Rosa Parks

On 1st December 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama an African-American civil rights activist named Rosa Louise McCauley Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger and was arrested for civil disobedience. Though she did not know it at the time, her act of defiance became a catalyst to the 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott and a prominent symbol for the modern Civil Rights Movement. The U.S. Congress called Rosa Parks “the first lady of civil rights”, and “the mother of the freedom movement”. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old African-American woman who worked as a seamstress, boarded this Montgomery City bus to go home from work. On this bus on that day, Rosa Parks initiated a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality. She sat near the middle of the bus, just behind the 10 seats reserved for whites. Soon all of the seats in the bus were filled. When a white man entered the bus, the driver, James Blake (following the standard practice of segregation) insisted that all four blacks sitting just behind the white section give up their seats so that the man could sit there. Mrs. Parks, who was an active member of the local NAACP [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People], quietly refused to give up her seat. Her action was spontaneous and not pre-meditated, although her previous civil rights involvement and strong sense of justice were […]

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Sila ki Jawani!

In late 2010, one song – “Shila ki jawani” of a Hindi movie “Tees Maar Khan”, became a hot favorite with the Indian population. This song was on lips of almost everybody. This song/dance got some awards in India, also. Now, in 2011, there is another Sila, who is buzzing nowadays. She is Sila Sahin. She is an actress in Germany. The reason for her being in the news is that she is the first Turkish Muslim woman, who posed nude for Playboy (NSFW), Germany. This has naturally caused a lot of reactions from her family & her society. But, she is staying bold and has said that this is her declaration of independence. She said to Playboy in an interview that she was feeling like Che Guevara. Well, this is another way to declare freedom …. “Sila ki jawani”! “Sila azaad hui, Playboy tere liye…”

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