increasing during the March flooding of regions of Mauritius, especially the capital, Port Louis, a few Mauritians thought it adequate to issue criticism against a disparate array of governmental policies which, in their view, contributed to the tragedy. Evidently irritated by those criticism, a number of predominantly young Mauritians took to social media to carp the detracto... (more)
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