Can we Help John in solving about mysterious death of his son in Amity University?

April 23, 2010 5 comments

Can anyone help me in talking about John Xavier’s 18 years old son’s case in media, news channels, wherever possible on behalf of India Redefined http://www.indiaredefined-a4c.org ,a Citizen’s Empowerment movement,asking to fulfill ISR-Individual Social Responsibility.

Help John in solving about this mysterious death.of his son.

It is an appeal from india Redefined ,to all Indians -Let us all we move from the state of APATHY to SYMPATHY and finally graduate to EMPATHY.
Every Indian’s pleasures and sorrows become our pleasures and sorrows, when anyone of us is humiliated we feel ourselves humiliated, their aspirations become our aspirations and their failures our failures What we really require is the refinement of our basic sensitivity and expansion of our self which is normally limited to our near and dear ones.
With this expansions we begin to identify ourselves with Nature in all its manifestations, humanity at large. Then and only then the mother earth will be at Peace and worth living for all of us. You may call this feeling Empathy or with some other name. But to me, this state of Mind or Soul is something more than the word “Empathy” or its equivalents connote. India Redefined will take this Up.
India Redefined, the strongest citizen group will make all those people who were part of this accountable to every Indian.

See this letter From,John Xavier, from Saudi Arabia.

From,
John Xavier,
Adawliah, P.O.Box-16650,
Riyadh-11474, Saudi Arabia.
Date: 15th April, 2010.
Smt. Ranjana Kanti,
India Redefined.

Dear Ranajanaji.
Since eight months we are struggling to find the cause of death of our only child
Justin John Xavier .Again how long we should wait ? We appeal to you to inform all members of India redefined about this mysterious death.
We are employed in Saudi Arabia since 25 years. Our only child Mr. Justin John Xavier, born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 26-11-1991. I, John Xavier, employed with Adawliah Universal Electronics as a warehouse manager and my wife, Anna John working as a staff nurse with Ministry of Health.
Justin was a student of International Indian School, Riyadh during 1995-2004. He continued his high school education in Montfort AIHS, Yercaud, Tamil Nadu. After completing his higher secondary education, Justin opted for Aerospace engineering and he joined Amity University, Noida on 3rd August, 2009.
Justin was slim and healthy and an expert swimmer. He used to play basket ball regularly since 4 years. He never had any health problems which needs special attention. His height was 184 cms. and weight 67 Kg. After joining Amity University, we spoke to him everyday till 02-09-2009.
On 3rd September, my sister who lives in Mumbai called up Justin’s mobile as usual at 8.45 AM. Someone else picked up the phone and said Justin died after a cardiac arrest and she conveyed the message to me. After some time University called me and conveyed the same message.
Visual and print media gathered in front of university’s main gate to enquire about the incident. University officials explained to all media that Justin died after cardiac arrest while swimming in shallow waters. Also the University repeatedly told me that the cause of death is cardiac arrest and they were trying to convince me with false stories. Story continues like this:- Justin complained to his friends that he is having severe chest pain since one week and he was not even able to walk properly”. Also the University blamed us for hiding Justin’s cardiac problems. In our knowledge Justin never had any cardiac disorder or any other serious illness.
On 3rd September itself, University officials tried to conduct a postmortem, before the arrival of relatives which was objected by activists of human rights protection, Delhi. Postmortem was conducted on 4th September, 2009. by Dr. Rakesh Kumar. As per his
findings, cause of death is asphyxia as a result of drowning. On 5th September, 2009 Justin’s body was airlifted to Kochi and the funeral took place on 6th September after the arrival of parents from Riyadh.
I have visited the Amity University campus on 6th, October and questioned some students and life guards who claimed that they were present in the swimming pool. Also print and visual media interviewed me in the evening, which was published the next day.
On 7th October, I have lodged a complaint to Hon. Minister Shri. Mullappally Ramachandran with the support of Human rights activists.
Shri. Mullappally issued letters to Kerala home minister and Director General of Police requesting to do all necessary steps to initiate an investigation. On 21st October, I have lodged a complaint to the Inspector General of Police Mr. Vinson M. Paul.
After discussing the matter in detail with me, Inspector General ordered the rural SP to make all necessary arrangements for a re postmortem.
The second autopsy was performed by a team of doctors lead by Police surgeon Dr. Sreekumari from Alapuzha medical college on 22-10-2009. During the second autopsy it was found that the first autopsy was fake. There were many contradictions. Contusions were found in different parts of body including skull.
As per instructions from IG, 4 member team of police officers lead by Mr.J.Jayanath IPS, arrived in Amity University on 26thOctober, 2009. After completing their investigation , team returned to Kerala on 3rd November. No actions took place thereafter. In December, I have filed a writ in Kerala High Court through advocate Mr.Vinod K.R. Now the police play game by extending date each time even after 7 months.
I am in a helpless situation now. What will be the end of this drama ?. It is our right to know the cause of death of our only child. Should we lose our job and go to India for spending the rest of our life shuttling between police stations and legal offices?.. Mysterious death of Justin John was published by all leading TV channels and news papers across India. Unfortunately no student organizations or political parties turned out to say a single word of condolence. .
Further high level investigation is suggested in the report submitted in High Court by the investigation team. Also we are awaiting Forensic report since six months.
Please visit the following links to know about Amity University fraud.

http://www.tehelka.com/story_main12.asp?filename=ts061105Schooled_in.asp

http://www.free-press-release.com/news/200904/1240644948.html

http://amityuniverse.tripod.com/

http://aajtak.joeuser.com/article/128988

Thanking you
Yours Faithfully

John Xavier
Anna John

(JOHN XAVIER)

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IR will have support of 100 crore Indians without votes

March 27, 2010 4 comments

Political Parties are asking for Votes from common people, India Redefined is asking for only Support, because it is citizens movement, not a political party.Make India Redefined http://www.indiaredefined-a4c.org the strongest platform to empower citizens. Political parties will work for 100 crore people, but 100 crore people will work for India Redefined.Put all your goodness on one plateform-India Redefined http://www.indiaredefined-a4c.org,become the strongest citizen group & make public officials accountable by ensuring better governance,infrastructure, killing of corruption

Citizen’s Empowerment Program- India Redefined, http://www.indiaredefined-a4c.org The movement which got an award for ,’The Best Humanitarian Initiative’ is a platform to empower citizens. If each of us, Indian Citizens, are aware of our Rights and willing to exercise it, we not only will elect the right people to run the country, but we will make all public officials (servants) accountable to us, there by ensuring better governance, better politicians, better bureaucracy, better infrastructure, killing of corruption, and a better India for ourselves & our future generation. This also means that we should also know our obligations & responsibilities to the country and fulfill these. If all of us, or a major chunk of people ensure that their rights as a citizen are exercised and are fulfilling their obligations as the citizens, almost all the problems plaguing the country can be solved, either Local issues or National issues.India Redefined, is a movement to light up the fire in the hearts of every Indian citizen to be awakened -“to Exercise their Rights & Fulfill their Obligations & Responsibilities”.

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Come on Indians, your nation needs you

February 16, 2010 4 comments

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India Redefined has started three different projects- “I Care”, ” Educate India” and “Develop Your Own Village”.

Thousands of people have joined this movement across the globe but need Chapter co-ordinators and Student Coordinators to take on the responsibility, by rotation in different cities of India. If you want to suggest anyone’s names for Chapter coordinator or Student Coordinator, then please send a mail regarding this at ranjanakanti@indiaredefined-a4c.org

India Redefined, the movement which got award for ,’The Best Humanitarian Initiative of the Year is not about helping others – it is about YOU and what you want to do for your country. Country needs you all. Please tell people to join India Redefined.Various newspapers have published about this movement.

The road may be long and difficult and results not seen, soon enough – but should we leave things as they are because of this and live with the regret of not having tried atleast??

If you have any connections with the print media in your city, we can send you supporting articles, to generate the awareness required, which would assist you in promoting your activites, by more intense participation. Ranjana Kanti been actively speaking at various forums, including colleges, to promote awareness and participation. If you can suggest this to any colleges of your city who can invite her to address a gathering, then please do so and give adequate notice.

India Redefined is a participatory movement and more the people are part of it the easier it will become.
Any activist is alone without Public Participation. India Redefined is not a women’s movement.It is for everyone.

Finally we shall reach a Tipping Point where the momentum created by the early members like yourself, will engulf all of India. But this cannot be only a internet exercise to create active participation.. It is important to create some groundwork for starting this project. Hence, you all to WAKE UP and take up the first activity with enthusiasm.

People from other countries like Srilanka, Pakistan, bangladesh, Nepal are contacting us to start similar movements in thier countries.

Anyone who wants to join hands with this movement or having any interest or expertise in any other area like environment, health or water, government, education, employment, or anything else which you think can make people participate can contact us. Various NGOs , from all over world have shown interest in this.

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Water and Sanitation in India

October 12, 2009 8 comments

Water and Sanitation in India – by Pravin Nair
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India faces a turbulent water future. The current water development and management system is not sustainable: unless dramatic changes are made – and made soon – in the way in which government manages water, India will have neither the cash to maintain and build new infrastructure, nor the water required for the economy and for people.

None of the 35 Indian cities with a population of more than one million distribute water for more than a few hours per day, despite generally sufficient infrastructure. Owing to inadequate pressure people struggle to collect water even when it is available. According to the World Bank, none have performance indicators that compare with average international standards. A 2007 study by the Asian Development Bank showed that in 20 cities the average duration of supply was only 4.3 hours per day. No city had continuous supply. The longest duration of supply was 12 hours per day in Chandigarh, and the lowest was 0.3 hours per day in Rajkot.

There are regions of India that can benefit greatly from increased investment in water infrastructure, of all scales. India can still store only relatively small quantities of its fickle rainfall. Whereas arid rich countries (such as the United States and Australia) have built over 5000 cubic meters of water storage per capita, and middle-income countries like South Africa, Mexico, Morocco and China can store about 1000 cubic meters per capita, India’s dams can store only 200 cubic meters per person. India can store only about 30 days of rainfall, compared to 900 days in major river basins in arid areas of developed countries. A compounding factor is that there is every indication that the need for storage will grow because global climate change is going to have major impacts in India – there is likely to be rapid glacial melting in coming decades in the western Himalayas, and increased variability of rainfall in large parts of the subcontinent.

The problems of a developing India, however, are not limited to providing adequate quantities of water. Growing populations, cities and industries are putting great stress on the aquatic environment. Many rivers – even very large ones – have turned into fetid sewers. India’s cities and industries need to use water more effectively, and there will have to be massive investments in sewers and wastewater treatment plants.

The lack of adequate sanitation and safe water has significant negative health impacts.The World Bank estimates 21% of communicable diseases in India are water related. Of these diseases, diarrhoea alone killed over 700,000 Indians in 1999 (estimated) – over 1,600 deaths each day. The highest mortality from diarrhoea is in children under the age of five.

A recent joint monitoring report prepared by the World Health Organisation and Unicef found that out of the 1.2 billion people around the world who are forced to defecate in the open, half live in India. An estimated 665 million Indians, one in every two, lack access to a toilet. That is not a pleasant statistic. Yet, few Indians would challenge it, as the embarrassing evidence is before our eyes everywhere we look.

References:
1. India’s Water Economy: Bracing for a Turbulent Future
http://go.worldbank.org/QPUTPV5530
2. The toilet test: India urgently needs a Sanitation Act
http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1189539
3. Water supply and sanitation in India.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_supply_and_sanitation_in_India#Sanitation
4. Is the water pure? Punjab villages need filtration plants
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090710/edit.htm#7

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“A Billion is Enough: India’s Population Problem – A WAY OUT”

October 12, 2009 10 comments

“A Billion is Enough: India’s Population Problem – A WAY OUT” – by Ashok Gupta
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Poverty, deprivation, illiteracy, disease and distress are all an outcome of population growth that is disproportionate to the growth of productive resources in India.

Number of people below the poverty line in 1997 was equal to the total population of India in 1947.

Our population problem remains as it was 50 years ago. Rather, it has gone worse both in quantitative and qualitative terms. Qualitative in the sense that those families, which can afford to provide good education and health, are controlling the births and those with no or poor wherewithal are producing children without any check, thoughtlessly, Therefore, the problem needs to be addressed in some innovative and meaningful manner.

There is plethora of projects and programmes in the form of centrally sponsored schemes and state schemes directed at poverty alleviation, education, health provision, housing and food nutrition etc., which have not delivered the benifits as desired or expected. Investment on these programmes has yieled results much below the potential.

India is not only over-populated, but over-population is concentrated in poor/illiterate sections of society, who primarily reside in rural areas. The Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of poor classes is 3.70 against 2.31 of the rich classes. The analysis also discloses that high TFR amongst the poor/illiterate persons does not flow from their own volition. These classes desire 2.90 children per couple. But due to lack of facilities and motivation, their actual TFR stands at 3.70, almost one child per couple more than their desire.

Capabilities of the poorer classes could have also been developed by intergrating family planning programme with removal of poverty and illiteracy. Population explosion and poverty are inter-dependent problems.

The population is increasing and concentrating in poor/illiterate families, who primarily reside in rural India. This phenomenon has adverse implications in social, economic and political areas in many different ways. For example, while the literate and informed electorate will help in deepening and widening of the democracy, the same cannot be expected from the poor/illiterate constituents. They cannot be expected to return mature, honest and visionary political leadership, which determines the fate of the country. In demoracy heads are counted, not weighed as Aristotle puts it. Therefore, the challenge before us is not only that of quantity but also of the quality of the population.

Poor and illiterate population is primarily concentrated in four major states
Madhya Pradesh – Poor 37.43%, literacy 64.11%
Orissa – Poor 47.15%, literacy 63.61%
Uttar Pradesh – Poor 31.15%, literacy 57.36%
Bihar – Poor 42.60%, literacy 47.53%

Lack of employment opportunities in UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, MP and many other states has led to large-scale migration of people within the country itself. This unending race of unfed, unclothed and illitrate people to other areas of relative prosperity, especially the metropolitan cities, has not only altered the demographic pattern but has also severely strained infrastructural facilities. Migration of the cream of our society to greener pastures in developed countries, leading to large-scale brain drain, is also required to be seen in this context.

Rapidly growing population has adversely affected the Indian political and social scene and led to the abandoning of values in the public as well as the private sphere. When survival becomes the primary goal, all other values are subordinated to this instinct. Passage to the soul, they say, is through stomach. In the wake of limited and finite resources and opportunities, people who wield the power to distribute limited economic resources are being chased by too many seeks, tempting the former to indulge in nepotism, favoritism and corruption. The seekers, in orders to outsmart and outmanoeuvre one another, resort to sycophancy and graft. In the process both the distributors and the seekers get dehumaized and adopt negative social values.

Thus, India, if it opts for indifference towards its population problem will do so at its own risk & responsibility.

The surge in population combined with increase of consumerism has pushed the exploitation of natural resources beyond permissible limits. Fast increasing population demands more infrastructure, more hours, food, clothing, fuel wood and water etc. To meet this ever-rising demand, pressure is increasing on forests, water and land resources. In the process, we are triggering the extinction of plant and animal species, irreversibly harming the bio-diversity. The disastrous consequence of the demands made by our growing population on our natural resources, habitat and bio-sphere is also evident from the rapidly increasing pollution and other forms of deterioration that we notice all around.

There is extreme pressure on land, forests, and rivers as they are mercilessly exploited to cater to the ever-increasing needs of growing population. All systems for the maintenance of law and order, imparting justice and providing civic amenities, are buckling under the pressure.

Forest are worst hit. It is regrettable that India has only 23% of its area covered by forests against 50% a centuary ago and against the minimum of 33% prescribed by the National Forest Policy 1952.

Our land, water, mineral and technological resources are in no way equal to the level of our population. India has 16.8% of world’s population but only 2.42% of the land area, 4% of water resources, 1.4% of world coal reserves, less than 1% of world oil reserves.

The analysis reveals that the burgeoning population in India, without increase in resources, is against the fundamental law of nature and has potential of catastrophe. It demonstrates that if population growth continues unhindered, food and water supply would be affected adversely. Poverty and inequality are bound to increase. Environment would get further degraded, leading to droughts, floods and famines. It convincingly reveals that we could end up relapsing into stage-I of the demographic transition, instead of moving forward to stage-III of demographic transition. This will mean a step into a dark era rather than moving forward into the bright new millennium. The analysis depicts that in such a scenario, social fabric could crumble and the nation could disintegrate. We could even lose political sovereignty.

Basic cause of over-population.
The examination reveals that before 1921 there was almost free play between the creative and destructive powers of Nature, without any significant human intervention. Till this period, both birth and death rates were very high, keeping population growth rate rather low. India at that time was in the first stage of demogrphic transition. The scenario changed after 1921. The invention of new and curative medicines and their mass application, expansion of medical and education facilities, and improvement in the supply of clean drinking water helped to bring down the death rate from 48.6 in 1911-1920 to 8.7 in 1999. A high order of political commitment was shown to reduce the death rate. Unfortunately, on the other hand, our political leaders did not control the creative powers of ‘Nature’ with the same commitment due to fear of losing votes. Therefore, the birth rate did not come down in equal measure.

Implementation ideas for India Redefined

October 3, 2009 1 comment

Ashish Mohan (an IT Professional ) shared his views:
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The Social Ills Plaguing Our Cities – Indifference towards society and its people
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How many times have we lived in an apartment but not paid any attention to its cleanliness? How many times have we read in newspapers about the plight of ‘Senior Citizens’? How good a citizen are we?
The only way to prove this is not by taking to the streets or harping about it on talkshows. The way to do it is the following:-

1. Every day in the evening, people who come back from work, can take 15 minutes of time to take a round of their apartment. During this time, they should try to pick all the pieces of waste or paper and collect it in a garbage bag and dump it in the nearest garbage bin.
2. Those people not living in apartments, can do the same in their nearby streets so instead of having to depend on the civic agencies to do the cleaning, we can keep streets clean.
3. Each person can check the nearest dumping bins and inform the civic agencies of the same in case garbage is not collected on that day.
4. Each person should go and check in their apartment offices whether the phone number of the civic agencies are listed in the office records or not. If not, it is the duty of each person to file their complaint in the apartment office about it and ask them to get the required numbers listed.
5. Each person should make it a point to go and meet at least one ‘Senior Citizen’ of the society and talk to them on a regular basis – even if it is for 5 minutes each day. Regular interaction shall keep them very much integrated with the social fabric of our apartments.
6. Each person should host a simple tea get together on a specific day for a group of 5-10 ‘Senior Citizen’ once a month. The idea should be to get to know them and their whereabouts regularly.

These simple points do not take more than a half-hour on a regular basis. Needless to mention what these steps would help us achieve!! Remember those ancient mythological tales which propagate the importance of a well-knit society.

Nike might be known for its shoes, however we should remember it for its slogan – JUST DO IT!

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Define the Destiny!

September 19, 2009 2 comments

Dear Lovers of India!

Cheers! We Have Grown in STRENGTH!!

India Redefined has got overwhelming support of almost 29,000 people from across the world! Now, let us enter into its second phase of Action!

In order to facilitate it, the website www.indiaredefined-a4c.org is being continuously upgraded, and now you can formally join it by visiting this website and filling up the application form through its JOIN button!

At this website as our common platform, let us interact with each other, share our views and plan our actions for a better India! Also, let us take the lead and play key roles in forming the Core Team for the movement in coming days!

Just to restate, India Redefined is “a movement to light up the fire in our hearts and to awaken us enough to exercise our Rights and fulfill our Responsibilities through Collective Action”! It is a democratic movement, and every thing about it including its Agenda for Action is to be decided with YOUR OPINION.

SPARE A THOUGHT FOR INDIA! Take the initiative and VOICE YOUR SUGGESTION on various issues from time to time at the website! Please visit the website and take the first concrete step towards Re-Defining India of your dreams!

Define the Destiny!

Redefine India!!

Hail India!!

With Great Hopes for a Better Future,

Ranjana Kanti

(Organizer)

India Redefined

Ph : +91 9323467256

http://www.indiaredefined-a4c.org

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