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Runway to Rwanda: Reflections of a Fighting Pacifist

ANJHULA MYA SINGH BAIS  (click here to know more about this blogger)

I had been asked to write, blog and contribute for various publications before. The Huffington Post's open policy of absorbing the best of the world in an all-you-can-eat intellectual buffet (fully attributed, of course) and being at ease with "competitors" coalesced with my belief that knowledge is a great leveler and should be made available to everyone from as many places as possible. It inspired me to open the MacBook and kick the writer's block to the curb. That, and October 24, 2010 was a catalyst to make the switch from clinical psychology and harness the affinity for International Psychology.

On that day, which happened to be the last day of our wedding, my husband and I were held hostage in Deogarh, Rajasthan, in India. For 16 hours we were held on the grounds of extortion. As we negotiated with the threat of a gun to my head the myriad cultural, socio-economic and religious differences between the captors and us, something was imperceptibly ignited inside of me. I realized in that moment that my mission is to positively channel the anger, hopelessness and sadness I felt as a strong and educated voice for justice and human rights. Remaining silent about global issues both on the micro and macro levels was as good as committing or condoning the act itself.
Anjhula Mya Singh Bais
 
24-AUGUST-2012
 
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