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Petition to SHRC-Tamilnadu , NHRC

Regarding arrest of common people, students and social activists on repressive Goondas act

FromIlanthamizhagam Iyakkam(Young Tamil Nadu Movement),Chennai,Tamil Nadu. ToNational Human Rights Commission of IndiaManav Adhikar Bhawan Block-C,GPO Complex,INA, New Delhi,Delhi 110023. To, State Human Rights Commission - Tamilnadu 143, P.S. Kumarasamy Raja Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600028 Respected Sir/Madam, Sub: Regarding arrest of common people, students and social activists on repressive goondas act. In Tamil Nadu, many projects like Methane extraction, Hydrocarbon extraction, Nuclear plants, Oil extraction, etc., that destroys the fertility of the land and livelihood of people are being implemented recently, against people's will. People from affected areas are being arrested under non-bailable goondas act just because they voice against such projects and governments which implements them. The war at Eelam that started in 2008 went through mid May 2009 and was brought to closure by Sri Lankan army after claiming 1.5 Lakhs of innocent civilians. Even after eight years after the end of war, repression and arrests are still happening. Independent International Investigation commission is yet to be formed. Valarmathi (23) from Salem was arrested for distributing pamphlets againstimplementation of Hydrocarbon project in fertile farm lands in front of Government College for Women, on 12-07-2017. Then she was remanded by the police under goondas act (Tamil Nadu Act 14/1984) on 17-07-2017. This is the first time a college student is arrested under goondas act. In another incident, Kuberan, student of Annamalai University, was arrested under goondas act for posting the Kathiramangalam issue in his Facebook page. It's our culture to pay homage to those who died in the war. But we are getting arrested if we try to pay respects to people who were killed in the Eelam war even after 8 years. On May 21, 2017 police attached and arrested many comrades from various movements who gathered to attend the Mullivaikal Commemoration organized by May 17 Movement. The Government of Tamil Nadu imposed goondas act (Tamilnadu Act 14/1984) on Thirumurugan, Dyson, Ilamaran, and Arun. Those who were arrested under this act do not get bail for one year. In Kathiramangalam, Tanjore, one of the gas pipes in the field near Vana Durgai Amman temple cracked on 30-06-2017, and oil and gas were leaking from those pipes. Oil and gas leaked into the fields caught fire. People from the village were frightened and gathered outside their houses. They appealed about the cracks and fire accidents that happen often, to the Police officers and Revenue Department officials. They also requested that District Collector should visit the place. to provide permanent solution for the issue. They protested that they won't allow anyone else to enter the fields until the District Collector visits there.But the officials ignored people's demands and tried to visit the affected area.Unfortunately, garbage around that area caught fire and police used the situation to beat people inhumanely. Professor Jayaraman, Viduthalai Sutar, Karhiramangalam representative Dharmarasan, Comrades Senthil, Murugan, Samynathan, Ramesh, Silambarasan, and Santhosh went to inquire the situation in Kathiramangalam in person, but they were arrested under sections that includes damage to public property (CR 126/17, 147, 148, 1294 CB, 341, 323, 336, 353, 436, 506 (2), 307, 23 (1) TNPA 1) and had been sent to prison. Police and ONGC officials refuse to release them in bail. The government is suppressing even the peaceful protests by using hard laws like Goondas Act. In the Goondas Act that was passed in 1982 was to arrest those who involve in dangerous activities like forest offenders, slum grabbers, goondas, drug offenders, sand mafias, video pirates, etc. But this act is being forced on those who fight for people's welfare. Since the Tamil Nadu government was not able to use the Goondas Act as it wanted, it suddenly passed an amendment to the act. Under the Rule 110, a minister can present a document or issue a statement on issues of public importance, with the consent of the Speaker. There cannot be any discussion on the announcement issued under Rule 110. Using this rule, nineteen bills were passed on 12-08-2014. Before this bill was passed there were lot of rules to follow as per law. One among those is that one could be arrested under the Goondas Act only if there were more than one case against that person punishable under IPC (Goondas Act, article 2(f)). The Tamil Nadu government has removed that rule per new bill. Now anyone could be arrested under Goondas Act. Hence it is against human rights to arrest students, social activists and common people, who protest peacefully, under Goondas Act. We request the Tamil Nadu government to cancel the Goondas Act imposed on students, Valarmathi and Kuberan, to cancel fake cases filed against Professor Jayaraman and Kathiramangalam people, and to release them all. Yours Truly, Rasan Gandhi, CoordinatorIlanthamizhagam Iyakkam 25-07-2017Place: Chennai

ilanthamizhagam Iyakkam
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Petition to Dr. M. Abdul Rahman

Ensure inter-college arts competitions under Kerala Technological University (KTU)

"By education, I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in child and man in body, mind, and spirit." - Mahatma Gandhi Arts and sports play a fundamental role in the holistic development of a person.As shocking as it is, the Kerala Technological University (KTU) has no space for arts for its blooming engineers. Outcome of current scenario: A generation of engineers lacking creative thinking.Respective inter-college competitions should be held annually to promote their importance and to ensure an opportunity for the diverse talents of the student community.Why Arts? Does that really matter?"This world is but a canvas to our imagination." - Henry David Thoreau Arts enrich the education experience. It teaches students to critique, to look at things in a different way. It inspires creativity while challenging the intellect. Whereas education sparks the mind, the arts nourishes the mind and the soul. Art plays an important role in moulding the minds of students to develop a positive nature and appreciate natural beauty. A creatively inclined student has a positive bent of mind and aesthetic approaches in every work he or she does. New cognitive research out of Germany suggests that "the production of visual art improves effective interaction” between parts of the brain. The study, conducted on a small population of newly retired individuals (28 people between the ages of 62 and 70), concludes that making art could delay or even negate age-related decline of certain brain functions. We need good engineers!Time spend on these activities enhance a student’s multiple intelligence and this reflects in his/her academics and behaviour. Hence these are integral parts of quality education. Every child is unique. What matters is that every child goes through a joyful and meaningful experience that instils self-confidence and self-worth. It is an identification of one’s path towards excellence. Society can only be complete when there is a balance between mechanical human resources and creatively inclined human resources. A healthy society not only requires a good number of technocrats, medical professionals and machines but also artists, writers and people from the performing arts to emerge as a complete, rich and a healthy society.I request you to take necessary actions to ensure arts inter-college competitions, and to promote importance of the same under Kerala Technological University (KTU). The content used for this petition comes from various sources on the web.

Jilvin Jacob
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