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Win the spirit of forgiveness

Fakir Syed Aijazuddin

Anyone who makes a New Year’s resolution and believes that such promises will be kept is on the way to becoming a politician. A resolution (like Winston Churchill’s definition of a second marriage) is a victory of hope for experience.

Only the brave will remember the next year when he died under the predicament thrown by Covid and was not sad. The death of one, though not related to Covid, has caused humanity to decline. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu died on December 26, the day after the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Archbishop Tutu’s memory is full of honors such as the Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded in 1984. He had previously been nominated three times. The Nobel Prize Selection Committee has decided to make Tutu a safe second bet, not as a first choice, in order to undermine its credibility. Nelson Mandela (who was in a prison on Robben Island at the time) felt too controversial. Mandela was awarded the same award nine years later in 1993.

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Destiny tied their name to a common cause. Desmond Tutu used every platform to counter the oppressive apartheid regime. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years as the most prominent black victim. They met 35 years after February 1990, when the white Prime Minister Declark released Mandela from prisoners. Mandela became South Africa’s first black president, Tutu’s Archbishop of the People.

Mandela recognized the power of Tutu’s mediation when he appointed Desmond Tutu to the Truth Commission (TRC) as President in 1994. “TRC has taken three approaches, one is a confession and the person responsible for human rights abuses fully discloses their activities. The second is forgiveness in the form of legal amnesty from prosecution. And the third is the return that the perpetrators compensate. To their victims. “

The TRC heard confessions from various victims and perpetrators during the two years from 1996 to 1998. In many cases, Tutu was impressed by the explanation of the atrocities and collapsed white vs. black and even black vs. black.

I was able to meet Archbishop Tutu at the Cape Town office in June 2008. By then he had retired and spoke fearlessly about issues such as the environment, Tibetan atrocities, Guantanamo Bay Depot, Arab-Israel, and voices of unjust opposition. Disputes, and LGBT rights. He accused President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of the Iraq War for criminal charges.

I called the archbishop with a team of bureaucrats. I participated in a study tour. Of course, they wanted an audience for Nelson Mandela, but like the Nobel Committee, they had to settle in Desmond Tutu as a prize of comfort.

Tutu worked from an ordinary apartment in the suburbs – modest and functional. He entered the room in casual clothes. A vast smile disarmamented the audience around the world illuminated the room. We sat in a chair under a large appliqué quilt and showed a number of hands tied together.

What do you say to the Archbishop, Nobel laureates, and such model humanists?

I started by praising TRC and its stewardship. I mentioned that the emphasis is on forgiveness rather than punishment. This sets it apart from the revenge-filled Nuremberg Trials of 1945-46 after World War II.

It seemed appropriate to talk about his innate Christianity, the moral strength that allowed him to forgive his enemies when he tried to do it from within the TRC. I surprised him by saying that the TRC showed super-Christian charity. Because even the founders of their faith forgave his oppressor only once on the cross.

Desmond Tutu died the day after the Lord’s birthday. Can you collect messages from their lives? I think you can. That spirit of forgiveness can be transmitted from South Africa to Pakistan, like the benign form of the Covid variant.

In 2022, politicians decide to replace each other’s hatred with brotherly relatives. Because they are all standing on this side of the tomb.

Let public representatives decide to tackle social issues such as health, education, urbanization and human rights, not attitudes. Everything that affects unborn offspring.

Let the judiciary decide to distribute justice as a right of Plebeians, not as a favor of the aristocrats.

Let all militant groups decide to put on their individual weapons of destruction.

Let the military installation emerge from behind the pip in the glare of accountability.

Let 2022, the 75th anniversary of independence, be the year of admitting that 220 million of us are dependent on each other. Hatred has rusted our hearts. Only forgiveness can regain their brilliance.

I will repeat these resolutions in 2023. Desmond Tutu warned me: “There is nothing more difficult than awakening someone who is just pretending to be asleep.”

Fakir S Aijazuddin is a prominent Pakistani thinker and columnist.

https://www.siasat.com/desmond-tutu-let-spirit-of-forgiveness-prevail-2250472/ Win the spirit of forgiveness

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