Covid-19 second wave left some memoirs that would be haunting the nation as the history would be read in future but some stories will also be told of the kids who did whatever they could for……..! HUMANITY!
-‘ I have always lived life my style and I have realized it’s a heartache, heartache, my heart was gold, Oh, events hurt me, It was stone cold, lonely, lonely but my mom told me, your wasted years, you’re a winner without souvenirs but for me, you’re a hero, you’re a man, you’re a winner, take my hand. But refrain she cautioned: Because you are young, you will always be so strong, hold on tight to your dreams, hold on. You are right, don’t give up. Because you are young’ At that time I was young but not now!’ This is a story of Musiab, perhaps a kid like me then not now!
-‘This the people who were helped out should remember because they live since someone else took the risks to ensure that they got what they wanted in those hours of crisis when tomorrow for many did not arrive! It could not have and such was the situation). Remember the name yet again Musaib Rafiq!
-‘In 2020 starting march everyone was glued to the radio and in Jammu and Kashmir the Union Territory everyone sat around news bulletins as to what would happen next day as the sudden clamp down was enforced and put in place. It was good or bad at that time but no one had the mind to understand what was happening. The poor did not know what to do, the middle class went to the banks to take out their savings, the sellers of consumable items to help the softer part of human beings ruled the scenario, medicine wise everyone was numb and remaining at home was the dictum! Had to be the same! The invisible contagion was all owver and the Darwinian theory was back in focus, I mean survival of the fittest’!
-‘No one at that time thought he/she was sinless as most considered it as the wrath of Gods! Suddenly the Spanish lady came into focus (Spanish Flu) and also the Lady in Black (Black Death)! This was heading towards a catastrophe and the world leaders were heading nowhere. Every problem worldwide was forgotten and the world had come to a standstill and the question on everyone’s mind was what next! Nothing seemed like an awakening answer for the next three and a half months. Kashmir looked paralyzed. But one kid from nowhere rose up’!
‘In the times when crisis strikes two things wobble the head, one is money and the other is if you get sick in a pandemic and at that time in Kashmir many were. Ignorance was intolerable and waging wars was the only solution to civilize humans. Bandipora, Tral, Srinagar, Tral, Baramulla , Pulwama were all under a reel as it flowed when the things were under the lock. But at that time perhaps the people of the twenty first century remembered what broadcasting of news was and how important it was in crisis, it is generally recognized that the first radio transmission was made from a temporary station set up by Guglielmo Marconi in 1895 on the Isle of Wight. This followed on from pioneering work in the field by a number of people including Alessandro Volta, André-Marie Ampère, Georg Ohm and James Clerk Maxwell. Radio stations revived themselves!’ Radio found its worth!
‘Print went defunct! Man forgot that one man one day had founded newspapers too. Johann Carolus is dead and buried and reduced to a fossil but in 1609, Johann Carolus published the first regular newspaper in Strasbourg, comprising brief news bulletins. By the 1620s, numerous major cities had newspapers of 4 to 8 pages appearing at irregular intervals; all were strictly censored. The first daily newspaper appeared in 1660 in Leipzig. In this hour of crisis they had stopped publishing them barring a few! Bad idea because no one was prepared to realize the reality!
But still we have to thank many people. Both Alexander Bell and Thomas Edison speculated about the possibility of telephone-like devices that could transmit images as well as sounds. But it was a German researcher who took the next important step toward developing the technology that made television possible. In 1884, Paul Nipkow came up with a system of sending images through wires. Finally Philo Taylor Farnsworth II an American inventor who developed the first all-electronic television system. No one will speak about them but they were the men who told us to explore new forays. Till now we know nothing about Coronavirus! So it was back to survival of the fittest!
-‘ But all of the above believed in one simple principle, If there is a devil, then there is no doubt that God really exists too. Otherwise, he won’t be here, in the first place vaccinations came in later and many survived without them too. Remember those one hundred and more years of age ladies from Udhampur and Baramulla who set examples saying, ‘if we survived then you too can’ But they definitely knew about the Spanish Flu!’ They would have been kids then, perhaps more cute then those of today or perhaps the same because every kid is the same!
-‘One kid in Kashmir knew more, perhaps! The name Musaib Rafiq!
‘As for the methods of survival, feel free to use your divine weapons to defeat the enemy.’ The humans know that but use it when in an acute tight corner and that has to be a prayer! Many were using it at that time, only the fools weren’t !
Musaib, being a young social activist wanted more young people to come out and work for the society, he wanted to give a platform to youngsters who had a desire to showcase their talents, as Kashmir is low on opportunities and platforms for the young, he hosted his own events to let people showcase their talents, in just two years Musaib hosted more than 25 events, on which many notable personalities came to see his work.
Many youngsters found an opportunity on Musaib’s platform that they couldn’t get before. Being humble and kind has been one of the key factors of his success. Musaib is also the chairman and founder of multiple organisations that aim to bring a change and work for the society
There is nothing new under the sun when it comes to saving humanity. At that time nothing new was happening. This was not a sudden onslaught launched by an invisible enemy also called the virus and trust me it was not the last either. History always repeats itself. But some people do stand out. In J&K several did and one of them was Musaib Rafiq, I do not know him but I did come to know when I read about him! This is a story of a simple human being who thought about others and at the time when the Pandemic was going full throttle and probably also the drug supply to the youth who could survive without food but not without drugs. This young man thus stands a bit apart from others! Why am I writing this story? Many would ask but this kid is special and I have reasons of saying so:
A young man who set out to become an example for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir. Born in Srinagar, Musaib always kept a keen eye over the situation surrounding his hometown, as a young child. When others were playing marbles he was watching the big burly men moving about speaking things which as a kid he never understood!
As he grew up he looked at the problems of the society from a different perspective, he didn’t look at them as mere problems but he wanted to solve them, tackle them, and change the society for good.
From the script he reminded me of my friend Daisy. She was from Baramulla. She was in Mallinsons Girls School and this idiot who is writing this part of the story used to study Tyndale Biscoe and we travelled in a blue colored minibus. She used to travel from the Airport Srinagar side and I used to board the bus with a bag on my back from Rawalpora. Daisy always carried a a couple of big sized apples and kept the seat vacant where I used to sit. One day I asked, as kids do, ‘why you carry two apples’? She never replied? I as a kid thought a wrong question was asked! I never asked the question again! But suddenly one day I was not in the red and gray Tyndale Biscoe uniform with white shirt and green and red striped tie. As usual the seat was empty. I never wanted to sit but she told me rather in a forceful vocabulary, ‘are you sitting’? I had to and till we reached Barzulla when she said, ‘you every time asked me why I carry two apples and today you would be needing them as you always did?’ I kept mum and then realized I was not carrying the lunch box! I knew I was not supposed to carry it because that was the final day in that minibus, my Dad had got posted out! That was the last day on that blue colored vehicle from Sant Nagar but the story did not get cancelled out there. Someone had to return and the story of two apples carried on and it survives till date as our daughters were going to grow and relive the tales of eternal friendship! Two of them are in the same firm and every day apples have to be taken! Both the eternal sisters, my daughter Dhanya and Daisy’s Mehtaab ensure apples are a part of the menu! If legacies are taught the children carry them because they are young!
Always being good in studies, extracurricular, and teacher’s favorite. Musaib wanted to do more, he set out a campaign against the evil of the society. He campaigned against the use of drugs and demanded justice where he saw wrongdoing. From campaigning against drugs to collaborating with many notable individuals to raising awareness towards wearing helmets, Musaib has done as much as he could for the society being a 17 year old.
During the crises of Covid, Musaib and his team went out in the disaster and helped the needy, they distributed food supplies, PPE kits to those who couldn’t afford it. Musaib was heavily acclaimed for the work he had done while being part of the Drug free Kashmir campaign and was honored by the Lieutenant Governor himself for the outstanding work he did in the fight against Covid-19.
I will tell every young kid, could be a girl or a boy because both are the same to the parents, ‘if you are born then make your life special. Do not waste it. Many have and in all probability many will but no matter how great the defeat is, if I am not the one winning, the war has not ended yet should be the spirit! Remember that forever! And thus comes the defining moment and that is not losing a war, but hope persists do not lose it! Your friend writing this story never lost it. Remember the story, the two apples where kids continue with a tradition where a little boy and a girl began a story of eternity as far as friendship goes in modern times.
I will sum up this story in the following words, if a commander who wins a great victory does not celebrate his victory, he is a great commander because it is silence, not victory celebrations, that suits a place where there are deaths! In Kashmir there have been many and now most are because of diseases and two are prevalent still. ‘C’ for Corona and ‘D’ drugs. He is fighting on both fronts and his problem is apples are not free nowadays as oxygen in Kashmir once upon a time! Warriors are born in battle – and war is living outside the field. This kid Muasib is doing that in a very big way! A new game for humanity as was the past in Kashmir! Because he is young and so strong! Muasib Rafiq is perhaps trying to do that!