Dr. Stephen Gill
Stephen Gill, an expressive voice of Canada, India and Pakistan, has authored novels, literary criticism, and collections of poems. His poetry and prose have appeared in more than five hundred publications, and he has received recognition, particularly for his poetry. Multiple awards winning Stephen Gill has authored more than twenty books, including novels, literary criticism, collections of poems and a book titled Discovery of Bangladesh. He is the subject of doctoral dissertations, and research papers. Twelve books have been released by scholars and more are to be released on his works. He was born in Sialkot, Pakistan, where he passed his early childhood and grew in India. After teaching in Ethiopia for three years, he migrated to England before settling in Canada. He writes mostly about peace and social concerns. He now lives in Cornwall, Ontario. You can contact Dr. Gill through his websites at www.stephengill.ca - www.stephengillcriticism.info
No matter how one looks at the typography of Canadian election of 2015, the pivotal issue is peace. The other issues, including niquab, hijab, job, taxes, health, and education are closely tied with peace, and peace can be easily jeopardized by a handful of wrong asylum seekers who may demand the imposition of their own laws and ways which they were supposed to leave behind. This demand has been made not long ago and is being made even today though at a much smaller scale.
Being a self-exiled poet and novelist, the enormous distress of the asylum seekers touch me deeply as it has been touching the nerve of the proverbial compassion of a vast majority of Canadians. Some politicians assure the electorate again and again that they would double the number of newcomers to Canada if their party came to power. It sounds as if these politicians are either after power by any means or are ignorant of the dangers associated with the ghettoes formed by certain newcomers who believe in forming them.
There are no-go zones in England, France and some other countries of Europe. The melodrama from these no-go zones is being played on the open stage of today. Canadian electorate of 2015 is divided on the question of asylum seekers particularly from the troubled area ruled by despots and the areas where these despots have been wiped out have now the magnitude of chaos and violence that cannot be fathomed in words.
Dr. Apj Abdul Kalam was the 11th president of India. His notable success was a tribute to his education, hard work and impressive character that is the outcome of the multicultural heritage, ranking him among the outstanding personalities of the world history. He was popular among the majority as well as among the minority groups, and was easily approachable by ordinary people, particularly the youth.
He collapsed while delivering a speech at a seminar of Indian Institute of Management in Shillong, India. He died of a cardiac arrest at Bethany Hospital in the capital of Meghalaya province on July 27, 2015 in the evening.
He was born in a humble boatman’s Muslim family in a rural area of Tamilnadu, South India. He was given the job of the president of India by the BJP Government in 2002 not because of his politics but because of his achievements as a missile scientist.
He was the right choice of the BJP, the Hindu nationalists, who wanted him to build India’s defense system and to attract Muslim votes. He wrote inspirational poems, remained unmarried, and led a simple life. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, prime minister of the BJP Government, who picked him rightly for the highest position of India, was also a poet, and unmarried.
"Women are part of the human body. If one part of the body suffers, the whole body suffers. There is no peace in personal life as well as in the life of a nation if any part would suffer. Democracy has brought a new light for repressed classes, but sorrowfully it has not kept its promise for a promised land for women. On the one hand, women in India are at the peak of their success like Indira Gandhi who became Prime Minister of India. On the other hand, the vast majority is suffering silently. Violence and prejudice against them are dying, but the rate is painfully slow, largely because of the corrupt elite. The main source of this suffering is the electoral system that suffers from elitism." (Stephen Gill in his article "Stop Rape Before India Becomes a Replica of the Middle Ages")
The easy availability of information technology even in remote areas is going to open a new chapter for women in India. The emerging digital era will give them a wide range of options and a power to be more self-aware, more enlightened and economically independent. Women will be more decisive as mothers, wives, taxpayers and as humans.
As mothers, they will develop courage to say if their sons should go to wars to kill the sons of others. As taxpayers, their views will be honored in political circles. They will have the means to give better education to their children and also for themselves even without stepping out of their homes.
This story is set in 1971 when the tragic events unfolded in the region known as East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. The barbarous rape seemed unbelievable but it is a fact. Within a few months three million Bengalees were killed and ten million escaped to the neighboring country of India. Out of the atrocities there emerged a new country, called Bangladesh.
The infant raised his tiny soft hands, giving the sweetness of a smile, as Daud Khan took his machine-gun to fire at close range. Perhaps the infant thought the man was offering him a toy. Close by, the parents of the infant were lying besmeared with blood. The hands of Daud Khan began to tremble and the room began to spin. He was about to turn away when he heard Captain Ayub shouting, "You, coward!" Like lightening the Captain rushed forward and finished the job with his Chinese revolver. Daud Khan wished to snatch the Captain's weapon to kill him instead. Instantly he realized that in the army such actions were unacceptable.
When evening approached, Daud Khan returned to the Dacca camp with other soldiers. At supper, all of them shared the stories of their kills, but Daud Khan was uncomfortable in that setting. The infant reminded him of his own son whom he had left in his village. At the same time, the action and the words of the Captain were torturing him. It was disgraceful for Daud’s tribesmen to attack an unarmed person, particularly treacherously. He remembered his tall grand father who once gave a night's rest to a stranger, whom he recognized in the oil-lamp's dim glow as his old enemy. That night his enemy was his guest and therefore his grand father treated him in the tradition of a Pathan's hospitality. In the morning, he bade him farewell with due respect.
Daud Khan was the only one from his tribe to join the army. His conscience often pricked him for deserting his centuries-old traditions; one of those traditions was the love for the nomadic life. Before Daud Khan was sent to Bangladesh he was told by a non-Pathan officer that the Bengalees had joined kafirs to contaminate their religion and integrity of their nation. He was being sent to that territory on a mission.
Women are part of the human body. If one part of the body suffers, the whole body suffers. The main source of rapes in India is the electoral practice. Democracy in India is mainly by the elite and for the elite.
The rape on the 16th of December 2012 has rocked India. The victim, a 23 year old medical student, was brutally beaten and molested by six men. She was raped in New Delhi in a moving bus that had tinted windows. She and her male friend were beaten up with iron rods, and thrown off the bus on a highway. She received injuries on her face and stomach. When doctors could not stabilize her condition, she was airlifted to a hospital in Singapore where she died. She was able to give her statement twice before death.
"Where there is no peace there is no health and where there is no health there is no prosperity and meaning in living. Peace, health and prosperity walk together" - Stephen Gill.
It is very encouraging that the United Nations has proved its interest in the spirit of tolerance through several means. The philosophy of awareness was behind the Year of Tolerance that was observed in 1995. To generate public awareness of tolerance to different cultures and religions, projects were launched. These projects included the use of traditional and nontraditional teaching methods, puppet shows, exhibitions, music and films.
Among the topics that were discussed and deliberated, included tolerance, multiculturalism, global diversity, and religious dialogue. These attempts led to the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance that were adopted and signed in Paris by one hundred and eighty-five member States of UNESCO on November 16, 1995. The signatories pledged to promote tolerance and non-violence in their countries through educational policies and programs. They also declared November 16, 2012 as the annual international day for tolerance.