Wednesday, 02 November 2011 07:51

Footsteps

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Rest their Souls By Awaaz Dream-maker moves on Lalitchandra Jeshanker Pandit, popularly known simply as Lalit Pandit, passed away on 14 January, 2005. Among the many many messages of condolence were those from the President, H E Mwai Kibaki, and the Vice President, Moody Awori. Lalit Pandit founded the East African Building Society when he was only 23 years old and will be remembered for enabling thousands of people to achieve the dream of owning decent homes. He was a great philanthropist, his concern for the welfare of the less fortunate saw him initiate and develop charities in fields of…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 07:50

Quotes

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By Awaaz “All of us want recognition and respect as human beings. We are not fighting for integration, nor are we fighting for separation. We are fighting for the right to live as free humans. We are actually fighting for rights that are even greater than civil rights and that is human rights “- Malcolm X “Freedom is essential to development. But freedom does not mean, and must not be allowed to mean, the freedom of the rich and the ‘clever’ to exploit the poor and ignorant” - MWALIMU JULIUS NYERERE “That disrespect will wound is not a sufficient argument…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 07:49

A country betrayed by its own liberators

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By M.G. Vassanji Review By - Rasna Warah As a child of post-independence Kenya (to be more accurate, I am “midnight’s child”, born in the year before Kenya’s independence), my cynicism is perhaps a reflection of my generation. We were the ones who saw Kenya degenerate from a healthy, vibrant economy in the 1960s and 70s to a banana republic in the 1980s and 1990s. We have known friends and acquaintances tortured and imprisoned for fictional offences labelled “sedition”. We have seen the national treasury looted right before our eyes. We have seen one of the country’s most respected institutions…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 07:49

First Word

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The ‘beautyful’ ones are changing this land . . . By: Zahid Rajan Ayei Kwei Armah, the African sage, visited this land and sparked off a debate . . . are the beautyful ones really not yet born? Well look at it this way . . . every story has two directions to it . . . the start and the end. At the start of a ‘beautyful’ story ‘Long ago in a land called Kenya’ the rabbit agreed to let the elephant put its trunk in the hut to shield it from the cold and soon got kicked out…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 07:48

HOME TO ROOST - PART II

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By Susan Gachoka's ‘Sasa Kerubo’ Kerubo? Apart from her parents only those from her tender years referred to her as that. Old school chums used her English name and she was Kerry – short for Kerubo – to everyone else. It was Martin, the widow’s son. Were it not for the front teeth missing from his toothy grin she would not have recognized him. She’d last seen him at his farewell party before he departed for India. She recalled him trying to get kisses from all the girls present. He was drunk and reeking of illicit brew from every pore…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 07:48

HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE’S CULTURAL RIGHT

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By John Sibi-Okumu Anastasia the dog, affectionately known as “Tazzie,” for short, is without doubt, an adored and cherished member of our family in her own right. She is a collie-cross, predominantly white in colour with flecks of black, most notably on her regal, sphinx-like nose. To me personally, amongst Tazzie’s most endearing qualities is her ability to leap over a waist-high gate, show-jumping fashion, to greet me when I arrive home. No one else is ever so swift in welcome. She is a solicitous companion during my solitary, late-night lucubrations at the writing table, seemingly enjoying my taste in…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 07:47

NOT KENYAN ENOUGH - THE KENSIAN

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By Marziya When you first hear the word, you can’t help but stop in your clichéd tracks and turn around to stare at the speaker. It’s not the word itself that bothers you - goodness knows you’ve heard it enough times already - it’s the attitude behind it; it’s the sneer on the face of a man you had once looked up to; it’s the way he says it, sounding so odd coming from someone you once considered a mentor. Until now. ‘Excuse me?’ Your voice is soft, polite, just the way mama always told you it should be. Although…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 07:46

WE’RE KENYA DAMU

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By Sunny Bindra Awaaz has done a great deal to set the record straight about South Asians in Kenya. For too long, we were the ‘in-betweens’, the ‘unmentionables’ who were expected to know their ‘place’ (the duka). Eloquently, methodically, Awaaz has been filling in the missing gaps in Kenya’s modern history. Its achievement cannot be overrated, and it is an honour to be asked to write in its pages. We, Kenyans of South Asian origin, have a great deal to be proud of. We almost single-handedly built up the commerce of this country, from dusty dukas in desolate places, to…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 07:45

Pio Gama Pinto - Independant Kenya's First Marytr

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By: Awaaz Team At the age of eight he was sent to India for his education at St. Joseph's European High School, Bangalore, and later passed his matric through St. Joseph's High School, Arpora. He studied science for two years at the Karnatak College, Dharwar, before joining the Royal Indian Air Force in 1944 as an apprentice ground engineer. When only 17 years of age he started agitating against the British raj in India and for political freedom for Goans. When he took up a job in the Posts and Telegraph office in Bombay, after demobilization, he enthusiastically took part…
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