COVID-Times Poetry Competition:Three Indians among winners;Anthony Thomas,5th President,Trinidad & Tobago bats for international solidarity to face Pandemic Challlenge

COVID TIMES POETRY” has been a competition that unwraps the poet in us to inspire and heal the world during this pandemic: Abdul Basit Syed, founder,World Humanitarian Drive (WHD)

By Neeraj Bajpai


As the entire global community is caught neck-deep in a quagmire of the havoc wrought by Coronavirus pandemic, there are scores of people who are clutching inspirational quotes, poems, and instances to wade through the crisis unscathed.


Some quotes: “Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of other men — above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy.” — Albert Einstein.


Many are making words of Roman Scholar as their sheet anchor to stave of Crisis.“We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca had said.


Likewise, World Humanitarian Drive (WHD)” used poems to inspire millions of people to fight the battle against Corona. Organizers say words are potent weapons for all causes. The best words in the best order are often referred to as poetry. “COVID TIMES POETRY” has been a competition that unwraps the poet in us to inspire and heal the world during this pandemic. Abdul Basit Syed, founder of International NGO “World Humanitarian Drive (WHD)” believes that words can inspire and cure the agony of staying indoors in times of lockdown. Fired by such a spirit, The WHD organized an international poem competition, and last night organized a virtual function to honor those who composed poems to motivate people.

Those whose poems received awards included Mr. Nicholas J Barlow – English – the U.K; Mr. Dean Modeste – English – Grenada; Mr. Neeraj Bajpai – Hindi – New Delhi (India); Ms. Jafira Naqvi – Urdu – UK (Pakistani;Mr. Alan Rainer – English – London; Mr. Abhay K.Tikekar – French – India; Klara Sulo – Albanian – Albania; Ms. Aswathy Mariam Varghese – English – India; Luísa Novaes – Portuguese – Brazil; Mr. John Bosco – Tamil – India; Ms. Sabina Zulalova – Russian – Russia.

Most of them composed a poem in their mother language so that it reaches the maximum number of people in their respective countries. They also encapsulated the gist in English for an international audience.

“COVID TIMES POETRY” started on 27th March, as a multilingual poetry competition that inspired millions of people from four corners of the earth to stay indoors and break the chain of deadly Coronavirus outbreak.

It attained a global reach with zestful participation from countries like the USA, UK, India, Albania, Russia, and many more. All the selected poems were published on the WHD Instagram page, which was read and appreciated, by millions of people in this world daily.


Mr. Anthony Carmona SC ORTT, 5th President of Trinidad & Tobago, was the Chief Guest of winners’ award event which took place via zoom on 22nd April 2020 Wednesday at 3 PM the U.K. On the World Earth day, Mr. Anthony Carmona was awarded “Patron of the Humanity Award”.


He gave an inspiring address in the ceremony and asked people not to give away their patience during this crisis time and boldly face the pandemic in an international spirit of solidarity to save humanity.


Poets from many countries recited their inspiring poem, Mr. Robin Marsh, the Secretary-General, UPF, U.K., introduced notable keynote speakers Mrs. Purnima Anand, President of BRICS International Forum, India, Prof. Dato. Dr. G. P. Doraisamy, Malaysia, Mr. Alex Davidovskiy, Writer, Israel, Prof. Dr. Zhenisa Cuni Graci, Albania, Mr. Bachaspati Regmi, Advisor of Nepalese Community in the U.K, Nepal. Ms. Hortensia Moreno, Founder AKI WestCoast TV and Radio, Canada, Dr. Sergei Dvoryanov, President, IDC, Russia, and Mr. Ilya Bachurin, CEO of BRICS TV.

After the “WHD Humanitarian Award” ceremony, Mr. Abdul Basit Syed, Founder Chairman of WHD proposed the vote of thanks. He said “Nevertheless, the eminence hit of the “COVID TIMES POETRY” contest was possible because of its keen participants who helped uplift humanity with sympathetic and empathic poems in woeful times. WHD is looking forward to engaging more such activities to win the war against COVID-19. So stay tuned!“Unity doesn’t mean sameness, it means oneness of purpose”.


Informatively, Mr. Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona SC ORTT was the fifth President of Trinidad and Tobago. Previously he was High Court Judge at the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago, and he served as a Judge of the International Criminal Court from 2012 to 2013.





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