Concerned citizen creates platform for dialogue on social issues

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Darshan Maharaj

For years, small-businessman Darshan Maharaj has spent his spare time reading and writing on issues that concern him and for that matter should be of concern to all new Canadians.

After much thought, he started Dialogue Media recently, a not-for-profit venture with the objective of facilitating discussion of current Canadian issues of common interest. “There is an acute need to get the Indo-Canadian community involved in the discussions that are taking place in the Canadian mainstream, on the goings-on that are of common concern,” he said in an interview with Can-India.

To achieve this Darshan started a weekly online newsletter in Hindi, called ‘Samvaad’, it is also available on the Facebook page of Dialogue Media. This platform would allow the readers to not only express their views on the subject under discussion, but also exchange information with each other.

The second part to help facilitate dialogue is to produce video programs (in English and Hindi), and invite different experts and activists to discuss the various issues affecting the Indo-Canadian community. Currently, a series of video discussions is under production under the theme of ‘Obstacles To Integration’. The first episode of this series, on the issue of Cultural Baggage, was recently aired on Sur Sagar TV. Brigadier (Ret’d.) Nawab Singh Heer was the invited guest, and gave an insightful analysis of how some habits from ‘back home’ hinder the integration of Indian immigrants into the mainstream Canadian society. The next episode will focus on how non-participation in mainstream discussion renders Indian immigrants ‘An Invisible Minority’. Another episode will concern the practices being followed by South Asian businesses/ employers, and how the same are at variance with the norms of the Canadian business world.

These videos are also being uploaded on YouTube as well as Facebook. So viewers will be able to engage in a dialogue, and exchange their views with each other, on these discussions also.
It is hoped that these two initiatives will help immigrants of Indian origin to get engaged in the discussions taking place in the mainstream space of Canada. This would, in turn, enable them to contribute even better to the progress of Canada. – CINEWS

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