Tahir Gora Bilatakalluf show means” straight forward.”
Meeting Tahir Gora, you will see a gentle man with a smile. However, don’t take his loving nature and humble manner to be a weakness, but a great strength. Through his show Bilatakalluf, he has the courage to ask tough questions, raise taboo subjects and engage guests and audiences.
Tahir Gora is a show host, editor, publisher, activist and a writer. He is a vocal supporter of the right to freedom of expression, particularly among Muslim communities. He has published three collections of short stories, one novel, two collections of poems, two anthologies and one translation. Some of his work has been translated into Russian, Uzbek and English.
The proof of high ratings and interest in programs like Bilatakalluf, you can tell that South Asian people are fed up of propaganda, manipulation and lies.
South Asian community needs more people like Tahir Gora who is willing and able to raise questions, bring awareness and start the cycle of change much needed in our society.
Each effort as small or large is like a drop in the ocean of change towards authentic, human and rightful living for all. In old times perhaps change was brought by the power of sword or guns, however now a pen, Internet and television are our best allies.
Tahir Gora is another unsung hero of our community who is diligently going about his work. Even facing threats to his life in Pakistan and being exiled he continues making a difference. The prices that people pay like him for truth, justice and humanity are remarkable, unacknowledged and not rewarded.
Wow Sana Bucha Lekin, the host, the producer, the activist and above all a South Asian role model for all of us.
Speaking of courage, strength and character, wow Sana Bucha is definitely a rare gem.
It is about time that people are held responsible and accountable for their actions and pay a price. Sana Bucha through Lekin is calling people out for their promises, their level of integrity and their results.
Known for her great inter-personal skills, Bucha is quick to find support amongst people and her show’s ratings were a clear indicator to how popular she is. From risking her life in flood struck areas, where there was no government, no army, no willing helicopters and no roads to the brutal killing of two teenage boys in Sialkot, Bucha has time and again proven herself to be not just a TV face but an ethical journalist.
“It’s a simple transition from a comment to a question. Lekin (But), that one word that you might use it frequently every day but never realize how often you do or how necessary it is. Living under dictatorships for most of its life, Pakistan – and its education system – doesn’t encourage its people to ask questions or have an opinion. Most Pakistanis tend to accept what they hear, even if they are the most outrageous conspiracy theories, trying to understand it and hoping what they have heard is right. But hope isn’t enough. When you have the courage to rebut a comment and are willing to sit back and listen to the answer, with an open mind, then you’re talking journalism.
Lekin isn’t your regular Pakistani news program. It is not going to be the show where you will hear confusing facts, watch irrational and overly-dramatic reports and be forced to see a messy screen. It is simply journalism, fact versus fiction, black and white, leaving it up to you to decide what colour you prefer.
In Pakistan’s media boom, every channel and its shows, in the run for high viewership and ratings, has lost the essence of journalism, covering it up with extreme drama and sensationalism. Lekin takes your local news and breaks it down for you, in plain, frank words, with reports, information and guests who are related to the issue. Each story has two or more sides. We will present all angles to you, even the ones you didn’t think of and allow you to make up your own mind. No drama. Just the truth. It is that simple.” Geo Television Network
Shamita Das Dasgupta is an inspiration of courage, knowledge and competence as a South Asian Women.
I had the pleasure of seeing her speak at the Domestic Violence from a South Asian Perspective conference.
Wow, what an amazing woman.
Shamita Das Dasgupta is an Asian Indian scholar, activist, wife and mother. A social activist since early 1970s, she co-founded Manavi in 1985. It is the first organization of its kind that focuses on violence against South Asian women in the United States. A part-time teacher and full-time community worker, she has written extensively in the areas of ethnicity,gender, immigration, and violence against women.
Her books include: A Patchwork Shawl: Chronicles of South Asian Women in America,Body Evidence: Intimate Violence Against South Asian Women in America, and Mothers for Sale: Women in Kolkata’s Sex Trade.
"DO NOT RESIST CHANCES.
Take them like vitamins.
Let go of the brakes.
See what happens if you go five more miles.
Footbridges be damned, find your own way across.
Don’t worry about the bumps and bruises.
Your body can take them.
Don’t steer around the bits that scare you, go over them, go through them.
Do something the guys in the (game) would be terrified of.
You feel your chin rise up from your chest, and you’ll be able to see
what’s around you. What’s ahead of you.
And there will be one less thing you cannot do.
JUST DO IT. "
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail".
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
"There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it. The only real failure is the failure to try. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing. Nothing happens unless first we dream. We get up in the morning. We do our best. Nothing else matters. This is a new and different world. The challenge is to cope with it. Not just cope but thrive. All we know about the future is that it will be different. Most things don’t work out as expected, but what happens instead often turns out to be the good stuff. Everything will be all right in the end. If it's not all right then it's not the end."
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“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.”