Frustrated and angry at all prevailing corruption and injustice, the common man feels helpless. We, the 120 crore people, do not know how to use democracy for positive change. But there is hope! NyayaBhoomi is building a structure that will allow people to form area and issue specific communities, from street level to national level. The communities, both online and offline, will work collaboratively for identifying problems and solving them - holding the politicians and bureaucrats accountable in the process.
A fairly new political party has recently created a "minority wing". We have not read what they say it will do but we will apply logic and common sense to find an answer.
Who is a minority? It is considered to be a section of society holding religious beliefs different from the majority of the population in a given area. The reasoning goes that this section needs to protect its unique character, values and religious beliefs in an antagonistic environment. They also demand an assured share of public and other essential services which may be, they feel, denied to them by virtue of their religious identity. Certain privileges such as jobs not available even to the majority as a matter of right are also bestowed on them.
By creating a separate wing for the minorities, by corollary, the party in question accepts that our countrymen and the laws of the land are susceptible to discrimination on the basis of religion notwithstanding our claims to secularism and the principle of equality being our creed. Therefore, the only inference one can draw is that this party shall strive to seek an ever greater share of the pie for every community which is in minority and protect them from the excesses of the majority.
If this is in fact the case, then we reserve my deepest sympathies for the party in question. It is weakening and not strengthening the institution of democracy by pandering to the emotions and insecurities of the citizens. In fact, it amounts to institutionalising discrimination and inequality.
However, we would like to be proved wrong and hope that the newly-created “minority wing” of the party is meant to help minorities assimilate in the surroundings and protect them if they face an assault on their identity and other special interests from an adversarial majority by virtue of their religious beliefs.
Design of the new website of Nyayabhoomi is nearing completion but populating it with content is going to take another 3-4 weeks before it can be ‘launched’. We have been extremely lethargic in posting on Facebook page and have totally neglected the Twitter account. The blog was never properly created in the first place except for a few articles lying around scattered.
Many thoughts, ideas and facts on a vast array of subjects will have no value if they are not presented to an audience for comments and discussion. A few papers written, PILs filed and quite a few RTI success stories, all these must pass through the vent and reach an audience.
On this trebly important date of 2nd of October, we take a pledge to pour our heart out every now and then on all available platforms, and engage with the supporters of the causes of Nyayabhoomi in a meaningful way.
Here is a snippet from the header of the new website. An image makes a post stand out on a timeline. :)
Judicial Appointments Commission bill is a disappointment in that it merely changes the configuration of the selection committee while leaving out all important removal process which is so cumbersome and lengthy that it has never been successfully executed. The law could have introduced several important provisions relating to the appointments and removal of judges. A missed opportunity, we would say.
Do you want your political leaders to be honest, wise and talented and not criminals?
Would you like your police to stop crime and function efficiently instead of working as a bribe-seeking machine?
Do you want to see courts giving justice instead of just orders and do so speedily?
Would you like your passport, pension and tax refunds delivered in days and with ease?
Would you like the government to take important decisions and frame laws after a process of consultation with you and other citizens?
If so, you would be happy to know that we are working hard to ensure all of the above.
But we are not doing charity. We don’t feed the hungry. We don’t teach kids in the slums. And we don’t nurse the sick or provide shelter to the homeless. No doubt, those undertaking such noble deeds are indeed pure souls, but we don’t do charity because we are busy in reforming and correcting the system so that the need for charity and the underlying reasons for the suffering of the hungry, the kids, the sick and the homeless are eliminated.
We are sacrificing a lifetime of earnings, ‘bright future prospects’ and comfort so that we can help build a society which is strong, crime free, just and prosperous; A society which can proudly stand on its own feet and of which every member is proud to be a part.
But our path is not easy. Our constant endeavour to bring in change is painful to some and pits us against deep-rooted corruption, vested interests and mediocre “rulers”. These are very powerful people; So going hungry for days and weeks (anshan), being thrown into the barracks of jail and burning midnight oil in fighting with legal weapons is not uncommon.
SO THIS IS WHAT WE ARE. If you believe that we are doing the right thing, we need your support. Besides your time and skills, we need your money too. A lot of money is spent on rent for the office, salaries, mobile and internet, posters, publications, travel, events, conference facilities from time to time, etc.
You help us with our expenses and we shall take care of the system that helps you make money by creating value!
Anything from Rs.10 to several lakhs is welcome.
You may contribute once or give us a part of your salary or earnings regularly.
You may help us raise funds by using your network of friends, associates and skills.
Please visit this page for details of how to contribute.
Most pages on this website have the facility for you to write comments.
We read every suggestion you give or every criticism you make.
We reply to every comment that you post.
Your suggestions and criticism help us improve these pages. So keep them coming. Let us work interactively and participatively on transforming India.
Road Transport and Safety Bill 2014
Government is bringing a new law to replace the existing Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The entire law, divided into chapters and sections, is displayed here in more than 100 parts/pages. You are invited to post your comments on each page so that we can forward a set of citizens’ recommendations to the government with due credit to you.
It is your chance to have your views counted on
how our licences are made
how stringent driver training should be
what should the process of registering a vehicle be
how to handle women and security issues
how law can help in controlling traffic
how light or heavy the fines should be
and scores of other transport and traffic related issues.
The government rarely invites suggestions but we are facilitating that for you. Come, let us tell the government what we want. If there are enough suggestions from enough number of people, we shall make sure that the recommendations are personally handed over to the Minister of Transport Mr. Nitin Gadkari by us.
Transport policy for urban India
While the law lays down broad parameters of what is or is not permissible, it is the state government’s policy and actions that ultimately decide the fate of transport and traffic in real life. Drawing on our several years of experience, ground realities and legal knowledge in the transport sector, we have drafted a model “Transport Policy for Urban India". You are invited to review and comment on this brief 6-part policy here.
In due course of time, we hope to work on a set of key plans to decongest urban India, promote public transport and make RTOs and transport departments of states efficient and corruption-free.
We regularly welcome students and scholars for internship, round the year.
However, this round of internship is different. Nyayabhoomi as an organisation is undergoing restatement of its objectives, plans and strategies. We invite you to prepare the ground work for five key reforms and to assist senior volunteers in their work.
In particular, we want you to bring together plethora of research material available with us and on the internet, and organise it in a meaningful manner before it can be uploaded on this website. You may also like to manage the section of the website pertaining to your area of internship. If your interest continues beyond the internship period, you may want to become a volunteer yourself. Apply here