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Its time to make our own way as an independent nation

As my knowledge and understanding of independence evolves, so does my frustration at how complicated the issue is being made into.
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As someone from the Asian/Indian culture, I have grown up in extended families and have found it to be a mixed bag – both rewarding experience if the communication is open, transparent and the ethos is the same to support the family unit and meet the needs of each of the individual members whilst maintaining a healthy equilibrium, to the complete opposite, when one or two family members are contributing more on every level to trying to keep the family on an equal keel, but due to the other members not pulling their weight, and manipulating the situation, communication breaks down, that no one listens or wishes to be heard and there is complete and utter meltdown leading to open conflict and separation.

In both situations, there comes a time when it’s the healthiest option to strike out on your own. You can do it with the good wishes and open communication on how to divide assets and share knowledge and advice on how to set up your new home.  Or you could create maximum drama leading to expensive court cases, mudslinging and right down embarrassing behaviour. But the outcome is the same, only in the second case,  you strike out on your own but knowing it will take a very long time to rebuild that trust and communication.

It translates across to how I see the relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK.  Yes Scotland are building a picture of hope and vision, being open, transparent, and communicative, and showing the bigger picture of how Scotland could flourish as an independent nation, with a healthy relationship with the rest of the UK, but are being met at every turn with a barrage of negativity, abuse and downright lies by the opposition.

If one side repeatedly says ‘let’s sit down and talk’ to be counteracted by ridicule, it makes the process longer. It also makes Yes Scotland look like the more mature of the two campaigns, progressive and outward looking, with the Better Together lot looking jaded, holding tightly onto tradition and values which are no longer practised by their own political elk, based on fear and misunderstandings and lies. It’s time to talk. Let’s get down to business and talk independence.
We the people of Scotland are owed at least that much common courtesy.

 
By NN Riaz

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A #YesGain for YesScotland at the CAMASS event

I was delighted to be asked to take part in the 10 year celebrations of CAMASS and to be asked to speak at their event. They showed nnr3outstanding hospitality to us as their guests throughout the evening.

Sitting in a debate for the first time ever as a panellist representing Yes Scotland, Women for Independence and Scots Asians for Yes was an interesting experience. I was joined by Chris Glendenning who was an excellent speaker and a representation for Yes Youth and Students.

The better together campaign representatives were ex MP Maria Fyffe and Labour Councillor Martin Elloray.

I had been asked to speak about Independence and the role we as ethnic minorities can play in this debate.  We all spoke well and passionately for and against independence and we were delighted to have won the debate, due mainly to the very capable young man Chris and I working as a team. Overall it was a very pleasant evening

The ex -MP Maria Fyffe bought with her a female guest. The female guest  made a statement about the Yes Scotland campaign and the SNP being European style nationalists and insidiously inferred that we were racists and that the audience members would have no one to blame but themselves if an independent Scotland went down the route of other USSR breakaway states, in how they treated incomers.

Let me assure you that we rebutted and corrected her confidently and quickly with the support of the chair and the audience. Is it acceptable to bring along guests that would create fear and panic in a support group of an ethnic minority group, where many of its members had gone through much adversity to enter the UK? To someone like me, it was outrageous that someone as experienced as an member of Parliament would bring along a guest that would stoop to such a low level. The better together campaign is based on FEAR and fear alone. They have NOTHING new to offer. There is no vision, just more of the same bleakness of an English United Kingdom disintegrated day by day and lurching further to the right, where Scotland moves further to the left and is based purely on its basis for a fair and socially just society for all the residents that live in Scotland, irrespective of where they come from.

I would have more respect if the information that is shared to the public is transparent and evidence based rather than the political posturing I was witness to by the Labour/Tory coalition under the umbrella of #bettertogether  that evening.

The icing on the cake that evening was that we -Yes Scotland won the debate , which showed that a well balanced argument based on common sense and respect for the audience was vital to get across a consistent message and vision – that change does not have to be scary, not if we all support each other along the journey and add to the debate that enriches it rather than sours the taste.

Nighet Riaz

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Welcome to Scottish Asians For Independence for Scotland

Details of Launch event coming soon

Introduction

We are an open and diverse network of people who have settled in Scotland from the Asian sub-continent and who support independence for Scotland and will work with others for a Yes vote in the referendum. We will ensure that there will be a space for our voices and interests in the campaign. Independence will create opportunities for all of us to engage in developing a fully democratic vision for Scotland’s future.

One of the main proponents of civic national pride, the late Bashir Ahmad MSP, described it best when he said:

“It doesn’t matter where you come from; it is where we go together as a nation.”

We look forward to adding your stories to our blog and joining us in our movement towards making Scotland a strong independent nation striving for social justice and a more equal and fairer society.

Lawyer, producer, actress and mother of four, Tasmina Sheikh is a talented woman.  She believes Scotland has the talent to flourish as an independent country.Hear Tasmina speak about Scotland’s diverse and talented people.

Tasmina is a partner with a Glasgow law firm, a TV producer for Elysee Productions International Limited, as well as an accomplished actress.  She is the Chair and Founder of Scottish Asian Womens Association and recently won “Professional of the Year” at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards.

If you agree with us, join us and show your support by signing the Yes Declaration.

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