AISV Chairman’s Message

He is 44 years old, a musician, actor, singer, and play wright. He produced a TV series and a film, which became very popular, and today he is the most loved, most genuine, popular, and charismatic President of Ukraine. Yes, I am talking about President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

His rise to power was destined because “The film he was directing was cantered on Vasily Petrovich Goloborodko born c. 1978), a Ukrainian politician and former high school history teacher serving as the 5th President of Ukraine. He was unexpectedly elected to the post after one of his students at his school in Kyiv recorded his rant about corruption in the country and uploaded the footage to YouTube. Goloborodko became an Internet sensation overnight, and his students started a crowdfunding campaign to get him to run in Ukraine's presidential election, which he eventually won in a landslide. (Played by Volodymyr Zelenskyy)”

President Zelenskyy did not even in his wildest dream realize that one day he would be thrust into a proper life role to fight Russia’s war on Ukraine. Unfortunately, the war was started by Mr Putin, President of Russia, a psychopath. A psychopath is described as a mentally unstable person, especially a person who has a narcissistic and antisocial personality, is marked by a lack of remorse for one's actions, an absence of empathy for others, and often criminal tendencies.

Putin has destroyed the nation of Ukraine by indiscriminate bombing and missile strikes. The harrowing images of the unwanted destruction of beautiful cities and infrastructure are seen on TV.

Putin has started World War three, has caused colossal infrastructure destruction in Ukraine, and has killed innocent men, women, and children with no qualm or remorse. I am surprised that no one has “taken him out.”

The Russian Army has lost heavily on the Western front with an estimated loss of tens of thousands of soldiers and a large flotilla of tanks and heavy armaments. The Ukrainians have been fighting with courage and vigour to defend their motherland and have not lost any significant cities yet to the might of the Russian Army.

I grew up in my world with the fact that the Sikhs and Gurkhas were the most valiant soldiers ever. They fought in World War I, World War II, and local wars to the last without surrendering to the enemy. I find that the Ukrainian soldiers are fighting with the zest and courage, no different from the Sikhs and the Gurkhas.

I was not born at the time of the second world war and only read about the atrocities committed during the war. I did not want to be sitting idle and not contributing in one way or the other to show my solidarity with the Ukrainians. Along with my daughter’s father-in-law, George, a Polish national, went to a silent rally in the city to support the Ukrainians. Holding a placard "Stop the War on Ukraine" gave George and me the satisfaction that we were not merely silent spectators but actively participating with our fellow Ukrainians to stop the war.

Finally, I would like to congratulate the Hon. Anthony Albanese and the Labour party for winning the election. I am sure Mr Albanese would make a good Prime Minister.

Dr. Gurdip Aurora,
Chairman AISV
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