Silence can be interpreted in two ways, either as acceptance or indifference and both these forms of silence are dangerous and hinders our growth. SICHREM ran the TCS marathon fighting against this laid back attitude towards the injustice that plague many. Keeping in mind that ‘silence never won rights’ it ran for a cause that demanded its attention.
We had runners of different professions come together this Sunday at Kanteerva Stadium Bangalore. Runners like Don Bosco and his son Brendin participated in this race and have testified about how encouraged and enlightened they felt fighting this battle to educate people about human rights. Awareness of the injustice needs to reach people and that could only be achieved through SICHREM. Thus to them taking part is a must because they refuse to accept the reality as it is.
We also had Mercy and Arana who ran for SICHREM and had similar opinions that human rights is a vast area and often gets ignored thus this silence has become nerve wrecking and tiresome and hence it’s a must to shout out. Be it the Nirbhayas in our nation who get raped and abused , be it the dalits who have been victims to discrimination and prejudice, be it the northeast who often are side-lined by the mainstream media, we need to find ways to educate people about the rights they deserve and the rights that are often refused.
Hence it’s of utmost importance for us to make noise, after all we are a nation that fought for our freedom through words of objection.
“First they came for the socialist and I did not speak out
Because I was not a socialist
Then they came for the trade Unionist and I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade Unionist
Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left to speak for me
– Martin Niemoller