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Noushad – A symbol of Courage and Humanity

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It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and sacrifice that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.

M. Noushad was one such embodiment of hope!

Noushad, an auto rickshaw driver, died at Karuvissery in Kozhikode while attempting to rescue two workers trapped in a manhole. Today he is remembered as a symbol of courage, determination selflessness and social commitment. Though there is an element of sadness about the loss, I am happy that he has become an inspiration and a role model for the younger generation… Noushad didn’t think twice to risk his life to save two Andhra Pradesh native workers; two strangers trapped and were gasping for breath.

It was to appreciate and acknowledge this brave man, who upheld humanity ahead of everything else, I decided to offer Rs.5 lakh to his family members, who lost their breadwinner. I had learnt that Noushad had been a regular face to save victims in tragedies in earlier occasions too. I have also promised financial assistance to the families of the two Andhra natives who lost their lives in the manhole. Close on the heels came Govt’s announcement of financial assistance.
But the developments thereafter really saddened me. What should have been accepted and appreciated by all and sundry as a supreme noble act was belittled by certain petty politicians to gain political mileage, by giving it a communal colouring. It was alleged that financial aid was given to Noushad’s family because he was a Muslim.

I’m sure Noushad did not think about the religion, caste, colour or nativity of the two strange people when he risked his life to help them. They were not Hindus, but just two ‘human beings’ in need of help. Neither did I think about such trivialities when I announced the award. Some politicians stoop so low for political gains by giving communal colouring to anything and everything; dividing people to strengthen their vote bank. Sadly it works out sometimes!

However, I have firm faith in humanity. As Gandhiji said, ‘you must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.’ I believe that by and large people are not intolerant or divisive. Differences, intolerance and communal tensions happen only when people with vested interests inject the venom of religion, caste, creed, etc. into them. But the people of Kerala are sensible, and therefore, none can destroy the state’s secular fabric easily.

Meanwhile, the unfortunate tragedy also exposes the unscientific risks casual workers have to undertake at their work places. Someone has to take the responsibility for the mishap. When casual workers are engaged in government works, the responsibility to ensure their security is with the contract engineer. Hence, I have also promised legal assistance to the families who lost their dear ones in the incident.

Nothing can eclipse the grandeur of Naushad’s noble deed. He has convinced us that the stream of humanity has not dried up completely. And as long as humanity lasts, his name shall be remembered!

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5 Comments on "Noushad – A symbol of Courage and Humanity"


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Ravindran Nair
3 years 4 months ago

Politicians really are a curse nowadays, because they divide our nation and destroy our secular credentials for their benefit. Go ahead sir. I wish there are more people like you and Noushad.

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Reetha
3 years 4 months ago

Great sir. Proud of you

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Nick Joe
3 years 4 months ago

Noushad will be remembered as an epitome of charity. So will you be remembered for all your humanitarian activities. Thank you sir

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Mohamed Ismail
3 years 4 months ago

എന്തിലും, ഏതിലും ജാതിയും, മതവും, വര്‍ണവും വര്‍ഗ്ഗവും തിരയുന്നവര്‍ക്ക്‌ ഒഴികെ മഹാഭൂരിപക്ഷം വരുന്ന സാധാരണ ജനങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് നൌഷാദ് എന്ന ചെറുപ്പക്കാരന്‍ നോവുന്ന ഒരു മാതൃക തന്നെയാണ്. ഇതേ പോലെ ഒരു പാട് നൌഷാദ് മാരും, അശോകന്മാരും, തോമസ്സുമാരും ചെന്നൈയില്‍ സേവനത്തിന്‍റെ ഉദാത്ത മാതൃകകള്‍ സൃഷിച്ചു കൊണ്ട് ഒരു പാട് പേരെ ജാതിക്കും മതത്തിനും സമ്പത്തിനും അതീതമായി രക്ഷപ്പെടുത്തി എന്നതും ചേര്‍ത്ത് വായിക്കണം. അമ്പലങ്ങളും, പള്ളികളും ജാതി മത വ്യത്യാസങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് അതീതമായി മനുഷ്യര്‍ക്ക്‌ അഭയ കേന്ദ്രങ്ങളായി. ഇതര മതസ്ഥര്‍ക്ക് അന്നം വിളമ്പി എല്ലാ മതസ്ഥരും മാതൃകകളായി. മത ജാതി വര്‍ണ്ണ വര്‍ഗ്ഗ ദേശ ഭാഷാ വ്യത്യാസമില്ലാതെ ഇന്ത്യക്കാരെല്ലാം അവസരത്തിനൊത്തുയര്‍ന്നു സഹായ ഹസ്തം നീട്ടി. ഇത് തന്നെയാണ് ഇന്ത്യയുടെ കരുത്ത്. മഹാ ഭൂരിപക്ഷം വരുന്ന സമുദായത്തിന്‍റെ മഹനീയമായ മതേതര മനസ്സിനോടൊപ്പം ആണ് ഞാന്‍, നൌഷാദ് ആ അര്‍ത്ഥത്തില്‍ ഇന്ത്യന്‍ മതേതരത്വത്തിന്‍റെ പ്രതീകവും.

 
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