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Petition to Prime Minister of India

SOS from Auroville: The City of Dawn needs your help urgently!

Auroville, an experimental universal township situated in Tamil Nadu, South India, is calling for your urgent support. Scenes of chaos have been playing out for the last week (since 4 Dec) over imposed urban planning measures that include sudden bulldozing of buildings and forest that have been built up as part of the community for 50 years. Based on the evolutionary vision of Sri Aurobindo, and endorsed by UNESCO as an experiment in human unity, Auroville is recognised for its achievements in the fields of afforestation, renewable energies, sustainable architecture, educational practices, collective living and social enterprise, and for offering space for spiritual development. Its residents comprise almost 3500 people from 58 countries. The role of Auroville’s residents in collective decision-making processes is described by a unique law (the Auroville Foundation Act 1988) for which India can rightly be very proud. The aggressive events of the last few days override these long-standing participatory processes, and stand against the community’s commitment to realising human unity. These events of the last few days include:  midnight bulldozing of structures without warning to sleeping residents reports of police manhandling of residents, including temporary detention in police vehicles threats to people filming reports of large groups of people from outside the community being paid to enforce the clearance in an intimidatory manner silencing of freedom of speech through various measures misinformation and other polarising tactics Despite the residents’ peaceful protests, efforts to negotiate and compromises, their request to postpone the development work on the Crown ‘right of way’ until further notice from the Residents Assembly has been ignored, and the intimidation continues. See this website for a more detailed explanation of the conflict – which is centered around differing interpretations of the implementation of Auroville’s Master Plan policy framework. The current events blatantly ignore the community’s established and legally-upheld processes of collaborative decision-making in the Residents Assembly. News reports and videos are going out around the world about the heavy-handed tactics being exerted on the residents – please check credible news sources. As residents attempt to bear witness to these devastating events, things are moving at a fast pace, and Aurovilians and supporters are deeply concerned about the level of escalating aggression, and possible risk of violence. We urgently appeal to people around the world to show your support. Sign this petition, and spread the word about what is happening in our beloved community. NB: please note, when you click the Sign Petition button, you will be prompted to donate. These funds go to CHANGE.ORG, and NOT to Auroville, nor this campaign. Please Like our Facebook page and Instagram page. Please spread our appeal to your networks and help save a green and diverse Auroville! For more information, see the Stand for Auroville Unity website. Or if you have time watch the award-winning film Ever Slow Green, about Auroville’s reafforestation. ---Petition Statement--- To the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, I urge you to intervene and stop the destruction in Auroville of biodiverse forest and buildings that is taking place without following proper processes. I appeal to you to ensure that the residents of Auroville are given meaningful participation in developing the city, forest and ideals of Auroville. I stand in support of the Auroville community’s rejection of violence, threats and actions which undermine the community’s peaceful collective decision-making processes, and revive the path towards Human Unity as enshrined in the Auroville Foundation Act 1988. I humbly request you to help restore peace in Auroville.

Auroville Unity
54,885 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Narendra Modi, PM, India, Manoj Sinha, LG Jammu and Kashmir, India, Dr S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, India

Release 14 year old Pakistani child Asmad Ali who accidentally crossed over to India

A Pakistani child named Asmad Ali belonging to the border village of Tatrinote accidentally crossed the Line of Control while he was running after his pet pigeon and crossed over to India. The incident happened on November 25th, 2021.  The child was first detained by the Indian Army and later handed over to the Jammu and Kashmir police who filed and FIR against him and presented him before the Juvenile Justice Board in Poonch. Asmad is now at a home for juvenile offenders in Ranbir Singh Pora. It has already been more than two months that Asmad is stuck in India away from his home.  Asmad studies in class 8th at the Stars School in Tatrinote. Asmad's maternal grandparents who are his care takers are very sad by his arrest in India and his maternal uncle Arbab Ali has made a humanitarian appeal to the Indian authorities to release him and send him back home. The Indian side has always been generous in the past and has sent back Pakistani kids who have accidentaly crossed the Line of Control. Moreover, the Indian Army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police have not found any national security implications in the case and the FIR registered in the case also does not include any sections related to National Security threats.  I request the Indian authorities to release Asmad Ali on humanitarian grounds and send him back to his maternal grand parents in Tatrinote Villagrle. Sign my petition to pursue the Indian authorities to release Asmad Ali and send him back home. The media in both India and Pakistan have covered Asmad Ali's case. You can read this article in The Logical Indian to know more about him.  

Rahul Kapoor
15,173 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Human Rights Campaign

Declare Mental Health Emergency and Investigate Suicide Cases in Gilgit Baltistan

There is a sudden surge in suicides in Gilgit Baltistan and more than 16 suicide cases reported in the past few weeks, while over 222 people took their own life during the past five years. The exact causes of these suicide cases are not yet known, however, some researchers and experts said that the main cause behind rising cases of suicide was the unnerving pace of social change and mental disorders. Experts further said that many suicide cases go unreported across GB as many incidents of suicide were wrongly treated as murder or accidents. The GB police, after an investigation found out that many cases actually were of homicide,   “19 suicide cases — nine of them males and 10 females — were reported this year, but investigations revealed that four out of the 19 individuals were, in fact, murdered,” said the Senior Superintendent of Police of Ghizer district of Gilgit, Shahmeer Khalid. Till now non of the case is investigated properly. According to a local social media (a general survey), there are some academic results pressures, exploitation by elders, bullying by some people, financial issues, and social taboos that are core reasons for suicides. Social Taboos in Gilgit Baltistan (Speaking on Domestic Violence, Drug abuse, sexual violence, talking about drug addiction, outspokenness, racism, divorce, relationship problems, and the most important is Failure) Almost of victims are teenagers and all of them are below 30.   About the latest suicide case A female student ended her life by jumping into Attabbad Lake at upper Hunza, who was coming back after giving her exams. Allegedly, she took her own life due to exploitation by an examiner at the exam hall. Governments are responsible for protecting the lives and property of citizens. Precious lives of young people are being lost due to the recent rise in suicides. We appeal to the Government of Pakistan and the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan to declare a mental health emergency in the area and investigate each and every case and take action against those who have been involved in humiliation and exploitation of the dignity of the victim.  Apart from that, we appeal to human rights organizations, United Nations Initiatives for mental health, and other NGOs,  to support us in this cause by appealing to the government and engaging communities. It's requested to everyone please join hands with the Young Activists Movement to save the youth of Gilgit Baltistan from suicide and take action by signing the petition to demand the federal government and Gilgit Baltistan Government declare a suicide emergency and investigate each and every suicide case.  Regards  Naveed Murtaza  Founder YAM-Young Activists Movement

Naveed Murtaza
278 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Chief justice of Telangana High Court, Ministry of Law and Justice

No Religion No Caste .. One More Option Please..

" Right to Religion means ..   Right Not to have any Religion also .. "  Dear Friends / Sir / Madam ! Namaste... !   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 (WP -PIL No - 66/2017) 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. In the process it is a great moral boost to  our fight is the achievement of "No Religion No Caste " Certificate in 2019 February by Ms.M.A.Sneha an Advocate from Tirupattur, Tamilnadu . We are sure by giving an option both Online and Offline  for No Religion , No Caste  will pave a better way for future generations. Please Sign and Share our petition extensively.. Let us achieve this democratic aspiration which is denied for several  decades. Thanking you all.. . With Regards and All Best Wishes..  Parents of  Spandana and Sahaja - D.V.Ramakrishna Rao ( @ Ramki ) and S.Clarance Krupalini Update : My Friends Mr.S.A. David and Ms. Rupa are filed the Public Interest Litigation - WP No. 27398/2021 ( PIL No 31/2020 being converted to WP)  in Telangana High court asking No Religion No Caste Identity to their newly born  Baby Boy Ivan Rudae  .. That has come to the bench of High Court  , Justice Raghavendra Singh Chouhan and Justice Abhishek Reddy  on 27.04.2020 given the notices to Respondents  asked to respond and posted PIL after four weeks .. Advocates attending the PIL are - Mr.M.Venkanna and D.Suresh Kumar  ( Updated- on 28.04.2020)  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  #NoReligionNoCaste  #Religion  #Caste  #IndiaCensus2021 #TelanganaHighCourtJustice   Date:  Petition Re-opened on 8th October, 2018  (This change dot org Petition started on 16th March,2017, Hyderabad)  

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