Monday, June 29, 2015

At Michelstadt,Germany



With Shri Subhash Maharaj and Dr. Cristina Ricca (wife of Shri Subhash maharaj) at Michelstadt,Germany (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelstadt).


Experience
since 2011                               Trainer for Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination

since 2009                              Head of the Adult Education Center Badische Bergstrasse and managing director of the association community college and music school Badische Bergstraße

2013                                       training for aspiring heads of Adult Education Centers in Morocco on behalf of the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association - dvv international

since 2008                              consultant in adult education at the Cornelsen publishing house Berlin

2006-2009                              Head of Department for Vocational eV, psychology and health, and of Romance languages and languages of the world at the Adult Education Center (Volkshochschule) in Karlsruhe

2007-2009                              Lecturer in professional Librettology at the Institute of Music Theater at the University of Music Karlsruhe

2006-2009                              Lecturer for Italian Language and Culture at the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe

2001-2006                              Trainer for General Education at the Adult Education Center (Volkshochschule) in Offenbach am Main

2005                                       trainer for Italian language and culture at the Adult Education Center (Volkshochschule) in Neu-Isenburg

1995-2005                              employee of German-Italian Association Frankfurt am Main, writer and editor of the journal “Italian”

2004-2009                              Lecturer in Musicology at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Frankfurt am Main

Intercultural Consulting for major corporations (Biotest) and banks (German Federal Bank, Deka)

2002-2004                               instructor at the community college Heusenstamm

Since 2002                             lecturer at the Institute of Musicology at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

2001-2002                              trainer for Italian language and culture at the Adult Education Center (Volkshochschule) Frankfurt am Main

since May 1997                      Freelancer at Hessischer Rundfunk

1995 and 1996,           support for the international summer courses at the Goethe University Frankfurt

Board Memberships
            Board of Trustees of the Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation Rhein Neckar
            Diversity Council of Adult Education Association Baden-Württemberg
            Women's Committee of the German Adult Education Association
            Steering Group of the National Conference of urban Adult Education Centers


Linguistic proficiency
Italian (Native speaker)
French (fluent)
German (fluent)
English (very good)

Hindi (Basic)

Friday, June 12, 2015

14 Indian NGOs Support Liberty Residents

Monday, June 8, 2015

On my contemporary situation : Lenin Raghuvanshi

उम्मीदे-तलत्तुफ़ में रंजीदा रहे दोनों
तू और तेरी महफ़िल, मैं और मेरी तनहाई
~ फ़ैज़ अहमद फ़ैज़

امید تلطف میں رنجیدہ رہے دونوں
تو اور تیری محفل, میں اور میری تنہائی
فیض احمد فیض ~

ummiid-e-talattuf mein ranjiidaa rahe donon
tuu aur terii mehfil, main aur merii tanhaaii
~ Faiz Ahmed Faiz

We led lives of sorrow waiting for the right moment
You with your coterie of friends, I with my loneliness.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Support voice of voiceless

A documentary film tentatively titled Picture A Change. It's being made by a group of film students in the San Francisco Bay Area, and will document human interest groups in 7 countries around the globe. Purpose is to create a platform for marginalized communities to tell their stories, and which can help them bring in more resources. 

One of stories is in line with the mission of PVCHR. The film crew will go to Varanasi, India and document human rights work being done in the face of injustice and violent threats.

We were wondering if you could help project through donation and  promotion of  fundraising campaign, either on your website, by newsletter, or both. A link to our fundraising campaign on Kickstarter is below:

Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi and the PVCHR

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Hypocritical Hindu radicals honour one Dalit abroad


» 04/30/2015 20:19

INDIA
Hypocritical Hindu radicals honour one Dalit abroad
Lenin Raghuvanshi
India’s prime minister preside the rededication of the London home of B R Ambdekar, architect of India’s secular and democratic constitution. AsiaNews spoke with Dalit rights activist Raghuvanshi who calls the government’s plan an “emotional ploy” at a time when Ambedkar statues are being destroyed across the country.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi might inaugurate the historic London residence of Bhimrao Ramji "Babasaheb" Ambdekar, one of the "founding fathers" of modern India. Rajkumar Badole, Minister for Social Justice in the State of Maharashtra, made the announcement today.

In cooperation with local authorities, the state government plans to restore the house. However, for Dalit activist Lenin Raghuvanshi, the decision is an “emotional ploy” because Ambedkar was radically opposed to the ideals embodied by India’s ruling Hindu nationalists.

As India’s first post-independence Law and Justice minister, Babasaheb was the main architect of the Indian Constitution. Born in a Hindu Dalit (untouchable) family, he led a lifelong struggle to assert the political rights and promote the social freedom of "untouchables" like himself.

Lenin Raghuvanshi, secretary general of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR), spoke toAsiaNews about Ambedkar's ideas, noting that they have nothing to do with Hindu nationalists, who are instead accomplices of the caste system that still oppresses Indian society. (Edited by AsiaNews)

The imminent opening of the historic London residence of BR Ambedkar is just an emotional ploy by the Government of Maharashtra. If the Prime Minister were serious about the figure of Ambedkar, he would oppose the ideas of Manusmriti, Manu’s Laws, one of the main Hindu texts codifying the caste system, and its adepts, like the Hindu paramilitary group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Modern India embarked on the road of freedom, resolute to bring social justice and dignity to its millions of enslaved, downtrodden, and poor inhabitants, Dalits included. However, in 67 years of independence since the end of British rule, very little has changed.
On the contrary, atrocities against untouchables have become more blatant and bizarre in some parts of my country. This has shaken the confidence people might have in India’s ability to call itself civilised.
In the past, we told ourselves that if someone from a lower caste broke the unwritten law of the caste hierarchy, that person would be beaten in public. Now that person is shot, his village burnt down and the women raped.
If a groom dares to ride a horse during his marriage, if an ambitious farmer digs a well in his land, if a young man falls in love with a young woman – if they belong to the Dalit caste, they will be killed. Yet, we keep telling ourselves that the rule of law reigns in India.
The fight for Dalit rights in India has had a chequered history. At every turn, they have been betrayed and let down by their political masters. Only recently and reluctantly has some space been carved out for them in mainstream politics. However, so far, the main thrust of political action on their behalf has been job reservations (quotas) in government, without empowering them or providing them with a rightful and dignified place in society.
It is ironic that Ambedkar is considered the father of the Indian Constitution for he was a Dalit who fought against a caste-plagued society. The reason for this is the country’s Hindu fascist forces have conspired against lower castes. The destruction of statues dedicated to him, which has occurred in various parts of India, is one example.
In one incident, in the village of Piyari, Uttar Pradesh, lower caste residents tried to fight those who came to destroy the monument. To their surprise, they found police officers among them. They did tried to stop the destruction with sticks. However, in the end, they failed.
For its part, the police filed two cases: one against those who destroyed the statue and one against those who tried to stop them. Obviously, when the police registered the first case, they avoided mentioning the names of the agents involved in the incident.
The case ended up in a local court. But much to the surprise of those from the higher castes, in this case, the judge was from a lower caste, a rarity. Then, without warning, the case was transferred to another court. Only a decision by a higher court could have allowed the case to be moved. This means that superior courts collude with high caste people.
Nothing better can be expected in a place where a district judge recently conducted a religious ceremony to purify the chair used by his predecessor, a member of a lower caste, a ritual that involved washing it with water from the Ganges, which he believes will wash away all sins.
When a high caste person commits a crime, punishment follows the trial. However, when a Dalit does something wrong, the whole community is punished. Courts do not impose the penalty; members of the high castes do – even when the “crime” is not theft  or murder, but anything, like “polluting” a village by using its water or bathing in (thus polluting) a pond.
Punishment is immediate, often carried out by high caste gangs who burn down Dalit homes, beat their residents and often rape or molest their women in public.
Indian society remains in a semi-feudal and semi-capitalist mode of production. The caste system serves this mode perfectly. The pyramid of Indian society stands on the shoulders of millions of Dalits, who forego their human rights so that some may say that India is shining.
However, 2,800 years ago Buddha took up the challenge to end the caste system. Similarly, in modern times, the Bhakti movement saw the emergence of figures like Kabir, Savitri Bai Phule and Bhimrao Ambedkar, who had the courage to shake it.
(Nirmala Carvalho contributed to this article.)

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