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Cartoon by Bottomline, uploaded by Pebotuwa

Dead men on pitches,
Bullet wounds for scores–
‘Is this the new cricket?’
The gentlemen groaned.

They stopped wearing chest guards,
And switched to bullet proof vests–
They stopped looking at the ball,
In order to drop down just in case–

‘They’ll all be bowled for a duck!’
The fans screamed in the stands–
But the players, didn’t give a fuck,
‘Cos their lives were in the devil’s hands–

When the war came to cricket,
The world stopped and stared–
Not since Munich,
Had someone so dared.

Another war crime painted
Another terrorist escaped
Traces of blame faded
Not one of ’em, could be traced

Oh some of them were captured
And were interrogated in due course
But they never revealed their masters
Not under the worst form of tortures
Because even they didn’t know.

And so the incident passed,
The shock slowly faded,
And soon a movie was made,
That rivalled ‘Machang’ in it’s fame.

Halik Azeez is a Core Group Member of BB, blogs under a pseudonym elsewhere and read this out at the open mic held recently. His views are his own..

What we are singing for the Open Mic

Bloggers and Colombo creative-types are doing this Open Mic thing today.  Some of us will be there.  Here’s  a glimpse of our contribution for the evening..

Kiddin.. but We will be there. You should too. More info about the whole thing is found on Indi’s blog.

Playing for Change

Playing for Change is apparently a movement to connect the world through music. With songs like this,  they just might archive that goal. We found this inspiring, a cross country musical collaboration done at the grassroots. Enjoy.

No wonder the PFC Youtube channel is the most viewed non-profit on youtube this week.  There’s more songs at the channel page.

Until Kids

A short film about thousands of kids who live in the Indian metropolis, work as ragpickers – living in waste. A Film by Swechha. Music by Raghu Dixit.

Also available on Youtube.


So what’s this fuss about young people trying to change the world? Is it my sense of social responsibility? Or am I caring for it because I’m going to live in it? Or is it a guilt I’m catering to? Why would I step out of my room, my comfort zone? Willing to come out in the cold and willing to face the fact that if I haven’t worsened things, I haven’t helped either. (From footprints)

What drives us to do what we do? What makes us want to dedicate part of our time, effort on changing things. Are we just naïve, idealistic and just wasting our time? Or do little things matter? Footprints traces through this compulsion we have to “Do something”, why we want to change things and how Beyond Borders fits in this process. The documentary, based on BB Delhi, is now available on Youtube (see below) and Google Video.

Footprints (Part 1)

Footprints (Part 2)

Conference on Youth and Democracy in South Asia

In conjunction with India’s 60th anniversary of Independence Youth4Change movement attached to the Centre for Youth Development Activities (CYDA) organized a conference for youth and democracy in South Asia. The five day conference held from the 11th – 15th of August in Pune, India saw the participation of delegates from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India.The conference kicked off with a colorful opening celebration welcomed the guests with music, dance and speeches from few distinguished guests including Mohan Dhariya, a freedom fighter in India’s freedom struggle.

The following 4 days consisted of plenary sessions and panel discussions on a range of topics in which young people presented their papers and their views.

The plenary topics included,

“Role of Young parliamentarians in democracy” with the key note address by Ms. Supriya Sule, MP and chaired by Mr. John Samuel of ActionAid international.

“Role of youth in shaping democracies” chaired by Dr. Amitabh Behar of NCAS Pune with the key note address by Mr.Gopi Menon of Unicef.

“Cultures and values shaping democracies” chaired by Mr. Josantony Joseph, with the key note address by prof. Ram Puniyani, IIT, Mumbai.

“Role of Media in democracy” chaired by Prof. Ujjwal Kumar Chowdhury, director, Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication (SIMC) with the key note address by CP Surendran, chief editor for Times of India in Mumbai.

“Youth Policies: situations and challenges in South Asia” key note address by Dr. Rajan Welunkar, Vice Chancellor, Yashwantrao Open University, Nashik.

The panel discussions gave the opportunity for the delegates to present their opinions and papers on several themes which included topics such as Women’s participation in South Asian countries, Globalization and democracy and the role of youth in sustaining democracy.

The conference ended with the freedom concert and the official celebration of India’s 60th year of Independence.

The Sri Lankan delegation consisted of representatives from Beyond Borders, Sri Lanka Youth Parliament and the Lions District of Sri Lanka. [pics]

Dil Se Dil : A Concert on the Border


On the night of August 14th, history will be made as the people from Pakistan and India come together to jointly celebrate 60 Years of Independence.

For the first time ever, permission has been granted by both governments to allow this extraordinary coming together of hearts.

Dil se Dil, which means Heart-to-Heart, is not just a name. It is an idea whose time has come. Many of our worlds problems result from the biases and prejudices that take hold in the absence of real contact and communication.

This extraordinary event – which will be broadcast to a quarter of the world’s population – will help to shed light on the core humanity we all share, regardless of our differences.
Not only is this a momentous event in the history of India and Pakistan – the first time the people of these countries will celebrate their independence together – but it offers the world a model for how to deal with our differences – kid-to-kid, people-to-people, heart-to-heart, this commemoration will entail a single, unifying concert event, the performances will originate from twin stages, one in India and one in Pakistan, on either side of the Attari/Wagah border. Live performances will alternate from one stage to the other, visible to the entire live audience, no matter on which side of the border they are sitting.
This two-stage-one-concert approach, with its innovative utilization of advanced telecommunications, sound engineering, and broadcast technology is as symbolic as it is practical. It represents the younger generation doing exactly what they do best: harnessing technology to create community and to overcome distance, physical barriers, and outmoded thinking.

– From the Dil Se Dil Web site

The concert will be organized by Friends Without Borders in conjunction with Routes to Roots and will feature stars such as AR Rahaman, Atif Aslam, Shafaat Amanath Ali, Kailash Kher, Shah Rukh Khan, Wasim Akram, Juhi Chawla, and Shaiyanne Malik.

Beyond Borders wishes FWB, routes to roots all the best in organizing this event.


BB Bangladesh in Motion

The Documentary for Beyond Borders Bangladesh. focusing on the action projects for street kids, Urdu-speaking people of the Geneva Camp and the campaign for ‘active citizenship. See Video [embedded below]

Timeline : Early 2006.

Related Posts :
BB Bangladesh Theme Song.
Banalga Festival : Looking back, one year on.
Start to Finish : BB Sri Lanka Documentary.
Other Bangla Posts

BB Life Skills Camp – Day 4 – Change, Social Entrepreneurship and BB Alumni Night

Day 4

Session 15: Conflict Resolution
By Rita Mishra

The workshop dealt with conflict in general and at a personal level. First the audience divided into subgroups and each individual in each subgroup were given a set of differently shaped pieces, in which each individual in the group were to form a perfect square. But he/she would not receive all the pieces required to make the perfect square, so each member of each subgroup much corporate so that every member of the subgroup can build a perfect square. There can be no verbal communication, nor can anyone ask for a piece from someone else, an individual can only give away a piece to another person. All the groups managed to complete the exercise, some fairing better than the others. After which all the groups got into a discussion as to the reasons for the failures or successes. Later all the participants engaged in a self-evaluating exercise which aimed to measure the sort of techniques each individual tries to emulate when faced with conflict. The session was a very fruitful one, and effectively dealt with parts of conflict resolution at a personal level.

Session 16: Social Entrepreneurship
By Lillian Strand,

The workshop began with a brief introduction on social entrepreneurship and we were asked to identify persons who we’d think would be social entrepreneurs. After the exercise there was a discussion on the criteria through which the selection was made, and the definition of the term ‘social entrepreneurship.’ “Ashoka,” a leading organization that works on this subject, defines social entrepreneurs as ‘individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.’

After the discussion a video presentation of social entrepreneurs was shown which featured people like Mohamed Yunnus, who started the Grameen bank in Bangladesh to provide poor people with credit facilities. It also featured Ashoka, an organization based in the US who seek and help budding social entrepreneurs around the world with funding, and initial capital to get started. Ashoka’s Bill Drayton is credited to having coined the term ‘social entrepreneur’.

The workshop was a good entry point into the concept of social entrepreneurship, which is fast gaining ground in the development field.

Session 17: What is change?
By Ankit Pogula

This being the final workshop in the Life Skills Training program, it was also one of the best, with most BB members enjoying the areas covered. Talking about the concept of “change” from a not-so average angle, the workshop made quite an impact on most of us. One particular point made by Ankit about not expecting people to change their opinions and perspectives over night, hit home. He explained this through a scenario where for instance we, as individuals, come to accept social issues such as homosexuality over a period of time, but expect people who think otherwise to change their opinions immediately. The workshop got almost all of the participants thinking along these lines.

Alumni Night

BB Alumni night was an event looked forward to by many of the BBites as many of the former members of Beyond Borders were to be in attendance. The Sri Lankans and some of the Indians were dressed in traditional clothes and the event premises were colorfully decorated with flowers. The evening consisted of presentations of activities undertaken by various core groups of Beyond Borders, including a documentary of Connecting Futures. There were few very brief introductions and speeches by most of the participants including the project managers for Beyond Borders Sanjeewani Munasinghe on behalf of Sri Lanka and Neeti Malhotra, and by the Asst. Director of British Council, New Delhi – Les Dangerfield – who pledged continued support for Beyond Borders activities from the British Council.

After the formalities, the night gave away to a live music performance by a band called Jigri coupled with lot of dance and masti (fun) which lasted quite literally till dawn.

Start to Finish


The documentary which coincided with Beyond Borders Festival in Sri Lanka, entitled ‘Start to Finish’ got its first public performance last month at the British Council hall, in Colombo. Written and directed by King Rathnam and produced by Narada Bakmeewewa of the Narada Bakmeewewa Inc, ‘Start to Finish’ captures the Beyond Borders festival and Beyond Borders themes in an abstract sense.

Covering the core themes of the festival of conflict resolution, youth activism, sexual health and substance abuse, the documentary metaphorically identifies those themes as ‘hurdles’ where we, the young peoples of the world must overcome in the ‘race’ of life.

The documentary – as short as it is – covers the different aspects of the festival and broader Beyond Borders themes of identity, diversity and active global citizenship with skilful use of footage from workshops, the ‘junction’ concert and through vast amount of opinions, perspectives and feedback voiced out by festival attendees and BB CGMs both from Sri Lanka and invited countries.

‘Start to Finish’ was narrated by Sri Lankan Core Group Members, Sheetal Survase and Raashid Riza.

For details on how to obtain copies of the DVD please contact slbeyondborders [at] gmail [dot] com

Start to Finish can be viewed online here