Wake up and smell the coffee!


The weekend was truly momentous with the arrival of Equal Marriage from Saturday 29 March 2014. After observing the progress of EM over the past 18-months I was beginning to feel euphoric in the lead up to Saturday. BBC Midlands Masala, catering for South Asian communities across the West Midlands covered this topic in Sunday’s programme. The irony is: whilst we now have Equal Marriage in England and Wales most (British) South Asians still feel unable to come out to their parents and families. How do we get to a better tomorrow?

The programme is presented by Ray Khan sitting in for Arshia Riaz and is available online until next Sunday. The first hour has the most coverage on the subject. I’m on from 14:25 – 23:45.

We have some listeners reaction to Equal Marriage from 28:39 – 29:46.

Fiyaz Mughal, Director of Faith Matters joins from 30:05 – 34:37.  He makes some very valid points on human behaviour being dynamic and not static and envisions more acceptance over the next two decades.

Satbir, an articulate voice, a teacher of a Sikh background is on from 34:48 – 37:28.

And from 37:38 – 41:55 a female caller talks about her Muslim Pakistani friend forced into an arranged marriage.

In all, a progressive programme on Equal Marriage and its relevance to South Asian communities in England and Wales. Well done BBC! Listen to the programme here.  But we have so much more to do.

The final point which I didn’t make in the programme is: as fellow humans we have a responsibility to support our family members, friends and communities to come to terms with themselves, to learn to accept themselves, to become who they (really) are by being true to themselves… to release the unique bright spark that we all are.


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