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Petition to Sir Aneerood Jugnauth, Soodesh Satkam Callichurn, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Hon. (Mrs) Leela Devi DOOKUN-LUCHOOMUN, Honourable Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun​

Introduce Sanskrit in all Mauritian Schools. #Sanskrit_In_Mauritian_Schools

#Sanskrit_In_Mauritian_Schools "Yaam medham devaganah pitarashcha upaasate, tayaa maamadhya medhayaagne, medhaavinam kuru" ***That knowledge revered by the saints and our forefathers, oh God, please bestow upon me.*** Today, it is known that Sanskrit is the most computer-friendly language, and that its Grammar, Panini's Grammar, is the most suited for Natural Language Processing... But not only that... In the wake of the waves of debauchery running through Mauritius, one is overwhelmed by the sheer ugliness of criminality in the country. 7 year old kids tie and put their classmate on fire, 9 year old kids rape a 7 year old. 13-14 year olds are making blue films.. star-college students are diagnosed with AIDS, while other star-college students make blue films they are proud of, only regretting that the films went public... Society is consumed by consumerism, schools and colleges are rife with synthetic drugs, and of all things, youths are campaigning for the legalisation of more drugs!! And their parents are even worse.. People commit crimes with total disregard for any values whatsoever.. Corruption is everywhere, the institutions such as the police, the ministries and the civil service are seen to be unprofessional and unworthy, and the Lambda citizen has a dearth of role models! All this points to an increasing lack of moral values and civic education and sheer disrespect for human life coupled with the belief that they will thwart the law ("The rules are for others, not me!").. In this context one ponders that instead of imposing regulations through the law, people should be made to auto-regulate themselves, to "self-regulate". They should be made to understand the reasons behind civilisation and instilled with civic sense.. And that, at as an early age as possible. So, what better way to do that than to turn to philosophy? And what better philosophy, in a country where more than half the population has roots in India, than Indian Philosophy? And again, what better means to do that than allow those people to read of that philosophy themselves, in the native language that the said philosophy was formulated in? Sanskrit! Currently people of Indian origin(especially native Biharis - Bhojpuri speakers) learn Hindi.. Which at best can lead to a career as newscaster, writer or teacher.. But in general leads to nothing more than a good understanding of Bollywood films. Films glorifying sexuality, precocious or not, glorifying passion as the only form of relationship and misrepresented as "love", and soap-operas parading as value-based family films that are guides to the destruction of the family (think "Kyunki Saas...") Instead, Sanskrit would allow them to read the deepest human philosophies that have stood 5 millennia and still hold true.(Vasudheiva Kutumbakam, "The whole world is one family").. People would turn to spirituality as guidance to proper conduct, instead of as only solace after a heartbreak. They would understand the meaning of all prayers being said for them, like the one at the top, said in every hawan. The values in Indian Philosophy run so deep they allowed India to flourish through numerous colonisations, and even today, form the basic building blocks of most modern philosophical movements. So in response to the ugly path of fashion, of following the herd, of "qu'en dira-t-on?"; Why reinvent the wheel and try to invent a new means of spreading values? Why not use something that has been proven and seen to work. Why not Sanskrit? Sanskrit was allowed in  Mauritius legally side-by-side with Arabic as a means to promote civic education, but while Arabic has been implemented country-wide, Sanskrit is taught at hardly a dozen schools, and this has a direct effect on the erosion of values within Mauritian society. So, this is a plea to allow and promote Sanskrit as a language which will also help kids to grasp intricate and advanced language skills and give them a strong base to learn all Indo-European languages including German, Italian, Croatian, Spanish, English and French.. If you agree,please sign this petition. Hopefully the next generation (think.. our kids and grandchildren) will not just pay lip-service to prayers and mantras(pun intended), but actually know their meaning, and live those Values. Namaste (The divine within me, bows down to and honours the divine within you).Arvind C.S Bhagan

Arvind C.S Bhagan
946 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Wilbur Ross

.@SecretaryRoss: Protect the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument #MonumentsForAll

On April 28, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Order 13795: Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.  The executive order directs the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to conduct a review of 11 marine national monuments and national marine sanctuaries declared in the last 20 years, including the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument. The people of the Mariana Islands support conservation. Article I, Section 9 of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Constitution reads “Each person has the right to a clean and healthful public environment in all areas, including the land, air, and water.” One critical tool to achieve these guaranteed rights is the protection of some places as uninhabited areas with no extraction whatsoever. Specifically, the islands of Uracus, Maug, and Asuncion, the islands that are surrounded by our marine monument, are designated in our Constitution as, “uninhabited places and used only for the preservation and protection of natural resources.” A critical cultural value that the indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian people of the Northern Mariana Islands share with other American citizens living in the mainland United States is our deep connection to protected areas. The National Parks have been called America’s best idea, and the parks in our islands are critical threads woven into the fabric of the American story. For example, the American Memorial National Park on Saipan honors the sacrifices of American soldiers during World War II and reminds us of the cost of freedom. And the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument protects the culture of the Chamorro people and the unique natural resources of the Mariana Trench and Northern Islands. Protecting and honoring these places is our duty as American citizens, as indigenous people, and as islanders. We call on President Trump to respect our culture and our people.  The public process to build community support to create the monument was long and arduous. In 2008, the year before the monument was declared, our community held over 100 public meetings on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota, collected more than 6,000 signatures on a petition, and wrote hundreds of letters to the editor. The monument was discussed on radio, television, and in the pages of the local newspapers on a daily basis for over one year. All sides of the monument were discussed in our community until finally the Bush Administration and administration of former Governor Benigno Fitial came to agreement after months of negotiations. The threats of overfishing and climate change are real and we urge President Trump to help us make the ocean great again.  The Mariana Trench Marine National Monument should remain protected, and the United States government must meet its commitments to provide funding and expertise to help our people continue to build our own capacity to protect our natural heritage.

Ignacio Cabrera
929 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Pete DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Kate Brown

Support Albany Research Center

IMPORTANT: This petition should not be signed on government equipment, read during duty time or sent to others using government equipment. Do not use your government email address or government phone in contacting your Member of Congress. Research is an integral part of our economy; scientific knowledge has played a critical role in making the United State a leader in innovation. We are writing to encourage you to protect critical funding for the Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), specifically that of the Albany, Oregon site.  This is formerly the Albany Research Center - the center for metals which started in 1943 under the Bureau of Mines. The history of the laboratory can be found here on page 127. Current projects, but limited to, include improvements of heart stents and body armor, refractories and materials studies, geological and geospatial analysis.  With the senate considering policies that could have long lasting impacts to this nation’s scientific innovation, we ask that you take account the local impact to Oregon. President Trump’s FY18 budget proposes: “As part of the Department’s effort to operate more efficiently, this Request includes a phased approach to consolidation of NETL’s Albany research operations into NETL’s Eastern sites and commissioning of a Mission Alignment study beginning in Q3 FY 2017 that includes: (1) Evaluation of alternatives for locating NETL’s Alloy Metallurgy Capabilities; (2) Study of Environmental Impacts Responsibility & Remediation at the Albany site; and (3) Analysis of Alternatives for Configuration of NETL’s Eastern Sites.” In addition, at the DOE budget hearing on Tuesday, June 20th, Secretary Perry stated: "As part of the Department’s effort to operate more efficiently, the Budget proposes the initial stages of footprint consolidation for the National Energy Technology Laboratory. In a phased approach, we propose to consolidate NETL’s Albany, Oregon site into the NETL’s Eastern sites and initiate a Mission Alignment study in FY 2017 to evaluate alternatives for the consolidation of NETL’s eastern sites." Furthermore, the Subcommittee Markup - FY 2018 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill meets June 28th to discuss energy appropriations. It is critical that we have our voices heard in this time. The NETL-Albany site has 37 federal and 81 contract employees as well as 25 interns who would lose their jobs. Research shows that, for every dollar invested in national service, there are returns of ~$4 in community-wide benefits. NETL Albany has a total economic impact [in Oregon] of $30M in 2016 and as much of $72M in 2009 for research and development performed by government scientists and through grants, contracts, agreements with university, small business, and other members of the community. NETL develops young leaders, provides valuable skills and experience to enter the workforce by providing research opportunities - specifically students from Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. Here at NETL-Albany, we believe in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) education outreach within our communities in Albany, Lebanon, and Corvallis, Oregon. We - the signed - ask for you, our local Congressmen and representatives - to support sustained funding in your Fiscal Year 2018 priorities and ensure NETL Albany stays open. Thank you for your support, American Federation of Government Employees Local 1104

AFGE 1104
293 supporters