Tommy Koh, Diplomat Par Excellence & Ambassador-of-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore. Past Chair of the National Arts Council.
A pivotal message she received in December 2019, at the time of her father's last days. When the Covid-19 Pandemic hit leading to the Global Lockdowns from end January 2020, she realised how important it was to embrace the discomfort and the obstacles faced and ensure that Golden Door - Truth & Integrity of the Written Word was launched successfully.
There is so much that is written, and there is so much that is spoken, be it on digital or print published material, social media and more. The exponential proliferation of text is a sign that each of us is left to search for the fragments of truth (or more often than not, mindless entertainment) in our frantic, scattered regimen of reading each year. Misinformation is stealing the trust that was originally there. The trust lost in the information that we read, leading to the trust lost with experts and authorities. Ultimately, trust lost in the common man.
And through this pursuit for Written Truth, Tahira partnered with Dr Kirpal Singh, who willingly step in to the support this important initiative. He is Singapore's renown literary and cultural critic who chairs the Golden Door Judging Panel. The Judging Panel comprise of a distinguished group of internationally acclaimed writers, speakers and academia from the USA, India and Australia.
Founder of Through The Golden Door
And the Golden Door Awards.
Jim Cathcart was the Golden Door 2020 Guest of Honour.
Top TEDx Speaker with about 1 Million views, Author of 18 books, Recipient of the Golden Gavel Award, and on the Sales & Marketing Hall of Fame in 2020.
Raising up the Written Truth
We need to recognize and reward the key texts that not only shift away from falsities but also play a part in creating a positive impact by delivering good works. Many of these texts never have the chance to surface to the public due to the lack of the commercial value or marketing know-how, leaving them undiscovered.
As part of this 'age of concentration', we must begin an effort to determine what information is truly essential for us to read and assimilate. We would also need an intellectual harbour that can help prevent us from drowning in all the information.
The Awards and the Medals
In a world where most awards are fixed, need to be lobbied for and where most awards are marketing campaigns, it was decided to institute awards that would be given to people based solely on the credibility of their work.
For the main awards, there are 3 categories : the Golden Door Non-Fiction Book Award, Golden Door Non-Fiction Essay/Blog Award and Golden Door Poem Award. Then, there is the Golden Door - REX Karmaveer Truth-writer Fellowship & Chakra Awards, where a greater emphasis in the judging process is given to Truthteller - Writers who are Change Champions. This medal is empowered by the Karmaveer Chakra instituted by iCONGO in partnership with the United Nations,
The Golden Door Awards Inauguration
Participation from 15 countries across Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe and North America.
300+ News & Media sites. Digital Journal, Daily Herald, FOX, WRCBtv, HRM Asia, Goa Herald, Asia One , The Chronicle and more.
Featured on multiple Digital TV platforms such as Allatra TV (Middle East), LernGlobal on RokuTV and more.
Featured on Singapore's prominent radio station 89.3 Money FM with Glenn van Zutphen, BusinessFit Magazine (Belgium) and more.
Singapore's Newsroom Veteran, Investor and Author
International Bestselling Author of the LASHKAR and the RAVINDER GILL series
Bestselling Author, Inspirational Orator/Storyteller, Leadership/Life Coach, Missionary Entrepreneur, Mentor, Crusader, Champion Of Change, Just Another Volunteer and Architect of global movements like The Joy Of Giving, RIGHT every WRONG, REX, Karmaveer Awards, Swachh Bharat Mission and others.
Author, Past member of the Nepali Congress party & current Vice President of Nepal Art Council, Sagar was born in February 1938 in Baber Mahal palace, Kathmandu and holds an MA in Jurisprudence from University of Oxford.
Women Icons Award Winner & one of Singapore’s Ten Influential Professional speakers by the Singapore Business review
Cathy is an Inspirational Speaker, ICF-Certified Professional Coach, Mentor, Mediator, Professional Facilitator, President of Asia Professional Speakers Singapore