Saturday, March 28, 2015

Meeting With Vice President of German Parliament

Great meeting at Dinner with Ms. Claudia Roth(, Vice President of German Parliament with Lenin Raghuvanshi and Colin Gonsalves   at Lodhi Garden Restaurant . The conversation and the meeting with her was very important, informative and instructive for us. Thank you for that!

Photography by Mr.Ali Mahdjoubi, Head of the office of the Vice-Presindet Claudia Roth MP in the German Bundestag.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

L’inquiétude des minorités religieuses dans l’Inde de Narendra Modi

« Depuis l’arrivée de Narendra Modi, il existe un sentiment de peur au sein des minorités religieuses », estime Lenin Raghuvanshi, secrétaire général de People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR). « Nous ne sommes pas paniqués, mais inquiets », précise Samuel Jaykumar, du National Council of Churches in India.

Girl stands up to elders, refuses to marry ‘rapist’

"Rape survivors are generally encouraged by community elders (as well as police) to compromise with the family of the accused by dropping charges or marrying the accused. But, in this particular case the rape survivor refused and sent her 'would be husband' behind the bars. The girl has set an example for others," said human rights activist Lenin Raghuvanshi of People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR).

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Birth anniversary of Irom Sharmila observed with token hunger strike at Jantar Mantar

Lenin Raghuvanshi from PVCHR (Varanasi) said that it is unfortunate to see that how even after 15 years, government has done almost nothing, but we are hopeful in democracy and believe that our struggle will be listened one day.

India, un programma e qualche dubbio

Ma secondo Lenin Raghuvanshi, direttore del People’s Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (Pvchr), a farne le spese saranno le fasce più deboli. Il responsabile del Pvchr ha indicato ad AsiaNews alcuni dei principali tagli compiuti dal governo per stanziare il budget necessario al suo piano: -29% al bilancio per i bambini 2014/2015; -55% sul budget complessivo assegnato al ministero dello Sviluppo della donna e del bambino; -22% in piani sanitari per i bambini; -25% ai programmi educativi per i bambini. - See more at:

Solidarity fast in support of Sharmila in Delhi

Lenin Raghuvanshi from PVCHR (Varanasi) termed it “unfortunate” that even after 15 years, government has done almost nothing.

Monday, March 2, 2015

India's 2015-2016 budget calls for growth, but on the back of children

India's 2015-2016 budget calls for growth, but on the back of children
Nirmala Carvalho
Lenin Raghuvanshi, director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR), slams the Finance minister's financial bill. Large infrastructure and energy investments come with heavy cuts in educational and development programmes for the country's children.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - India's 2015-2016 Union (federal) budget "lacks direction," and "supports a neoliberal economic policy at the expense of the weaker segments of society, like children," said Lenin Raghuvanshi, director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR). Mr Raghuvanshi spoke to AsiaNews about the Annual Financial Statement tabled two days ago by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The financial bill is premised on 8-8.5 per cent growth (up from 7.4 per cent in the current fiscal year) through investments in infrastructure (US$ 11.3 billion) and "mega energy projects", whilst limiting the budget deficit.

"The budget presented by the government is tailored to the Make in India campaign," Raghuvanshi toldAsiaNews. "The latter focuses heavily on infrastructure, renewable energy, agriculture and defence. However, in doing so it takes away funds from one sector in which they are indispensable: children and their development."

The PVCHR director noted some of the major budget cuts made by the government: a 29 per cent cut to children programmes over 2014/2015; a 55 per cent cut in the Ministry of Development's budget for women and children; a 22 per cent in children's health care; and a 25 per cent cut in children's education.

Other crucial programmes being axed are the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (-21 per cent), which is aimed at broadening access to universal primary education, and the Midday Meal (-30 per cent), which provides free lunch to improve children's nutrition.

Mr Raghuvanshi also noted that the plan to create 6,000 model schools at the local level to provide quality education for talented children in rural areas was cut by 99.92 per cent.
Last but not least, in a country where "At least 20.3 million children suffer from malnutrition, it is disheartening to see funds for the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), which deals with the problem of malnutrition, cut by 54.19 per cent".

Some programmes however saw larger budget allocations, a 42.86 per cent increase for child labour, and a 36.55 per cent increase for madrassas (Islamic schools) and minority schools.

Despite this, for the human rights activist a major "question remains: how can we define 'developed' a country in which children are not taken into consideration?"