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We Shall Overcome

We shall overcome

This is one song we’ve all heard and whole-heartedly sung at some time of our lives. Strangely, when we sang this in school it was not quite clear what it was that we were going to overcome. Or that, what was that utopian existence that we were fearlessly striving for and literally singing our hearts out for. 

But we sang it anyway with full gusto and filled with purposefulness and conviction that we shall beat all odds – whatever they may be. This sense of confidence and assumed success also had something to do with the fact that whatever it is that we shall be doing – it shall be done as a team. 

Ironically, today we have the answers. All the answers. To all that we were then preparing ourselves to overcome. The present situation has laid down new rules and new goalposts.

Our dreams are new, our aspirations are limited.

Our focus has shifted, our capabilities are under scrutiny.

Our existence is under threat, our desires are frugal.

And so magically, the age-old song has taken on a new meaning.

Yes, we shall overcome the pandemic…..!!!

Yes, we shall walk hand in hand one day….!!!

Yes, we shall be free to leave our homes one day…..!!!!

Yes, we shall live in a peace-loving, hatred free society one day….!!!!

No, we are not afraid to face the realities of life……!!!!!

Yes, we shall overcome one day….

Deep in my heart I do believe, we shall overcome some day….!!!!!

Stay healthy! Stay safe! Stay at home!

But don’t allow your mind to go to sleep because that’s our tool to overcome all odds!!!!

Dr. Vandana R. Singh and Arindam Ghosh
Written for Schoolnet India & Learnet Skills on 22th April 2020

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