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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 (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 -,                                                                                                      Mobile No - 9989189250           6. Our Advocate      -    Mr. D.Suresh Kumar,                                                                                        Mobile No - 9182620682 ( Our Petition Titled With " No Religion No Caste .. One More Option Please.. " being closed by change dot org , as it was completed 568 Days .. with 5959 signatures on 5th October,2018. We Re-opened and Continuing the petition to continue our struggle as our PIL petition is  still pending in the High Court of Hyderabad, Telangana, India  for it's  Hearing. We Heartily Thank the Change dot org Team for the Re- Opening Option  of the Petition ! )   Date:  Petition Re-opened on 8th October, 2018  (This change dot org Petition Started on 16th March,2017, Hyderabad)  

Ramakrishna Rao D.V.
6,041 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Narendra Modi ji, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad ji, Dr Mahesh Sharma

Allow freedom for temples by enacting a system of representative council constituted with religiously relevant people with scholastic abilities to oversee, advise & decide. Stop intervention of secular governments & political nominees in religious affairs

To  Honorable Prime Minister,  Shri Narendra Modi ji. Honorable Minister of State for Culture, Dr.Mahesh Sharma ji.  Honorable Minister of Law & Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad 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 of Thantra-Mantra-Yantra etc associated with temples, learning, teaching & propagation of Vedas, Upanishads, other scriptures and numerous other tenets of Hindu Cultural life. It is further humbly requested that the Constitutional guidelines and laws may be reviewed if required to effect a constructive change. 1. A new system for Hindu temple service and maintenance has to be developed and implemented at the earliest considering the historical backdrop to ensure 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 secular process will not really stand the test of merit and competency when it is compared to a 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 in rude manner as if the devotes committed a great mistake of visiting the temple. Recently, in Guruvayur temple, a devotee was beaten up by a temple employee. Many might have had several of such experiences of inadequacy to cite upon. All this happens or it shows that the people who are engaged for the temple services are not really capable to execute the work they are entrusted with. 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 is not fully and effectively utilized for the Hindu religious purpose but it adds to the treasury of the secular government apart from paying the salary of temple staff.  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, literatures, 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 possing the knowledge they are supposed to have about their culture, religion and religious practices,customs, rituals, literature etc. and its significance. 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. Ideally, government officials & politicians should refrain from temple affairs and focus on their area of activity and excel in that. 9. Decision making authority & responsibility on temple affairs should be entrusted with a duly constituted, competent body that is populated with the subject experts such as 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 states of India who have devoted their life 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 suggestion about a model apex body to be laid out is stated here. We request this model be subjected for debate, correction and implementation by involving intellectuals. The model is explained below. 11.1. Based on the geographical area, each state may be divided into 3 or four zones. For example, to start with the southern most state, Kerala, it may be divided into 3 zones – Southern, Middle and North zones. Then the Government will nominate one IAS officer to each of these zones as Zonal Devaswam Commissioners (ZDC). The senior person will be the ‘Chief Devaswam Commissioner’. 11.2. These commissioners will initiate the process to constitute an apex body 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 the whole plan. 11.4. All such applicants/nominated persons should undergo a screening process to establish their credibility and caliber before being inducted into HMSPS. Care must be taken to counsel them well before so that no one gets misunderstood about the whole idea. 11.5. Such screened & finalized applicants & nominated persons 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 organization and the facilitations shall be governed by the prominence, size and activity of the temple.  11.10 HMSPS shall have zonal offices at a centrally located town.  11.11. With the implementation of this system after thorough debate at various forums in a time bound manner, the present system of secular government 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. We humbly request you to treat this with top priority since the efficient existence of Hindu Dharmic thoughts would directly imply 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 non experts. Similarly Hindu temple affairs are to be handled by people who have expertise in the relevant sciences, physiology and psychology pertaining to temples. 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 of the newly elected government at the center under respectable leader ship of Shri Narendra Modi ji. Sir, we humbly request you to do the needful to ensure equality and natural justice for Hindus along with the followers of other religions as assured by the Constitution of India.

Sunil Kumar KM
59,848 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Mr Sachin Kurve, Dr P.L. Dhande, Shri Dilip Dnyandeo Kamble, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, CMO Maharashtra, Shri D.K Jain, Devendra Fadnavis

Switch On ! Electricity for Tribal Villages in Mumbai's Aarey Forest

No Electricity in Mumbai in our 72nd  year of Indian Independence? Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana Saubhagya ( meaning electricity in every home) is  a flagship scheme,  floated by the  PM of India, Shri Narendra Modi,  QUEST ( Quality Evaluation For Sustainable Transformation)  by Maharashtra CM Shri  Devendra Fadnavis, with special budgetary allocations for Tribals, was launched in April 2018, and  YET, within the City of Dreams & India’s Financial Capital MUMBAI CITY, we have households without electric connections!  Naushacha Pada is an old Adivasi village of Aarey Forest, now within the precincts of the Mumbai Veterinary college Goregaon East. As part of the  Swach Bharat & Open Defecation Free campaigns, I had arranged for Toilets for this village. On my visit there I  noticed that even though the village is a stone’s throw from the bustling Western Express Highway of Mumbai and in spite of there being a  tar road with street lights within touching distance of the Adivasi huts, the Adivasis have no electricity. This glaring injustice shook me. Visits to the many other  Adivasi Villages of Aarey Forest showed the same pattern.  The Government quarters were electrified, whereas the indigenous Warli tribes, living in the Aarey forest for generations, were in the dark. The 100-year-old Vanicha Pada has an unused electric substation set up 2 years ago,  yet today, the village has no electricity. “We need a No Objection Certificate from the Government” is what Reliance Energy told me, as being the reason for not granting power connections to these villages. I request you to sign my petition and help the  Warli tribes of Aarey Forest get Freedom from Darkness. #BattiJalao  #SwitchOn  # AdivasiLivesMatter  # BijliChahiye       

Cassandra Nazareth
52,682 supporters