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Petition to Mr.Palaniswamy

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 notorious  “The Goondas Act” in short. They were denied bail on 25.5.2017, when they were held under different charges. After sensing that the initial 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 states, indigenous peoples and communities which have faced war crimes against the imperial forces in the Geneva human rights sessions in 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) permanent people’s tribunal 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 fails to defend the rights of the people. He has also been in the forefront to call for the justice of custodial murder of migrant laborers, water rights of the farmers , worker rights ,refugee rights, disability rights , campaign against death penalty, 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, 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 in India. One of the many reason, he is being hounded now. From 2011, every year Chennai’s marina beach hosts remembrance for the dead  happened 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 becomes 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, Tribal issues started receiving serious attention and expression for 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
4,965 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Narendra Modi, bandaru dattatreya, Jagat Prakash Nadda

Reduce working hours for all employees in INDIA and punish those who violate labour laws

Many Indian Companies are exploiting our country's weak corporate employee working hour policies. Most Indian companies make their employees work for AT LEAST 9.5 to 12 hours daily and sometimes even 6 days a week, especially MNCs. This is due to a common mindset that more working hours means higher productivity for the company, but in reality it only means faster employee exhaustion. Most employees after working for 10 hours a day and traveling to workplace from home and vice versa for at least 2 hours daily hardly have any strength left in them and most people also suffer from health problems due to the long hours. We can't participate in social activities. The Modi government has asked all Indians to contribute and work together towards the betterment of the country. Employees cannot find time for this due to their company's working hours and even if they do, they are too exhausted due to increased workload to take part in it. Recently Multiple studies have shown that working for longer hours severely affects the physical and mental health of employees, especially those seated continuously. There are many countries abroad that have much less working hours but still have much higher productivity. For Example : Australia, Germany, France, Netherlands etc. are some countries with lower working hours but high levels of employee productivity. It is therefore my humble request to the Government of India to form strong working hour policies that clearly state that no company in India (Public or Private) can make its employees work and keep them in its premises for more than 7 or 8.5 hours daily which INCLUDES BREAKS and for not more than FIVE days a week. This should be applicable for all Indian employees employed in public and private sectors. Also Employers should not be allowed to ask employees to work past their official working hours. Employees should also be given the work from​ home facility, especially female employees and disabled persons. If this is implemented this would make the companies hire more staff to get the work done, which in turn raises employment levels in our country. Also I request you to impose strict punishments on those companies that violate / Break these rules.

Vinod Nair
92,547 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to PARTHA CHATTERJEE, Harka Bahadur Chettri, Bimal gurung, Mamata Banerjee

Bengali is not our language

On  16th  May,  West  Bengal  Chief  Minister  Mamata  Banerjee  announced  that  Bengali  will  be  a  compulsory  subject  in  all  schools  across  the  state  as  part  of  a  three-language  formula.  “Students  have  the  freedom  to  take  any  language  of  their  choice  as  a  first  language,  second  or  third  language.  One  of  the  three  languages  would  have  to  be  Bengali,”  she  said.    This  decision,  according  to  the  State  Education  Minister  Partha  Chatterjee  has  been  prompted  following  feedback  that  Bengali  was  not  being  offered  as  an  option  in  many  schools.   Firstly,  Bengali  IS  being  offered  as  an  option  in  most  schools.  In  the  State’s  capital  city  of  Kolkata,  South  City  International  School  offers  its  students  foreign  languages  such  as  French  and  Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  among  other  regional  languages  as  the  third  language  to  be  taken  up.  The  students  of  Delhi  Public  School  Ruby  Park  can  choose  between  French  and  German  and  Bengali  just  as  well,  as  their  third  language.  Similarly,  multitudes  of  English  medium  schools  speckled  across  the  capital  provide  their  students  with  such  opportunities  keeping  in  view  the  broader  range  of  avenues  that  such  a  learning  makes  accessible.  So  yes.  Bengali  IS  being  offered  as  an  option  in  most  schools  unlike  the  Education  Minister’s  contrasting  belief.  The  fact  is  simply  this:  students  and  parents  alike  opt  for  a  foreign  language  as  the  third  language,  with  regards  to  the  fast  paced  globalization  that  we  are  all witnesses  to,  while  English  as  the  official  language,  being  the  first  language  in  English  medium  schools  and  Hindi,  as  the  national  language,  logically  taking  place  of  the  second  language.   Secondly,  freedom  is  realizing  you  have  a  choice.  The  Chief  Minister’s  perplexing  statement  does  nothing  but  reflect  the  paradox  that  is  the  Indian  administration  and  such  a  mandate  as  has  been  made  only  mocks  the  very  framework  of  the  Constitution  of  India.  In  thinking  that  she  is  bequeathing  freedom,  the  Chief  Minister  is  only  actually  eliminating  it.   Thirdly,  it  is  either  obnoxious  hypocrisy  or  downright  stupidity  on  the  Chief  Minister’s  behalf  that  shines  through  as  she  further  added – “Bengal  respects  all  languages  and  languages  of  all  states.  We  must  respect  every  mother  tongue  and  also  give  every  regional  language  its  importance”.  She  continued  with  her  distorted  idea  of  freedom  when  she  said – “We  believe  in  the  freedom  of  choice”,  and  hence,  thereafter  declared  the  studying  of  Bengali  in  all  schools  throughout  the  State  as  mandatory.   Fourthly,  out  of  an  approximate  1700  English  medium  schools  in  the  State,  a  mere  approximate  number  of  140  such  institutions  exist  in  the  northern  most  part  of  West  Bengal,  in  the  Darjeeling  and  Kalimpong  Districts.  The  demographic  transition  beginning  from  Siliguri  (the  foothills  of  these  Districts)  and  upwards  itself  with  respect  to  the  rest  of  West  Bengal  is  tremendous  for  this  said  transition  stands  out  like  oil  in  water.    Limiting  myself  to  the  boundaries  of  the  said  subject  that  this  article  wishes  to tackle,  I  shall  unsee  other  agendas  and  diving  right  in,  highlight  the  one  important  fact:  Bengali  is  NOT  the  regional  language  in  the  hills.  The  people  here  read,  speak  and  write  a  variety  of  ethnic  languages  and  dialects  of  which  Bengali is  none  while  Nepali/Gorkhali  is  the  official  as  well  as  primary  language  in  use.  With  an  estimated  3  million  speakers  of  the  language,  Nepali/Gorkhali  was  incorporated  into  the  Eighth  Schedule  as  an  official  language  in  the  year  1992.    The  students  here  learn  English  as  first  language  and  can  choose  between  Hindi,  Nepali/Gorkhali  and  Bengali  as  second  and  third  languages.  Yes.  Bengali  is  offered  as  an  option  just  as  Hindi  and  Nepali/Gorkhali  are.  And  no.  Foreign  languages  are  not  taught  or  offered  as  an  option  in  the  schools  here.    Fifthly,  to  a  certain  Mr.  Sanyal,  whose  views  reek  of  linguistic  imperialism,  you  cannot  force  a  Bengali  to  study  Punjabi  and  you  cannot  force  a  Punjabi  to  study  Marathi  and  you  cannot  force  a  Marathi  to  study  Gujarati  and  you  cannot  force  a  Gujarati  to  study  Tamil  and  you  cannot  force  a  Tamil  to  study  Nepali/Gorkhali  and  you  cannot  force  a  Gorkhali  to  study  Bengali.    Sixthly,  if  this  proposal  were  to  come  to  pass  and  the  students  in  proposed  Gorkhaland  were  to  sacrifice  their  regional  language  of  Nepali/Gorkhali  to  study  Bengali,  two  drastic  things  will  happen.  Two  murders.  One  of  Nepali/Gorkhali  literature,  and  the  other,  of  the  future  of  Gorkhaland.  The  very  foundation  on  which  the  political  legitimacy  of  the  demand  for  Gorkhaland  is  based  will  have  been  swept  away.        Seventhly,  whether  this  proposal  by  the  West  Bengal  Government  derives  itself  from  political  strategies  or  from  blatant  negligence  of  its  people  or  purely  from  folly,  one  largely  overlooked  sight  becomes  crystal  clear  -  The  requirement  for  a  separate  state.  The  unjust  repercussions  that  the  Darjeeling  and  Kalimpong  Hills  have  to  suffer  first  and  then  tolerate  and  bear,  only  from  the  State  decisions  that  have  nothing  pertaining to  them  are  an  honest  and  straightforward  testimony  to  the  Gorkhaland  movement.  My  name  is  Wangchuk  Bhutia  and  I  am  not  a  Bengali.   And  lastly,  "साहित्यमा सम्राट पनि नाङ्गो हुन्छ।" “Even the Emperor is naked in Literature.”  

Wangchuk Bhutia
754 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly, Honourable Governor of Uttarakhand, Indian Parliament, Prime Minister of India - Shri Narendra Modi Ji

Enquiry Commission for Corruption in Pantnagar University

Since the inception of legal cell in 1998, about 600 cases have been registered in different courts against Pantnagar University. Presently more than 100 cases are pending against this university. It clearly proves that the authorities in Pantnagar university are not delivering their assigned duties honestly and hence they are wasting the precious time and money of poor public provided to them for their salaries and other expenditures. Most of the poor public money collected from taxes and provided to Pantnagar university by state govt/ICAR is wasting in the legal proceeding in court cases and several appeals in information commission & human right commission, etc. Pantnagar University receives much more funds than IITs but still conditions of Labs and basic needs in campus are not good.It is requested everybody to participate in the campaign against corruption in Pantnagar so that we can request to the honorable Prime Minister of India/Chief Minister of Uttarakhand for setting up an Enquiry Commission. Keeping silent on this issue will only support and promote some corrupt people sitting on top of this university. Following are the main points related to corruption in Pantnagar University: 1. The rank of GBPUAT is degrading day by day. It does not have any place among top 200 Universities of India. 2. The condition of Labs in G.B.P.U.A&T Pantnagar are pathetic. Some labs have instruments from the late 70s or 80s and they don't work. 3. Not implementing the UGC regulation 2009 & 2016 related to minimum standards for awarding the M.Phil and Ph.D. Degree. 4. Harassment of students by applying the Academic probation (A.P.) & Conduct Probation (C.P.) in a wrong manner. 5. Withholding/extending the degree of the student by wrongly getting rejected the thesis of students by the external examiner. 6. Carrying out the Ph.D. research in university in different departments without having the lab & library facility as per UGC Regulation 2016. 7. Many times Teachers and Workers have called strikes but no solution was found. Workers demands are not properly treated. 8. Issue of fake Ph.D. degree certificates by registrar office. 9. Wastage of public money in several court proceedings/appeals/etc, because most the officials/employees are not delivering their assigned duties. 10. No implementation of e-tender in the university. Because of this, there are chances of corruption in issuing the tender. 11. There is no recruitment of permanent and honest vice-chancellor. Present acting vice -chancellor is only promoting the corruption in the university. 12. The post of the registrar is not directly filled by Uttarakhand Govt. 13. The University does not follow the roaster system in the recruitment of HOD, Dean & Director, etc. The same person is being repeated on the same post in his 2nd or third term and so on. 14. There is no clear policy for the dependent of the deceased person of the university. 15. Teachers and Workers both have their Unions to Raise their voice but unfortunately, there is no Union or committee for Student Voice. This is the clear violation of our fundamental rights. 16.Recruitments made in last five years are very questionable. There are many cases filed for these recruitments. Many RTIs have been misguided and ignored regarding the process of the same. 17. Teacher visits abroad in the name of research paper presentation but returned back without any paper presentation 18. About 2000 Ph.D. degree holders of GBPUAT Pantnagar are not eligible to apply for the suitable position due to not having Ph.D. degree as per UGC Regulation 2009. The University has not implemented these regulations fully even after passing 8 years. If university implements these regulations fully then the student have to publish a research paper in a journal and the rank of the university will improve. For publishing a paper the Advisor and student will have to work hard, but they don't want to do hard work. Thus an Enquiry Commission should be set up to remove the corruption from Pantnagar University.

Rajat Pandey
78 supporters