William Gomes http://www.williamgomes.org Working Gomes Working For Justice & Peace Sat, 19 Feb 2011 16:38:19 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1 Live Broadcast http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=57 http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=57#comments Sat, 19 Feb 2011 16:12:29 +0000 admin http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=57 A live Broadcast on “Meherjan is coming soon !

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Patriotism and Hypocrisy http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=40 http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=40#comments Fri, 18 Feb 2011 18:39:21 +0000 admin http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=40 By William Gomes

I am not a patriot. It was my answer to a prominent political personality of his questions. He asked me the Indian soldiers are killing innocent people in Indo Bangla Border, Bangladesh is failing to deal with the Indian soldiers.

He said the time will come when the every citizen  of the country will be a soldier along with Bangladeshi soldiers will cross the border and fire on the Indian’s and will take revenge of murder of each and  every single  murder Innocent Bangladeshi people by Border Security Force (BSF) and we will place the Bangladeshi flag in their land.

I opposed him and answered him what you are dreaming to do is fully unjust and that will be crime against the human life on the land named India. He said you seem an anti Bangladesh people. He asked me do you love Bangladesh. I answered him, I don’t love Bangladesh. He sought at me you are not a patriot! I confirmed him “I am not a patriot”.

This conversation with this high profile politician inspired me to write more on what I do think about the patriotism, nationalism and many more related facts. For me Patriotism is a source of class notion and an absolute source from which war flourishes. Nationalism is a source of Corporate hearted and it’s a power factor to divide and rule in the hand of ruling class.

We talk about freedom of movement and think of freedom but with the idea of nation, nationalism we bind us border we divide us from others. We learn how to love our nation and to hate others. I asked the politician do you love your nation Bangladesh. He said yes I do!  I asked him do you hate India, he said yes!

He was proud to say that he loves his nation Bangladesh and hates other nation India. I love the people of the geographical place named Bangladesh and I also love the people of geographical location named India and rest of the people of the world. I asked him why you love your nation. He answered me I born and brought up here; it’s like a mother to me.

George Bernard Shaw was right that “Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it”. The politician was got the conviction about his nation because it is his own and that let him to fell his nation is superior to the others. This conviction is the result of nationalism and its patriotism.

Many of my critics named me that I am an agent of foreign intelligence. For me I dream no border, no nation, only people. Then the whole world will be native no one will be foreign all will be united while presently the United Nations is failing to unite us but fully successful to divide and rule us.

Ronald Reagan rightly said, “A nation without borders is not a nation.” Yes!  When there will be no borders that will not be a nation, there will be no nationalism, there will no patriot and patriotism. There will be no ruler who rules us. There the real revolution being against the ruling class and there the people will unite where the people will be truly the source of all power.

The experts are urging on Israel Palestine issues, they are fighting on two states or one state policy. Here is the problem that can not be solving with the way they are dealing. The experts are thinking of division, some of them are thinking of whether to divide on two or divide on one. But none of them are thinking on uniting them and uniting with them.

The same divide and rule policy going on in different parts of the world. Now it’s a question to you reader whether you will divide yourself from others or unite yourself. Aesop is right “United we stand; divided we fall”. Its time to stand, stand against division. And friends the people who are getting killed in different borders it’s an out come of nationalism. Before judging the murderer please judges the force behind them who empowers them to do so.  Bring the ruler under the law of people not of the nation. The law of people will be universal, it will effective in all parts of the universe.

A new law, new era and new world will begin when we will stand against the force of these patriots. The wall of division will fall down!

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Secret love should become sacred http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=35 http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=35#comments Mon, 14 Feb 2011 18:00:47 +0000 admin http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=35 By William Gomes

Adultery has been, is and will continue to be a part of human existence, the same as marriage is a part of human existence. Adultery produces intense emotions and creates conflict among the people involved, and between sexual desire and a sense of loyalty. Adultery has faced extensive challenges due to opposition from society, the state, religions and politics.

Adultery is a concept that comes out of Judeo-Christian thought. The perception of adultery varies greatly at different times and in different cultures. The definition and consequences differ from person to person, based on a convergence of religion, culture, and legal jurisdiction, but the reason and the results are similar in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. In almost all religions and under religiously motivated laws, adultery is judged as illegal and immoral.

Adultery has been committed by people of different ages, casts, creeds and colors throughout the ages.

It has an important place in literature, including three plays by William Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest English writer of all time. Those plays are “Othello”, “The Winter’s Tale”, and “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, where people’s perception of adultery plays a significant part; still, the plays successfully hide a deeper anxiety about the betrayal of women.

Alfred Kinsey, an American biologist, professor of entomology, and founder of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction conducted a comprehensive study that focused on adultery in America. Depending on studies, it was estimated that approximately 50 percent of all married males had some extramarital experience at some time during their married lives and 26 percent of females had extramarital sex by their forties.

In Western countries, adultery has been decriminalized, especially in the European Union, including Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland and Sweden. Whereas, in other parts of the world, such as Asia and the India subcontinent, the scenario is completely different, and adultery is still treated as a crime by the state and society. In the Philippines, adultery is considered a crime under the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines.

In Saudi Arabia, adultery is treated as a crime, and the punishment for adultery is being stoned to death. In another Islamic country, Pakistan, adultery is a crime under the Hudood Ordinance and is punishable by the death penalty.

Stoning as a punishment for sexual sin is proscribed in Islam and established through the Hadith. The root of the punishment is the Qur’an and the Hadith, where Quranic verses prohibiting adultery include:

“Do not go near to adultery. Surely it is a shameful deed and evil, opening roads (to other evils).” [Qur'an 17:32]

“Say, ‘Verily, my Lord has prohibited the shameful deeds, be it open or secret, sins and trespasses against the truth and reason.”‘ [Qur'an 7:33]

“Women impure are for men impure, and men impure are for women impure and women of purity are for men of purity, and men of purity are for women of purity.” [Qur'an 24:26]

In Matthew’s gospel, Christianity puts forth a more conservative view of adultery, saying “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart”. (Matthew 5:28)

Many lives are being affected because of the ban on extramarital relationships and adultery. A young Christian woman shared with me the following: “My husband has lived abroad for many years. I don’t know when he will be able to come back or when I will go to him. I have sexual desires. I don’t feel bad having sex with someone other than my husband, no matter what religion’s and society’s reasoning is.

Another young woman shared with me the following: “I was bound to get married when I was 16. I didn’t even know what sex was. I was forced to be in bed with a person I didn’t know, and the wild man jumped at me and got his satisfaction, even though it hurt me. I never felt loved by him. Whatever others may say, I am free to enjoy my life and I am doing that. You can call that adultery. I am ready to be called an adulteress if you consider my love as adultery.

Yet another young woman shared with me that she is not satisfied with her husband during sexual intercourse. She said, “I have no way to find a better life partner. I cannot think of loving or being loved by one person.”

As the Henry Louis Mencken said, “Adultery is the application of democracy to love.” The nations need to apply democracy to love, so that many people will be freed from the anguishing situations they are facing because of the dictatorship that rules through laws and religions, so that secret love will become sacred.

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Sin sounds strange and strong http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=31 http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=31#comments Mon, 14 Feb 2011 17:46:10 +0000 admin http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=31 By William Gomes

“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall,” wrote William Shakespeare, expressing the concept of sin in his own way, painting with his pen a vivid picture of “sin” and “sinners.” The mysterious concept of sin starts in religion as a way of introducing the supremacy of a perfect God, while Satan emerges from mystery, as eternal evil produced out of an eternal entity.

In the Abrahamic traditions, sin came into being at the creation of the world, when Satan was introduced and Eve sinned. Adam fell because of Eve, God triumphed and the age of infinity began. It remains a mystery what the source of perfect evil was that produced Satan, how evil came out of the holiest place, and how evil defeated the perfect God and his creation.

In Abrahamic concepts, Lord Jesus Christ claimed that he came for the sinners. On the other hand, the Prophet Mohammed shared his expertise on sin, sinner and Satan and revealed the “satanic verses.”

While many prophets that fall in sin are tilled as sinners, Jesus was bound to come as man to defeat the Satan in mortal body although he is the God of Eden where Adam, Eve and sin prevailed before the world.

The introduction to sin, sinner and Satan really introduces two absolute powers – one is God and the other the evil Satan. That means good deeds are a form of God and evil things go to Satan and become satanic.

The mystery of sin and its creator leaves too many questions such as: what created sin, why and how, and can God sin or not?

While the most negative idea of sin and its relation to Satan come out of a positive God, the mystery lies in the root of God. While Satan and God fight to show their supremacy, man becomes the victim of democracy by a dictator God – the Satan of Eden.

Conceptions of Sin and God vary widely in deism, henotheism and monotheism but one main thing is very common in all religions that there is God and sin.

Religion is the constructive idea of the satanic mystery. Politics has become one of the carriers of religions. As Seneca said, religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.

Currently many religions are also recognized as the religion of the country. There are states based on Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. When two major countries fight over the supremacy of their religion, many are killed and sin sounds strange on the blooded road. God remains defeated and Satan triumphs.

In the 9/11 terror attacks, religious extremism was strongly active and become the inspiration behind the brutal attack. As God is busy to prove that Satan is wrong, all religions fight to prove that they are right and the other is wrong.

The last version of the Eden mystery represents the religion Islam and the fight continues among the satanic mystics that cause the world pain and misery.

A global report on Muslim population worldwide points out that census conducted in more than 200 countries puts the Muslim population at 1.57 billion. This means, nearly 1 in 4 people in the world are Muslims. That represents 23 percent of an estimated world population of 6.8 billion.

The Eden mystery of Sin and satanic dilemma is now affecting the world and will leave the world more on a satanic course. If the world fails to bring an end to the satanic mystery of Eden, the satanic mystery will bring an end to the world.

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Common God, but not a common religion http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=27 http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=27#comments Mon, 14 Feb 2011 17:34:13 +0000 admin http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=27 By William Gomes

There is major fact that every atheist is itching to believe and every believer is itching to doubt, and that is the existence of God. Around the world, religious people and those seeking peace are trying to come up with an abstract concept that there is one God who made all of us.

This idea shocks the minds of people who believe in one God. They do agree that one common God has created them. But just after that, when it comes to the point of religion, the same people who are united by the idea of common God principle isolate themselves on the issue of different religions, like which is the first religion, which is the right religion, and so many other theological points. All the arguments end with, “You are wrong, I am right.” George Bernard Shaw once said, “There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.”

In different religions, people portrayed the image of God in different ways. Mother Teresa said, “I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper’s wounds, I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?” The Hindu religion portrays God with a goddess in thousands of images. Islam portrays God as the highest holiest. Atheists are reluctant to believe in God. God has many names and many images in different countries and religions. John Lennon said, “God is a concept by which we measure our pain.”

In them name of religion, people keep themselves as virgins and do great works, like those of Mother Teresa or the great Ramakrishna. On the other hand, in the name of God, thousands of innocent people have been killed. These brutalities were carried out by the followers of religions following different ethics.

Religion plays a very important role in history and in people’s lives. By dint of religion, we find out great souls like Jesus or the great Ramakrishna. In followers of religion, we see remarkable charity like that of Mother Teresa. We also experience the atrocities committed by Islamic extremists against the Twin Towers, in Mumbai, in Bangladesh, in London, and which are still being done all over the world. All of this happened in the name of religion. Robert Green Ingersoll said, “Religion has not civilized man, man has civilized religion.” But the question is, how civilized is religion?

Seneca the Younger said, “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.” Yes, religion is very useful for the politicians. Bangladesh has witnessed a mass brutalities against its minorities in the name of religion, committed by politically motivated people in 2001.

History also witnessed the brutal killing of six million Jews in the Holocaust in the name of religion. The atheist argues to abolish religion with some belief that believes itself an uncategorized religion indeed. Sheik Abdel-Aziz Ibn Baaz said, “The earth is flat, and anyone who disputes this claim is an atheist who deserves to be punished.”

In the name of religion, the Christians are persecuted in India by hardline Hindus, while Hindus are persecuted by Islamic fascists in Bangladesh. These become the common gifts of religions. The heart of Islam becomes a living graveyard in the name of religion. Rabbi Ya’acov Perin said, “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.” Peace remains elusive in the Middle East in the name of religion.

Where Islam mostly neglects the rights of women, the same religious people are crying to prove themselves as women’s protectors. As a short example, Prophet Mohammed had several wives that even include a nine-year-old child.

Mohandas K. Gandhi said, “The most heinous and the most cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives.” Countless innocents have died, several civilizations have been demolished, and every day, people are suffering because of religious persecution. If it is not possible to stand for a common God, a common religion, then let us stand together for one common reason: peace. The world’s religions should work for world peace.

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Minority groups on the Indian subcontinent http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=23 http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=23#comments Mon, 14 Feb 2011 17:26:03 +0000 admin http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=23 By William Gomes

For centuries, ethnic and religious minorities have been living lives of suffering on the South Asian subcontinent, in the countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan. Minorities are not created by God, but are created by political systems. Before going any further, let us look at the reason why minorities were produced in the region. If you go to India or Pakistan or some other part of the South Asian subcontinent, you will see similar kinds of minorities. In a liberal democracy, we cannot deny minority rights, yet we have failed to protect the minorities from oppression and suppression.

In Europe, minorities were produced by lengthy religious and national wars. There was a need to protect minorities from oppression in Europe, and so there eventually came to be regional guarantees and a charter of human rights, which ensure minority rights.

During colonial rule by the British, the question of minority rights, which had been struggled with in Europe for more than 200 years, reemerged on the Indian subcontinent in a way unique to the Indian situation. The British reinforced the distinct identities of the various ethnic, religious, cultural and linguistic groups in nearly all of the countries of the Subcontinent. The British clearly categorized the identities of these groups in their census and in the manuals for their administrators.

The Partition of India saw India come out from under British rule, which had been established in the mid-eighteenth century. The division of the country into India and Pakistan led the Indian people into one of the great tragedies in human history. Mohandas Gandhi opposed the division of India along the lines of religion, saying, “My whole soul rebels against the idea that Hinduism and Islam represent two antagonistic cultures and doctrines. To assent to such a doctrine is, for me, a denial of God.”

Law and order completely broke down; many died in riots, massacres, or just from the hardships of their flights to safety. What ensued was one of the largest migrations in recorded history. According to Richard Symonds, “At the lowest estimate, half a million people perished and twelve million became homeless.”

A huge population exchange occurred between the two newly-formed states of Pakistan and India. In the aftermath of partition, about 14.5 million people crossed the borders; 7,226,000 Muslims went to Pakistan from India, while 7,249,000 Hindus and Sikhs moved to India from Pakistan. Part of the British scheme to “divide and rule” was ultimately successful; they successfully divided the people who had previously stood united against them.

The legacy of hatred can be seen wherever the British Union Flag flies, from hatred among Hindus, Muslims and Christians in the name of religion, to politics as a force that still divides us. Every day, we are defining a new type of minority. The division continued when, in 1971, an armed conflict pitting West Pakistan against East Pakistan gave birth to a new nation, the independent nation of Bangladesh.

The countries of the South Asian subcontinent, which formerly had colonial, patriarchal state structures and now have new models of governance, are failing to accommodate diversity. In the centralized state structures of most governments, they have failed to include minority groups effectively in the state machinery. Bangladesh and Pakistan are shining examples of this; in Pakistan, from Iskandar Mirza to Asif Ali Zardari or from Liaquat Ali Khan to Yousaf Raza Gillani, not a single religious minority person has been elected president or prime minister of Pakistan for more than five decades. On the other hand, in Bangladesh, the suppressed religious and ethnic minorities have never had one of their own as president or prime minister of Bangladesh; from Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Zillur Rahman or Tajuddin Ahmad to Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the majority has always triumphed over the last four decades.

More than half a century after independence, the countries of the Indian subcontinent are still struggling to resolve majority-minority issues, which are feeding long-running conflicts around the borders and are affecting regional and global security. Whether the Gujarat riot in India in 2002 or the post-election violence in Bangladesh in 1996 and 2001 or any recent attack on Christians in Pakistan, minority issues cause undesirable suffering and extend hatred and extremism all across the world, across all borders and boundaries.

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A world without border http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=11 http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=11#comments Sun, 13 Feb 2011 04:22:23 +0000 admin http://www.williamgomes.org/?p=11 By William Gomes

I dream a world without fear, hatred, tears, soldiers and borders. I dream a world full people, full with love seeking for justice and peace. In future I don’t want to see any military debacle as the Pakistan army and their local agents’ raped 200,000 women and killed over 3 million Bangladeshi people during the liberation war in 1971.

In war and out of war it’s strange to see the people killing each other in the name of protecting their nation. The politician knows very well how to divide the world with borders with different names of nations, how to divide people from people. They divide themselves and urges for unity. The main aim is dividing and ruling the people. All over the world there is a class of people they are ruler, they rules. The people select or elect them in various ways and finally the selected or elected rulers by the people unruly rule them until they fully suppress them. It’s the process of suppression and separation by the politicians for the people.

The war is over between East Pakistan and West Pakistan, a new nation Bangladesh born out of war. I am writing for peace after 40 years of the war, looking for unity not for division among the people of the world. I dream to be united with all the people of the world not with the governments run by the ruler who knows how to rule us by dividing us in nations for their own profits and politics.

Readers may questions me whether I am talking about reconciliation with Pakistan. No, I am talking about the friendly relationship with the people of Pakistan as I desire a friendly relationship with any people else where in the world. I am talking about the reconciliation of world under one umbrella. I desire the whole world with reconcile one day. They will break the border and unite themselves in one name in one world without divisions.

I have had many questions regarding the positions of Peoples of the world regarding the liberation war of 1971. Many people ask for the justifications to support this side or that side in war. I don’t find any cause to support any party in war who kill each others but finds many reasons and ways not to involve in war at any cost. I hope there were people group in both geo graphical location presently named Bangladesh and Pakistan who also wished that there will be no war. I believe even now today there are people who want peace at any situation but not war.

It’s my ideology against war, borders, and divisions and against the rulers. It’s very hard to explain all in one article.

Recently I went to see a full-length feature film “Meherjan” out of curiosity. Before seeing the movie I was not quite sure what the movie is all about but as the movie begin I become spell bound in watching the artistic contribution of the artist of the movie.

Casting stars from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh portrayed a unique unity of love, respect towards women of valour. For me “Meherjan” is a pro- people movie. I honor Jaya Bachchan, Victor Banerjee, Humayun Faridee and Azad Abdul Kalam, Oman Rahim, director Rubaiyat Hossain and all the people related with “Meherjan”.

Pablo Casals said,”The love of one`s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?”. “Meherjan” is breaking the border brining the people together against the ruler who rules people in different name and places but for common purpose.

“Meherjan” portrayed the absolute humanity within the people in all situations even in war; man fights and kills each other, they dies but its love what remains. Love is not blind; it simply enables one to see things others fail to see. “Meherjan” is calling towards the people of nations, its enabling the people who failed to see the love of people around them. It’s calling towards unity of people who seeks justice and peace.

I was discussing with prominent journalist Faruk Wasif regarding his recent writing on “Meherjan”. He showed a special courage and brought wonderful writings on the movie where he sharply reflects his views. During the hour long discussion I was really touched by his love for the people of the world.

Many people have criticized him and nakedly attacked him by illogical arguments. Many even called him “Pakistan er dalal”(Broker of Pakistan). He affirmed that he is against any injustice any where in the world. He said I am against what Israel is doing against Palestine. But I am not against the people of Israel. I am against India when India is killing innocent people in Indo Bangla border but not against the peace loving people of India.

The absolute freedom of speech is absent in Bangladesh. Very recently unfortunately the film was pulled down from theatres.

A news report said “The distributor of the film Meherjaan took it off the theatres in the face of an allegation that the film distorted the history of the country`s independence war and humiliated the freedom fighters and `Biranganas` (women of valour).”

There is always force in every where who always wants people to divide and rule, that people group is in campaigning against the calling of Humanity “Meherjan”.

There was and there is people every where who always is against war and destructions. The government and evil technically forced to stop the screening of “Meherjan” but they will not be able to stop people loving each other promoting the justice and peace crossing the borders. The can stop people in border but not love. “Meherjan” is spreading love crossing the border.

At last I want to quote the saying prominent American social reformer William Lloyd Garrison “My country is the world; my countrymen are mankind.” I dream a world without borders.

William Gomes is a Human Rights Activist and Journalist. Email:williamgomes.org@gmail.com
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