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William Gomes, a Poet with PowerBonnie King Salem-News.com
Our revolutionary poet is causing a stir in his native country of Bangladesh, where human rights are often nonexistent.
(SALEM) - William Nicholas Gomes; a promising name, a poet, journalist and human rights activist. He is well known for his outspoken, impartial, uncompromising position on the issues of human rights violations. He is an ambassador of peace, who advocates democracy and rule of law, on issues worldwide.
I have had the chance to work with this moving individual; he is an assistant editor of Salem-News.com and the human rights ambassador for our news site. William has worked for world famous human rights organization Asian human rights commission (AHRC).
Recently his web site www.williamgomes.org has been blocked in Bangladesh by the fascist government. It is believed that the root cause is very recent poem “Anti State” and “Pen” which were written and published on the website by the revolutionary poet William Gomes.
William's only weapon is his pen and he penned two poems and that have shocked and challenged the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, and her fascist government.
The ruling government is well known for the corruption, extrajudicial killings, torture and growing number of disappearances country wide.
William writes against the injustice in his poem, “Anti state”,
“They sell ALLAH, RAM, BUDDHA, JESUS!”
In this line, the poet has very artfully clearified how the politicians use religions for political gain; he said that they sell religion. He stresses for the need of religious freedom.
“They have declared war on people
They have declared war on peace”
Here, the poet challenges the state mechanism of Bangladesh in very critical way, and defines the character of the state towards its people while saying that those who are in power have declared war on people, on peace.
It again glorifies the position and understanding of the society and people of Bangladesh and his desire for peace and his belonging to the people.
He also stressed in his anger, that he will he burn them all into ashes and again he stresses peace saying
I find a very modern poetic pace in this poem and also appreciate the way it conveys a deep sense of understanding of poetry's application with relation to people, politics and the state system of Bangladesh.
He has seen the people struggle; in fact he knows the people’s suffering so keenly, because he himself has experienced the suffering.
As he is revolutionary he never walked the path of violence but took the pen and wrote poems against the state. This is what has transformed both William and his website into a target of the Bangladesh government.
________________________________________Bonnie King has been with Salem-News.com since August '04, when she became Publisher. Bonnie has served in a number of positions in the broadcast industry; TV Production Manager at KVWB (Las Vegas WB) and Producer/Director for the TV series "Hot Wheels in Las Vegas", posts as TV Promotion Director for KYMA (NBC), and KFBT (Ind.), Asst. Marketing Director (SUPERSHOPPER MAGAZINE), Director/Co-Host (Coast Entertainment Show), Radio Promotion Director (KBCH/KCRF), and Newspapers In Education/Circulation Sales Manager (STATESMAN JOURNAL NEWSPAPER). Bonnie has a depth of understanding that reaches further than just behind the scenes, and that thoroughness is demonstrated in the perseverance to correctly present each story with the wit and wisdom necessary to compel and captivate viewers.
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