NEWSMAKERS - Noor Fatima Humanity and hope win By Manash Pratim Gohain The Pioneer Sunday, July 20, 2003 Last Tuesday chronicled a rare battle where both India and Pakistan were involved; but it was a battle of heart, where the battery of surgeons led by paediatric surgeon Rajesh Sharma undertook a marathon six hours surgical correction of 30-month-old Noor Fatima's heart at Narayana Hrudalaya, Bangalore. Noor, with her parents, on the "dosti bus" (after the resumption of the Indo-Pak bus service) crossed over into India on July 11. Noor was suffering from Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) with pulmonary stenosis - holes in the heart with obstruction of blood flow to the lungs. The relentless pouring of diplomatic statements never had a respite, but Noor opened her heart to a new symbolism to the Indo-Pak relationship - the message for peace and healing of hearts across the war torn borders. The participation of India in the forthcoming SAARC summit in Pakistan and the likes had to make way as the media preferred its space for a bright "Noor". Inspired by the "Dosti Bus", Noor's father Nadeem Sajjad initiated the "Dosti Fund" for the poor children of Pakistan who are suffering from heart ailments. The package of goodwill and money had already made the fund richer by over Rs 1.5 lakhs. The spill over of the goodwill gesture is amply evident; there was an anonymous donation for four-year-old Arbaaz, the son of a daily wage earner from Bangalore. Another anonymous donor gifted Rs 1.4 lakhs for Noor's treatment, which was declined by her parents as they said that they could bear the expense for their kid's recovery. It is worth mentioning here that unlike Noor, six-month- old Babar from Pakistan died last Wednesday. He came to India via a circuitous route - Karachi to India via Dubai. The doctors are of the opinion that the long journey weakened the kid. Nadeem Sajjad, Noor's father, a soil engineering scientist, is overwhelmed at the goodwill the common mass of both the countries harbours for each other and wished for a regime of love and friendship in South Asia. Many may find the media hype and attention on Noor's itinerary to India a little hard to digest. But, nothing is overdone as both the countries are following every breath of Noor, because this is a statement straight from the heart of the street of both the countries. The common people, the spine of the states, harbour no sadistic ecstacy over bullets drilling into our hearts. But they do like to share an open heart surgery which brings smile to a couple, a relationship which envisages low inflation, high forex growth and a vision which embarks upon a regime of humanity. As Noor leaves India and grows into tomorrow's citizen, one hopes that petty borderline struggles will not obstruct her vision and close her heart for India. Read the complete news at: http://www.dailypioneer.com News Plus http://www.mantra.com/newsplus Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 22 Ashadh 5104, Sunday, July 20, 2003: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Dakshinaya Nartana Ritau Kark Mase Krishna Pakshe Bhanu Vasara Yuktayam Revati-Ashvini Nakshatr Sukarm-Dhriti Yog Bav-Balav Karan Saptami-Ashtami Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.