Save Sukhia- Rohtas Dhaba,St Stephen's College
  • Petitioned Mr Valson Thampu

This petition was delivered to:

Principal,St.Stephen's College,Delhi
Mr Valson Thampu
Chairperson Supreme Council & Governing Body, St. Stephen’s College,
Rt. Rev. Bishop Sunil Kumar Singh
Senior Alumni in the St.Stephen's College Committee
Mr Manmohan Sarin
Principal's nominee(alumni) in Governing Body
Dr. S.Y. Quraishi

Save Sukhia- Rohtas Dhaba,St Stephen's College

    1. Ashish Joshi
    2. Petition by

      Ashish Joshi

      New Delhi, India

Rohtas Dhaba is a phenomenon and all St.Stephen's College, eminent alumni make it a point to get themselves photographed with him, as the dhaba is considered part of Stephanian lore and heritage.Further,the treatment being meted out to Rohtas is at variance with humanitarian principles. Sukhia- Rohtas Dhaba is a College Institution and its removal from the College for Stephanians will be tantamount to a sacrilege.

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    1. College Administration has not yet issued a formal statement

      Ashish Joshi
      Petition Organizer

      The College has not yet issued a formal statement.

      The Online Petition signature campaign will continue until a formal statement is issued by the College Administration guaranteeing justice for Rohtas and allowing Rohtas to sell more items including rolls to make his small business viable and sustainable. Till today 1024 Stephanians across the world have signed the Online Petition.

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. HT News ITEM: Stephanians boycott Cafe to support Dhaba owner

      Ashish Joshi
      Petition Organizer

      Stephanians boycott cafe to support dhaba owner
      Hindustan Times

      The St Stephen’s alumni are following the Gandhian way to protest the curb imposed by the college authorities on Rohtas Dhaba. Boycotting the college café, located just next to the dhaba, is what some alumni are advocating since one of the college administration’s arguments behind


      not allowing the eatery to sell rolls was to avoid any competition with the cafe.
      “The best way to protest is by boycotting the cafetaria. Sukhiya (the dhaba owner) is being unfairly targeted,” said Dilip Simeon, a former Stephenian and a well-known historian, who taught at Ramjas College for 20 years.
      Link:
      http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Stephenians-boycott-cafe-to-support-dhaba-owner/Article1-943268.aspx

    4. Principal St. Stephen's College invites Alumni for a Meeting

      Ashish Joshi
      Petition Organizer

      Prasanto K Royhas made this post regarding the invitation from the Principal
      " I quote from that conversation thread: Valson Thampu, October 6: "I shall be pleased to hear out all alumni who have a concern on this matter (even if they don't care enough for Rohtas to make them want to put their hands into their pockets for his sake) between 4 pm and 5 pm on Thursday the 18th of October in the Principal's Office. Everyone, including Ashish Munna Joshi and his mentors, is welcome."

    5. Complaint sent to National Human Rights Commission

      Ashish Joshi
      Petition Organizer

      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      Subject: Complaint to National Human Rights Commission of India
      To: covdnhrc@nic.in
      The Chairperson,
      NHRC
      Respected Sir,
      This is to bring to your kind notice the gross violation of principles of natural justice, human rights and denial of equal opportunity to Shri Rohtas, who along with his father late Shri Sukhia has been running the Dhaba in St. Stephen's College for more than fifty years...........
      Rohtas's family is dependent on the Dhaba. If his business is made non-viable then he would be forced to close down the dhaba. At his age he cannot find another job. He will not be able to look after his family and the family will lose livelihood and hunger will stare at them ...............
      In view of the above, I , on behalf of the concerned Stephanians, is constrained to seek justice for Shri Rohtas from the NHRCon the grounds of principles of natural justice, protection of human rights and equal opportunity.

    6. Email sent today to the Respondents in the Petition

      Ashish Joshi
      Petition Organizer

      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      From: Ashish Joshi <ashishchandrajoshi@gmail.com>
      Date: Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 11:55 PM
      Subject:
      To: vthampu@gmail.com, bishopsunilsingh@yahoo.com, justice.sarin@gmail.com, syquraishi@gmail.com

      To
      1.Mr Valson Thampu,Principal,St.Stephen's College
      2.Rt. Rev. Bishop Sunil Kumar Singh ,Chairperson Supreme Council
      3.Mr Manmohan Sarin, Senior Alumni in the St.Stephen's College Committee
      4.Dr. S.Y. Quraishi ,Principal's nominee(alumni) in Governing Body

      Respected Sirs,

      As you are aware an online signature campaign-petition has been started on 14th September, 2012 to 'Save Rohtas and Sukhia Dabha" in St. Stephen's College.

      2. The Online signature Petition was started after the following was brought to the notice of the Old Stephanians in facebook group "Stephanians" platform by Ms Nandita Narain,Professor in the College. The message of Ms Narain is

    7. The Respondents fail to respondent. Next course of Action

      Ashish Joshi
      Petition Organizer

      The Respondents in the Petition viz.,Mr Valson Thampu Principal,St.Stephen's College,Delhi ,Rt. Rev. Bishop Sunil Kumar Singh, Chairperson Supreme Council & Governing Body, St. Stephen’s College,Mr Manmohan Sarin Senior Alumni in the St.Stephen's College Committee and Dr. S.Y. Quraishi Principal's nominee(alumni) in Governing Body have failed to respond to the Petition . They have not yet issued a formal guaranteeing justice for Rohtas and allowing Rohtas to sell more items including rolls to make his small business viable and sustainable.
      It is proposed to file a complaint in the Human Rights Commission of India under sections 13 and 17 of The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 ,as amendedby Protection ofHuman Rights (Amendment)Act,2006-No.43 of20061 read with article 6, 7(c) nternational Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural RightsAdopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI) of 16 December 1966 {http://www2.ohchr.org/en

    8. College Administration has not yet issued a formal statement

      Ashish Joshi
      Petition Organizer

      The College has not yet issued a formal statement.

      The Online Petition signature campaign will continue until a formal statement is issued by the College Administration guaranteeing justice for Rohtas and allowing Rohtas to sell more items including rolls to make his small business viable and sustainable. Till today 830 Stephanians across the world have signed the Online Petition.

    9. Reached 750 signatures
    10. Metro,son of Rohtas has been asked not to sit & assist in the Dhaba

      Ashish Joshi
      Petition Organizer

      It has been informed that Metro,son of Rohtas has been asked by the College Authorities to not to assist Rohtas and sit in the Dhaba.
      We are yet to hear regarding any decision to allow Rohtas to sell more items including rolls.
      The Online Petition signature campaign will continue until a formal statement is issued by the College Administration guaranteeing justice for Rohtas and allowing Rohtas to sell more items including rolls to make his small business viable and sustainable. Till today 735 Stephanians have signed the Online Petition.

    11. The Main Issue Remains Unresolved by the College Authorities

      Ashish Joshi
      Petition Organizer

      The main issue is allowing small business to remain viable and sustainable. Rohtas epitomises small business. The college Authorities have stopped Rohtas from selling more items like Rolls.He had been selling Rolls for last 5 years , a fact confirmed by former Dean of the College, Ms Nandita Narain.
      The College Authorities have conveyed that the Dhaba would not be removed. Infact, few days back a meeting taken by the Principal , was attended by Fmr High Court Judge Manmohan Sarin, a senior Alumni in College Committee, Mr Bobby Kewal Ramani,an Alumni in College Committee (incidentally he is a partner of Dilip Cherian of a PR firm called Perfect Relations) and others including S. Bickchandani, CEO of Naukri.Com.
      But they failed to allow Rohtas to sell more items including Rolls. What does Rohtas do with a Dhaba, if he cannot have a viable business. It is a typical case of forced economic deprivation, where he would be forced to close down his business and in its trail the iconic Dhaba

    12. Answer Given to the Question posed regarding Rolls

      Ashish Joshi
      Petition Organizer

      A question has been posed :
      "What is your real motive behind this bizarre campaign, Mr Joshi? Surely it cannot be all about a chicken roll that no one, including Rohtas, seriously cares about.est development here."
      Our Answer is under:
      "It is all about sensitivity and attitude towards poor.Please don't trivialize the issue . It is about Rohtas being able to run a viable and sustainable business.He needs to be allowed to sell more itmes including rolls, so that his small business continues to be viable. What does he do with the Dhaba, if he is unable to meet his ends and continue to be economically deprived.We are appalled at complete lack of sensitivity towards Rohtas which is unbecoming of any Stephanian or a right thinking person."

    13. Feelers received regarding Statement but limited

      Ashish Joshi
      Petition Organizer

      Feelers have been received from College Authorities as under :
      "If the college issues a statement that all is resolved amicably, then can we close the petition and this chapter..... Pls consider for the good of all...."
      In response we have stated the following:
      "The statement has to be very specific.(a) That Rohtas will be allowed to sell more items including rolls (b) In view of the sentiments conveyed by Stephanians Sukhia-Dhaba will not be removed from the College.
      Hence, the Online Petition signature campaign will continue until a formal statement is issued by the College Admn. signed by Chairperson Supreme Council & Governing Body,Principal, Mr Manmohan Sarin,senior Alumni in College Committee and Dr SY Quraishi,Principal's nominee (alumni) in Governing Body, guaranteeing justice for Rohtas and allowing Rohtas to sell more items including rolls to make his small business viable and sustainable.

    14. News Item of Online Campaign in Times of India

      Ashish Joshi
      Petition Organizer

      Online drive to save Rohtas rolls
      TNN | Sep 19, 2012, 06.36AM IST
      Article
      Comments
      NEW DELHI: Stephanians are not about to take the disappearance of rolls from Rohtas Dhaba lying down. A signature campaign to "Save Sukhiya-Rohtas Dhaba, St Stephen's College" has been started online to rally in support. By Monday evening, the petition had been signed by over 500 supporters many of whom has left messages on the page.

      The first alert was sent out by St Stephen's Maths professor, Nandita Narain. She had made a post on a closed group on a social networking site describing how Rohtas's son had told her that college authorities had banned him from selling rolls, that he had to stick to nimbu pani, samosa and gulab jamun. Apparently, that move came after government auditors conducting "space audit" of the college pointed out that Rohtas was using college space without

      http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Online-drive-to-save-Rohtas-rolls/articleshow/16458577.cmscms

    15. Request for a Formal Statement from College Authorities

      Ashish Joshi
      Petition Organizer

      The Online Petition signature campaign will continue until a formal statement is issued by the College Admn. signed by Chairperson Supreme Council & Governing Body,Principal, Mr Manmohan Sarin,senior Alumni in College Committee and Dr SY Quraishi,Principal's nominee (alumni) in Governing Body, guaranteeing justice for Rohtas and allowing Rohtas to sell more items including rolls to make his small business viable and sustainable. Rohtas is not just a salesman in the campus but a part and parcel of Stephanian family.

    16. Approach of College Auth & Executive Alumni Members

      Ashish Joshi
      Petition Organizer

      The Online Signature Petition Campaign has forced a meeting of Principal, Mr Manmohan Sarin,Kewal Ramani et al yesterday in College. However, they are yet to allow Rohtas to sell more items like rolls ,which would make his small business viable and sustainable. We are shocked to inform regarding their approach towards the feelings of Stephanians, as exhibited through the signature campaign. Their approach is epitomised by what one of the College Executive Members, Mr Prasanto K. Roy has said regarding the online signature campaign.It is quoted as under:"In this case, let's not kid ourselves. Justice Sarin, Bobby, et al do not care two hoots about the petition."-Prasanto.K. Roy.

    17. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Asif Wyne LAHORE, PAKISTAN
      • 8 months ago

      it is matter of survival of a family. Please act in good faith.Some body desperately asking for help.

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      • 8 months ago

      It's my College. It always will be. I cannot let nonsense happen.

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    • Richa Rajesh INDIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Some things and people are integral part of an institution's heritage having been associated with the institution forever with their love, service, attachment. Rohtas Dhaba is one of such things for St.Stephen's College. No one has the right to sever that connection.

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    • REENA PANIKAR CORAL SPRINGS, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Sukhia-Rohtas Dhaba is an institution in itself and very definitely a part of Stephanian history.

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    • Ankur Anand SEATTLE, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      Dhaba was an integral part of my college experience. It has served college and the community for ages; rather than supporting him - college is trying to uproot him - HOW SHAMEFUL.

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