Shafshoofa Maleshi-Tripoli is free


Through marshy lands-Need for reason  and Moral Imagination

Tripoli is free. Shafshoofa Maleshi-Long haired person (some say full of lice) –Sorry, many small children sing out on the streets,referring to the long-haired deposed dictator. In these ‘marshy lands’ of unquestioned tradition and unreflected response and  chaos , reason has its reach-compromised neither by the importance of instinctive psychology nor by the presence of cultural diversity in the world. It has an especially important role to play in the cultivation of moral imagination.

Boat to Lampadusa

The Choir at Dahra’s San Francisco Church

The workers from the Sub-saharan Africa are in  danger of being targeted as mercenaries.  They are from the countries where neither capitalist democracy nor Marxist socialism have a foothold. There are no resources to be marketed, no working class that could serve as a revolutionary avant-garde, just starving people. French post colonial post structuralist philosophers became their advocates. With the global proliferation of poverty and inequality, both the democratic mission of the West and opposition to it, with all their religious and political underpinnings, are becoming radicalized and compromised. The boats carrying them to Lampadusa are sometimes successful, at others tragedy takes over.

8 pm

Zoo animals are short of food, water and care

As I recall these six months, memories go back to some who did not make it. On the third night of the NATO bombing one colleague, long term resident of Tripoli, originally from India, Dr.Sen passed away. We had made it a point to ring each other up daily at around 8 pm to know about the situation. The stress was too much for him. I do not get calls at 8 pm any more. His memory lives on..

“His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead”

James Joyce-The Dead

A visit to Bab-Al-Aziziya

Victory march-Brother fighters

“Curiosity did not kill this cat”. Thousands visited this once-feared compound of the old-regime, many of them armed. However, one has to take care as not everyone is celebrating Eid with the same sentiment here. This is a society which has been broken at many levels.

Thousands of armed men from Jebel Nafusa, Misurata,Benghazi

Joined their brothers in Tripoli.

A society in need of healing

“My family is in Tunisia, my brother is in cemetery.” This sad refrain by a colleague summarized the predicament of thousands of Libyans.

“We have run out of drinking water and are using the water condensed from the air-conditioner for drinking” one veteran told with a heavy voice.

Even then, with all it’s hardships, uncertainties, challenges, people are happy as-Tripoli is free.

Ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria-Depicted in a Mosaic in Eastern Libya

A united free Libya with Tripoli as it’s capital was their aim.


Many latent energies come alive after these decades of struggle



These are the links to articles-thoughts-interviews on Arab Spring in Libya

Did militarism overshadow other aspects of the movement?

Will the women pay a heavier price of this than the children?

I stayed in Libya throughout the period of the Civil War , witnessed firsthand the buildup to the revolt and the  Failed February Uprising of Tripoli (see articles

and the Successful August Uprising of Tripoli and the storming of Bab-Aziziya compound of Gaddafi.


About prashant bhatt

A psychologist, interested in mindfulness practices. I practiced medicine as a radiologist for 23 years in India and Libya as a radiologist before shifting to Canada. A regular diarist, journaling since 1983 Reading journal :
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31 Responses to Shafshoofa Maleshi-Tripoli is free

  1. Sandeep Kawlra says:

    At last after Feb 2011, the internet is free on Sept 02, 2011

  2. Sandeep Kawlra says:

    Are things cool out there or hot.

  3. dcde says:

    I am glad to see all these things.Pray to God that everything goes well and everybody is happy.It is disturbing to see animals without food and water.Even they are sacrificing

    • prashantbhatt says:

      The zoo was one of my favorite spots in Tripoli..Many house reading Walden there.
      Yes it is disturbing to see the shape of events.
      It is also very close to Aboslim area and Rixos Hotel where there was intense fighting

  4. santosh says:

    hello sir
    sirji kya tripoli free huwa

  5. Praveen says:

    Mind, Heart & Soul stirring

  6. P.Venkatesan says:


    Very nice to hear libya becomes normal

  7. anuj says:

    Read your article with interest. Nice piece. Long live Libya !

  8. sanyukta phukan banerjee says:

    Dear dada,
    This is heart rendering,yet in some way I am sure a relief to many locals there.How have you been through these turmoils and rough time? Kudos to you cause I know of many who came back.God bless.

    • prashantbhatt says:

      These are the times when a society is rising after many decades of oppression
      Many narratives, suppressed memories came alive.
      Mainly we stayed indoors -to be honest- it is the guys who fought it out on the streets
      when things were really hot, who are the real heroes.Some survived, some did not.
      Over 50000 people have been killed in past six months.

  9. Virupaksha Joshi says:

    You have shown an exemplary courage by staying back there.
    Hats of to you Prashant.

  10. Lydia says:

    Glad to have your news! Lydia

  11. Sandeep Buddhadeo says:

    Great to hear from you. Mubaraka. I hope life in Tripoli is coming back to normal. Wish you good luck.

    • prashantbhatt says:

      Yes,things improving-Now they have started disarming the armed men, and bakeries are getting active-Had Bread after a fortnight yesterday..

  12. Nelly says:

    Hi! Nice to read and see some photos of free Libya! I cant imagine how is the “face” of new Tripoli now. And needs long time hard work for further improvment! Hope see you soon! Regards to all friends!

    • prashantbhatt says:

      Hi! Tripoli is having a very friendly face.There are challenges ahead, but there is a lot of hope,enthusiasm and happiness in the air.

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