The Weight of Words
by Apoorva Kapur
Love (Of Crime)
and Other Drugs
by Sadichha Bal
The Saudi Arabian Coalition
by Orissa Patnaik
The Apathy towards
by Annanya Istwal
A Trapped Bird
by Yashika Prabhakar
by Kalash Singhal
by Ishan Sethi
Progression or Regression?
by Deepanshi Matai
Delhi International Model United Nations 2019 moves to better location to allow quality growth
New Delhi, 20 August 2019 - From 23 to 25 August 2019, DIMUN will welcome hundreds of attendants at the Zakir Husain Delhi College. The new location was chosen to allow a growing number of interested students to participate and to guarantee even higher quality of the outcome. A Model UN is designed to mimic the different institutions, levels and functions of the United Nations. Students will have to debate on different pressing issues in world affairs. In this years edition, DIMUN will work to improve the already high standard of debates and their final resolutions. The non-profit organisation also wants to contribute to the growing motivation of more and more young people to take positive action and make a difference in their communities.
A diversified beehive of talent and enthusiasm
Delhi International Model United Nations 2019 is a 3 day conference which will take place in the Indian capital of Delhi, in collaboration with the Administration of Central Delhi District. DIMUN is one of the biggest celebrations of the power of expression of talented and enthusiastic youths. Hundreds of attendants will be welcomed at this years edition. They will be debating and deliberating, coupled with more than a hundred members functioning as a press corps. The conference will challenge them to take on new perspectives; and build strong networks, enabling them to become the world leaders of tomorrow.
“It takes immense research, planning, and dedicated execution to make this unique event possible,” says Parth Gaikwad, the president of DIMUN. “We also put a lot of effort in assuring that our attendants have very diversified backgrounds and represent all different levels of society. Our conference attracts participants from overseas. Around 30 % of the delegates come from outside India. That creates added value to the debates. It will allow us to create a wonderful experience for everyone.” The number of highly motivated students keeps on growing. Therefore, DIMUN is proud to announce its new and improved location to accommodate them professionally: Zakir Husain Delhi College.
In this year’s edition of DIMUN, the organisation is simulating 8 diverse committees to discuss pressing global issues like Refugee Crisis, Sustainable Development, Gender Equality, Security, Human rights and Education.
A conference with a vision
DIMUN promotes understanding of international affairs and awareness of the United Nations among young people. By engaging in topics concerning security, economic development, and social progress, delegates learn to navigate the complexities of international negotiation and teamwork, adopt new perspectives and develop comprehensive resolutions to hot topics in todays news.
This unique and stimulating conference, promises to provide an unparalleled educational experience that emphasise collaboration and cooperative resolution of conflict. DIMUN envisions sustainable communities with civically engaged people. “Quality, respect, hope, courage, strength and motivation are key values in this vision,” says Pascal Laureyn, secretary general of DIMUN. “We want to create a unique event that caters to all kinds of expectations. Our mission statement is: together, we create positive minded value to empower and encourage motivated youths through craftsmanship in education. And I guarantee that we will also have lots of fun.”
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The Weight of Words
by Apoorva Kapur
There’s a certain lightness to writing that lifts the confusion and eases the clutter from the mind; a certain clarity that is bestowed upon the written word, which is not granted to mere thought. But this ‘lightness’ exists in a shell, which is unbothered and unaware of the larger tensions that pull and mould the contexts we live in. Writing – like all art – is inherently political, and in this day and age that is wrought with war, conflict, systematic marginalization and rampant censuring – every word is a statement of intent and every piece of art a petition.
In such a scenario not only general writing, but journalism itself is put on trial. If writing faces the critique of being jarringly apolitical, journalism faces the critique of being sensationalized. The matters that should come to the fore, like those that touch the everyday lives of the people and fester in their cultural anxieties, are added as footnotes and margin-text. While divisive politics and state and commercial propaganda have saturated mainstream news agencies on whose questionable authenticity, the majority of the population relies.
The ‘lightness’ thus has no place in spaces that exist to provide a voice to the voiceless. The pen is hardly passed on to those who’re the worst affected by patriarchal, brahmanical and capitalist structures. So if the pen is in your hand and privilege put it there, every word must carry the weight of the aspirations of those sections of the society that don’t get to speak for themselves. But at the same time, know when to simply pass the mic.
This is the task that befalls us, not only as journalists or photojournalists or artists, but also as people with access to privilege. The first step is to acknowledge that privilege, and tell that Savarna voice in your head that no – endless debates about merit do not magically undo centuries of suppression; no – self-preservation does not mandate persecution of the other; no – you cannot negate someone’s lived experience just because you’ve never experienced it yourself.
It is this weight that we espouse in our journalistic ethics and seek to deliver through the newsletter we produce. At the end of the day it’s a conscious choice to either open up your minds to gauge the true gravity of violations against the very idea of peace and selfhood, or to shut it down and consume endless interviews on the nation’s obvious priority – Mangoes.
Love (of Crime)
and Other Drugs
Sadichha Bal reports the control of drugs and crimes in various countries.
The General Assembly discusses drug and crime related issues under its agenda item entitled "Drug control, crime prevention and combating international terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
For the consideration by the General Assembly of this agenda item, a number of pre-session documents are prepared, including the annual Report of the Secretary-General on International cooperation against the world drug problem and the Report of the Secretary-General on the Implementation of the mandates of the United Nations crime prevention and criminal justice programme, with particular reference to the technical cooperation activities of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Syria mentions," Adult protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) often occurs in combination with neurological disorders affecting hand use and walking ability. The independent effects of PEM on motor function are not well characterized and may be obscured by these comorbidities. Almost 5 million people had no choice but fled Syria because of the war, half of whom are children. They lost their home, now live a turbulent life, risking everything to undertake dangerous journeys to other countries. Those children who survive the perilous journey arrive physically and mentally exhausted.
As refugees, children witness terrible violence and experience emotional stress, while their usual social support and education are disrupted. UNHCR estimates that about 900,000 Syrian refugee children and teenagers are out of school. Children get separated from their parents as a result of death, injury or displacement. They also face the dangers of recruitment into armed groups, sexual abuse and trafficking. Girls are often the most vulnerable to gender-based violence, child marriage and school dropout."
Germany justified its drug policy as being more lenient than that of many other EU countries but still stricter than that of the Netherlands.
In 1994, the Federal Constitutional Court ruled that drug addiction and the possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use were not crimes. In 2000, the law on narcotics was changed to allow supervised injection rooms. In 2002, a pilot project was started in seven German cities to evaluate the effects of heroin-assisted treatment on addicts, compared to methadone-assisted treatment. In 2009, the positive results of the study led to heroin-assisted treatment being included in the mandatory health insurance.
The delegates still try to work their way among debate and deliberation and will hopefully come to a solid conclusion about the matter at hand.
The Saudi Arabian Coalition:
Killing hopes and the people who possessed them
Orissa Patnaik reports from the United Nations’ Security Council.
Yemen is in shambles, with their very own civilians in “clear and present danger”, according to the United Nations. They are repeatedly being violated, stripped of their right to the most basic necessities – food, water, aid, and most importantly, life. In this scenario, Saudi Arabia’s efforts have done more harm than help.
The Coalition has continually opted for measures which go against obvious public interest. Their efforts have proceeded in complete acrimony. The deceptive picture that Saudi’s coalition has continued to portray is that they are working in the best interests of Yemen, while facts speak for themselves and seem to say otherwise. The Yemeni government has even spoken against the presence of certain members of the coalition. The number of civilian casualties is skyrocketing and no justification has been offered as to why, one in three air raids by Saudi hit civilian sites. Apart from this, even the UN has stated that Saudi Arabia is targeting civilians in Yemen and not fulfilling their superficial agenda. The forces, supposedly working in accordance and in favour of what Yemen stands for, are starving the country – not just metaphorically, but also literally. Adding to the 85,000 children who died as a result, there are currently fourteen million individuals at the risk of starvation. The statistics only go on to show that the Saudi coalition has been almost completely inefficient regarding ensuring the betterment of the situation in Yemen.
It is painful to sit by and watch as the situation intensifies. It would be a shame to see the country be obliterated as a result of the parties’ ignorance towards what matters – the people; because, as evident as it is, ruling the country will be an exercise in futility if this continues, as there will be no people left to rule.
The Apathy towards the Unrecognized
Annanya Istwal reports from the committee of Lok Sabha.
The conditions of small and marginal farmers and their families is especially poor in the country, and this has been the case ever since regressive agriculture policies were introduced by the British to serve their colonial agendas. Improvements and development do knock their doors, but the general state remains for more than half of the population. Agriculture as a profession covers up to 50% of India’s working population, with a contribution of 17-18% to India’s overall GDP, as released by the economic survey 2017-18.
Agriculture as the backbone of India has received a lot of attention from various parties, either to introduce schemes or make promises for the sake of propaganda. The target population of farmers rely on this hope of a more reliable and sufficient system for agriculture. However, due to collapsed schemes or unfulfilled promises, farmers become victims to utter destitution and are forced to find solutions like suicide. The committee did focus on this serious issue of farmer suicides and prevention methods for the same but disregarded the families of those farmers who have passed away.
Multiple families are waiting for a solution for a change in their living situations. Mothers and widows who work day and night just to feed their children, survive without any assurance of security or support from the government who promised to do the same. The current focus is on that passed away and not the ones left behind. We have seen enough discussion on the suicide rate of farmers increasing and decreasing with the change in the ruling party, but no one has discussed their families.
Who is to support those who have no financial support from the government? Till when should we wait for somebody to recognize their plight? Will there ever be a day when a mother can be stress- free about having enough to feed her children even a day’s meal?
The families of these farmers still wait for a resolution; an act that could be the solution to their miseries. While many simply wait for a cause, a few protest in hopes of recognition from the government. It is through the hungry days, tirelessly working nights and a string of faith that these families find comfort within each other and hope that eventually, there will be recognition of their distress.
A Trapped Bird
Yashika Prabhakar opines on the power that lies within Education and Freedom.
She is trapped in a web of responsibilities; not from today but since the time she was a little kid. She used to see her brother going to school every day. Seeing her brother, she thinks about her life which is limited to household chores.
Her brother got a quality education from a private school whereas, her education was because the government issued a free education program for girls. Her studies start only when she gets some free time from her mandatory household chores created by her so called concerned family. Ironically, studies are a top priority for her brother by the same family. When she sees the difference between her life and her brother’s life she wonders about her future in this hypocritical society which promotes a lot a mentality of Women Empowerment and specifically Girl Child Education. She wonders if one day her family of “educated” people would stop sending her to school because of foolish and arbitrary customs and norms created by the orthodox society for the modern day girl, then what is she supposed to do to study and make her life productive. She struggles every day to go to school, she struggles to study and then she struggles to make a balance between household chores and school work. Yet, she is a fighter with a spark within.
Today, her brother is a successful IS Officer and she is a housewife trapped under the many roles she has to play as a woman. She eventually lost the battle of education but only when her hope was shattered. Everyday a new girl loses this battle of education. They are trapped in this web of old age customs, traditions and discriminatory norms created by the society on the basis of gender. A girl should be like a free bird in the limitless sky. A girl should be given equal education and job opportunities. Give her the required education and job opportunities and see her rise.
Where do we stand?
Kalash Singhal reports from the All India Political Party Meet, beat
In the wake of SDG 8, it becomes pivotal to steer our minds towards the current economic situation of India. The All India Political Parties Meet attempts to ventilate over the successes and failures of the Indian Economy.
Gulam Navi Azad initiated the deliberation by stressing on the need to understand the difference between the working systems of India and China. “[...] Indian government is imitating China’s strategy [...]” said the member and thus, it is futile to introduce NITI Aayog by doing away the Planning Commission because the contexts of the two countries vary. Menka Gandhi rebutted this notion by highlighting the importance of NITI Aayog as an organisation set up to detach the deficiencies of the latter.
Kanhaiya Kumar then veered the attention of the committee towards the constantly shrinking GDP rate during the Fiscal year, 2019. He emphasized on the lower per capita income and widening inequalities in the Indian subcontinent. On these grounds, Amit Shah rigorously persuaded the members to take note that the GDP does not solely conclude a nation’s success story.
Few members were convinced that the already undertaken policies of the government abominably failed to yield the desired results. Referring to the Make In India scheme,Shashi Tharoor mentions,”There has been no evidence on manufacturing sector gathering any momentum”. In this regard, Gulam Navi Azad also talked about the unachievable expectations attached to the results of demonetization.
With the foundation for deliberation been laid successfully, the representatives further seek to delve into the depths of Indian economy’s reality and the plausible solutions for the mismatch.
Ishan Sethi voices the plight of children in refugee camps, reporting for UNICEF.
I miss her so much. The ocean waves, the sunset, and her voice were the perfect cure to a cruel day. I know she can’t come back to me; time machines only exist in books and movies. But I need her in my life.
Who will help me learn about the adventures of Krishna? Who will I talk to about the colors of kurtas I need? Who will buy me Indian sweets? She was always there, sitting right next to me, and now she’s gone.
What’s the point of my life without her? At the end of the day, she is the only one who can understand my needs, my wants, and my thoughts! My head hurts thinking about the bizarre thoughts! I wish she was a ghost, so she could haunt me right now. Can I contact ghosts using a guru’s spell? Maybe I should just try looking for her care and unconditional love in someone else. But, who will I find here? It can’t be the ruthless guards at the camp who ‘punish’ me! They’re all like my father.
I am paralyzed; there are bruises all over my arms, legs, and chest. It’s like the guards have highlighted and overwritten the marks my father left on me. Mother would have known the perfect medication! She is my everything, and now she’s been relocated to, hopefully somewhere on earth? I know I can’t trust these people holding up guns who brand themselves as peacekeepers. Her humongous heart was a home for me. I am homeless now; I don’t have a place to return to after this ordeal is over! I miss her, her hair flowing with the wind and her eyes twinkling because of the sun. All other friends and family I had are gone – disappeared like wind after the War – some dead, some uprooted.
Mother, please listen to my call for help. My body aches, and I need your hand to hold. Take me away from this strange country; this no-man’s land of tent and tarpaulin. I don’t belong here, especially without you. I am devastated without you.
Progression or Regression?
Deepanshi Matai narrates the proceedings of the meeting of the UNHRC.
Following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey, and the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar, the United Nations Human Rights Council met to discuss the situation of human rights, placing special emphasis on the regions of the Middle East and South Asia.
The constant violation of human rights in the Middle East and South Asia is a matter of growing concern. The existence of sex slaves in Middle Eastern countries was emphasised upon by Mexico and Congo, the latter touching upon the growing number of sex slaves in Saudi Arabia and Iran. The delegate of South Africa highlighted the lack of protection against spousal rape or domestic violence in Middle Eastern countries.
While the delegate of Pakistan stressed on the fact that India had violated the right to speech when the central government sent politicians who spoke against them to jail, Qatar supported India, and declared that, “[…] a politician who passes anti-national comments against their own motherland are criminals and deserve what they get.”
The Bahamas and USA both commented upon women not being allowed to travel without a male accompanying them. The delegate of China then called out USA regarding their statements in support of the Saudi Arabian government by saying, “The US continues to support a very conservative and intensely misogynist version of Islam through its staunch support of the Saudi Arabian government […] This is a clear example of American hypocrisy.”
The rise in small feminist movements in the Middle East and social media activists in South Asia has urged the Human Rights Council to discuss the violations committed by the governments of these countries and take suitable action.