Achievements - Awards - Honours
for South Asian Outlook
Unique Honour for
Outstanding Achievements: Sam Mukherjee
Asian Outlook e-Monthly has won both the awards in the internet category,
which was included for the first time at the
26th Annual Awards Gala of Canadian Ethnic Journalists' and Writers'
was held on June 25 to celebrate the annual awards.
In the internet category,
publisher of the e-magazine
South Asian Outlook for his article
explaining his role in
the ethnic media spectrum.
Photo: Anusha (Globalom Media)
The special stage presentation at the Velma Graham Rogers Theatre
included a bevy of
professional entertainers ranging from magicians to improv comedians to
singers in Polish and Portuguese.
Jean Augustine, Minister of State (Multiculturalism and Status of
Women), Honourable Gerry Phillips, Ontario Management Board chair, Mr.
Joe Pantalone, Deputy Mayor of Toronto, Ms Madeline Ziniak, Mr Ben
Viccari, my fellow award winners, Ladies and Gentlemen!
awards instituted by the club's founder, late Sierhey Khmara Ziniak, 26
years ago, have kept pace with the times by adding internet category for
the first time in this year’s awards. This is recognition of a new
kind of reach and a new kind of means to share information and views.
am honoured to be the first person to be recognised in the internet
category - for the best feature - for my article explaining my/ South
Asian Outlook electronic monthly's role in the ethnic media
award given to me is of special significance to the devoted group of
South Asians and South Asian-origin persons, who, under the umbrella of
Globalom Media, a trans-atlantic venture based in Toronto and Bonn
(Germany), have donated their time, money and effort to produce North
America’s First Independent electronic monthly, which enters its 4th
year with next month's issue.
award is recognition of the contribution of South Asians and South Asian
-origin persons to the mosaic of multiculturalism in Canada.
is historically a nation of immigrants. The history of
immigration to Canada is closely linked with the history of Canada
population today is about 31 million, and 43% of those don’t belong to
the French, British or Aboriginal communities.
Ethnic Journalists’ and Writers’ Club is carrying on its founder’s
legacy and work which embraces the spirit of multiculturalism and the
celebration of diversity.
from the South Asian Outlook are making our humble contribution that
transcends physical, geographical and national boundaries. South Asian
Outlook provides a forum not only for everyone – anywhere in the world
– who is interested in South Asia. It's also a forum for more than 20
million South Asian-origin persons who are spread all over the world.
It's a forum that reconnects them to South Asians in South Asia.
are also transcending time zones by providing this forum on the internet
with no log-in or password.
take this opportunity to thank Canadian Ethnic Journalists’ and
Writers’ Club for the awards for their recognition of my efforts and
that of my colleague, Mr Jay Chauhan.
asked me at a dinner once do you have a newsroom. I told him I don't have
a newsroom, I am the newsroom. But I could not have been the
without the many contributions that came in.
our writers and columnists for their ideas and articles thus making
South Asian Outlook a successful venture.
also thank my colleagues, advertisers and well-wishers for their
take this opportunity to share with you all the good news that Globalom
Media President in Bonn was recently elected as President of the Euforic
Cooperative, Europe's Forum on International Cooperation. This
is a first for a South Asian-origin person in Europe.
but not the least, I thank my wife, Renu, son, Rahul and daughter,
Anusha, for their support and understanding without which I wouldn't
have been able to devote my time to continue bringing out South Asian
you for your attention. Thank you all.
I am not going to read my speech because what I have to say in my written speech has been said by Honourable Minister of Multiculturalism, Jean Augustine, and the President of Canadian Ethnic Journalists and Writer’s Club, Mr. Ben Viccari. I will speak from my heart.
I am grateful for awarding this honour to me for internet writing in the field of Window on Canada and articles written on legal issues. I want to tell you briefly how I ended up in this profession of Journalism. This is my fourth profession.
I first qualified as an Economist with my first degree from the London School of Economics and then got my master’s degree from the University of Berlin in Germany. My marriage Certificate showed me as an Economist.
I was called to the Bar in England and when I came to Canada, like many others, my qualifications as a lawyer were not recognized. I went back to school at York University and got my LL.B. from Canada. I have been practicing in Ontario as a lawyer since 1972.
I also work as a Deputy Judge in Richmond Hill. With these full time occupations, I do not have much time for writing so I do my articles in my pyjamas on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
The reason for my going into journalism is that as a lawyer I found that you deal with problems of one person at a time. As a journalist you can address issues of a whole group. So I have turned to journalism in the last about 10 years. I write articles on legal issues so that the public and newcomers can understand the law and walk the streets of Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver with confidence and make their best contribution to the Canadian society.
I am very grateful for this award this evening. I am proud to get it in Canada because we have a unique opportunity in Canada to share our views in a multicultural society. Ethnic groups are about 40% of the population and they are as a group bigger than the Anglophone group of about 30% and Francophone group which is another about 30 %. We are able to share our views and enjoy the cultures of each other in one country. We do it in peace and harmony. We are a role model for the world.
Thank you for the award.
Unique Honour for
On June 9 2004, the Euforic Cooperative elected Ramesh Jaura as its new President. Jaura (62) brings to Euforic nearly 40 years of experience in the area of global communication and reporting on development affairs. Member of the Board of Directors of the international association IPS (Inter Press Service) and Director of IPS Europe, Ramesh Jaura is also Chairman of the Global Cooperation Council that he co-founded in 1983 under the name North-South Forum. In June 1966, the Federal President of Germany awarded Jaura the Federal Cross on Ribbon for promoting international understanding.
Jaura gladly accepted the Euforic presidency being ready to take up this new challenge. ‘The fact that Euforic is a platform for debate on the Internet and beyond for communities involved in Europe's international cooperation, makes this task rather challenging’ – commented Jaura on his new position. ‘Particularly challenging is to involve the 'South', to make it a genuine international cooperation that is based in Europe.’ – added Jaura.
Euforic is a network of development organisations that brings together different perspectives in one logical site with over 15,000 member web pages. Its goals are to enhance the transparency of Europe's international cooperation policy and to stimulate coordination and coherence in policymaking. Euforic strives for effective and sustainable international cooperation through knowledge-sharing.
(Subhankar) Mukherjee, Contributing Journalist, South Asian Outlook
(previously from Kolkata, India and later from Toronto, Canada) is now
in Vancouver, Canada and is the
first Indian recipient
prestigious VFS Full
Time Scholarship award for Writing for Film, TV and Interactive Media
(2004) for an application judged “exceptional in terms of talent and