Unexpected side-effect of allowing same-sex marriages

God who created us male and female made marriage to be the best relationship between a man and a woman. Obviously He knows what is best. But modern man thinks he is wiser than God and has pressured many Governments to allow or legalize same-sex ‘marriages’. These ‘same-sex-marriages’, besides being an abomination to God and the very institution of marriage, are also now being used by criminals to smuggle people into these very countries.

BBC sting exposes fake same-sex marriage scam

Figure 1 FOR A FEE OF £10,000, ANY NON-EU CITIZEN CAN ENTER IN A FAKE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

LONDON: A new crime category has emerged in Britain after same-sex marriages were made legal in March: fake marriages between same-sex couples for a fee that enables a non-EU citizen skirt strict visa rules and stay in the country after ‘marrying’ a UK/EU citizen.

Organised gangs provide a man or woman for an all-expenses fee of £10,000, so that the non-EU citizen can enter into the fake marriage. Registrars and immigration officials are said to be struggling to stop such marriages.

The usual modus operandi of such ‘marriages’ is that after it is registered, the two individuals go their separate ways, and file for divorce after the non-EU citizen gets permission to stay in the country after the mandatory period.

In the past, several Indian citizens were arrested for being part of such fake but different sex marriages. After March, when same-sex marriages became legal, there are no reports yet of Indians being involved in such fake marriages.

However, a BBC sting operation telecast on Monday shows an Asian undercover reporter being given the name of ‘ Ruby’ from Mumbai by a gang member, who organised the fake marriage, so that she could stay in the country. ‘Ruby’ posed as an illegal immigrant urgently seeking a fake marriage to stay in the UK, while another posed as her uncle.

The gang offered two potential fake Romanian brides to the reporter, both of whom explicitly stated they were not lesbians but were willing to pretend to be gay and marry anyone for cash. Romania joined the EU in 2007, and from January this year, UK lifted temporary restrictions on them to move here.

Peter and Ricardo, the gang’s leaders, boasted to the undercover reporters they had ‘fixed’ weddings ‘lots of times’, while one of the girls, Alexandra, said she had previously organised six fake weddings and knew how to deceive immigration officers.

Mark Rimmer, head of Registration and Nationality Services in the London borough of Brent, told BBC: “Here in Brent, the Home Office stops marriages on a weekly basis…I think it is probably more difficult to spot the signs if you have a same sex couple whether they be male or female.”

23 Sep 2014 Hindustan Times (Mumbai) Prasun Sonwalkar letters@hindustantimes.com

 

Unexpected side-effect of allowing same-sex marriages

God who created us male and female made marriage to be the best relationship between a man and a woman. Obviously He knows what is best. But modern man thinks he is wiser than God and has pressured many Governments to allow or legalize same-sex ‘marriages’. These ‘same-sex-marriages’, besides being an abomination to God and the very institution of marriage, are also now being used by criminals to smuggle people into these very countries.

BBC sting exposes fake same-sex marriage scam

Figure 1 FOR A FEE OF £10,000, ANY NON-EU CITIZEN CAN ENTER IN A FAKE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

LONDON: A new crime category has emerged in Britain after same-sex marriages were made legal in March: fake marriages between same-sex couples for a fee that enables a non-EU citizen skirt strict visa rules and stay in the country after ‘marrying’ a UK/EU citizen.

Organised gangs provide a man or woman for an all-expenses fee of £10,000, so that the non-EU citizen can enter into the fake marriage. Registrars and immigration officials are said to be struggling to stop such marriages.

The usual modus operandi of such ‘marriages’ is that after it is registered, the two individuals go their separate ways, and file for divorce after the non-EU citizen gets permission to stay in the country after the mandatory period.

In the past, several Indian citizens were arrested for being part of such fake but different sex marriages. After March, when same-sex marriages became legal, there are no reports yet of Indians being involved in such fake marriages.

However, a BBC sting operation telecast on Monday shows an Asian undercover reporter being given the name of ‘ Ruby’ from Mumbai by a gang member, who organised the fake marriage, so that she could stay in the country. ‘Ruby’ posed as an illegal immigrant urgently seeking a fake marriage to stay in the UK, while another posed as her uncle.

The gang offered two potential fake Romanian brides to the reporter, both of whom explicitly stated they were not lesbians but were willing to pretend to be gay and marry anyone for cash. Romania joined the EU in 2007, and from January this year, UK lifted temporary restrictions on them to move here.

Peter and Ricardo, the gang’s leaders, boasted to the undercover reporters they had ‘fixed’ weddings ‘lots of times’, while one of the girls, Alexandra, said she had previously organised six fake weddings and knew how to deceive immigration officers.

Mark Rimmer, head of Registration and Nationality Services in the London borough of Brent, told BBC: “Here in Brent, the Home Office stops marriages on a weekly basis…I think it is probably more difficult to spot the signs if you have a same sex couple whether they be male or female.”

23 Sep 2014 Hindustan Times (Mumbai) Prasun Sonwalkar letters@hindustantimes.com

 

Who is trying to rewrite Indian History?

24 Sep 2014, Hindustan Times (Delhi), SITARAM YECHURY the views expressed by the author are personal

Ignorance, lies posing as truth

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The RSS, in its effort to convert our modern secular democratic republic into a ‘Hindu rashtra’, is trying to rewrite our history.

The latest incident of the dismissal of 11 Dalit students from a BJP state government-run school in Bikaner, Jaipur, on the grounds that they were drinking water from an earthen pot earmarked for an upper caste teacher once again highlights the continuing caste and social oppression in our country. It is indeed the irony of our times that on the same day the RSS chief released three books authored by a BJP spokesperson, carrying forewords by three top RSS leaders attributing the genesis of Dalits, tribals and many other oppressed groups to “Muslim invasion in medieval times”. RSS leaders claim that these castes had come into existence due to atrocities by foreign invaders and did not exist in Hindu religion earlier (The Hindustan Times, September 22, 2014).


REUTERSThe origins of the RSS itself are based on the religious sanction of the ‘Hindu code’ which the most sacrosanct of RSS sarsanghchalaks, Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, endorsed

The RSS emboldened by the central government under its political arm, the BJP, has intensified its efforts, to validate a common Hindu thread to unify all groups under one Hindu identity. For this, it is essential that the history of the lands constituting our great country today is rewritten according to their narrative. This is essential for carrying forward the RSS ideological project of converting the modern secular democratic Indian republic into their conception of a ‘Hindu rashtra’. The entire diversity of culture, traditions, language and customs of the people who have inhabited India over the centuries is sought to be straitjacketed into a monolithic ‘Hinduism’. Secondly, an external enemy (i.e. external to Hindus) needs to be created — the Muslims — against whom a hate campaign can be whipped up for achieving this objective.

In this latest exercise of rewriting history, Bhaiyaji Joshi, the second in command in RSS hierarchy, says that the ‘shudras’ were never untouchables in Hindu scriptures. ‘Islamic atrocities’ during the medieval age resulted in the emergence of untouchables, Dalits and Indian Muslims.

Echoing a similar tune another top RSS functionary writes that the oppressed castes and sub-castes came into existence as a result of atrocities against Brahmins and Kshatriyas during the Islamic age, “Dalits had the genesis during Turks, Muslims and Mughal eras”. Focusing on such lines of rewriting Indian history, media reports that one of the RSS affiliates recently convened a conclave of over hundred historians to discuss historiography and changes (in our syllabi), to construct an overarching Hindu identity beyond any caste or sub-castes in order to achieve the objective of Hindu consolidation.

That the caste system and the accompanied social atrocities never existed in ancient Hindu society and were the creation or the incorporation into such a society by Muslim invasions is a gross distortion of recorded history as well as the rich experience of oral historiography that has run through millennia in these lands. In fact the origins of the RSS itself are based on the religious sanction of the ‘Hindu code’ which the most sacrosanct of RSS sarsanghchalaks, Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, endorsed. In a 1939 tract titled ‘We or Our Nationhood Defined’, Golwalkar acclaims Manu as the “first and greatest law giver of the world” who “lays down in his code directing all the peoples of the world to go to Hindustan to learn their duties at the holy feet of ‘eldest born’ Brahmins of this land”. In a much later work, the Bunch of Thoughts (1966), he says “Brahmin is the head, King (Kshatriyas) the hands, Vaishya the thighs and Shudras the feet. This means that the people who have thus, four fold arrangement, i.e. the Hindu people is our God.”

Now what does the Manusmriti say? “Serving Brahmins alone is recommended as the best innate activity of a Shudra; for whatever he does other than this there is no fruit for him” (Chapter X, 123). The Manusmriti then proceeds to define the outcastes and untouchables who have no place in society at all and defines their menial activities. This intolerant caste structure finds expression in the RSS today as the Manusmriti is exclusively based on ‘Aryan social organisation’. “Un-Aryan behaviour, harshness, cruelty and habitual failure to perform the rituals are the manifestations in this world indicating that a man is born of a defiled womb” (Chapter X, 58).

The establishment of such a ‘Hindu rashtra’ however, requires incontrovertible proof that Aryans originated from these lands alone and did not come here from anywhere else. All questions of historical evidence are brushed aside by the RSS, by an assertion of ‘matters of faith’. Historian Romila Thapar, establishes that “the linguistic evidence of Vedic Sanskrit supports the coming into India of an Indo-European language from Iran but does not support the notion that India was the homeland of the Aryan speaking people”. (Seminar, 400, 1992). All this is brushed aside as ‘faith’ takes over evidence, mythology over history and theology over philosophy.

In India, Hinduism enforces poverty on those labelled ‘untouchables’. To help people most in need of help brings ‘bad karma’ on you personally (because you are interfering with the ‘law’ of karma where the station of a person in this life is due to their deeds in a former life), so people do not have a reason within their religion to help others in need, etc.

It is the tenacity of such a criminally oppressive social order that continues to perpetuate gross injustices in India today. According to a report published by the ministry of labour in 2001, (the last of its kind), 15% of the population constituting the three upper castes (Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas) with no legal reservations occupy 66.5% of political representation, 43% of education, 87% of employment, 97% of business and 94% of landed estates. The rest of the population consisting of the OBCs (Shudras), the SCs and STs, along with the Muslims, with a population share of 85% share the rest in hopeless conditions of inhuman inequality. This social order has to be overthrown to begin the struggle for justice.


The RSS/BJP’s agenda of rewriting Indian history is designed to perpetuate such unacceptable levels of social oppression along with the denial of basic human rights for anyone they consider as un-Hindu — their blueprint for the future of India.

Sitaram Yechury is CPI(M) Politburo member and Rajya Sabha MP

 

Author’s note: The Hinduism/Brahmanism of India was imported and imposed onto India’s earlier population from outside invaders who happened to have lighter skin tones on average. It’s probably no coincidence that the upper caste of Hindu society, the Brahmins, are mostly lighter-skinned. The lowest caste, the so-called ‘untouchables’, who can still occasionally be killed for daring to touch a Brahmin, are predominantly the darker-skinned descendants of the vanquished people group. The whole horrible caste system seems designed to keep an entire group of people in a permanently servile state. Did I say ‘horrible system’? Indeed so. ‘Political correctness’ should not deter us from ‘speaking the truth in love’ (Ephesians 4:15)

That’s why it’s important to repeatedly emphasize the truth of Genesis history and what it means for all such ideas—they are simply untenable. Our true history should remind Christians in particular of two great facts. One is our fallen nature, so prone to thinking and acting wrongly towards others. The other is the immensely close relatedness of all members of our one human family.

From Dyslexia to CEO

Learning disability?!

This is one word that most parents dread hearing.

Many of you may have heard of dyslexia.

 

Dyslexia is a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence.

Understanding Dyslexia

There are two basic kinds of learners – verbal and nonverbal. Intelligence does not play a role in this distinction—it is simply a difference in learning and thinking styles.

Verbal learners mainly think in words rather than pictures, with a sort of internal dialogue. Verbal thought follows the structure of language. Thinking verbally consists of composing mental sentences, one word at a time, at about the same speed as speech.

Nonverbal learners mainly think in pictures. They think with 3-dimensional, multi-sensory images that evolve and grow as the thought process adds more information or concepts. They do not experience much internal dialogue. This thought process happens so much faster than verbal thinking, that it is usually subliminal. [read more at

http://www.masteringdyslexia.com/index.php/about/understanding-dyselxia/]


 

Here is something to really change your perspective of this ‘dreaded condition’.

Did you know that Virgin, Apple, Ikea, Tommy Hilfiger, HP are all companies founded by people with the learning disability dyslexia?

Brett Kopf is the CEO and co-founder of Remind 101, now called simply Remind: https://www.remind.com/ which is a safe way for teachers to connect with students and stay in touch with parents. It is among the top 15 downloaded apps now, a super success story.

From Dyslexia to CEO: How my learning disabilities taught me to be a successful entrepreneur

This is what he says “I was that kid. I was the envy or target among my peers because I got to leave class for a few hours to go somewhere else. My teacher was Mrs. Whitefield and the somewhere else was a quiet classroom where Mrs. Whitefield taught me the skills to manage my dyslexia and attention deficit disorder (ADD).”

Special needs teacher planted the seed for my company, Remind101. Now that we are off the ground, I am often asked what advice I would give to other aspiring entrepreneurs with learning disabilities. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

When you feel like the only person in a room who isn’t grasping a concept seemingly easy for everyone else to understand, you learn pretty quickly that if you want to keep up, you have to ask questions.


When I came up with the idea for Remind101, I was a university student struggling to manage my class load. I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if students got text reminders about tests and assignments?

Because I had no idea how this texting/reminder thing would work, I stood on the sidewalks of Michigan State University (MSU) asking complete strangers for their syllabi. Then, I would combine the aggregated data of these 2,000 or so willing students into a spreadsheet to help notify them a week, a day, or a few hours ahead of upcoming exams.

If I’d been too intimidated to stand on a corner asking people to help develop my concept, this idea would have just remained a thought. Acting on your ideas takes courage, and you shouldn’t be afraid to accept help.

Listen to others’ needs

If it’s anything you can benefit from it’s that you must remember to 1) listen to your user, and 2) make a simple product.

Before launching Remind101, I spoke to more than 200 teachers via Skype, in-person coffee meetings, or phone calls trying to understand how I could help solve their problem. I gave them scenarios on how the app would work, and considered their input to problems that needed to be addressed.

Their answers helped us develop a better understanding as to how we can build a product that’s right for our target audience. The best types of apps aren’t always ones with the most features – they’re straight-forward, simple, and saves people time. Teachers are busy people!

Learn to have a thick skin

I look at my learning disabilities the same way other CEOs look at delays in product development or company setbacks – they’re just another hurdle in a chain of obstacles that need to be tackled on the way to success.

Fortunately, I had early support from people who believed in me and wanted to help develop the tools I needed to do what I wanted. Through my experiences – from special needs classes to learning to time manage in college – I had to become pretty self-aware to understand how exactly to use dyslexia and ADD to my advantage. It’s important to remember that my disabilities did not deter me from success – rather, they helped me find the skills I needed to rise to the top.

Although I have no problem asking questions, listening to others, or simplifying concepts, if we’re playing cards, I still don’t know if you’ve got a six or a nine. But that’s an easy one to get around. I just won’t bet my house on a card game.

The story of Remind so far:

Remind101 released mobile apps for Android and iOS last year [2013] to help bridge that communication gap, creating a mobile platform that enables teachers to send reminders to students and parents via text and email — be they about permission slips or deadlines — and that acts as a secure, private communications network. The app caught on quickly among teachers and the demand hasn’t slowed down since.

 

By September of last year, Remind101 had six million teacher, student and parent users, a number which today has grown to 10 million, and over 65 million messages are being sent via the Remind101 platform each month.

 

Do not forget to share, if you or someone you know has been diagnosed to have a learning disability.

 

 


 

Explained: How to apply for your Passport

Applying for a passport in India online: What you need to know, explained in real simple language.

As you may be knowing, since you are reading this online, presumably, you can apply for a passport online and finish the main formalities before presenting yourself to the nearest Passport Seva Kendra.

It all looks so intimidating, people say. How can I know where to go, what to download, and how to fill and save and submit?

Well, relax, here I have tried to make it as simple as possible J

The first step is to locate the website!

Just type passport in Google search and viola… here it is, or click on the link here: https://portal1.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/welcomeLink

This is how it looks [as of today]


You need to register here if you are a new user, or login if you have applied here earlier. If you have forgotten your password, relax, they will send you a link to your email that you must use within two hours of your request, to change your password.

Once you log in, you must download the passport application form which is a pdf document. For this you need to do the following:

Online Form Submission

Step 1    Register through the Passport Seva Online Portal. (Click on “Register” link under the Apply section on the Home Page).

Step 2    Login to the Passport Seva Online Portal with the registered Login Id.

Step 3    Click “Apply for Fresh Passport/Re-issue of Passport” link.

Step 4    Fill in the required details in the form and submit.

Which form, you may ask!?

The form is a pdf which has blanks which you can fill is.

Download it to your PC from the link given on the website https://portal1.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/online/downloadEFormStatic

Choose the form which applies to you, either fresh, or Diplomatic etc as shown below


Version 2 is the one available after 22nd August 2014 [now] and since I had filled version 1 a few months before, I had to copy paste from that pdf to this new one which I downloaded today the 29th of August 2014.

You need to fill in all the details accurately on your PC using adobe acrobat which is a free program for opening and editing this pdf file.

You can then save the pdf in the name of the person whose application it is or any file name of your choice. All your data will be safe in it, and you can even edit it at a later date if needed.

 


Once you have filled all the data in the pdf, you will need to go to the bottom of the pdf and click on the button shown above, the VALIDATE AND SAVE.

This will save your data in a file called xml. This is the file that you will need to upload when you apply online.

 

 

Note: Before uploading e-Form XML, please ensure that the XML has been generated using a compatible version of Adobe Reader (9 or above). We shall not be able to service your request in case the generated XML (from filled e-Form) is found to be tampered in anyway.

 

Once your xml has been uploaded, and you have confirmed the contents, clock ok and viola!

You will get this message…..

 

Your form has been submitted successfully.

Your Application Reference Number(ARN) is: 14-xyz1247980

Top of Form

Bottom of Form

 Pay and Schedule Appointment

Top of Form

Bottom of Form

 Print Application Receipt

Top of Form

Bottom of Form

 Upload Supporting Documents

 

 

 

The availability of appointments at the PSK is shown as below:

Appointment Availability #

RPO Mumbai

PSK Malad

Appointment available for 10/09/2014

PSK Lower Parel

Appointment available for 12/09/2014

PSK Andheri

Appointment available for 16/09/2014

Earliest appointment availability date is as per pool of normal appointment quota. However appointments against cancellation may become available prior to the displayed date.

 

PAYMENT ONCE MADE FOR AVAILING PASSPORT SERVICES WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

IF THE PAYMENT IS SUCCESSFULLY DONE, PLEASE DO NOT PAY AGAIN.

# PLEASE COMPLETE YOUR TRANSACTION WITHIN 5 MINUTES

So you can select the payment option you want as shown:

 

 

If you take too long to complete the payment [more than five minutes!], as it happened with me, you will get this message!

 


Now where is the ‘Schedule appointment’ link?? It is the one which says: View Saved/Submitted Applications! If only they would mention that in the first place!

Anyway, go there and select the application for which you have made the payment and wish to take an appointment.

It will show the earliest date available, and you have to select that. There is no option to select a date of your choice.

 
   
 

 

Once you book the appointment, you can print an application receipt and take it with you when you go to the PSK at the time selected.

Have fun applying for a passport and do let me know if you encountered any problems, or if this post helped you J

Thanks for reading!

Doctor, cricketer, engineer still top careers for urban kids: 7-city survey

What do our kids want to become these days?

Doctor, cricketer, engineer still top careers for urban kids: 7-city survey

 Aug 09 2014 : The Times of India (Mumbai)

Mumbai Children Are Most Open To Becoming Entrepreneurs

The country’s young minds are still preparing to be doctors, cricketers and engineers–the traditional career options for generations. A recent seven-city survey , based on the responses of 65,000 children aged between three and 12 years, shows that almost 29% of them dreamt of becoming a doctor when they grow up.

At 15.8%, cricket was [surprisingly] the second most preferred profession followed by engineering (11.6%), teaching (9.2%) and the police force or defence services (8.2%). The survey was conducted in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad.

 


While being a doctor was as popular as being a cricketer among boys (23%), it was a clear choice for girls at 36% of the total respondents. At 14%, teaching was the second most preferred option.

Children chose the arts (7%) and government service (3%) over conventional career choices such as pilot (2%), scientist (2%) astronaut (1%) and law (1%). “While interest in government services and arts is a positive story, decline in takers for sciences indicates that we must promote research and pure sciences more. Everyone needs to know that there is more to sciences than just engineering and medicine,” said Jyoti Thakur, vice-principal, Jai Hind College, Churchgate.

Among all the seven cities, Mumbai registered the highest percentage of children wanting to be entrepreneurs. While the national average was 3%, in Mumbai, more than 11% of the children said they wanted to become entrepreneurs. Mumbai included 11,253 of the total respondents. Mumbai’s boys preferred cricket (25.2%) to medicine (18.4%).

The survey also asked parents whether they were preparing to financially support the child’s dream. As many as 81% of them admitted to not knowing what the cost of higher education would be in future. According to the survey, conducted by Aviva Life Insurance, parents save around Rs 4.7 lakh for the child’s higher education even as the cost is expected to be much higher.

Financial experts, though, say the trend is changing and parents are beginning to save ahead of time. “For the past two years, a lot of parents of children sometimes as young as three are also setting their aim on specific universities abroad and beginning to save accordingly. The trend is only picking up now and is expected to grow rapidly, ” said Prasad Chitre who specializes in financial planning for education.


Vinamrata.Borwankar @timesgroup.com

Mumbai:

 

Dr. Mathew who has graduated from the most sought after Medical College in Mumbai, Seth G. S. Medical College, feels that if the motive for becoming a Doctor is to heal people then it is a good thing for society.

Gritty residents save 429 acres of mangroves

Real education is all about making a difference in the real world. Here is what some of us have done in North Mumbai in the last few years. 

Gritty residents save 429 acres of mangroves

Clara.Lewis@timesgroup.com
Aug 02 2014 : The Times of India (Mumbai)

The sight of thick mangroves stretching for kilometres from Dahisar to Gorai may appear commonplace. However, behind their lushness is a tale of extraordinary grit exhibited by a handful of ordinary residents of the area who, braving threats for years, battled in courts and outside to restore the green lungs from the brink of near ruination.

 

Figure 1 Ordinary residents faced up to the powerful lobby destroying mangroves and won

The reclaimed mangroves, spread over 429 acres, had fallen victim about five years ago to the avarice of a builder.
Transgressing a Supreme Court order, he began cutting the trees down and pouring debris on them. The rampant damage created six large bald patches on the land. Further destruction was imminent, had a group of residents of New Link Road not stood up and begun a fight. Their collective effort forced the government to act and prompted the Supreme Court to order the restoration of the mangroves. Left untouched for years and nursed by nature, the area is today returning to life.

“I would daily go to the land for morning walks, but I didn’t know many of the others who came there. It was the mangroves that got us talking. Next thing we knew we were together fighting to save them,” remembers Harishchandra Pande, looking out at the foliage from his sixth-floor window. He points to patches of green that seem like grass but are mangroves growing back.

Pande had moved into his house on New Link Road in 2001 and the most beautiful part of it then, he says, was the view. In 2009, when labourers began chopping the mangroves, he was disturbed. On his morning walks, he realized so were many others like David Suse. Pande filed a complaint with the MHB Colony police, but nothing happened. Soon debris was found dumped on the plot and a ring road was created around the mangroves. It was then that residents realised something sinister was underway–the land was being reclaimed.

Alarmed, the residents filed complaints with the BMC and the suburban collector’s office. While local ward officer P R Masurkar surveyed the land and reported illegal debris dumping and mangrove-felling, the collector’s office remained mum. Meanwhile, the residents started receiving threats, nearly daily.

A core team of residents was formed and inquiries made. The mangroves, it was discovered then, was notified as a protected forest in 1998. The 429 acres, the residents realized, was allotted to a family in the 1950s who cultivated salt till the 1980s. The termination of saltpan activities allowed lush mangroves to grow. In 2006, a builder, Jayesh Shah, obtained power of attorney from the family and approached the SC, seeking permission to restart saltpan activities. In 2009, he was granted permission on the ground that mangroves would not be destroyed. But that is precisely what happened. In 2010, the residents intervened in the matter along with BEAG, informing the SC about its order’s violation. They went back to the court later and it directed principal judge M Tahiliyani of sessions court to submit a report.
In 2011, the SC reversed its order that allowed saltpan activities and directed the builder to restore the area. When he refused to do so, the court asked the collector to clear the debris, attach the builder’s properties, freeze his accounts and recover Rs 1.17 crore.

Nearly 85% of the debris was removed by 2012. The remainder could not be taken away because it would have led to mass destruction of the mangroves. Untouched by human hands, the area has been nursed back to health by nature.

TIMES VIEW

This is a heart-warming story that holds out hope for Mumbai.
Concerted efforts by determined individuals, if supported even by a few in the administration, can turn things around. We hope this serves as an example for other neighbourhoods where things may look bad right now.


 

www.newlinkroad.wordpress.com has more details on this and many other issues we can tackle as citizens of Mumbai, or for that matter anywhere you stay.