Friday, August 31, 2018

Change is possible with Hope, Honor and Human Dignity : Acceptance speech of Lenin Raghuvanshi

Distinguished Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri ji and Power Brand,

“It is a landmark honor for me, my colleagues, think tanks and advisors at the Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), partner organizations especially Child Right and You (CRY),Global Fund Children(GFC)–USA, FK-Norway, INSEC-Nepal, IRCT (International Rehabilitation Council of Torture Victims), FORUM Asia, Tata Trusts, Indo-German Society of Remscheid and associates, Ms. Helma Ritscher from Germany, Shruti Nagvanshi of Varanasi and Ms. Parul Sharma of Sweden to receive the Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Puraskar fighting for the dignity of the poor, marginalized and the “Untouchables” of India. Thanks a lot to distinguished Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri ji and Power Brand.

 The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland portrays the authentic picture of marginalized, “The poor and marginalized are ignored by political parties and the media. When they are victims of crime they hesitate to report it because they do not trust the police or courts. Corruption is widespread. Poor people are forced to pay for protection and services which, according to human rights law, should be free. The economic crisis only makes things worse, providing an excuse for politicians to blame the victims rather than help them.”

The main problems facing the India emerge from two things: the implementation of a ‘culture of impunity’, which is a shared belief that few can act without being accountable for their actions, at the social, economic and political level and the cognitive problem in the context of market democracy and economic globalization. This explanation reveals how the combination of those two factors – cognitive and contextual – allow the rise of a Neo-Fascism state – an authoritarian state, which wants to make one country with one nation – and the implementation of aggressive Neo-Liberal capitalism – which perpetuate social and economic injustice.

Thereafter, we propose a way to correct and change this situation by calling for the creation of a ‘Neo-Dalit’ movement – combining Shudras and ati-Shudras from all regions, which would formulate popular movement against the ‘culture of impunity’ through mobilization of opinion among leaders from all communities.The Neo-Dalit movement is a sign of hope, honor and human dignity for the most marginalized people facing discrimination based on race, caste, religion and gender. The Nelson Mandela model is the path for PVCHR’s Neo- Dalit movement to bring unity of different communities against the caste system, feudalism, communal-Fascism and Neo-Liberalism, through reconciliation for justice and human dignity against the culture of impunity based on silence. It promises to contribute, in posterity, to the pluralistic democracy in the world.

The multifaceted problems of our country are interconnected. In order to understand and solve these, we must view the dire problem in totality, not in isolation. We need a comprehensive multi-layer and multi-dimensional approach that considers economic, cultural, political and social factors. The People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) and its partners are actively attempting to fill this opportunity space by courting constructive dialogue with others, all stripes, spots and ideological leanings. Focusing on the diversity of caste experience, rather than being counter-intuitive to movement goals of creating Dalit self-esteem represents a primary step toward creating lasting structural change in the process of strengthening Dalit self-esteem.

 There are a lot of best practices based on innovation, resilience, cost effectiveness and participation of children and another target group. Elimination of the culture of silence, fear and phobia of organized violence and torture are the predominant factors of resilience to inculcate social transformation. It contributes in poverty elimination. The stories of Sarai and Sakara villages are the classical examples of how change happens. The success of Sarai village achieved by the people of Sarai is creating waves and resilience in the struggle against poverty, injustice, caste system and torture and organized violence, as a slogan: ‘You Can!’ Government of India needs to implement learning of grass roots level for quality, social justice and human welfare.

“Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and recipient of Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1913, rightly described a value for India in his follows poem in Gitanjali:

“Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been
broken up into fragments
by narrow domestic walls; …
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way into the
dreary desert sand of dead habit; …
Into that heaven of freedom,
My Father, let my country awake.

“Martin Luther King rightly says, ‘The urgency of the hour calls for leaders of wise judgment and sound integrity – leaders not in love with money, but in love with justice; leaders not in love with publicity, but in love with humanity; leaders who can subject their particular egos to the greatness of the cause.’

“India needs a better government that protects its own people and brings them together to build a strong nation-state, and to give them dignity and honor. “Hence, in all humbleness and humility, I accept the Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Puraskaras a step toward a different India, grounded on the values of justice, freedom and integrity.

“Thank you.”

Shabana azmi awarded the bharatiya manavata vikas puraskar 2018

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New Delhi ,
Daily Indian Media recognized the contribution by 13 Indian Stalwarts from various spheres of Indian Life like Politics, Business, Academics and Entertainment, yesterday at a glittering Awards Ceremony in New Delhi. Those recognized for their contribution to society and championing the cause of equity, humanity, social justice and human welfare include Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Yuvraj Singh, Ashutosh, Bibek Debroy, Uma Tuli, Flavia Agnes, Pramila Nesargi, Anita Ahuja, Lenin Raghuvanshi, Bezwada Wilson, Atul Satija and Pravin Patkar.
Power Brands: Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Puraskar (BMVP) is a distinctive initiative, a unique stage of some of the most powerful and humane minds from across the nation. BMVP is a platform created for leaders from the sphere of Politics, Business, Academics and Entertainment who have contributed towards enhancing the cause of human development in India.

These 13 national faces from various walks of life who were awarded with BMVP have built a brand of faith and hope through their conviction and actions while remaining committed to bring about a change in the society and championing the cause of equity, humanity, social justice and human welfare. In attendance to support, believe in and cherish change the nation needs, and its prime agents, would be the most luminous lights of this country including- Entrepreneurs, NGOs, CEOs, Politicians, Academicians, Media Giants, Sports and Film personalities, et al from around the nation.

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