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Palestine humanitarian crises, its resolution: SOS call to civil society, EAM India

By Chandra Vikash* 

“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
The real battle is between the extinctionists and the humanists. Once you see it, you can’t unsee it. – Elon Musk on Oct 31, 2023

I call upon all of you in the civil society in India and worldwide to initiate a dialog first with India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and then with Mr Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General.
With Dr, Jaishankar, we need a dialogue on the shocking abstention by India on the UNGA resolution on ‘humanitarian ceasefire’ in Palestine recently. With his claims of India’s leadership of the Global South and our long standing support for One State solution in Palestine where people of diverse faiths and ethnicities live harmoniously, we need to find out about his thinking behind the decision in the larger public interest both for people of Palestine and in India. I recently sent a message to him and have been trying to meet him through various channels.
(Responding to his call for greater public participation in global issues in a subsequent public address in Chennai, since his speech on ‘India and the World’ on 2nd November 2022 at IIM Calcutta I have written emails to his office on several occasions, but so far his Ministry has been unresponsive. What struck me in his IIM Calcutta speech was his reference to ‘weaponization of everything’ in an era ‘when the very nature of our existence is globalised’. I spoke with the former Indian ambassador to the UN, TS Tirumurti some time back in this regard but even that hasn’t helped. I also contacted another former Indian ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin. Few days back I met a former Union Minister KJ Alphons on India’s shocking abstention. He said that he knows the reasons but cannot reveal in public).
Before, I share my proposal for global governance with my initiative of Gaia Nation as a ‘parallel structure’ to the United Nations, I briefly share where I come from, my assumptions, motivation and beliefs. In my view, the UN cannot be reformed due to its fatal flaw of Veto powers to aggressor countries who hold permanent seats in its apex body UN Security Council. I believe that if League of Nations was dissolved because it failed to stop the Second World War, we need to urgently question the UN’s effectiveness in the past 78 years of its existence to live up to its Charter. It begins with:
to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small…

Where I come from

Having carefully followed the geopolitical dynamics since 1999, when I discovered how the dominant dehumanising globalisation narrative touches upon every aspect of our lives, our well-being, our yearning for truth and justice, and threatens our very survival as human society with its hydra-headed tentacles in the guise of ‘Development’.
In my chosen field of Mobility-as-a-Service that would end road accidents, traffic jams, unsafe and hazardous air pollution and reharmonized human habitats, I could clearly see how its trajectory swerved violently towards Homeland Security with the 9/11 incident in New York that further bolstered wasteful private car ownership.
Yet, I continued to pursue my vision and goals for the next two decades at huge personal costs. working with several companies from Mastek, TCS, Reva Electric to Logica till 2009 when I turned to political activism. I have presented my concepts, made several attempts to start ventures and pilot projects in India, UK, US and Singapore over this period. I presented papers on my solution framework at Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Japan in 2004 and in Sweden in 2009. Most recently, I restarted my earlier company TEN Systems & Services as MaaS Movement Company (www.maasmvmt.com) where we received enthusiastic support from partners and investors. However, once again, despite the humongous crises of road transport system, we ran into government hurdles with the ‘weaponization of the automobile industry’.
My central thesis, borrowing a phrase from Wolfgang Sachs, who wrote a series of essays on Development : A Guide to Ruins in the New Internationalist in 1992 that underline the One World that seeks to obliterate the Many Worlds of our innate diversity, is that we need a One World that sees our innate diversity of the Many Worlds as our integral parts that make the whole. Further, this diversity is synergistic, it strengthens our immunity as a human society just as the innate biodiversity of Mother Earth strengthens the immunity of the human body.

Proposed Framework of Gaia Nation

Gaia Nation is proposed as a One World Government with the proposed framework as follows:
a. 80 Provinces with ~100 million people each for the world human population of ~8.1 billion (alternative estimate is ~7 billion). A province is formed by clustering of contiguous smaller countries and clustering of existing contiguous provinces and districts of bigger countries.
b. Each Province has 50 Districts with each district having a population of ~2 million. Every district has one city (with a population not exceeding 0.5 million and several villages with each village having a population of less than 10,000). Further guidelines for granularity at community and family levels for local consultation.
c. Each District is led by a District Head through consensus and in the last resort after due process of voting.
d. 50 District Heads from every Province select 5 District representatives for the Gaia Nation General Assembly.
e. Gaia Nation General Assembly with 80 Provinces has 400 Province representatives and another 100 members who are selected through nomination based on their area of specialisation for effective global governance.
f. The apex body for Gaia Nation for urgent and important global action such as to stop wars, genocide, mitigate climate crises, phase out fossil fuels is 11-member Peace & Harmony (PH) Council.
g. In close collaboration with the present UN set up, based on a close scrutiny of their need and relevance in a global body, we retain those departments and agencies.
h. The process of transition from UN to Gaia Nation must happen on a Mission Mode at the earliest possible and not later than 31 March 2024.

Plan of Action

Organise a civil society pressure group in India as an immediate response to the Global Emergency to engage with the External Affairs Minister of India and concerned people behind the scenes, for India to host Gaia Nation and for the Government of India to actively participate in this civil society-led initiative.

Formation of Gaia Nation Constituent Assembly

a. Call for nominations for 11-member Gaia Nation Peace & Harmony Council. Public announcement through a press conference on 4 November 2023. Process to be completed in 3 weeks by 25 November 2023 in response to the Global Emergency with Palestine humanitarian crises as the focal point.
b. The Peace & Harmony Council will draft the Gaia Nation Charter by or before 15 December 2023. Zero Draft for the same has been shared on the link here
c. Gaia Nation PHC forms the Gaia Nation Constituent Assembly comprising 5 Province Representatives each from 80 Provinces + 100 lateral nominations from around the world based on relevant specialisation.
d. GN PHC calls nominations for the Constituent Assembly by or before 15 December 2023 and completes the process of drafting Gaia Nation Constitution by 15 January 2024
e. Transition from UN to Gaia Nation of all necessary and relevant department and agencies is completed by 15 March 2024.
f. Gaia Nation is fully functional by or before 5 June 2024.

An untold love story in times of war and hatemongering in India

If you notice the present geographical position of the landmass of countries worldwide, it is amazing how they have moved on Earth’s time scale.
It is a beautiful love story of how the Indian landmass, for instance, breaks away from Gondwana and at 4 times the usual speed subsides into Eurasia to create the mighty Himalayas. It however carries the seeds and sacred memories of the biodiversity of Gondwana. It becomes a bridge between what is now called as Global North and Global South.
This beautiful love story of the North and South and culturally of East and West has been turned bitter and acrid by the hate mongers across warring lines.
That is the story so far. Hopefully with our persistent efforts, love and compassion, peace and harmony will prevail once again. Amen! Om Shanti!
*Convenor, GAIA Earth Sansad



दाँव उल्टा पड़ा: राहुल गांधी के रूप में हम एक साधारण इंसान को नायक होते देख रहे हैं

-  अमिता नीरव  संघ औऱ बीजेपी ने राहुल गाँधी पर जो सोचकर ‘इन्वेस्ट’ किया था, उसके परिणाम गंभीर रूप से नुकसानदेह आ रहे हैं। ये थोड़ी अटपटी बात लग सकती है, लेकिन सोचिएगा कि संघ और बीजेपी ने राहुल गाँधी को जितना गंभीरता से लिया, उनकी संभावनाओं को लेकर वे जितना श्योर थे, उतना तो खुद राहुल और कांग्रेस भी नहीं थी।

બે-રોકટોક રણ અભયારણ્ય વિસ્તારમાં માફિયાઓનું અન-અધિકૃત અને ગેર-કાયદેસર પ્રવૃત્તિઓ

- અગરિયા હિત રક્ષક મંચ  કચ્છના નાના રણમાં શિકારપૂર, કાનમેર રણ વિસ્તારમાં જમીન માફિયા જુથ વચ્ચેની આંધાધૂંધ ગોળીબાર થયો તેમાં એક વ્યક્તિ નો જીવ ગયો. આ ઘટનાથી ફરી એકવાર કચ્છના નાના રણની જમીન પર ગેરકાયદેસર કબજો કરી તેનો સોદો કરનારા જૂથો, ટોળીઓની વાત ચર્ચામાં આવી છે. 

हिंदी आलोचना जैसे पिछड़ चुके अनुशासन की जगह हिंदी वैचारिकी का विकास जरूरी

- प्रमोद रंजन*   भारतीय राजनीति में सांप्रदायिक व प्रतिक्रियावादी ताकतों को सत्ता तक पहुंचाने में हिंदी पट्टी का सबसे बड़ा योगदान है। इसका मुख्य कारण हिंदी-पट्टी में कार्यरत समाजवादी व जनपक्षधर हिरावल दस्ते का विचारहीन, अनैतिक और  प्रतिक्रियावादी होते जाना है। अगर हम उपरोक्त बातों को स्वीकार करते हैं, तो कुछ रोचक निष्कर्ष निकलते हैं। हिंदी-जनता और उसके हिरावल दस्ते को विचारहीन और प्रतिक्रियावादी बनने से रोकने की मुख्य ज़िम्मेदारी किसकी थी?

ગુજરાતના સ્થાપના દિવસે યાદ કરીએ ભારતના વિશ્વપ્રસિદ્ધ ગુજરાતી પુરાતત્વવિદ્ ને

- ગૌરાંગ જાની*  આજે કોઈ ગુજરાતી એ કલ્પના પણ ન કરી શકે કે વર્ષ ૧૮૩૯ માં જૂનાગઢમાં જન્મેલા એક ગુજરાતી વિશ્વ પ્રસિદ્ધ બની શકે! પણ આપણે એ ગુજરાતીને કદાચ વિસરી ગયા છીએ જેમણે ગિરનારના અશોક શિલાલેખને દોઢસો વર્ષ પૂર્વે ઉકેલી આપ્યો.આ વિદ્વાન એટલે ભગવાનલાલ ઈન્દ્રજી. ૭ નવેમ્બર, ૧૮૩૯ ના દિવસે જૂનાગઢના પ્રશ્નોરા નાગર બ્રાહ્મણ પરિવારમાં તેમનો જન્મ થયો હતો. જૂનાગઢના એ સમયે અંગ્રેજી શિક્ષણની સગવડ ન હોવાને કારણે તેમને અંગ્રેજી ભાષાનું જ્ઞાન ન હતું પણ પાછળથી તેમણે ખપ પૂરતું અંગ્રેજી જાણી લીધું હતું.

राम के महल में आग लगाता हनुमान: चर्चित सोशल मीडिया इनफ्लुएंसर दिलीप मंडल

- प्रमोद रंजन  चर्चित सोशल मीडिया इनफ्लुएंसर दिलीप मंडल ने अचानक राजनीतिक पलटी मारी है और राजद-सपा-स्टालिन आदि के खेमे को छोड़ कर राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ के लिए बैटिंग करने लगे हैं। कई लोगों में उनके कथित पतन से दु:ख खीज और गुस्सा है।

नफरती बातें: मुसलमानों में असुरक्षा का भाव बढ़ रहा है, वे अपने मोहल्लों में सिमट रहे हैं

- राम पुनियानी*  भारत पर पिछले 10 सालों से हिन्दू राष्ट्रवादी भारतीय जनता पार्टी (भाजपा) राज कर रही है. भाजपा आरएसएस परिवार की सदस्य है और आरएसएस का लक्ष्य है हिन्दू राष्ट्र का निर्माण. आरएसएस से जुड़ी सैंकड़ों संस्थाएँ हैं. उसके लाखों, बल्कि शायद, करोड़ों स्वयंसेवक हैं. इसके अलावा कई हजार वरिष्ठ कार्यकर्ता हैं जिन्हें प्रचारक कहा जाता है. भाजपा के सत्ता में आने के बाद से आरएसएस दुगनी गति से हिन्दू राष्ट्र के निर्माण के अपने एजेण्डे को पूरा करने में जुट गया है. यदि भाजपा को चुनावों में लगातार सफलता हासिल हो रही है तो उसका कारण है देश में साम्प्रदायिकता और साम्प्रदायिक मुद्दों का बढ़ता बोलबाला. इनमें से कुछ हैं राम मंदिर, गौमांस और गोवध एवं लव जिहाद. 

આપણા સમાજમાં દીકરીના માતપિતાનો દરજ્જો દીકરાના માતાપિતા કરતાં નિમ્ન કક્ષાનો કેમ?

- તૃપ્તિ શેઠ  થોડાંક દિવસ પહેલાં એક દુકાનમાં ખરીદી કરવાં ગઈ અને એ બહેન જે દુકાન પર બેઠાં હતાં એ ફોન પર વાતો જ કર્યા કરતાં હતાં . હું કંટાળીને આગળ જવા ગઈ તો એ મને કહે , "સોરી !  મારી મમ્મીને હું રોજ આ સમયે ફોન કરું છું કેમ કે એ મંદિરમાં રહે છે અને ત્યાં ઈલેક્ટ્રિસિટી નથી. એ પાંચ રૂપીઆમાં ફોન રોજ ચાર્જ કરાવે અને મારી સાથે વાત કરે." મે પૂછ્યું તારી મમ્મી કેમ એકલી રહે છે, તો એનો જવાબ હતો કે મારા બે ભાઈઓએ મારી મમ્મીને એના ઘરમાંથી કાઢી મૂકી છે એટલે એક ગામના છેવાડે આવેલાં મંદિરમાં રહે છે અને ત્યાં કામ કરે છે . મે કહ્યું ,” તું કેમ તારી મમ્મીની બોલાવી લેતી નથી ? “ તો મને કહે, મારી મા કહે છે કે છોકરીને ઘરે પાણી પણ પીએ તો  પાપ લાગે. 

તત્વચિંતક રાજનીતિજ્ઞ મોદીનાં લોકસભાની ચૂંટણી સંદર્ભે મહાન વ્યાખ્યાનો પ્રકાશિત કરવા જોઈએ

- ઉત્તમ પરમાર  વિશ્વના મહાન તત્વચિંતક રાજનીતિજ્ઞ અને આપણા મહાન વડાપ્રધાન આદરણીય નરેન્દ્રભાઈ મોદી 2024ની લોકસભાની ચૂંટણી સંદર્ભે જે જાહેર વ્યાખ્યાનો આપી રહ્યા છે, એ માત્ર ભારતના વડાપ્રધાનોના નહીં પરંતુ વિશ્વના વડાપ્રધાનોના પ્રવચનો પૈકી સર્વશ્રેષ્ઠ પ્રવચનો છે.

एक बहुत बड़ा झूठ: मुसलमानों की आबादी बढ़ती रही तो हिन्दू अल्पसंख्यक बन जाएंगे

- राम पुनियानी  चुनावी मौसम जैसे-जैसे समाप्ति की ओर बढ़ रहा है, वैसे-वैसे समाज को बांटने वाला प्रचार भी अपने चरम पर पहुँच रहा है. भाजपा के मुख्य प्रचारक स्वयं प्रधानमंत्री मोदी है. इस चुनाव में उनका पूरा नैरेटिव इस झूठ के  आसपास बुना गया है कि अगर इंडिया गठबंधन सत्ता में आया तो वह सारी सुविधाएं और लाभ केवल मुसलमानों को देगा. हर चीज़ पर मुसलमानों का पहला हक होगा और संविधान में इस तरह के बदलाव किये जाएंगे जिससे हिन्दू इस देश के दूसरे दर्जे के नागरिक बन जाएंगे. मोदीजी हमें जॉर्ज ऑरवेल के उपन्यास “नाइनटीन एट्टी-फोर”  की याद दिलाता है, जिसमें सच को सिर के बल खड़ा कर दिया जाता है. हिन्दुओं में यह डर पैदा किया जा रहा है कि देश में मुसलमान सारे विशेषाधिकार हासिल कर लेंगे.

हीट-एक्शन नीति में अनौपचारिक व खुले-में-कार्यरत मजदूरों को शामिल नहीं करना निंदनीय

- नेशनल अलायन्स ऑफ़ पीपुल्स मूवमेंट्स  पूरे भारत में 'चुनावी गर्मी' ज़ोर पकड़ चुकी है, जो हम सभी को साफ़-साफ़ दिखाई भी दे रही है। हालाँकि, एक और गर्मी है जो नागरिकों, विशेष रूप से करोड़ों खुले में काम करने वाले श्रमिकों को प्रभावित करती है, यह न तो 'चुनावी मुद्दा' है और न ही इस पर सामाजिक रूप से पर्याप्त ध्यान दिया जाता है। भारत के ग्रामीण और शहरी दोनों हिस्सों में मेहनतकश लोग, जो चिलचिलाती धूप में भी हमारे गाँवों और शहरों के लिए अनाज पैदा करते हैं, हर तरह का निर्माण कार्य करते हैं, शहरों व गांवों को चलाते हैं, हमें विभिन्न प्रकार की सेवाएँ प्रदान करें, लेकिन इसी वर्ग का अभी तक 'मुख्यधारा' के जलवायु न्याय और नीतिगत विमर्श में पर्याप्त रूप से प्रतिनिधित्व नहीं किया गया है।