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Remembering The Nightingale of India: Lata Mangeshkar

Truly, one of the greatest musical legends of all times, we celebrate the Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar through some of her most amazing songs.

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A beautiful voice can soothe an anxious heart, it can comfort a troubled soul and put an insomniac person to sleep. The power of a beautiful voice is aptly portrayed by India’s nightingale – Lata Mangeshkar. A singing sensation and a charming lady, she has recorded songs in over a thousand Hindi films. Dive in and let’s take a look at her inspiring life.

Lata Mangeshkar was born in 1929, Indore, to a classical singer/theatre artist and his wife. When her father passed away at the age of 13, their family friend Master Vinayak took care of them and helped Lata pursue a career in singing and acting. She took lessons in Hindustani Classical Music and she worked on some songs accompanied by small gigs as an actress. She was later mentored by Ghulam Haider, who gave her a major breakthrough in the song ‘Dil Mera Toda’, in the movie ‘Majboor’. She received some criticism on her Maharashtrian accent, while she sang Hindi/Urdu songs, an ordeal she decided to overcome by taking Urdu lessons. An unusual event in Lata’s life stands out when she was poisoned by slow poison. She was bedridden for nearly 3 months and was plagued by fatigue and weakness. She was then closely taken of care by Bollywood lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri.

Undeterred, Lata carried on bravely and went on to sing the famous heart rendering song ‘Aye Mere Watan ke Logon’, which created an emotional and powerful aura that the eyes of the then Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru, were filled with tears. A versatile singer, she sang 185 songs in Bengali apart from her music in Hindi and Urdu.

It is an honour to have Indians like Lata Mangeshkar among us, who set a remarkable example, not only in their time but for the generations to come.  Today, when we lose one of the brightest stars of the musical world, we celebrate the Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar through some of her most amazing songs.

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The Healing Power of Tears: Understanding the Benefits of Crying

Discover and Understand the surprising health benefits of crying and how it can lead to emotional and physical well-being.

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For some of us, tears come oh so naturally , brought on by either a sad commercial or an emotional movie, sometimes even a heartfelt reel on Instagram. For the rest of us, crying could be more challenging, perhaps due to societal norms such as ‘boys don’t cry’ or ‘crying is a sign of weakness ‘, or a personal condition. Regardless of where we fall on the waterworks spectrum, one thing is clear, crying plays a crucial role in our emotional health.

The American Psychological Association reports that women cry an average of 30 to 64 times per year, while men cry between 5 to 17 times annually. This difference is often attributed to socialisation, where expressions like “big kids don’t cry” have influenced how emotions are expressed across genders.

Why Do We Cry?

Crying is unique to humans, and there are three types of tears: Reflex, continuous, and emotional. Reflex tears protect our eyes from irritants like smoke or onions. Continuous tears keep our eyes lubricated, protecting them from infection. Emotional tears are linked to our mental state and arise from sadness, joy, frustration or anger.

The Benefits of Crying

1. Stress Relief

Crying activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps the body rest and digest. This transition from a flight or fight state to a more relaxed state can reduce stress and make problems more manageable. Some early research likened crying to a safety valve, releasing emotional energy and preventing a buildup of tension that could harm mental and physical health.

2. Enhancing Relationships

Crying can strengthen social bonds. As babies, we cry to get the attention of our caregivers. As adults, we cry in the presence of trusted friends or partners, which can deepen connections and foster empathy and support. This vulnerability is a fundamental aspect of human connection.

3. Reducing Pain

Tears can help with physical pain. When we cry, our bodies release endorphins and oxytocin, which help us feel better and reduce pain. This is especially evident in children who often cry after minor injuries.

Context Matters

Not all crying is beneficial. Crying in a safe, supportive environment can be cathartic, but shedding tears in less comfortable settings, like at work, might not have the same positive effects. Dr. Grace Tworek, a health psychologist, emphasizes that the benefits of crying depend on the context and the individual’s comfort level. Crying with trusted people or in private often feels more relieving than doing so in a public or professional setting. It’s important to understand that tears can be a healthy coping mechanism when it’s not used to manipulate or control others, or when it’s not a sign of a deeper emotional issue.

Emotional and Physical Cleansing

Emotional tears can help us eliminate stress hormones and toxins from the body. This process is not just emotionally soothing but also physically cleansing. Historically, thinkers from ancient Greece and Rome believed tears had a purgative power. Modern psychology agrees, highlighting the role of crying in releasing stress and emotional pain.

Encouraging Healthy Emotional Expression

Teaching children, especially boys, that it’s okay to cry can help prevent the emotional suppression that leads to health issues, both mental and physical. Societal norms often discourage men from expressing vulnerability, leading to emotional withdrawal, substance use or even suicidal tendencies. Early emotional education can foster healthier coping mechanisms.

Crying During Difficult Times

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the collective grief, making emotional expression more common and necessary. Public displays of emotion have become more accepted as people navigate unprecedented times, losses and stress.

When to Seek Help

While crying is a natural and healthy response, excessive or uncontrollably doing so might indicate a deeper issue. It’s important to seek professional help if it disrupts daily activities or if someone is unable to cry despite feeling the need to. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness, and can provide the necessary tools to cope and heal effectively.

Crying is a natural, healthy way to process emotions and relieve stress. Embracing our tears, rather than suppressing them, can lead to emotional and physical healing. It’s a sign of strength and self-awareness, helping us navigate life’s challenges with resilience and compassion. If it becomes overwhelming, seeking professional help can provide the necessary support and tools to cope and heal effectively.

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Nanasaheb Apte: The Literary Luminary of Maharashtra

From Freedom Fighter to Famed Novelist :The Journey of Nanasaheb Apte: A Literary Luminary And Revolutionary

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Narayan Hari Apte, more fondly known as Nanasaheb Apte, was a beacon of literary brilliance in Maharashtra. His life, which began on July 11, 1889, in the village of Samdoli in Sangli District, was a testament to the power of words and the fervour of patriotism. His significant contributions to Indian literature and the freedom movement are a testament to his intellectual prowess and unwavering commitment.

Early Life and Education

Nanasaheb Apte’s early education began in the villages of Samdoli and Satara. He was progressing to the New English School in Satara for his high school studies. At 15, Apte left home in 1904 to be a part of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s Abhinav Bharat Society, driven by a passion to contribute to India’s freedom struggle. This phase of his life was crucial for his political awakening and his literary development. Influenced by the esteemed writer Hari Narayan Apte and the social reform movement of 19th-century Maharashtra, Nanashaeb Apte crafted stories that delved into historical and social themes reflective of the Marathi Middle Class.

Broadening Horizons

Nanasaheb Apte’s travels across North India (before partition 1905) and Nepal honed his linguistic skills and cultural understanding. His sojourn in Jaipur, where he taught at a school run by freedom fighter Arjunlal Sethi, was particularly impactful. Apte’s return to Satara in 1913 marked the start of his collaboration with Dattātraya Baḷavanta Pārasanīs on translating historical Marathi documents into English and standard Marathi. THis work laid the foundation for his future literary career.

Literary and Political Endeavors

In 1932, Nanasahed Apte met K.B.Hedgewar, the founder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), during Hedgewar’s visit to Aundh state. Despite RSS’s stance, Apte actively participated in the 1942 Quit India Movement, showcasing his unwavering commitment and sacrifice for India’s freedom struggle. 

Apte wrote numerous advice books promoting happy family life and published two short story collections reflecting traditional Hindu values and beliefs. His first short story appeared in Karamanuk magazine, and his debut novel, Ajinkyatara, was released in 1909. His literary journey culminated with his last book, Javanancha Jiwandharma, in 1962.

Nanasaheb Apte’s career was diverse and prolific, showcasing his innovative spirit. As a co-editor of Kirloskar Khabar, he gained valuable editorial experience. In 1913, he founded the book publishing house Ajinkyatara Pustkalay, followed by the journals Alhad in 1915 and Madhukar. He established the printing press Shriniwas Mudranalay in 1920 and the publishing house Apte & Co in 1924.

Contribution to Marathi Cinema

Nanasaheb Apte’s foray into the Marathi film industry was done by Baburao Painter in 1922. He adapted many short stories and novels into screenplays for these films. Collaborating with esteemed directors and his association with Prabhat Film Company and director V Shantaram in the 1930s marked the pinnacle of his cinematic career.

Later Years and Legacy

Nanasaheb Apte spent the later years of his life in literary activity, and in celebrating his 80th birthday in Koregaon, various poets and writers from Pune attended. His home became a sanctuary for struggling artists, including the legendary filmmaker Dadasaheb Phalke, who found solace with Apte’s family during difficult times.

Nanasaheb Apte’s legacy is that of a multifaceted individual who effortlessly blended his literary prowess with a deep sense of social and patriotic responsibility. His works continue to inspire and reflect the spirit of Maharashtra’s cultural and historical heritage.

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Boosting Well-Being: Inside Out for Kids and Adults

Explore the world of your mind, understand colourful emotions and bridge a bond with your child through the movie Inside Out.

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Do you ever wonder what’s going on in someone’s head? Well, a simple way to find that out is to watch the movie Inside Out! 

Inside Out is a Pixar movie about human emotions, predominantly Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger. These emotions are given an animated representation and the movie replicates real-life emotions and the behind-the-scenes of the rear end processes. At the same time, the real-life scenarios are also presented, making it easy for the audience to attribute the situations to the happening processes. Both movies are central to a girl named Riley and the people around her. Her family, friends and interests are given importance throughout the movie and the primary emotions we see are of Riley’s. As an overview, Inside Out provides entertaining visuals of how the mind and the emotions work that can help us enhance our understanding of the same. 

Inside Out 

Inside Out revolves around a story about an 11-year-old girl named Riley. The premise is about Riley moving to a new place and dealing with the mixed emotions she feels during the process. Meanwhile, in the headquarters located in Riley’s mind, we also explore the nuances of the primary emotions- Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. The movie explores the concepts of change, acceptance and importance of all the emotions which come together to make the essence of Inside Out. 

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Riley is a teenager now, she has braces, new friends and is finished with her middle schooling. Introduction of new emotions as she grows into an adolescent helps Riley and the emotions discover the concepts of puberty, self-discovery, and the importance of each and every emotion into shaping Riley’s sense of self. 

Emotions

Joy

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Joy is the epitome of, well, Joy! She is a light blue-haired pixie cut small figure with yellow skin and also has a star-shaped body. Joy is the emotion responsible for all the happy moments, things and situations Riley holds in her life. She’s optimistic, enthusiastic, energetic and always strives to keep Riley happy no matter what. However, without Joy, Riley finds it hard to find the good in situations and struggles with accepting and acknowledging her other emotions. Riley’s happy memories are stored in a yellow-goldish colour representing all her situations where she felt joy in. 

Sadness

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Sadness is a small tear drop shaped figure with blue skin and glasses in charge of handling the emotion sadness. She is pessimistic, has furrowed eyebrows and is of great contrast to Joy. She paves way for Riley’s sadness to flow through crying and whimpering. Her sad memories are held in a blue colour symbolising the sadness she felt in the situations. 

Disgust

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Disgust is a green figure with a pointy nose and a flowy dress. She is responsible for taking care of the aversion Riley feels towards anything in the world. She has sassy remarks, a constant look of disdain on her face and helps Riley walk away from what she dislikes. Her emotions of disgust are held in a dirty green colour. 

Anger 

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Anger is a short red figure who represents the feelings of rage, fury and well, anger! It is revealed that when anger is taken up a notch, he may also release the fury through the flames through his head which leads to an anger outburst. He makes irrational decisions and leads to anger outbursts detrimental to Riley’s life. The emotions of anger are stored in a dark red colour. 

Fear

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Fear is a tall, slim figure with light purple skin who takes up the fear component of Riley’s personality. He calculates all the possible worst outcomes in Riley’s life and encourages other emotions to work around the same. He usually jumps to conclusions and is mostly scared when it comes to facing things. Fearful emotions are held in a purple colour. 

    All these emotions work together in the headquarters to form Riley, her thoughts and actions. Along with the emotions, there are also the personality islands, core memories, short term memory, long term memory and many more which form a part of the movie. 

Now, the essence of the article is to also understand why you should take your child to the movie.

So, Why should you take your child to the movie Inside Out?

   Emotional Intelligence 

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand your own emotions, use and manage them. At the same time it also is the ability to understand other people’s emotions as well and work accordingly. Through Riley’s navigations of the world through her emotions- Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger, your 11 year old child may also reflect upon their own emotions and stay self-aware. Understanding of emotions is a complicated concept for children to comprehend, and if you want to explain it to them in a fun way, Inside Out is the best way to do so. Not only their own, the movie also helps children understand the emotions of others, their intentions and many more which help increase the emotional intelligence of your child.

   Working of the Mind

The introduction of Riley’s mind, emotions, core memories, personality islands, imagination land, short term memory, long term memory, and many more are extremely fascinating to understand. The creative build of the inner world paves way for your children to understand the working of the mind and its processes in an easier way. It may also help them pique their interest into studying more of it which in turn helps in increasing their knowledge. 

   Open Communication 

The movie Inside Out essentially promotes a positive portrayal of all the emotions. It inculcates values like honesty, responsibility, communication and many more. Through this movie, your children may gain the courage to express their feelings to you and it may also build a bridge between you and them. By encouraging them to express their emotions and inner thoughts to you, you can create a sense of safe space for them to be comfortable in. By asking questions like “I would like to know your inner world, will you let me in?”, “What are your core memories?”, “How can I help Joy?” and many more may help your children understand to communicate openly easily and effectively. 

Not just for your child, this movie proves to also be an enjoyable movie for adults as well. So here are the reasons as to why you need to watch the movie, Inside Out 2

   Inner Child

Inner Child is a concept in psychology that acknowledges the traits and parts of your personality that retains the emotions and feelings of your childhood. Inside Out is a movie that nurtures your inner child by validating your feelings, makes the feelings you had as a child seen, acknowledges your younger self’s mistakes and in simple words, it makes your inner child happy. It is quite crucial to keep your inner child alive and happy because it keeps up the playful, curious nature you had as a child.

   Emotional complexity

As humans, we deal with complex emotions, positive emotions, negative emotions and many more. We take a lot of ourselves to deal with every single one of them. And to navigate around them, you may also feel frustrated and not handle it wisely. Inside Out sheds light on the existent complex emotions and helps us acknowledge them. Further, while doing so, we also understand how to deal with it. 

   Mental Health awareness

While acknowledging the existent complex emotions we introspect on our emotions and stay aware of our mental health and provide space for others as well. In this generation, awareness of mental health is quite important considering the nuances and the difficulty in open communication. Inside Out fosters difficult communication to be formed between people and also lets people to let out their feelings.

In conclusion, Inside Out is a delightful movie for both children and adults. For kids, it offers a fun and engaging way to learn about emotional intelligence, the workings of the mind, and open communication. Adults can benefit from the film’s exploration of inner child happiness, emotional complexity, and mental health awareness. So grab some popcorn, settle in for a heartwarming story and get ready to explore the exciting world inside your head!

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Unmasking Doctor Burnout in India’s Healthcare System

The Untold Struggles of India’s Doctors . It’s time to prioritise the well-being of those who dedicate their lives to saving others.

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India’s healthcare system, a vital pillar of the nation, often leans very heavily on the shoulders of its Doctors. Despite their essential role, their mental health and well-being are frequently overlooked. The pressures of the profession, systemic issues and many other problems lead to high rates of burnout among doctors in India. 

The Unseen Burden

Doctors in India face a plethora of stressors, professionally and personally. The long working hours, often exceeding the recommended limits, and the high patient-doctor ratio can create a relentless work environment. Medical professionals usually deal with emotionally draining situations, from delivering news and diagnoses that are sometimes critical and fatal to handling emergencies. This constant exposure to high-stress scenarios without adequate mental health support results in significant psychological strain.

Systemic Issues: The Root Causes

Workload and Staffing Shortages: India has a severe shortage of medical professionals with a doctor-to-patient ratio of about 1:1456, significantly different from the WHO-recommended 1:1000; this shortage forces doctors to handle an overwhelming number of patients, leading to overworking, fatigue and burnout

Lack of Support Systems: Many hospitals and medical facilities in India lack proper mental health support systems for their staff. The absence of counselling services and stress management programmes catered for doctors leaves them without an appropriate safety net to cope with their pressures.

Stigma Around Mental Health: The stigma, yet again associated with seeking mental health care, once again adds as a distressful barrier. Doctors, like many in Indian society, often hesitate to seek help due to fear of judgment or potential professional repercussions.

Violence Against Doctors: Incidents of violence against doctors are alarmingly high in India. According to a study by the Indian Medical Association, over 75% of doctors have faced some form of violence at work. This adds to the stress and creates a constant sense of insecurity.

The Impact of Burnout

Burnout among doctors can lead to many adverse outcomes for healthcare professionals and their patients. Common symptoms include emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation and diminished personal accomplishment. These factors contribute to a decline in the quality of care provided, as burnout affects decision-making abilities, attention to detail and patient interactions.

For Doctors, the consequences can be severe, including anxiety, depression and even suicidal tendencies. The medical community has witnessed tragic cases where doctors have succumbed to the pressures, spotlighting the urgent need for systemic changes.

Stories from the Frontlines

Dr. M. S., a senior resident in a government hospital, shares her experience: “There are days when I feel completely drained, both physically and emotionally. The workload is relentless, and there is no time to process the trauma we witness daily. The support from the administration is minimal, and the fear of violence is always looming.”

Similarly, Dr R. K, a general practitioner, reveals the personal cost of burnout: “I’ve struggled with anxiety for years, but seeking help seemed like admitting weakness. The stigma in our profession is real. It’s only after a colleague faced a severe breakdown that I realised we need to prioritise our mental health.”

Towards a Healthier Future

To address doctor burnout in India, here are some strategies that can make a difference:

Improving Work Conditions: Restructure working hours according to the patient-doctor ratio at the individual hospitals, ensure adequate staffing and provide regular breaks.

Mental Health Support: Establish mental health services within medical institutions and promote regular counselling sessions, stress management workshops and peer support groups carefully crafted for doctors and their unique needs.

Tackling Stigma: Fostering open dialogue about mental health and encouraging doctors to seek help without fear of judgment is essential. Awareness campaigns and training can play a pivotal role in changing perceptions.

Legal and Security Measures: Implementing strict laws to prevent violence against doctors and ensure their safety at the workplace needs immediate action.

Conclusion

Doctors’ mental health is a critical aspect of a robust healthcare system. By recognising and addressing the burnout crisis, India can ensure that its medical professionals remain healthy and motivated to provide the best care. It’s time to prioritise the well-being of those who dedicate their lives to saving others.

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Terrorism: What is it? & Can I do something?

If you have the slightest idea and even if you don’t, this article will make things a little clearer regarding the topic of “terrorism”.

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Has it ever happened where you opened the TV and the news channel was on and they are constantly mentioning this word called, “terrorism”? Has it ever happened wherein you overheard your parents or someone elder or someone from your friend group mention or talk at length with others about “terrorism”? Have you ever tried looking up the word “terrorism” on Google or in your dictionary? And what happened? Did you get a tiny idea about what it is and what exactly it means? If you have the slightest idea and even if you don’t, this article will make things a little clearer regarding the topic of “terrorism”.

What is terrorism?

Terrorism is an act and it simply means forcing someone to do something that you want by using violence. Most of the time, this violence is planned and organised and is done by groups. But even an individual can take part in terrorism. The important thing to remember is that it is illegal and is bound to hurt a lot of people.

The person who initiates the act of terrorism is known as a terrorist. A group of terrorists form a terrorist organisation. Although we would hope that people will not be violent with others and be nice, the reality is not so nice. According to the data published by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), there are around 60+ terrorist organisations all over the world, both big and small. But what exactly drives them to hurt other people?

Why do people take part in terrorism?

The reasons why people take part in terrorism can vary. Let’s discuss a few:

  • Injustice: 

There are many people around the world who are deeply affected by the injustice in the world. And we in fact should get affected and raise our voices against any injustice. But what we should keep in mind is in our journey to get justice for those who need it, we don’t end up hurting those who have not done anything wrong. But sadly terrorists or people who take part in terrorism don’t see it that way. And most times it’s because of the way the injustice is being done for so long that they start seeing almost everyone who doesn’t fight back as an enemy. But that still doesn’t justify the violence that they instigate on many. 

  • Identity:

Many times terrorists or people who take part in terrorism end up doing so as they are still trying to find out who they really are. This sort of confusion about one’s identity is something all of us go through especially when we reach the age of teenagehood which is 13-14 years. In this confused state, many decide to join terrorist organisations as being a part of the organisation brings them a sense of purpose as each and every one of these terrorist organisations has a purpose, a goal that they try to achieve through their acts of terrorism, one of them we have mentioned above and more we will mention in the next few points. And when you get a goal when you are feeling lost it gives you a sort of security and direction and you end up holding on to it for a long time, just like when you are scared or lonely you hold onto your favourite stuffed toy or book as it gives you comfort. The difference is in your case it provides you comfort and doesn’t harm anyone else, but in their case, it harms others. And that is not right.

  • Belonging:

When you go to a new class, how do you feel? Don’t you feel scared? Lonely? Don’t you wish for friends or people with whom you can talk and spend time with? Belonging refers to a feeling where you feel good that you are part of something as you have people around you with whom you can share what you like and what you don’t. You have people who have got your back just like you have got theirs. Many times people join terrorist organisations as they also want to be a part of a group and feel like they belong somewhere. But unlike your friends’ group that only provides you comfort and doesn’t harm others, terrorist groups harm others. And that is not right.

  • Religion or Political:

Many times acts of terrorism occur because of a clash or fight between certain religious or political views. Religion that is supposed to bring people closer to god and others sometimes ends up separating them from others by creating a divide between them. This happens because sometimes some religions think that they are superior to others when in reality all worship god and are the same. But in this race to prove that their religion is superior they end up taking part in acts of terrorism to force people to recognise their superiority. Political ideas also take a similar route as many try to prove that their ideas are superior by taking part in acts of terrorism. The logic behind both is that terrorism makes people afraid of something and in fear, they say yes to or obey everything that the person who is scaring them tells them to do.  

  • Being exposed:

Many times many terrorists are exposed to the workings of a terrorist organisation as their near and dear ones have previously been part of it or have done acts of terrorism. And though it’s not always the case, many times being exposed to such an environment and encouraged by your elders and friends to take part in the same does urge many people to do it later on in life. To understand this part, think about this, if you come from a family where everyone loves to read and you are around books all the time, won’t you end up at least wanting to read something if your family encourages you and so do your friends? It’s similar to that.

These are just a few reasons that make people take part in terrorism but given how different we are as individuals from each other there could be plenty of different reasons as to why some people take part in terrorism. 

What can I do?

Honestly, you can’t do much. And it’s scary, but it is the truth. This is because many times people take part in such terrorist organisations or do acts of terrorism out of their own will. And we can try to make them see the wrong in what they are doing but it’s not always possible and you need to be a certified psychologist in that field in order to do that. 

You need to understand that you can’t control a terrorist’s action but you can control yours. So, if you want to know more about terrorist organisations and terrorism talk to an elder who you trust or your teacher to help guide you and inform you at the same time. Further, you can always help the victims of terrorism by doing volunteer work. But always remember terrorism is never a solution to anything.

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