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Petition to Hon'ble Shri Ram Nath Kovind, The Chief Justice of India

Subversion of Democracy, by the LG of Delhi -- On his own accord?

We elected Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to power on 14th February, 2015. Of 70 seats they won 67. AAP got an outstanding majority. Yet, the POWER is with the LG: Lieutenant Governor. He is the Administrator. Did we elect him? His writ runs supreme. Even the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi has ruled thus. He is on ONE mission to dislodge all decisions taken by Arvind Kejriwal. This is brutal murder of governance in Delhi. We the people of Delhi have not given power to the LG to do this. Can the LG of Delhi behave the way he is behaving without the consent of Central Government authorities? All this is reminiscent of the Colonial Era, the days of the Viceroys, who were appointed by King / Queen of Britain.  The LG is ruling Delhi as proxy to the Central administration. Or he is behaving as though he is the Prime Minister of Delhi and the Elected Government of Arvind Kejriwal is his minion. And, we the people, of Delhi who voted for Arvind Kejriwal with a thumping majority are made the biggest losers. WHY? We oppose this! This is pure misrule and maLGovernance. Would  the LG have done similarly, if BJP was in power? He didn't behave so when the Congress was in power (both in Centre, and the State of Delhi). Friends, this is injustice, illegal, even if the High Court or Supreme Court of India says this power to LG is legal. For me its pure injustice! Join me in condemning this blatant usurpation of power.  This has to stop, immediately. NO PM-LG RULE in Delhi! No Backdoor Rule by the Central Government, in Delhi! The rule has to be of the Govt we elected and brought to power. The Govt of Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).  Through this petition we also demand Full Statehood for Delhi. Let's all clamour for this, in one voice.   (NB: This petition was put  up when Delhi's LG was Najeeb Jung. Now we have Anil Baijal as the 21st LG of Delhi. It's still too early to say anything on this LG.  HT reported his reply to the question, 'On how does he aim to better the relations between the Raj Niwas and the Secretariat' on its page 2, 1st Jan ., 2017: "This is a speculative question and i will not oblige you. I don't know  why and how the relationship will improve or not. We will sit together and talk and you will get to know." It's on him to improve the relations. How can he presume, "I don't know why and how the relationship will improve or not". If he's determined to improve it,  nothing on earth can stop him. We wish good sense prevails in him and that the Delhi residents are not put to another test of intransigence, acrimony and distrust.We wish that he does not behave the way his predecessor behaved. But all said and done, the institution of LG has to go. Hence this petition, will continue until, FULL STATEHOOD for DELHI is attained. So the original tenor of this petition remains unchanged.  This petition is put up by me in my personal capacity. No organisation, past, present or future with which, i've been associated or will be associated is responsible for this. i'm doing this petition as a national, citizen and resident of India, who voted for Arvind Kejriwal and his party,  in 2013 and 2015. i have never voted till date either for Congress or BJP, nor shall ever vote, for these two parties.)

indu prakash singh
6,935 supporters
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Petition to "Ministry of Tribal affairs", "Supreme Court Of India", "Narendra Modi", "United nations", Ministry of Minority Affairs

Supreme Court should not endanger the Tribal Communities by dumping millions of refugees.

After staying in camps of North East India for more than five decades, Chakma and Hajong refugees from Bangladesh are finally set to get citizenship in state of Arunachal Pradesh, India. The move came following an order of the Supreme Court, which in 2015 had directed the Central government to grant citizenship to the Chakma and Hajong refugees. Who are the Chakmas and Hajongs? They were originally inhabitants of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). 80% are Chakmas of Buddhists  communities and rest Hajongs are of Hindus.They took a refuge in Arunachal Pradesh around 1960's in various camps of Lohit and Changlang districts. They were provided with 16 acres of lands donated by the locals for refugee camps. Granting citizenship to the Chakmas would seriously affect the demographic structure of the state where most of the tribes are less in number in comparison to the growing Chakma population. Arunachal Pradesh is a fully Tribal Populated state and has a meager population of just 1.57 millions who are mostly dependent on forest resources.Only about 5,000 of the original 14,888 Chakma-Hajongs  who were sent to Arunachal are alive today. As for later generations, a white paper published by the state government in 1996 said their numbers had increased more than 300% from the original 14,888 persons settled in 1964-69 to over 60,000 in 1995. Now the present official population is around 1.25 lakhs. Due to the failure and negligence of Central Govt of India there have not been much progress in the state in the last 5 decades. Moreover, the last all-party meeting held in June 2017 said granting citizenship would contravene various laws such as the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873, Scheduled District Act, 1874, Assam Frontier Tract Regulation, 1880, Assam Frontier Forest Regulation, 1891, Chin Hills Regulations, 1896, and Assam Frontier (Administration & Justice) Regulation, 1945 (1 of 1945). To Protect the indigenous tribes and rights, any outsider needs Inner Line permit (ILP) to enter the state and they cannot buy lands.  Why Arunachal is worried and are fighting against the citizenship Issue? We don't hate anyone. We are peaceful living people. We just wants our rights and will fight to protect our homeland from intruders. 1. Arunachal Pradesh is a very thinly populated state with different tribes in each districts.The local tribals namely Noctes, Khamtis, Singphos, Tangsas and the residents of Lohit, Changlang districts are today minority in their own lands. That means the local customs are less prioritized and endangered. The hot growing population of Chakma-Hajong (Bangladesh) will someday put the whole state in Minority.  Tripura is a very good example of how the locals became the minorities today. The local Tripuri tribes are now under the clutch of non-local Bengalis. The Present Chief Minister of Tripura is also Bengali. It means the minority will have no such importance in the politics and law making. Even the announcement in airports are done in Bengali. After decades of fighting,riots and communal clashes, Tripuri language was finally adopted in the airport announcement. Till today they are fighting for tribal rights and protections. But it is too late for them. They are now a "Stranger in their own lands". We are not to late to act. Lets save Arunachal Pradesh from this nightmare and safeguard the indigenous people who are peacefully settled in the hills. Sign up this petition not to grant citizenship to Chakma-Hajongs in Arunachal Pradesh. They can be settled outside Arunachal Pradesh on Humanitarian Grounds. ILP will be needed for them to enter Arunachal Pradesh. They have been our guests for more than 5 decades. Now they wants our lands, It cannot happen. "Prevention is better than cure"  

Gotum Doke
5,722 supporters
This petition won 5 days ago

Petition to Mr.Palaniswamy , Karima Bennoune, David Kaye, Annalisa Ciampi, Michel Forst, Nilanjan Mardi, S. S Poovalingam, Satyanarayan Mohanty, A. K. Vishwananthan, Shri Srinivasa Kammath

Noone should be arrested for mourning

Human rights activists Thirumurugan Gandhi , Daison Jose , Ilamaran , Arun who were arrested on 21.5.2017 for conducting candle light vigil for the dead in the Srilankan civil war, have been booked under  “The Goondas Act” . They were denied bail on 25.5.2017, initialy they were held under different charges. After sensing that the original charges filed against them will not hold judicial scrutiny, The Tamilnadu Police Charged the activists with “ The Goondas Act “. They are detained in Puzhal Central Prison. Thirumurugan Gandhi, is one of the most committed and honest activist from Southern India, who fights for the democratic rights of all people for the past nine years. He consistently advocates for the democratic aspirations of Eelam Tamils, Palestinians, Kurds , Kashmiris ,Western Saharans and  Sikhs , he also regularly lobbies with the diplomats of the global south to realize the interests of the nations without state power, indigenous people groups and communities which have faced war crimes comitted by the global powers at the Geneva human rights sessions of the United Nations (UN) for the past three years. He has represented Tamil civil society in Permanent people’s Tribunal for Srilanka in Dublin and Ireland (2010 and 2013). To introduce Permanent people’s tribunal, it is an opinion tribunal whose activities include identifying and publicizing cases of systematic violation of fundamental rights, especially cases in which national and international legislation failed to defend the rights of the people. He has also been in the forefront to call for the justice during the custodial murder of migrant laborers,asserting water rights of the farmers , campaigning and protesting for worker rights ,refugee rights, disability rights , campaigns against death penalty, fighting for the rights of the linguistic and religious minorities, Tribal rights, Transgender rights and  have  been active in protesting against new WTO rules pertaining to public distribution system, privatization of electricity , Eco-sensitive projects like hydraulic fracturing, and against commissioning of Nuclear reactors in dense populations. His organization “May 17 movement” stood firm in opposing the Free market-Hindu fundamentalist policies of the Modi Government from day one. He is also a frequent participant in television debates pertaining to the issues mentioned above in regional and national media. His Strong Convictions and uncompromising attitude in standing for the weak have unsettled many powerful people and groups in India. One of the many reason, he is being hounded now. From 2011, every year Chennai’s marina beach hosts remembrance for the fallen Tamils lost during the end of the genocidal war. The event which receives wide participation from Ordinary civilians of every political complexion including Writers, Artists, Human rights activists, Students and lawyers became a place for collective mourning to respect the fallen. This event acts as a focal point in the public discourse to bring the perpetrators of the horrific crimes to account for their evil deeds. The United Nations Basic Principles on the Right to  Remedy and Reparation recognizes “commemorations and tributes to the victims” as a form of reparation. It also became an event where the remedies for the crimes are contemplated and discussed. Overtime, due to the increased political consciousness of the public and the activists coordinating the event, the place also became an important venue where injustice happening to Kashmiris, Kurds, Migrant laborers, Women, Physically challenged, the fisher folks, and the tribal folks started receiving serious attention and a place of expression of solidarity. The event has occupied a important place in the Tamilnadu’s cultural calendar. “Remembering the dead is a fundamental right of the culture of every people and begs the question of how weeping commons, remembering their loved ones, can threaten public order and safety? The Tamil Nadu Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug Offenders, Forest Offenders, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders, Slum Grabbers and Video Pirates Act, 1982 (Tamil Nadu Act 14 of 1982), called “The Goondas Act” in short is a preventive detention law used by the state governments to attack and intimidate political opponents who speak truth to power. This legislation tramples upon the personal liberty of a citizen without giving him a chance to opt for judicial scrutiny, The Act is meant to be used only under exceptional circumstances in cases of grave and imminent threat to public safety and order. A total of 8,450 of them have been detained under the Goondas Act and the NSA since 2011 and many of them have been thrown outside by the court. One of the main principles of legal jurisprudence is that any person accused of any offence should be given an equal chance to be heard and to defend himself in the courts of law, This preventive law denies the detained person this chance. The procedure requires that within seven weeks of detention, the detainee should be brought before the Board, which has three retired judges as its members. When these avenues fail, the higher courts can be approached. The majority of the cases have been habeas corpus petitions on which the higher judiciary ruled in favor of the victims, coming down heavily on the States mainly for non-application of mind and procedural lapses. One of the main principles of legal jurisprudence is that any person accused of any offence should be given an equal chance to be heard and to defend himself in the courts of law, This preventive law denies the detained person this chance. It is therefore apparent that the purported charges are mala fide and dangerous to the functioning of healthy civil society. It is to be noted that the legal attack is part of the trend where the rulers of the Indian Union trying to dismantle, intimidate, coerce dissenting activists. Noone should be arrested for mourning the dead. When RSS can be given permission to hold rallies on Marina Beach and ADMK members can assemble in large numbers there to pay homage to Jayalalitha, why should other social organisations or political parties be prevented from using Marina Beach for their public events? Will the Chennai police stop bowing down abjectly to the parties ruling centre and state and show some spine in implementing laws impartially? We are worried about the shrinking democratic space for reason and deliberation, one of the cornerstones of a constitutional democracy. We call upon all the democratic forces across India to show solidarity to one of our fellow beings. Strike Down the draconian "The Goondas Act" Immediately We deplore the recent wave of arrests by the government of Tamilnadu and the use of force to disperse peaceful protests.  We demand the immediate release of all political prisoners, an end to political prosecutions, and a return to the rule of law and respect for human rights. Government authorities must respect dissent and their own constitution.  We therefore demand our fundamental rights be respected and immediate release of the political prisoners. We urge the government authorities to ensure the physical and moral integrity of all the activists detained. We ask you write to the Indian authorities, Indian diplomatic representatives and to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your respective countries to draw their attention to your concerns and forward them this statement      

Maxwin rayen
13,487 supporters