No Religion - No Caste.. One More Option Please..
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Dear Friends / Sir / Madam !
We Humbly wants to bring these few lines to your kind notice. Our's is an Inter caste and Inter religious marriage. We have different Caste and Religious Origins. Of course one of us believe in religion and others do not follow any religion. We have decided not to impart any caste and religious beliefs to our children. But, In our Country there is no option to claim for the people with Non Religious and No Caste practice. We are asking for one more option to claim as "No Religion and No caste" .. Existing formats are not allowing any individual who wants to claim his/her identity outside the Religion.
We submit that We are filed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) precisely for two reasons that our elder daughter Spandana is studying in 10th Class now and going to come out of the school by March 2017. Our problem remains same, because, in the Board of Secondary Education, Telangana State SSC Examination March-2017 Online Application it is a must to fill in Religious status of the student, without which the application remains incomplete. Under the Religion column – the options given are 1.Hindu, 2.Islam, 3.Christian, 4.Sikhism, 5.Buddhism, 6.Jainism 7.Others. The “Others” option also prescribed under Religion Column only. There is no option for Non Religious Identity. At this crucial moment we were forced to fill " Others " against our will and wish in the online format. Despite our repeated requests to all the respondent Authorities particularly of school education to consider our requisition and give us a provision to claim our child’s status as Non Religious and No Caste there is no response. This online examination application format will decide for all future purposes such as School leaving Certificate /TC and even the SSC certificate. We filled our elder daughter's online application format under protest. More over in another one month, after her completion of 10 th class we have to obtain School Transfer Certificate again we have to face the same problem as we faced during our younger daughter Sahaja's admission. It is not a problem with any school but it is a problem with the state/ national policy by not giving an extra Option/ Column for Non Religious and No Caste People.
Indian census also recording people of 6 Religions - Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism and 7th Identity as " Religion not Stated" which is also not a right expression for Non Religious people. According to 2011 census the number of " Religion Not Stated " people are 28.7 lakhs. They must be categorized scientifically. Right from Birth to Death where ever needed there should be one more Option/ Column to claim i.e., No Religion and No caste who ever wants to opt for it.
"Right to have Religion means equally Not to have any Religion also" - It was the interim order given by the justice in April, 2010 in response to our the writ petition filed by us during the joining of our younger daughter Sahaja into the school (in the light of Article-25 of our constitution). In a changing society let us respect all Identities properly. Already we are democratic in the case of Third gender and Regional aspiration like Telangana in the recent past. Let us fight for the people who wants to be Non Religious and No caste also. Let us address and attend the emerging Identities in the society. Let us Identify people outside the Religion and Caste also. We request one and all to stand and support this democratic demand.
Actually this is not new but ignored since centuries. We have the traditions of Chaarvaakas, Lokayats, Atheists, Humanists, Radical Humanists, Socialists, Communists.. etc., It is an ignored and neglected Identity. We humbly request all of you to support our cause. We submit that while saying all this We are alive to the practice of the caste inequalities and the need of Reservation Policy in our country. We are not against mentioning the caste or religious identity for utilizing or availing reservations for the deserving people.
Finally an appeal from our side is - You may be Religious or with any other faith that is not the matter, whether we can respect and up hold the democratic spirit or not is matters.. We humbly request each one of you and expect to support us for this cause. We humbly request all the parties, peoples organisations to pass a resolution in support of our cause. We also request to make petitions in all the states of our country seeking one more option for “No religion, No Caste”. Let us achieve the dreams of all our great social reformers and revolutionaries who all dreamt for a society free of caste and creed prejudice.We are sure that it will pave a better way for future generations. Please Sign and Share extensively...
Thanking you all.. .
With Regards and All Best Wishes..
Parents of Spandana and Sahaja -
D.V.Ramakrishna Rao ( @ Ramki ) and S.Clarance Krupalini
Note : 1. If you are convinced with our point - Please sign and share the Petition link Extensively on your face book, blogs, mails, WhatsApps, all other available means so that we can consolidate the opinion in a big way..
2. Please share to the needy and people presently facing such problem during the admission as well as leaving school, during census recording and where ever it is needed
3. Please give us information if any such option available in other states of our Country
4. Please give us information on such Exemplary Formats Worldwide where ever Nations given a Separate Option for Non Religious people
5. Mail IDs for Contact - firstname.lastname@example.org,
Mobile No - 9989189250
6. Our Advocate - Mr. D.Suresh Kumar,
Mobile No - 9182620682
Date:16th March,2017, Hyderabad
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