A pws from Pakistan, let us call him YM, wanted to join a TISA whatsapp group. The admin contacted me. I said: yes, why not? YM is as much a stammerer as me or you- and needs some help. After all, many of us have drawn inspiration from Julia Irani’s videos. Haven’t we? I personally know that almost 7 out of ten Communication workshops have used her video, to explain what acceptance means in action – especially for a young Pakistani woman.
So, YM was added and after a day, he was thrown out – because of objections raised by some members. I am not sure if I should be happy or sad about it and pull my hairs out (not much left anyway). The basic facts remain- that YM is a pws and after joining this whatsapp group, he did not post or discuss Religion, Politics or Defense issues. So, what happened? How did we become so insecure and narrow minded? As far as I know, TISA nowhere encourages or permits, discrimination based on religion, caste, nationality, gender, ability, age, color, language..
So, tell me, everyone out there, reading this post, what should be our stand in future? It is time that we look beyond our tongue, into our hearts. I am pointing no fingers- but want to know if I am WRONG in thinking of TISA as a people’s movement ABOVE such discrimination and narrow divisions. Have I lost it? Totally?
BTW, I would like to congratulate YM for exemplary maturity shown by him: he left the group, started a new one and invited some of us to be a member of his group.
Guys, dont sit on the wall. Take a stand.