New Year wishes (2002)


Dear friends

First year of the new Millennium has passed with not so good memories. Last year we saw more bloodshed, more misery and more instability all over the world. We have witnessed people from each religion and faiths killing each other in the name of religion, justice and fairness. Victims in one circumstance have shown to be ruthless oppressors and killers in other setting. We would like to see evil and good clearly demarcated but that is not how this World operate. That is not how we humans operate. Both good and evil are inside each one of us. Depending on our circumstances and strengths inside ourselves we play and interchange quite frequently the part of good and evil many times in a single day.


A chill evening is approaching here in London at this time. Last day of this year will end soon and tomorrow we will see the beginning of a new year. Even though I am listening to the news that India and Pakistan are at the verge of a war I am still hopeful that this madness will be replaced by some sanity.


I will request to you, all my friends to do one thing this New Year. Try to know someone who is not of your religion or faith, who is not of your race or ethnicity and may be not of your economic background. If all of us could befriend one person who is “different” than us then may be there will be a little less misunderstanding and a little less hate among us.

Wishing you all the best for the New Year.


Rana Jawad Asghar, MD, MPH

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine