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Petition to Government of Tamilnadu, MK Stalin, Kanimozhi Karunanidhi

Bring Back Chennai Sangamam

Hi, I am Sakthivel Paneerselvam, hailing from Coimbatore but I have settled in Chennai for the past 10 years for work. We shifted to Chennai in 2008. During the years 2009,2010 and 2011, I used to take my dad from Iyyapanthangal to Valasarwalkam to watch Chennai Sangamam. Chennai Sangamam is a big thing for us. During my childhood days there used to be in the temple festival music instrument called Jamab i.e., Thudumbattam. Now recently when I visited my native in Sulur temple festival I was quite shocked when I saw there was Janda Melam and Nasik Dhole where it used to be a competition between different Thudumbattam teams. On other occasions too I could only find Jhanda melam. I have been part of various events involved in the forms of art that takes me on the path to reviving our native art. It has been 10 years since we had Sangamam since the streets were filled with our artists from across the state. For me, Sangamam is not just an event but a huge convention of arts. Over the last few years, I have seen and been engaged in Parai workshops, in fact during the pre-covid era, I came up with an initiative called “ Start-Up Pongal “, an idea that was conceived while we were trying to bring Thudumbattam from Coimbatore to Chennai. My son is a trained Parai performer and I can play Parai too. COVID-19 has done a lot of damage to all of us, some physically, mentally and economically, an entire community which not only just entertain us but holds the key to keeping the culture going for years to come has been hit badly. When I think about the current situation being reviving the lives of these people and bringing them back to the limelight, the only thing that lingers in the mind is Sangamam. I remember it was Sangamam the movement was initiated to bring the limelight to the Folks artist years ago, over the last ten years the entire effort was left to rot by the earlier regime. Today we are in the scenario we need to bring back Sangamam, its not just an event but also a festival for all of us to unite by language, culture and art. The Digital era hasn’t even been very kind to the art forms we are citing here, when I type Parai beats, I tend to find a few, am sure this isn’t the case for the other art forms we are talking about here. We need to show our kids the colours of our culture, the importance and the life that revolves around this. Bringing back Sangamam is not just an attempt to revive an event but a necessity of the hour, and also to bring attention to the slowly Dying traditional art forms. We need to Revive Chennai Sangmam for three reasons 1. Artists need a way out of the current situation they have been forced to be in by this enormous disaster Covid 2. Sangamam is not just an event but a convention to the artists and a celebration to the public3. To revive the traditional art forms which were initiated by DMK and were put to rot by the other so-called Dravidian parties So here is a common man, a Dravidian, an art lover, as an artist, as a father, as a Tamilian, I put this petition out here to the government of Tamilnadu, to the CM Thiru MK Stalin, Thiru Kanimozhi Karunanidhi and the public Its time to #BringBackSangamam, Let's unite at Sangamam. Request you all humbly to sign the petition. Thank you

Bring Back Chennai Sangamam
1,015 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Avinash Teeluck, Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, Minister of Education of Mauritius

Ban "bagasse" serials from bullies of Sushant Singh Rajput off Mauritian TV.

We are all shocked by the suicide (constructive murder?) of brilliant Actor Sushant Singh Rajput.  Bullying is a growing problem in the professional world. But also, importantly, what a person watches is what the person becomes.. The nonsense sitcoms,  soap operas and valueless "bagasse" programs of commercial TV companies like Balaji and Star, are churning up rubbish and nonsense that totally distort any aspect of human life or Indian Culture solely for the sake of making entertainment.  Sitcoms showing a girl marrying the brother of her lover, divorcing, marrying her lover and then getting raped by her ex-husband, all for the sake of creating sensations and raising TRPs is not only bad but disgusting.  These programs not only give kids and youths the wrong impression of the world, but have also conditioned a whole generation to believe that mother-in-laws are witches to daughter in laws, or that adultery is acceptable, or that people must divorce on whims! We therefore request that strict censoring rules be applied on programs being bought and aired on National Television and that companies selling "bagasse" programs such as Balaji and Star be banned from Mauritian air. Humbly requesting that this request be considered and actioned promptly.    

Arvind Bhagan
14,363 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Narendra Modi ji, Shri Kiren Rijiju ji, Shri G.Kishan Reddy

CENTRAL LAW FOR AUTONOMOUS SYSTEM OF HINDU SCHOLARS FOR HINDU TEMPLES’ ADMINISTRATION

To  Honorable Prime Minister,  Shri Narendra Modi ji. Honorable Minister of State for Culture,    Shri Kishan Reddy ji,  Honorable Minister of Law & Justice, Shri Kiren Rijiju ji, Dear Sirs, On behalf of millions of devotees from the Global Hindu communities, who considers their temples as means to worship the God - the Almighty, we humbly request your attention to the following to affect the creation of a proper system for the service, maintenance & preservation of Hindu temples, temple assets, temple customs, temple arts, knowledge on Thantra-Mantra-Yantra etc associated with temples, learning, teaching & propagation of Vedas, Upanishads, other scriptures and numerous other tenets of Hindu Religious & Cultural life. It is further humbly requested that the Constitutional guidelines and laws may be reviewed if required to effect a timely constructive change. 1. A new system for the service & maintenance of Hindu temples has to be developed and implemented at the earliest, considering the historical backdrop that led to the present state of affairs and by ensuring no intervention of secular government and politicians in Hindu temple affairs, noting that they are not intervening in Christian Church and Muslim Mosque affairs.  2. This system should ensure that the numerous ancient Hindu temples in India are properly, effectively and meaningfully preserved and utilized for the purposes for which it is intended and not just for purposes of tourism development and commercial benefits. As we all know, the prime purpose of temples are not to promote commercial tourism.  3. At present, the temple assets and its affairs at large, are taken care by the bodies set up by the secular government which are a mixture of government officials and political nominees. It is evident that these personnel are the key decision makers in the affairs of temples about which they are not really conversant enough as it appears. 4. Such government officials are entering into the government service through PSC examinations or such processes. And political nominees get their entry based on their comparative merits in their party and as decided by the party !! 5. It is anyone’s guess that a governing body of temple affairs, constituted through such a process will not really stand the test of merit and competency when compared with a constituted panel of subject experts in the area of temple affairs, spiritual practices, Thantra etc that are part & parcel of Hindu religious life. 6. As an obvious result, temples have become centers of commercial activity and many consider temples as mere establishments for employment. In many temples it is observed that the Priests eyes on devotees who pay higher amount as ‘dakshina’. In many temples, the temple employees behave with rude manners as if the devotees committed a great mistake by visiting the temple. Recently, in Guruvayur temple, a devotee was beaten up by a temple employee. Many might have had several of such ill experiences to cite upon. All this happens because the people  who reach at the helm of affairs of temples through the provisions of HR & CE Act do not really posses the HRM skills, respects, protocols etc relevant at the Hindu temples. The administrative bodies are clueless about how to recruit the right people for the right job, how to train them, how to retain them, the importance of means & ways of setting right attitude in the temple staff as well as visiting devotees. All these happens while a large number of scholars and such people knowledgeable in such matters relating to Hindu culture, rituals, Vedas, Upanishads, Thantra etc are not given any opportunity to contribute their wisdom for the well being of the Hindu society that they hail from. 7. In many temples, crores of rupees are received as offerings. Many Hindus believe that such income are not fully and effectively utilized for purpose of the Hindu religious life but it adds to the treasury of the secular government apart from paying the salary of temple staff. At present, there are a lot of transparency concerns.  And this happens while many ancient temples are running short of money to maintain themselves in a reasonable status.  While other religions are utilizing such fund for their religious affairs such as learning, teaching and propagation of their religious texts, literature, their customs etc, Hindus do not enjoy that freedom to have centers of learning, teaching etc. As a result, majority of Hindus becomes just ‘believers’ without possessing the knowledge they are supposed to have about their culture, religion and religious practices,customs, rituals, literature etc. and its significances. They find it hard to find a facility in their neighborhood for the learning of their relevant religious texts and Samskritam, the language that is the key to treasures of HIndu wisdom. 8. It would do good if government officials & politicians keep away from the administrative affairs of Hindu temples and focus well on their area of activity and excel in that. Government should seek information and intervene if any unlawful activities get reported. 9. Decision making authority & responsibility on temple affairs should be entrusted with a duly constituted, competent body that is populated with the subject experts, Sanyasins from prominent ashrams /mutts, intellectuals and veterans in the Hindu religious & scriptural matters, and principles governing the installation and maintenance of temples.  10. As we know, there are a lot of such people in every state of India who have devoted their time for the pursuit of learning and propagating Hindu scriptures, spiritual practices and its ways and means and so on. But the knowledge of such visionaries are hardly utilized for any policy making, temple related issues etc and the community to which they belong to.  11. A model for temple administration is presented here. We request this model be subjected for debate, correction and implementation by involving intellectuals. 11.1. Based on the geographical considerations, each state may be divided into 3 or four operating zones. For example, to start with the southern most state, Kerala, it may be divided into 3 zones – Southern, Middle and North zones. Then, one IAS officer will be nominated to each zone. as Zonal Devaswam Commissioners (ZDC). The senior most ZDC will be the ‘Chief Devaswam Commissioner’. 11.2. These commissioners will initiate processes to constitute an apex body for administration of Hindu religious and temple affairs preferably with name – ‘Hindu Mandir Seva Prathinidhi Sabha’ (HMSPS). The name shall remain uniform for all the states but with the prefix of the corresponding state name. 11.3. The zonal commissioners shall collect the data of ashrams, mutts, other spiritual/religious institutions, temples, scholarly individuals etc. Then, each institution will be contacted directly and by way of an announcement in the leading media, inviting expression of interest from all religious/cultural entities to join as member of HMSPS by explaining them about the whole plan. There should be stipulated norms for the eligibility. 11.4. All such applicants/nominated persons should undergo a screening process to establish their credibility and caliber before getting inducted into HMSPS. Care must be taken to counsel them well before so that no one gets insulted or misunderstood about the whole process & intentions.  11.5. Such screened & finalized applicants & nominated persons together shall elect one among them as their representative through secret balloting.  11.6. The elected representative and the Chief Devaswam Commissioner shall be the authorized joint signatories of HMSPS.  11.7. Any issue pertaining to the Hindu temples and the society at large shall be debated & decided in HMSPS in a democratic way.  11.8. Norms for recruitment, remuneration, training, etc of staff in each temple shall be decided by the HMSPS.  11.9. An executive officer with staff shall be appointed in each temple by the HMSPS with clearly stating his duties & responsibilities. The size of team and the facilitation shall be governed by the prominence, size and activity of the temple.  11.10 HMSPS shall have zonal offices at a centrally located town. All the accounts shall be subjected for a third party audit and published every year.  11.11. With the implementation of this system after thorough debate at various forums and in a time bound manner, the present system of secular governments involving in temple affairs could be scrapped at the earliest. 11.12. HMSPS should facilitate centers for the learning (Pata Shala) of Samskritam language, Vedic Mathematics, The Chathur Vedas, Upanishads, Jyothisham, Vasthu Shasthra, Gemology, Vegetarian cookery, Basic customs & procedures of pooja, Environmental preservation,  meaning & significance of the customs and rituals, science behind temple etc etc as prescribed by the religious and spiritual masters of Hindu Dharma. This would ensure that ignorant citizen will not get cheated by fraudsters and also to avoid Hindu religious becoming a center stage for the so called secularism drama. 11.13. Whenever situations demands and if required, the Minister of cultural affairs will act based on the inputs from the HMSPS and never directly. 11.14 The secular government should intervene in the religious affairs when and only when unlawful  and anti constitutional activities are reported. We humbly request you to treat this request with top priority as the efficient existence of Hindu Dharmic life would directly trigger the effective prevalence of secularism in India.  We humbly request the government to subject the concept of creation of such a representative council for a national debate by scholarly people and enact a new suitable law at the earliest and help Hindus to know Hindu Dharma and its basics at least. Hindus wish to learn Hindu Dharma in an authentic way. Mechanical engineering is handled by Mechanical engineers. Cardiology is handled by Cardiologists and Nuclear science is handled by nuclear scientists so as to have good results for the efforts. It would be disastrous if such technological establishments are controlled by irrelevant people. Similarly Hindu temple affairs are to be handled by people who have expertise in the relevant sciences, physiology and psychology pertaining to temples or else it would lead to undesirable effects to the society as we have been witnessing so far and at present. So, a change for betterment is essential. We are hopeful in the present Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji. Sir, we humbly request you to do the needful to ensure natural justice and equality for Hindus along with the followers of other religions as assured by the Constitution of India.

Sunil Kumar KM
90,703 supporters