Monday, November 09, 2009

change. for freedom and peace

" We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. "
In a speech at the Brandenburg Gate commemorating the 750th anniversary of Berlin on June 12, 1987, Ronald Reagan challenged Mikhail Gorbachev, then the General Secretary of the Communist Party of theSoviet Union, to tear down the wall as a symbol of increasing freedom in the Eastern Bloc.

The same day, the bustling city of Vasco-da-gama was surviving a rainstorm; and at the Vasco hospital, a baby girl silently became a part of this troubled world.
Years passed oblivious to the knowledge of sharing my day with a event of such high import.
Yet, there existed a very strong connection of interest with the German struggle, which began before, and went beyond the high school history text books.
Years later, this would be termed uncanny, with discovery of the obscure similarity.

Today, on November the 9th, it has been 2 long decades since the wall of pain crumbled.
the first step towards the emancipation of germany turns 20;
and I, a few measly days over 22.
To most of you reading this, the nexus between the cold war and my existance will seem forced, deliberate, entirely megalomaniacal and altogether narcissistic. So, let me stress that I am not professing my birth to be a supernatural miracle or a momentous event of the highest order.
This is merely a naive attempt to connect the gossamer strands of serendipity, in hope that it will provide a foundation for something more sustainable.

Irrespective of what followed in the future, the day marked the beginning of the End of the Cold war, which had cost more lives than it saved, the end of a Dark era, the end of pain, alienation, loss, hostility, hurt.
a Change for the better
a Change for moving ahead, moving on
a Change for freedom and peace.
and today ,

I do the same.

2 smoke wisps:

soin said...

in the indian style today is 9/11.but sometimes i prefer the cold war since the open war is all so bloody at the same

Meghana Naidu said...

its all about change, but good-bad-disastrous who knows!

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