Petition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Government of India
Award Bharat Ratna posthumously to Prof. S.N. Bose FRS.
Prof. SN Bose is one of the greatest ever physicists who gave us Bose-Einstein statistics and Bose-Einstein condensate. He is one of the few Indian scientists whose name is studied by every physicist in the world. During his life, Prof. Bose lived a very humble life dedicated to Science with little support from administration and government, yet he did not let his passion for Science die and continued with his phenomenal work. Without the work of Prof. Bose, we could not imagine Physics as it is today. Prof. Bose worked continuously to inspire thousands of scientists in India and also played critical role in setting up laboratories in newly independent India after 1947. Prof. Bose was not awarded Nobel prize during his lifetime because his work on Bosons aka God particle was not experimentally verified; however, Prof. Higgs and Prof. Francois Englert were awarded the Nobel prize in 2013 for their work on Bosons. Awarding Bharat Ratna posthumously to Prof. SN would inspire millions of students across India and world. Science and scientists in India are not celebrated/respected as they should be. The list of Bharat Ratna includes some names who are no way in comparison to Prof. Bose, yet he is eluded from his recognition. I respectfully request the Government of India to posthumously award the Bharat Ratna to Prof. SN Bose.
Petition to R. Subrahmanyam, Narendra Modi, Prakash Javdekar
Revert decision of Government of India to not use OpenEdX, as the MOOC platform for SWAYAM
It's not just about effective utilization of INR 38 crores of tax-payers' money, but by not choosing OpenEdX, India is deviating from a global effort to provide open access to quality education - anywhere, anytime to everyone. IIT Mumbai already has a MoU with edX and its iitbombayx.in platform is powered by OpenEdX. Let's request AICTE to enforce Microsoft to use OpenEdX as a platform to design SWAYAM. http://indianexpress.com/article/business/business-others/moocs-platform-not-all-is-open-or-swayam-about-it-2948802/
Petition to Taranpreet Chatha
Help the families of victims involved in 1984 killings
With innocent victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots being killed, families who lost their sons, husbands and possibly daughters still have not received justice. Without the moral support, they still cannot get over the trauma they confronted 32 years ago. Those voices deserve to be heard today. With enough signatures, we can help make a difference and do something together in which families get their voices heard in society today.
Petition to Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Dr. Pranab Mukherjee
Airport Expanded on the land of Poor families of Delhi: Who'll help?
More than 59 families are on hunger strike for the land, that was taken by the Govt on the promise that plots will be given against the plots. But they gave nothing.People are dying Now, Come and Save! Hunger strike is at 10 Kms away from the Prime Minister Of India Narender Modi's home. Mr. Modi should react. Please read what they want to say, it will take only 1 minute: We are bonafide residents of village Nangal Dewat, New Delhi who have been deprived of our basic human rights to shelter and to live withdignity ever since we have been dislocated from our homes on31-07-2007 without providing alternative rehabilitation plots. We belong to poor family background with scheduled caste community; weare living on rented house with family since (2007) rehabilitation ofmy village has been done. It is our prayer to you that a humanisticand merciful approach may kindly be adopted our cases. Also the factof my being rendered homeless on dislocation of Village Nangal Dewatmay be kept in broad view while others such cases are providedalternative land for rehabilitation. As a matter of natural justice and also to help the poor classes, their land holdings both in Old Abadi & Extended Abadi needs to be consolidate as it was done in case of other general class residents of Village Nangal Dewat. As your goodself has reiterated that you are concerned only on theissue of consideration of our plots land under our possession, youare, once again, prayed to consider the same and make our respectivecategory of alternative plots by clubbing our old abadi land as wellas extended abadi land with our community plot as we fulfill all therequirements for the same without any doubt. Thanking You Anil Lohia Petitioner Gen. Secretary Nangal Deawt Welfare Society
Petition to Union Rail Minister, India, Prime Minister of India
SEATS ON SEIZE
Daily commuters in Indian railways often occupy train seats illegally using papers, cards, bags etc, and violently obstruct an occasional passenger to get a seat. They often use physical attack, obscene verbal threats to maintain their dominance. Railway security helplines often do not work efficiently, rail officials often do not take actions against such malpractice. Anybody among us can be a victim anyday. A victim could be our children, friend, spouse, parents, neighbour. We urge our respected Rail Minister to take stricter preventive actions against such a culture that smudges our pride, our Indian railways. Both preventive and curative measures are call of the time. Awareness campaigns in mass and social media, in train compartments, rail stations, using popular celebrity faces; regular RPF train vigil in busy hours in major stations, stricter and quicker punitive actions against law breakers, meetings with daily passengers' unions , functional and quick responsive railway helplines might create an impact. Let's build a better India, we can do it! Let's urge our leader to lead a change.
Petition to The Prime Minister of India, The President of India
I'm against Beef Ban!
It is not sinful or wrong by eating Beef. It is the right of every citizen to eat what he/she likes to. Why come the problem suddenly raised, when it wasn't there till now? India being the largest beef exporter in the world makes $4 billion annually which is 19% of the world export. Support by using the hashtag #imagainstbeefban #rightoeat The below excerpts from The Hindu clearly defines that even Ancient Indian's ate beef. In times when eating beef has become a political issue, let’s go back to D.N. Jha’s “The Myth of the Holy Cow” where the historian reveals that not just mortals but even deities were offered meat The ever-popular Facebook can be so useful! The other day in the middle of a heated debate on the beef ban, a gentleman pointed out that the Bharatiya Janata Party, which was all in favour of beef ban in Maharashtra and North India including Jammu and Kashmir as also Bihar, had no problem with eating of beef in Kerala as it was considered part of a local dietary tradition. Not too sure of the authenticity of the claim, I decided to walk down history lane to find out. It brought with it ample rewards, nostalgia seeped knowledge; and a search for renowned historian D.N. Jha’s books all over again. In college, we had read his works on ancient India with varying degrees of curiosity and amusement. Until one day, a lecturer dropped a bombshell, “Cow was not sacred in ancient India,” she said. Brought up on notions of the cow’s sacredness in these parts of the country, we contested her claims. It was a no-win situation for us, as she calmly advised us to read D.N. Jha! That was the age when Internet was not exactly round the corner and most reputed books had run out of stock when it came to Jha’s books – he was more widely read than I initially imagined in my ignorance-filled days. If at that time I could not lay my hands on “The Myth of the Holy Cow”, this time I was luckier. And what an eye-opener it proved! We had been told during our graduation days in Delhi University that cattle were sacrificed in huge numbers during the Vedic Age. There were rituals which could not be completed without the sacrifice of cattle, horse and the like. But what Jha writes in “The Myth of the Holy Cow” gives me a delicious reason to stick to non-vegetarian diet – no disrespect intended for lovers of Arhar dal. Not just human beings even deities ate meat. And in 2015 people are slaughtered on mere suspicion of storing beef! Writes Jha in his book, “Animal sacrifices were very common, the most important of them being the famous asvamedha and rajasuya. These and several other major sacrifices involved the killing of animals, including cattle, which constituted the chief form of the wealth of the early Aryans. Not surprisingly, they prayed for cattle and sacrificed them to propitiate their gods. The Vedic gods had no marked dietary preferences. Milk, butter, barley, oxen, goats and sheep were their usual food, though some of them seem to have had their special preferences. Indra had a special liking for bulls. Agni was not a tippler like Indra, but was fond of the flesh of horses, bulls and cows. The toothless Pusan, the guardian of the roads, ate mush as a Hobson’s choice. Soma was the name of an intoxicant but, equally important, of a god, and killing animals (including cattle) for him was basic to most of the Rgvedic yajnas. The Maruts and the asvins were also offered cows. The Vedas mention about 250 animals out of which at least 50 were deemed fit for sacrifice, by implication for divine as well as human consumption. The Taittiriya Brahmana categorically tells us, ‘Verily the cow is food’ (atho annam vai gauh) and Yajnavalkya’s insistence on eating the tender (amsala) flesh of the cow is well known.” He does not stop here. To make it easier for an average student of history, and the happily oblivious common man, he cites examples from the Mahabharata and Ramayana to drive home the point – life was incomplete without a non-vegetarian meal for deities and dasas alike. He reminds that “the Mahabharata also makes a laudatory reference to the king Rantideva in whose kitchen two thousand cows were butchered each day, their flesh, along with grain, being distributed among the Brahmanas.” Similarly, he takes recourse to Valmiki’s Ramayana to tell us of the dietary tradition of the gods and goddesses. “Rama was born after his father Dasarath performed a big sacrifice involving the slaughter of a large number of animals declared edible by the Dharmasastras. Sita, assures the Yamuna, while crossing it that she would worship the river with a thousand cows and a hundred jars of wine when Rama accomplishes his vow. Her fondness for deer meat drives her husband crazy enough to kill Maricha, a deer in disguise. Bharadvaja welcomes Rama by slaughtering a fatted calf in his honour,” Jha writes in the conclusion of the book where he also clearly tells us that whether it was the Age of the Mauryan Empire, including the period of Asoka or the Gupta Age, animal sacrifice as also eating of their flesh was very much prevalent. For instance, ceremonial welcome of guests was considered complete only with honey, curd and flesh of cow or bull. Even the “sacred thread ceremony for its part was not all that sacred; for it was necessary for a snataka to wear an upper garment of cowhide” and the deadtoo were sent away with animals. “The thick fat of the cow was used to cover the corpse and a bull was burnt along with it to enable the departed to ride in the nether world,” the illustrious historian writes. Even the arrival of Buddhism and Jainism did not put a full stop to the practice. After all, Buddha is said to have died after consuming a meal made of pork. Also Manu provided a list of creatures whose flesh was considered edible. In the list he exempted camel from being killed but not the cow. In fact, animal sacrifice, including that of cattle continued till modern times. As Jha has written, “As late as the 18th Century Ghanasyama, a minister for a Tanjore ruler, states that the killing of cow in honour of a guest was the ancient rule.” Even Vivekananda is said to have consumed meat in the U.S. Of course, there is another stream of thought under which in medieval times cow killers were considered untouchables. Cow killing as also beef eating came to be associated with untouchables – this runs similar to what sociologist K.N. Srinivas once told us that in the early modern age, beef eating was considered a lower caste practice and upper castes, when they did consume meat, limited themselves to mutton or fish. So, guys who are quick to take offence when somebody suggests that man is superior to all creations, take a deep breath. Go back to your roots. Discover history anew. http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/columns/Ziya_Us_Salam/to-eat-or-not-to-eat/article7797190.ece
Petition to Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Employment, Sh. Bandaru Dattatreya, Smt. M. Sathiyavathy, Shri Heera Lal Samariya, Sh. Tapan Ray, Sh. Pritam Singh, Shri N K Bhola, Arun Jaitley, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal
Not Paying Employees = Slavery
I got a degree in Computer Science from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh in 2015. Like many of my classmates, I was fascinated by the idea of startups and wanted to work at one. I joined a startup called Trestor Infotech Private Limited in summer of 2016. Since the company was suffering a financial crunch at the time, the founder and CEO, Mr. Kunal Dixit promised that he'll pay me whenever they have the funds. I believed him and left after working for 2 months. I did, however, take my relieving letter and a letter stating that the company owes me an amount of 2,40,000 INR (my salary for 2 months). Now, it has been almost one year and I still haven't been paid. Mr. Kunal Dixit doesn't reply to my emails, anymore. Not being a person used to cribbing and inaction, I complained to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Employment, Chandigarh Administration, Member of Parliament Chandigarh, Administrator Chandigarh and Prime Minister's Office. The government intervened after several emails and tweets. Notices were sent to the company and the labor department summoned them, as well. But the company still doesn't pay up. I also know some of my colleagues who got post dated cheques from the company, which eventually bounced. His brother (Mr. Kabir Dixit) who was another Director in the company fled the country to Canada. This shows malafide intent and irresponsible behavior on the company's part. What was shocking was, when I started an online campaign warning people about this company, I not only heard back from a lot of other people who were duped by the same company, we also discovered that Mr. Kunal Dixit has started another company (at the same location). Such blatant injustice with the public! I also tried to contact several news media but none of them got back to me. One of my colleagues told me that this is a rampant and common occurrence in the 'startup' era. People open a startup, offer good packages to employees, if the company fails, they simply cite that they're unable to pay the employees and close shop. The employees don't know what to do, since there is no clear cut redressal mechanism for the employees to get their hard earned money. Even the ones who set out to do something about it often get nothing in return. I petitioned to several government bodies with nil result! While, the government is going big on the startup initiative, I want the government to take steps to fix responsibility in these cases. With growing number of startups, this problem is only going to increase. The government needs to ensure there is a proper mechanism for employees to get their dues cleared and if the employer is not willing to do so, he should get appropriate punishment. Such people should also not be allowed to start another venture. I wish to submit this petition to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Ministry of Labor & Employment. Please sign & show your support.SukritP.S. I am attaching a link to the folder which contains a copy of my joining letter, my relieving letter, a letter stating that the company owes me an amount of 2,40,000 INR, screenshot of my several emails to Mr. Kunal Dixit, emails to several government departments, MP Chandigarh (Ms. Kirron Kher). It can be found on: https://goo.gl/8b1PrD