Petition to Honourable Prime Minister, India
Please do not allow anonymous and unlimited corporate funding for political parties.
The latest Finance Bill 2017 that has been passed in Loksabha, which now allows anonymous and unlimited corporate funding for political parties. This increases the chances of corporations to influence India’s public policy like never before. This means India’s fate will be in the pockets of few wealthy and profit-pursuing companies, and not in the hands of its common people? Democracy will have to give way to influence of money. Naturally, in democracies, we are all sometimes like or dislike the policies passed by our public representatives and, after a few discussions with friends and on social media, eventually forget as we get busy with our daily lives. But this particular one, is very different in my view – it might hamper our founding principles of democracy! Allowing corporate entities to donate anonymously and with no limits may shake the roots of our democracy (The democracy that we are all proud of, the democracy that our founding fathers dreamt of and the probably finest democracy in entire continent – and the largest in the world). When we got an Independence, almost every other nation/leaders at a time were sceptical about sustainability and scalability of our democracy, but people of India have sustained it with great pride & we have proven to the world that the democracy is in our DNA. And now the worry is that, new policy of anonymous donations, may have toxic effects on our democracy. We cannot ignore this – We need raise our voices in all peaceful and democratic manners, so that law makers can hear us and re-discuss its causes and effects. The Honourable Finance Minister justification is that “ Corporate's complain that if they reveal which party they've donated to, other political parties pressurise them to donate to them as well.” While this may have a valid point, that this reason cannot supersede the people’s right to be aware of the full democratic electoral cycle, right from the funding process. It is every Indian citizen’s democratic right to know how political parties and electoral candidates that they are going to vote for, get their funds. So that they can make all round informed decisions while they vote. Here is what may happen if corporations are allowed to make unlimited and anonymous donations to political parties 1. It is highly likely that the politics will become more corporate-centric, rather than people centric. 2. The People may have to now bow down to the rich corporate, which means chances of a common man attaining the highest positions in our country will be, ironically, limited. Ironic because our current Prime Minister and many in the past have risen to this position despite their non-privileged background(s), and it is all because of the beauty of our Indian democracy. 3. On who should become public representatives might be decided in the board rooms of highly successful corporates. 4. Some super rich corporates might even launch their own political parties indirectly, in order to make their own policies, and this could cause adversely impact the spirit of competitiveness in a fair business market. 5. If there is no limit of corporate donations (earlier there was cap of 7. 5 percent of corporate entities average net profit), in theory corporates do not disclose the donations, but how far in practice that other political parties not aware or not get to know, how much an corporate entity donated to a particular political party? And thus if they know, the pressure on corporate entity will be much more higher than earlier as now there is no cap set. (isn’t this contradicts the justification given by Honourable Finance Minister?). This petition is not against the any particular entity or political party or the Government – this petition is against a policy that threatens the very fundamentals of our great democracy. I request everyone, irrespective of their party affiliation, if you feel that this amendment to the Finance Bill 2017 hampers our democracy, please sign this petition. Jai Hind. NG Chindam For More Info/References, Please see http://indiabudget.nic.in/ http://www.firstpost.com/ http://www.dailyo.in http://indiatoday.intoday.in
Petition to Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. The Rt Hon David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK.
Petition to end the cruel treatment of elephants in India - by Save The Asian Elephants
Above: a baby elephant beaten to the ground in the "training" process of pajan. http://stae.org Young elephants are snatched from their forest homes to supply tourist attractions, temples and festivals. Capture from the wild often entails slaughtering the mothers and other herd members who attempt to protect their young. PAJAN – THE BRUTAL ‘BREAKING IN’ PROCESSThe captured calves are isolated and then forced into a pen and tied with ropes to prevent them moving. They are deprived of water, food and sleep. Terrified, they are brutally, often fatally, beaten with rods, chains or bullhooks (a rod with sharp metal hooks at the striking end) and stabbed with knives and nails. This practice – “pajan” – is designed to break their spirits and brutalise them into submission. We respectfully urge:Narendra Modi to end pajan and ensure the proper treatment of captive elephants. These magnificent creatures should either be released into the forests or kept in genuine sanctuaries. David Cameron to urgently fulfil his Government’s Manifesto commitment to “support the Indian Government in its efforts to protect the Asian elephant”. The Association of British Travel Agents to press its members to remove elephant attractions from their itinerary in India and the rest of Asia. Only visits to genuine sanctuaries and wildlife reserves where tourists observe elephants at a respectful distance (and do not ride them) should be permitted. STAE asks for your signature to this petition as we need maximum visible support as we enter crucial meetings with the UK Foreign Office and the UK tourism industry. See STAE's work featured in Mail on Sunday 16/08/15: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3199391/Tortured-tourists-Chained-spot-20-years-Beaten-submission-secret-jungle-training-camps-terrible-plight-Indian-elephants-LIZ-JONES.html and 23/08/15 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3207447/Your-roar-outrage-gentle-giants-MoS-readers-extraordinary-reaction-abused-elephants-story.html http://stae.org
Petition to United Nations Security Council
Impose Financial and Military Sanctions on Israel for War Crimes
When will the United Nations apply international laws against israel? When will the same law makers who readily impose financial and military sanctions on African, Arab and Asian Nations without thought - do the same to israel? Why are these laws and sanctions applied? Why are you blind when it comes to israels ethnic cleansing and aparthied? To stop this continuing murder of Palestinian people and the continuing "wars" and collective punishment. Stop applying the western military strategies of internal regime change by making the lives of everyday people hell, killing their children, their elderly and their weak. Israel is not the victim it is the perpetrator of war many crimes. United Nations turning a blind eye just demostrates the one sided global Political structure and this is not acceptable. ACT NOW for a lasting peace in the region.
Petition to Shri Narendra Damodar Modi, Shri Chaudhary Birender Singh, Shri P. K. Singh
Pension for all Retirees from Steel Authority of India Ltd. should be implemented as/CPSU
Most of the CPSUs have implemented suitable pension schemes for their various units. Unfortunately, SAIL although being a Maharatna Company has not implemented any pension scheme which is hanging fire since many years. Such disparity exists and is un-noticed by the present Govt. is not perceivable. The retired employees are finding difficult to lead a decent life due to the rising prices and lowering of bank interest rates. Many Super Senior Citizens who had joined SAIL as pioneering batches, in the early 50s, have substantially contributed to making these steel plants and brought the organisation to a Maharatna status. However over the years, many of them have died in harness, while awaiting a suitable pension to take care of their needs. It appears there is no one to question the persons responsible for non implementation of a pension scheme in SAIL. Pension is required to take care of basic necessities in the old age. The Honorable Prime Minister is requested to kindly intervene and direct the Steel Ministry and the SAIL Management to finalise and implement the much awaited pension scheme for all the retirees of SAIL. This will provide a great relief to the living lot of senior and super senior citizens who have retired from SAIL.
Petition to Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Nicola Sturgeon MSP, we the
people of all Scotland pledge to you by signing this petition we Trust You and Fully Support Independence
Relaunch off ''THE DREAM WILL NEVER DIE'' Scotland needs to set herself free, away from the Tories,Redtorries and all of their affiliates.Dictators,Warmongers,The Hedge Row TAX Dodgers, The Corrupt Bankers. The Broken ''VOW''.The Watered Down Smith Commission. The Scotland Bill (all the recommended amendments proposed by the SNP that were ''declined'' by the Tories including Mundell or ''abstained'' by Labour!!). Do the Honourable thing, Support the SNP Party Leader, Scotland's First Minister, The Right Honourable Nicola Sturgeon MSP (Politician of the year 2015 UK WIDE 76%) and her 35 MPs, MSPs & Councillors , ALL of which ''WE Elected'' to Represent us. We wish to express to Nicola that there has been a substantial shift from 45% for Independence, and this petition to reflect % increased support ,through "We the ''Petitioners". Signing our petitions. Then forwards we progress positively with Legal Advice & Caution. Moving onwards Towards indyref2, when the time is utmost right!! .''Then Declare Our Independence''. Take back what was Pre 1707 Democratically Ours, A Sovereign Independent Country SCOTLAND. To be Governed 100% from Holyrood & NOT Restricted as present with limited 20% Powers and Leavers given to Holyrood.(Breadcrumbs from Westminster) & ''Westminster retaining 80%'' off all Scotland's Vital Financial Important Powers & Decisions that would help our Holyrood Parliament Develop a Fairer and more Equal Prosperous Sovereign Scotland. Also protecting our fast growing World Leading Green Renewable Energy Sector ,Tidal Wave Energy & Global Leading Technology. Along with many other very important areas that Nicola and her Political Party have already included in their SNP Manifesto. Lets protect All our Industries, NHS, Schools & World Class Universities, The Police ,just a few to mention that the SNP have at the heart off their Manifesto. Nicola Sturgeon MSP and all her MPs, MSPs "They Swear Allegiance to all Scotland and Her People". Regards Syria, ''NO BLOOD IN OUR NAME!!''. ''BAIRNS NOT BOMBS!!''. ''Prosperity ''NOT FOODBANKS!!''. ''EQUALITY NOT AUSTERITY!!''. For Scotland to be ''COMPLETLY NUCULAR TRIDENT FREE ZONE''. NO REPLACEMENT OFF WEAPONS OFF MASS DESTRUCTION!!. "Scotland's People" want to remain part of the "European Union!!". "SAOR ALBA GU BRATH". End ''ALL'' Welfare cuts, inflicting misery & Damage to all the Sick, Elderly, Disabled & The Most Vulnerable in our society!!
Petition to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
Hold Facebook to account #TalkToUsMark
In the last few days it has been uncovered that the personal data of 50 million ordinary people on Facebook was used to sway the US elections in 2016. Cambridge Analytica’s use of this data without permission or knowledge has dominated the headlines. I’m a big fan of Facebook, I use it everyday to share information and connect with friends and family near and far. My closest friends even poke fun at me for ‘completing the Facebook game’, having maxed out the number of connections allowed! I do not doubt the huge value Facebook has given the world. That’s why I’m so worried - we ARE Facebook. And I’m not alone: The hashtag #deletefacebook has even trended on Twitter! Authorities in the United States and Europe have called for Mark Zuckerberg to face them; Cambridge Analytica’s CEO has been suspended; Facebook investors have sued the company, and; the platform has lost US$60bn in market value so far. Governments and the market has responded. How should we, as citizens, respond? As an avid user, my main question is: Can I still trust Facebook to protect my data? And as a citizen, my main question is: how has this data sharing impacted elections around the world? Therefore, this petition calls for two simple things: We call for Mark Zuckerberg to testify to the UK Parliament and US Congress to answer these urgent questions, and; We call for Facebook to investigate and list publicly any other violations of our data by other third parties. We want to give Mark Zuckerberg an opportunity to calm our nerves, and act upon Facebook’s community values of being open, inclusive, transparent, and trustworthy. The ball is now in his court. I hope you join me in signing the petition. Kind regards, Alvin CarpioCEO, The Fourth Group
Petition to Theresa May MP, Richard Graham MP, UK Parliament, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Richard Johnson headteacher, Severn Vale School, Alex chalk, Damian Hinds
BAN homework in secondary school around England and the rest of the United Kingdom
They should ban homework in England in secondary schools because it is the most important years to be studying at school to get GCSE but if you have homework all the time you are missing out on learning. Plus you can spend hours doing the pieces of homeworks and the teachers might not mark them in which you don't know whether you are improving. Plus by doing no homework it would give the students more time to learn and have more time to be able to do stuff they enjoy like hobbies. And it should be up to kids how they revise. And the teachers to prepare the lessons instead of handing homework out in which it could improve learning because it wouldn't take up the time. And if you do your homework you never have time to go out with friends or family because they set to much homework and students go to school about 30 hours a week and spend more hours doing homework they should be able to relax there brains and having a break not doing work all the time.what happens if you win? Well it would stop homework which would give more time to students to do what they want like sports or there hobbies and socialising with other people like friends.and cause teachers can use the time to prepare the lessons instead of handing out homework in which student might not know what to do. and also they don’t give the help student need because they are interested in homework not the pupils progress and whether they are understanding the knowledge! You spend hours doing it and the teachers don’t mark it which means that time you can be spending with your friends and family also they don’t realise that you only stay a kid for not long so you want to enjoy it. and homework does not help you get a GCSE so the teachers can help you more and stop giving detentions and help people to achieve and learn what they need they never consult the parents or students and can set how much homework they want which it isn’t fair and this causes health problems because you are not doing fun things like hobbies a number of health problems are: .heart problems .anxiety And another thing is schools set all this homework but then they don’t think socialising or spending time with your family is important like going to beaches so you have memories as you are only young for not long and school do not look at this and they set loads of homework way to much over the weekends but they don’t realise that you too want a break and spend time with family and friends and homework does not help you and it causes health problems And even teachers get breaks over the weekends and go places so they need to take in consideration of students and they should just ban it so teachers can teach better and homework don’t help cause teachers harlf the time don’t even mark it! ALL HOMEWORK DOES IS CAUSE UNNACESSARY STRESS!!! plus when you are worried about GCSE it does not help and can lead to anxiety and other mental health problems Homework was introduced as a punishment but now generations are taking it too far and giving how much they want out and it’s not having an detrimental impact on them but the younger generations who will become successful but Homework is getting in the way achieving to ban homework would mean a lot of things including more time to revise necessary stuff which will achive you good GCSE which homework doesnt !!!!! and you would also have more time to do sports you enjoy or hobbies and it will create a better environment and atmosphere at school as children should enjoy school but when you got that extra pressure of homework it does not help! there is also proof that it doesn’t help such as Finland they have no homework and they got better education including GCSE HOMEWORK IS UNHEATHY and stops you from socialising and doing revision, revision classes cause some student might not be able to do revision classes after school as the amount of pressure to do homework from the school cause student know if they don’t do it they get detentions etc