Category: Agents of Change
Tahir Gora Bilatakalluf

Tahir Gora Bilatakalluf

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.

Read articles written by Tahir Aslam Gora (Wikipedia):

Niqab Ban in Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies Part #1


Niqab Ban in Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies Part #2

Niqab Ban in Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies Part #3

Niqab Ban in Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies Part #4

Thank you Tahir Gora of Bilatakalluf for making a difference in our community. Please keep up the great work.

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Wow Sana Bucha Lekin

Wow Sana Bucha Lekin

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

You can read more about Sana Bucha here.

Women protection bill in parliament Sana Bucha Lekin

Program Followed By Sana Bucha

Thank you to Geo Television Network and Sana Bucha of Lekin to do this great work for Pakistan and their citizens. Keep up the great work.

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Shamita Das Dasgupta

Shamita Das Dasgupta

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,genderimmigration, 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.

Domestic Violence

Sonia’s Search

You can read more about her at wikipedia.

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Now Partnering To Grow Together

Now Partnering To Grow Together

South Asian Women Network is a platform for all agencies serving South Asian Women Now Partnering To Grow Together.

Working together in collaboration as agents of change to use internet and tv to reach more people and automate your systems to assist South Asian women. Helping women reach online through TV.

Most agencies are restricted by serving a certain geographical location.

You can offer another support and knowledge portal to your current audience.

As a result of working together, we can provide services on a more mass level.

You can have your website, services and products featured on South Asian Women Network TV.

Now Partnering To Grow Together

What you can provide SAWNTV?

Access to your list
Your products
Your services
Your content (written or videos)

Please contact us at info@sawntv.com. Thank you.

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Zul Kassamali Social Services Network

Zul Kassamali Social Services Network

Zul Kassamali Social Services Network

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.

More coming as I spend time with Mr. Kassamali…

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Doctor Naila Butt Social Services Network

Doctor Naila Butt Social Services Network

Doctor Naila Butt Social Services Network

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.

As I spend more time with her….more is coming up.

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Baldev Mutta Punjabi Community Health Services

Baldev Mutta Punjabi Community Health Services

One man with courage is a majority.” Thomas Jefferson

Baldev Mutta Punjabi Community Health Services

On a sunny, yet windy morning walking to a beautiful countryside house with lots of greenery around, the Punjabi Community Health Centre seemed the perfect environment for social service.

It reminded me of a farmhouse of Punjab.

We were greeted professionally at the reception.

The office was very organized, functional and looked established.

We had the pleasure of meeting Baldev Mutta of Punjabi Community Health Services of Brampton, Ontario. Canada.

He reminded us of an unsung hero of our community who was quietly going about his work with an unassuming manner.

Let me tell you what a pleasure it was to meet someone so passionate to help our community.

The resolve, the determination and the anger that I saw in him to take ownership of what is going on in our community and do something about it was amazing.

He opened his office and his heart to us to cooperate and share his vision with South Asian Women Network TV.

I was moved by his concern, his care, his vision and his conviction to do something about the current affairs.

Mr. Mutta has been on this journey since 1992 and does not seem like anything will stop him.

His commitment to address family as a unit and especially men as active change agents was remarkable.

We admire him for helping South Asian women, men, children and seniors.

Thank you Mr. Mutta for your cooperation, willingness to help and for making a difference for us.

Please keep up the great work.

We look forward to learning from you, working with you and making change happen in any capacity.

Please support Baldev Mutta and his team at Punjabi Community Health Services PCHS.

Website: http://www.pchs4u.com/

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Baldev Mutta Punjabi Community Health Services in Punjabi

Video Series in Punjabi language

  1. What Is Addiction In Punjabi
  2. Understanding And Having A Better Marriage
  3. Family Matters
  4. Risky Behaviour
  5. What Is Frustration
  6. Underlying Causes Of Behaviour
  7. Changing Behaviour
  8. Mental Health
  9. Forgiveness
  10. Program: Sahara Men’s Group

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.

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