Monday, April 14, 2014

With 1,39,56,010 enslaved citizens, why is slavery not an agenda for Lok Sabha elections?

The real plight, however, lies in the collective apathy, explains activist Lenin Raghuvanshi, a member of the District Vigilance Committee on Bonded Labour in Uttar Pradesh.
Lenin, who is also the founder of People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) reveals, “In just the last two and half years PVCHR released and rescued 243 bonded labours.”
He observes, “All the released labour belonged to Dalits, tribal, OBCs and minorities communities. So, it wouldn't be so far fetched to say that existence of caste system​, communalism and patriarchy are the real causes of persistent slavery.”
Corruption or non-performance of safety nets and practices of land grabbing and asset domination by high caste groups leaves people without protections. 
Further asserting this hypothesis, he adds, “Landless poor, agricultural labourers, some artisans and those without employment are the main victims of this system. Workers employed therein are members of SC, ST and minorities who are mostly non-literate and non-numerate and do not easily understand the arithmetic of loan/ debt/ advance and the documentary evidence remains with the creditor and its contents are never made known to the debtor.”

साम्प्रदायिक फासीवाद और साम्राज्यवाद के गठजोड़ को बनारस में परास्त करें

बनारस के बहुलतावादी समावेशी संस्कृति के लिए आज जितना साम्प्रदायिक फासीवादी ताकतें खतरा हैं, अवसरवादी अराजक राजनीति करने वाले भी उतने ही खतरनाक हैं | यह याद रखना जरूरी है कि जो दिखाई देता है वही सच नही होता है | जैसे दिखाई देता है कि सूर्य पृथ्वी के चारों ओर घुमता है जबकि पृथ्वी सूर्य के चारों ओर घुमती है | ऐसे में बनारस व् बनारसीपन को बचाने के लिए मोदी और केजरीवाल दोनों को शिकस्त देनी होगी |

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

In rural India, women want politicians to deliver

Associated Press published and released a big story "In rural India,women want politicians to deliver",where our staff and member of Management committee of PVCHR,Ms. Chhaya Kumari(photo number 2) and village Sarai(model village of PVCHR-Dignity initiative) came in to international light. 

SARAI, India (AP) — Trudging home after a long day harvesting wheat, Veena Devi has little time for the political workers swarming her northern Indian village seeking votes for their candidates.
"They come to us each time promising piped water, public toilets and factory jobs. But these political leaders will disappear after they win," said the gray-haired Devi, sitting outside her thatched-roof hut in Sarai, a village just outside the Hindu holy city of Varanasi.

Women form more than 49 percent of India's 814 million voters, but many of them, especially in rural India, feel their concerns are not taken seriously by political parties, and that they take a back seat to men in everything from health care to education to legal protection.
Nearly seven decades after independence from Britain in 1947, India has had many formidable female leaders. The best known, Indira Gandhi, was prime minister for 15 years. The current leader of the ruling Congress party, Sonia Gandhi, is the widow of Indira's son, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
India has had a woman president, a woman speaker of Parliament and women leaders of political parties. Two of India's biggest states have women chief ministers.

But few Indian women feel these leaders have served them well. And women leaders have rarely made women's issues a priority.
Women in West Bengal were particularly incensed last year when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the state's top elected leader, tried to play down a rash of rapes in the state and said her administration was unable to speed up trials of rape cases that have been pending in courts, sometimes for decades.
Amendments to India's constitution that would reserve for women a third of all seats in Parliament and state assemblies have been hanging for more than a decade.
"Most women leaders are careful not to identify themselves with women's causes. They fear they will be marginalized in their own parties," said Suniti Kumar, a shop manager from Varanasi. "In that, they are not so different from the men."
For millions of Indian women, the national elections that take place every five years are merely a minor distraction in their quietly desperate lives.
Every day Devi, a 42-year-old widow, wakes well before dawn to accompany her teenage daughter to the nearby field they use as a toilet. They collect buckets of drinking water before heading to work in the landlord's fields. On days when there is no farm work available, she toils at a nearby brick kiln. The money Devi earns, and the pittance her daughter gets doing odd jobs, is just enough to feed her and her three children.
While India has a growing middle class, tens of millions of women still struggle with illiteracy, poverty and little social status. For these women, political choices are often still made by their husbands or male community leaders.
Chaya Kumari, a field worker with a nongovernmental organization in Varanasi, makes her own political choices, and knows she is in the minority.
"My husband wants me to vote for his candidate. I refused and there is little he can do about it," she said, her voice filled with determination.
Kumari said she can defy her husband because she holds a steady job and is not financially dependent on him.
For most Indian women, safety remains their biggest concern.
Outrage seized India more than a year ago when a young woman was gang-raped on a moving New Delhi bus and later died of her injuries, becoming a symbol of the dangers that millions of women face every time they leave their homes.
An outpouring of protests pushed the government, and political leaders of all hues, to join the cause. Since then, voyeurism, stalking and the trafficking of women have been made criminal offenses, courts dealing with sex crimes have become faster and men who are repeatedly convicted of rape have become eligible for the death penalty.
Political parties also promised to find ways to empower women — though have done very little to follow through. Except for the high-profile female leaders, most parties field few women candidates. The last general election saw 59 women, or a little over 10 percent, elected to the lower house of Parliament, out of 543 members. India ranks 99th in the world in terms of female representation among legislators.
Few women politicians have the money they need to fund campaigns, making them dependent on parties for financial help. Fewer still get that help.
"The biggest hurdle women in politics face is from within the political parties to which they belong," said Sehba Farooqui, a New Delhi-based political activist.
Major parties are careful to include women in their platforms, though the communists are the only one that favors setting aside one-third of legislative seats for women.
The Congress party says it will "provide women equal access to social, economic and political opportunities," and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party says it will "transform the quality of life of women in rural India." But the most serious attempts to reach women voters are done with free saris and pressure cookers.
"Women see through these ploys. They want politicians to deal with their real problems. They want jobs ... if not for themselves, then for their children," Kumari said.
In Sarai, Devi's woes stem from the abject poverty that grips the region, in Uttar Pradesh, India's biggest state. Decades of poor governance have left literacy levels low, health care abysmal and other public services lacking.
Devi cooks over a small fire she makes with sticks, and gets water from a hand pump shared by nine families. Rusted pipes reaching from an irrigation canal some distance away end abruptly near the village, evidence of failed promises made during a 2009 election.
"When politicians want our vote, they say: 'Sister, we will get you water pipelines, we will get you higher wages,'" said Devi.

"They win, and then they forget their sisters."

Monday, April 07, 2014

Re: denial of holiday to the officials who perform election duty


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From: Pvchr <>

Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:47:55 +0530

Subject: denial of holiday to the officials who perform election duty

To: "" <>

Cc: Lenin Raghuvanshi <>,, "" <>


The Chief Election Commissioner

 Election Commission

 New Delhi

Dear Sir,

I want to bring in your attention towards the issue of


Three issues need to be flagged here. One, if you are well connected, you can skip the rigorous election duty. There is no established protocol to explain who has to be a part of this missionary responsibility. Second, is the issue of adequate remuneration. Those who have been part of a door to door action in July, 2012 electoral revision process have not been paid yet in Delhi. They wait for years. No incentive is given during the electoral training period, not even the travel. On election day, on an average each person on poll duty works for 18 hours. Most of them leave home at 4.30am to be at the booth by 6.00am so that due processes are carried out on time . What they get is actually less than what they or their family spend on them. Finally, the following day of election should be declared as a mandatory holiday for those govt employees who performed electoral duty.

 Therefore it is a kind request to take appropriate action in this issue.

Thanking You

Sincerely Yours

 Lenin Raghuvanshi

 Secretary General

 People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights

 Sa 4/2 A Daulatpur, Varanasi

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Modi rocks ‘cradle of culture & Hinduism’ but faces challenges from within

But his feelings may be because of his over-confidence. However, social activist and senior journalist Utkarsh Sinha points out that for Modi Varanasi, where people come to atone for their sins and seek Moksha (salvation) itself would be a big challenge to this strong-headed BJP leader.
The city dotted with 1,000 temples and numerous ghats is also known as the spiritual capital of India. 
Lenin Raghuvanshi, a Varanasi-based human rights activist (representing Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights—PVCHR) said Modi forgets that the city, which was described by Mark Twain as a city older than history, a city older than tradition, was a “symbol of the spiritual and cultural pluralism of India” because it is also inhabited by followers of other religions faith (Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists), who consider the city as their spiritual center.  

Friday, April 04, 2014

प्रेस कान्फ्रेंस वाराणसी, उत्तर प्रदेश

प्रेस विज्ञप्ति
वाराणसी, उत्तर प्रदेश संसद का चुनाव देश के लिए एक महत्वपूर्ण प्रक्रिया है क्योंकि देश किस दिशा में जायेगा ? देश का विकास कैसे होगा ? देश में लोकतंत्र व कानून का राज कैसे स्थापित होगा ? भ्रष्टाचार व अत्याचार से देश कैसे मुक्त होगा ? इन सभी के लिए नीति, कानून, योजना, वजट का निर्धारित देश की संसद करती है। अप्रैल व मई के महीने में देश की सोलहवी लोक सभा का चुनाव होने वाला है। इस संसदीय चुनाव में यह वहस का मुद्दा नहीं है कि विभिन्न राजनैतिक दल चुनाव जीतने के बाद किन नीतियों के आधार पर किस प्रकार के कार्यक्रम लागू करेगें। वल्कि इस संदर्भ में बहुत ही व्यक्तिवादी और सतही किस्म की बहसे चलायी जा रही हैं। कई राजनैतिक दलों ने एक-दो को छोड़कर अभी तक अपना घोषणा पत्र भी जारी नहीं किया है।
मानवाधिकार जननिगरानी समिति ने सभी राजनैतिक दलों को घोषणा पत्र में जन मुद्दे शामिल करने के लिए पत्र भेजा था । चुनाव के बाद सभी राजनैतिक पार्टियों पर दबाव बनाया जाएगा कि वे अपने घोषणा पत्र में किये वादों को पूरा करे | चुनाव के दौरान इन घोषणा पत्रों में बनारस के बिनकारी, सांझा संस्कृति, गंगा, वरुणा, अस्सी व गोमती को बचाने के लिए यहाँ के प्रत्यासियो पर जनता से दबाव बनाने की अपील करते है | 
समिति यह अपील करती है कि जनता राजनैतिक पार्टियों एवं उनके उम्मीदवारों पर दबाव बनाये कि वे किस तरह से समृध, धर्मनिरपेक्ष, बहुलतावादी, लोकतांत्रिक भारत का निर्माण करेंगें जहाँ हर इंसान को रोजी-रोटी, पढ़ाई, दवाई, मकान, सुरक्षा, इज्जत मिल सके।
भारत की आजादी की लड़ाई में व्रिटिश उपनिवेशवाद से माफी माँगने वाली ताकते जिन्होंने भारतीय नागरिकों को धर्म व संम्प्रदाय के नाम पर बांटने की कोशिश कर देश को कमजोर किया है। कुछ ताकतें आज भी भारतीय संविधान की जगह मनुस्मृति के आधार पर देश को चलाने की बात करती हैं। वही चुनाव में खड़े बाहुवली व धनवली उम्मीदवार भी लोकतंत्र के लिए बड़े खतरें है। समिति ऐसी सभी ताकतों को चुनाव में सिकस्त देने की अपील करती हैं ।
कोबरा पोस्ट ( के आपरेशन जन्म भूमि पर प्रतिक्रया व्यक्त करते हुए मानवाधिकार कार्यकर्ताओं ने कहा कि भारत के संविधान की प्रस्तावना के मूल भावना को ख़त्म करने के लिए किस तरह से कुछ ताकते इस देश में काम कर रही है यह बहुत ही खतरनाक है | अगर ये ताकते मजबूत होती है तो हमने जो भी इन 65 सालो में दक्षिण अशियाओ देशो से ज्यादा तरक्की की है वो भी खतरे में जा सकती है | इसलिए मतदाताओं को हिन्दू फांसीवादी व मुस्लिम साम्प्रदायिक दोनों ताकतों को चुनाव में शिकस्त करके दुनिया में मजबूत भारत को कदम रखना चाहिए | इसके लिए दुनिया के समस्त पवित्र शहरो को और साथ ही दुनिया के सभी लोगो को बनारस के बहुलतावाद, समावेशवाद से सीखना चाहिए और बनारस की जनता अपने इस महान विरासत को ख़त्म नहीं होने देगी |
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