Challenging the Status Quo together . .

Narissa Allibhai Whimsical Whirlings 25 Comments

Over the last 15 hours, I watched a play and a TEDx talk that have gotten me fearful, joyous, and deeply thoughtful. I think of myself as an idealist, a social activist, a leftist, one who dreams of a just an equal society but is still trying to figure out how to make that dream a reality. Alone with my …

Does Democracy Require a Patriotic Education?

Narissa Allibhai Politics & Society 1 Comment

Democracy. What most states these days strive for. It is supposed to mean political equality of citizens and majority rule. How can this work in an individualistic culture where each is concerned with self-advancement, with a lack of regard for the greater good? And how can one even participate in an informed manner if basic education does not include understanding …

#HandsOffOurElephants

Narissa Allibhai Environment Leave a Comment

1 elephant killed every 15 minutes. 10 years to extinction, at this rate. Last Saturday, 4th October 2014, was a powerful day when people across the world marched for our beloved elephants and rhinos. I joined the march here in Nairobi. What an empowering day! Here’s the trailer for White Gold, a documentary about the ivory trade. It’s a must-watch. You will …

Lake Turkana under threat

Narissa Allibhai Environment Leave a Comment

The world’s largest desert lake lies in north-western Kenya. This World Heritage site is a breeding ground for Nile crocodiles, hippos, and various snakes, and part of migratory birds routes. The beautiful “Jade Sea” is 249 km long and has a surface area of 7 million ha. [^1] Sites around the lake have yielded important archaeological, paleontological, and geological finds. …

People in the Margins

Narissa Allibhai Whimsical Whirlings 2 Comments

They scream. We hear not. They cry. We listen not. They demand equality. We ignore. People in the Margins deserve as much as those in the centre. They have much to teach as well as learn; their voices must be heard, their stories told. Only then can actors of various backgrounds come together to redraw the lines, create an inclusive …