Tuesday, July 15, 2014
"They provide the raw material and machinery to the weavers and buy their finished products at a cheap price. A weaver spends 15 to 20 days to weave a sari which is bought at Rs 600 or Rs 700 by the middle men and traders and then sold in the showrooms for exorbitant rates," said Lenin Raghuvanshi, founder, People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), an Indian non-governmental organisation that fights for the rights of marginalised people in Varanasi.
Idris Ansari, a seventh generation weaver of Benarasi silk sarees in Varanasi, said clusters are of no use to the real beneficiaries-the weavers. "The middle-men or the gaddidars gobble up all the money and become richer," Ansari said, adding that he cannot afford to buy silk from the government's silk depot which sells it to the handloom weaver. Incidentally, there is only one silk depot in Varanasi and is unable to meet the needs of all the weavers here.
Posted by People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights at 10:20 AM
Friday, July 4, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014
GENEVA, Switzerland -- The following information was released by Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA):
Shruti Nagvanshi, born on 2nd January 1975 in the city of Varanasi is an Indian social activist committed to promote social justice and defend civil rights of the marginalised and vulnerable sections in the caste ridden Indian society in order to overcome their social exclusion. She brings to her work 15 years of direct experience with marginalised communities mainly the untouchable caste known as Dalits, women and children in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh.
A dedicated social worker, Shruti has been the District General Secretary of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save Childhood Movement), a national movement against child labour from 1996 to 1997. Shruti is the founder of Savitri Bai Phule Women's Forum, a social organisation which works for the empowerment of women members to fight against social evils like caste and gender based discrimination and the Hindu conservative patriarchal value system. The organisation draws inspiration from Savitri Ba Phule who was the first Indian woman to become a teacher and founder of the first shelter home for the battered women victims. When her husband died Savitri went against the social traditions by accompanying the dead body and also lighted the pyre. The Forum celebrates 10th March as Indian Women's Day, as this is the death anniversary of Savitri Ba Phule.
In 1999, Shruti became the founder trustee and managing trustee of Jan Mitra Nyas (People Friendly Trust), the governing body of People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights, (PVCHR) Varanasi. …
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Posted by People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights at 12:21 AM
Friday, June 27, 2014
PVCHR: In India, a pervasive paranoia blocks progress on ...: http://www.opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/lenin-raghuvanshi/in-india-pervasive-paranoia-blocks-progress-on-human-rights Published o...
Posted by People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights at 1:01 PM
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Indigenous knowledge and logical thinking are both important factors for humanity and humane relationship. Logical thinking without indigenous knowledge is like a way to materialistic machine without human touch and feeling. Indigenous knowledge without logical thinking is way to go subjective thinking of many discriminatory attitudes. But Indigenous knowledge and logical thinking jointly are going to save world based on dignity, pluralism, justice, diversity, rule of law, humane sensibility, biodiversity, sustainable peace and ‘pro-humane & pro-environment market’.
Posted by People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights at 9:24 AM
H.E. Harald V,King of Norway rightly says, In a globalized world, where we all are interdependent, we need each other in our common struggle for lasting peace based on justice and dignity of all. Let us never forget that it is after all easier to wage war than to make peace. As our great explorer Fridtjof Nansen once said: “We do not get war unless people want it themselves. War is not an effect of a natural catastrophe. It is a result of man’s will. It is their own shame.” He further emphasized, Today’s human rights dialogue focuses on what makes us human. It is one of the most important topics in the world. Human rights are the base of everything we do.
Posted by People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights at 4:12 AM