Category Archives: AAP – Aam Aadmi Party

Protest against ejipura site demolition (held in feb)

Hello! everyone. I am sure that all of you must have watched the Oscar winning movie “slumdog millionaire”, and enjoyed it too. Movies make everything look so beautiful, but does it really happen and exist everywhere? Close your eyes for a while and just imagine. Imagine that waking up one day in the “metal sheet” house not in your home and spending the whole day without electricity and clean water. Above all getting bad unhealthy food to eat and filthy smell all around. What would you do then? Curse yourself or your own fate or the almighty ? As I love eating a lot, moving all around, staying in a peaceful atmosphere with good supply of water and electricity so I can’t even dream of spending a day in such horrible situations.Not only me but no one can actually think of facing all those troubles everyday. Therefore, my dear friends,citizens and senior citizens we all must open our eyes to get out of this horrible nightmare.Everyone does not have the same fate like us ,slums and shanties are reality for many people, they are also humans, they are also one of the same like us.

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                             A slum is a rundown area of a city consisting of poor, lower class people, who often cannot afford the basic necessities of life, such as sanitation, healthy food and clean water.  A shanty town is a slum settlement (sometimes illegal or unauthorized) of plywood, corrugated metal, sheets of plastic, and cardboard boxes. There are millions of slum dwellers in India. People choose to live in the shelters they make themselves. There are various reasons for this unwanted happening like the most common reason being is that it is too expensive for slum dwellers to afford housing, basically due to poverty and illiteracy. Also people who want to avoid paying rent and taxes, reside in slum as well. This kind of living that can be a horrible nightmare for us but is actually a day to day life for many people and they try to remain happy in their small dirty world by satisfying themselves with the thought that it is better to have some shelter than to live on roads where there is no place to live.

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                              Since January 2013, more than 5000 urban poor people have been mercilessly displaced from their homes in EWS Quarters, Ejipura. Houses were demolished, toilets were destroyed, water supply was stopped and power lines cut off. 1512 families were out on the streets in the cold – they were unable to go to work, children were unable to study for their upcoming exams,moreover families could not afford advance deposits for a home anywhere.

There was a protest  to be held basically asking Why is land earmarked for purpose of housing, Economically Weak Sections (EWS) being used for the purpose of private profit and commercial exploitation? It was to demand the rebuilding of houses for all erstwhile residents immediately on the same land, prosecute those responsible for brutal evictions and collapse of the EWS quarters, order an independent judicial enquiry into the illegal diversion of public lands.

Unfortunately the protest was cancelled as police stopped us and arrested a few. But there was a meeting held. Many people had come to attend this meeting. That was the day I met other Aam Admi Party members. There was a huge crowd where each one started introducing themselves. They also gave information about why they joined the party. I can’t forget a woman saying that she will never leave the party, she is ready to give her life for it. The reason was that the party members had supported her when she was in a big trouble. Her son was in hospital and someone in her family had died. But still she had come for the protest and meeting.

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        Prashant ji joined, but my bad luck was that I had to leave early. The worst thing happened that the demolition was carried out and the protest had no effect. If the demolition was necessary then it could have been ensured that the people living there were given a place to stay. It was really sad to read about the woes of people. Not only that they didn’t get a place to stay but also many fake “brokers” fooled them by taking the advance and not giving the promised place. This time the purpose of protest was not fulfilled  But I hope we join together next time and not let anything such happen.

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Protest against the child rape

Many people joined at town hall for protest against the rape of five year old. Within four months after the nirbhaya rape case, another brutal rape reported. this time even more violent, even more disturbing, rape of a five year old. The people joined there were disturbed by that and so they had joined. We all started with making charts expressing our rage about the incident.

‘We want justice, hang the rapists’

‘Arrest the rapists not the protestors.’

‘The girl’s life is more important than the election campaigns’

‘Stop violence against women and children!!’ etc.

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       We started with the slogans at around 6.30. The highlight was the kids who were standing in the front row shouting slogans with us. A girl kid was holding a banner saying ‘save me and my friends.’ The youngest girl was shouting with full energy. But all this dint stop  me from wondering about their innocence. Do the kids have any idea what the protest is about? They are just innocent little kids like the one who was tortured for three days. The youngest kid had a poster which showed a girl whose mouth is covered with someone’s hand and ‘stop violence’ written on it. She was saying the other girls showing the poster that the girl will bite that hand. How innocent!!

We later lighted candles. While lighting the candle the hot wax fell on my hand which made shout ouch and pull back my hand. It made me imagine the pain of that innocent little kid had to go through when the candle itself was inserted into her. Thinking about this makes me cry even now as I sit and type this. She spent three long days suffering there. No matter how many protest n such events take place, nothing can do justice to the trauma she must have gone through.

The nirbhaya case had stirred each one of us. It was said that the laws have been strengthened. but nothing is changed. The rapes continue and with every passing day they take even more cruel face. Even yesterday there is again a rape reported of a four year old girl in Madhya Pradesh. There was a huge debate on issues about giving death sentence to the rapists and about the juvenile age. But do debates really help? I too can sit comfortably at home and say anything i want to. Various people have various ideas. But the people who have the power should take some serious action to do this. They exactly know exactly how these kind of cases can be dealt with.

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      I met a girl Shilpi who pointed out that very few girls had turned up. (She had her exams next day but had come to join the protest. Her question felt very right.) ‘When boys have come out to support the cause of women where are the girls?’ she asked. If we the common people don’t come to fight for our justice who else will? Wasn’t there a pressure on the authorities when huge number of protests that followed the nirbhaya case? We need to join together fight for our cause. And this is not just when there has been some injustice, or in this case a brutal rape, but till the justice is served, till the laws are enforced. It should be made sure that we people put enough pressure till we are served justice.

Abdul Kalam dreamt of a progressed India where a woman can walk in streets after midnight without any fear. Wishing that his dream comes true and we see a safer India. Jai Hind!!

Joining Aam Admi Party

 

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I would like to begin with how I came to know about AAP. I am not a “newspaper” person, so its just impossible that I would have known about Aam admi party. I love reading novels. Chetan Bhagat novels inspire me a lot as they always have something about making India better. I just know one thing, I wish to see a better India. I am a Chetan Bhagat fan and I love his blogs that speak so well. There was a post which said about the demerits in existing system. In the end it spoke of youngsters getting into politics. I remember thinking why not people make a different and better party? Rang de basanti (movie), Revolution 2020 (novel by Chetan Bhagat) and several other movies, documentaries and books have been dedicated just to speak against corruption. But still it is horrible to see the existing parties have mutual understanding when it comes to corruption. If someone is blamed from one party, he/she points to someone in the other party and says “so and so from that party also is corrupt. But we haven’t said anything about it.” When will this self serving system end? Why don’t youngsters think about it? Many people wish to do a lot for the country. Why can’t such people be joined together to have better politics? I went to sleep with all these thoughts haunting my mind.

The very next day, I heard about a party, Aam Admi party, that was working independently of the existing parties and was participating in every issue which concerns of common man, the Aam Admi. I felt very happy that a night before I was wishing something and it was actually true. I started searching about it. I checked its website and followed it on twitter. That was the time I dint know anything about it. Whatever info I got then was from point of view of the party people. I dint know about what exactly the every individual working for it felt. Did it really fulfill all its promises? I wanted to know more about it but dint know how. So thought let me wait and watch.

I work in volunteer for cause, where I met a boy called Nalin. We were busy teaching kids and dint get a chance to interact much. But later I came to know that he was with Aam Admi party. I felt like Wow!! Just after wondering about having a new, better party, everything around me was taking me towards Aam Admi Party. I started questioning him a lot about it. He mailed me about it and suggested to join it. After thinking a lot I decided the better way to know about it was to join it and see what all is being done.

I got info about a protest against Ejipura site demolition. Again, I had no idea about it. I checked about it. I had never been to a protest or a meeting. When I asked Nalin about it, he just told me a thing that I will always remember. “There are many people like me who have never seen a protest but joining there to change the world.” I wished to go but had office. I decided that I will attend meeting at least as I won’t be able to attend protest.

After finishing the work, I called up Nalin to confirm about the place, but he dint pick it. I called another friend and even he dint pick the call. Now I was really thinking what has to be done. I got a message from them that they were in police station, they had been put into jail. And that too when they were not into the protest, no sooner did they reach the site of protest, they were arrested without any reason. I went directly to the meeting that was being conducted in new horizon college.

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The meeting had many people. They were introducing themselves. There was a common thing in their introductions that they all wished to do something for India. All my life, I had friends who just wished to complete their education and settle down in some foreign country. Not that I was opposed to such a thing, but I used to wonder whether I was the only person who loved India and wished to stay here no matter what. Seeing these people in the meeting felt so good. They dint want to run away from the problems here, but wished to stay and solve them. There is one more thing that you cant help but notice, AAP has loads of youngsters. These young people whose aim is to do something for the country; who don’t wish to just sit aside and pass comments.

I made few friends there, they are a part of AAP and I would like to share few things about them.

There is Nalin, I mentioned him earlier, who always smiles no matter what. I remember feeling tensed when I heard they had been in jail but I get messages from this guy “Atlast we have become complete krantikaris..went to jail too for India. 🙂 :)” He always gives a biiiiiiiiiiig smile 🙂 and that will surely convey the message that any problem can be solved with a smile .

Vikash  is really dedicated and takes out time for AAP or rather I would say very rarely  takes out time for himself . He manages the AAP’s works and responsibilities  for the BTM area brilliantly. His dedication , strong will to change the system, ability to do so much of hard work does marvels.

Vijay and Renu,  is dedicated volunteer couple of our group who shares the AAP BTM’s responsibilities  with Vikash . The way Vijay moderates  BTM’s  meetings is amazing . Besides this they have been instrumental in lots of other tasks like helping EWS people etc .  They are really an inspiration for everybody  .

Chinmay says that he India is his first love. The way he wishes and believes in betterment of India, will make you also to wish to live and die for the sake of country.

Saumya is the energy packet of the group. You just can’t help noticing her. She has that energy radiating from her, ever ready for the country.

Suren leads the RTI team. He has given seminars and spreads knowledge about the RTI act. He has helped me too for the info I needed.

There is Sakshi who keeps track of all the activities and meetings. Dedication seems like something ‘inbuilt’ for these people.

Last but far from least I would like to mention a little about Amit , the master Director of Nukkad natak , always at peace 🙂 , yeah that’s his takiakalam(pet word)  , he is an amazing personality , genius mind and undoubtedly a great actor working hard to get the drama (Nukkad) more and more effective , got to learn from him how to put his soul into something  you would love to do .

This is just the few people I know, few youngsters actually. But there are loads of such people there, their determination , energy , faith in the Party , strong will to bring the change  is what made me love the party and have faith that yes the time is here and surely we going to work together for the betterment of our system and nation .

Now that I had actually started liking the people, I had to know and work about the various activities that were taking place. The Ejipura protest and meeting, which I had been a part of, was to support the urban poor who had been displaced from their homes in EWS Quarters. There are many other activities. One of it is supporting smartvote organization  where they spread awareness about importance of voting and also help in registration for voter  id’s .Work is going on for daily laborer’s wage scheme, where information about the daily wage labourers is collected and it is given to the government authorities so that they get the benefits they deserve .My favorite is the nukkad natak that takes place almost every weekend which showcases the rampant corruption  practices prevailing in the current system and spread awareness among the people about the new political  alternative to these practices , AAM AADMI PARTY (AAP) . Hoping for the best  out of this second struggle for freedom not from British but from Corruption ..