Ask any Indian South African about Devi Sankaree Govender and they will tell you about her straight-forward attitude when she worked on national radio station, Lotus FM, based in Durban. 24 years later, she uses that same straight-forwardness to expose corruption, informs the public about critical issues facing the country and reminds us that the voices of ordinary South Africans matter.
It is 2017, a year of celebration. The city of Montreal will be celebrating three hundred seventy-five years as a municipality, emerging as the result of many cultures coming together and co-existing as one entity. Canada as a nation will be celebrating one hundred fifty years of Confederation tomorrow, where British colonies in North America came together in a united effort of solidarity and shared values, resulting in the diverse, multicultural society that is Canada today.
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Like many first generation diaspora Tamils, I grew up not really speaking Tamil. I spent the majority of my college years and early adulthood chastising my parents for not having taught me when I was young. Being an adult made it much harder to learn a language. Being an adult also made me responsible for my life choices. I wanted to speak Tamil.