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.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Zul Kassamali at couple of events. When you see him, he smiles gently with a friendly disposition.
His positive energy, pleasant personally and humbleness blew me away.
Having a vision and making it happen takes a lot of consistent effort, faith and tons of work to make it happen.
Seeing a man being an activist in helping South Asian community is very inspiring.
His ability to bring together a big team of influential South Asian men and women together to support Social Services Network is amazing.
If God made angels, Zul Kassamali seems definitely one of them.
Thank you Zul for making a difference in so many people’s lives, please keep up the great work.
Social Services Network co-chair Zul Kassamali describes the urgent need for a new Community Health Centre in York Region. The interview was taken in Toronto during the June 2011 international health conference, COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRES: ACTING TODAY, SHAPING.
Doctor Naila Butt, MD, MPH is the face of Social Services Network. She is a very beautiful, competent and compassionate woman who has the ability to gain momentum for assisting South Asian community. She is an excellent speaker, very helpful and pleasant to work with.
Although Dr. Butt comes from a progressive and supportive family, her dedication to the cause of helping women is commendable. Her two well mannered sons are also very supportive and active in her work. She has done an amazing job as a mother as well.
She worked really hard at Impact Of Family Violence…A South Asian Perspective Conference. Her style of asking for favours was specifically discusses.
One of the victims started balling her eyes out to whom Dr. Butt was obviously a life saver. Her personal support and compassion was touching.
Thank you for your contribution and please keep up the great work.
Thank you for supporting and being accommodating to SAWNTV.
Dr. Naila Butt, Executive Director of Social Services Network, describes the urgent need for access to Community Health Centre services in the York Region. York Region is one of the many high priority areas in the “905 region” where lack of access to CHCs remains a major barrier to health and health care. The interview was conducted during a special all-party event at Queen’s Park celebrating the contributions of Ontario’s existing Community Health Centres to the health of Ontarians.
P.s., Let us put away our differences and come together to support our community for better and healthier family lives. Nobody is perfect and we all have our own idiosyncrasies, our own purpose and vision. Let us admire and support those who are making the effort to be agents of change for the South Asian community. Please stop criticizing or judging and join hands to help each other to make a difference. You don’t have to be impressed by anyone, just look at their deeds, their efforts and their intentions to appreciate and to support them.
"Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity.
We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and
melting like a snow flake"
"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. "
"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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"Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do today and do it. Today is your lucky day."
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the
striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is
not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential
meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him. "