Full Scholarship: 2019 kanthari intake for social change-makers

kanthari is a social organisation offering a 7-month residential leadership training program, with scholarship, for visionaries from around the globe who have overcome adversities and are keen to drive ethical, social change in our global societies.

kanthari, the flagship program of Braille Without Borders Charitable Trust (www.braillewithoutborders.org) founded by Sabriye Tenberken and Paul Kronenberg, is accredited by the National Quality Council of National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET) as a “leadership for social change” vocational training centre. Our name comes after a small chilli plant that grows wild in every backyard of Kerala; Small but very spicy chili with numerous medicinal values. Continue reading “Full Scholarship: 2019 kanthari intake for social change-makers”

YUVA and New Delhi’s Zygma sign MOU on Cultural Exchange

Mauritius’ YUVA and New Delhi’s Zygma have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), focused on culture, performing arts and modeling.

Mr Krishna Athal, National President of YUVA and Mr Sherman Preet Singh, head executive of Zygma Artists & Productions have signed the MoU yesterday afternoon.

About Zygma Artists & Productions

As a modern day Production and Marketing Company, we aim to propose and facilitate a one-stop production, merchandising and marketing solution to top-notch clientele.

We are an artists’ collective; the finest Indian and International models, make-up artists, photographers and fashion stylists. We offer this platform to make-up artists, stylists and photographers to showcase their work and interact with potential clients to get opportunities to work with them.

Aim to collaborate with YUVA

“We want to manage and provide logistics support for all events/activities/operations of YUVA in India. Also, we would be willing to support the organisation’s activities financially while organising billateral conferences and summits between India and Mauritius,” said Mr Sherman Preet Singh.

Vibrant Saurashtra Expo & Summit 2016

YUVA has become the exclusive Mauritian international partner of Vibrant Saurashtra Expo & Summit 2016, to be held from 7 to 10 January 2016 in Gujarat, India.

“The word Saurashtra itself says it is a nation for all. While speaking the word Saurashtra we feel it is our own land. Luckily my political career started in Rajkot, so there is an inner willingness to do something, to give something special to the people of Saurashtra. I wish to give a wonderful gift, which would melt and stay forever in the heart and life of Saurashtra people.” – Shri Narendrabhai Modi, Honorable Prime Minister of India.

Vibrant Saurashtra Expo and Summit 2016 (VSES16) scheduled from 7 to 10 January 2016 in Rajkot (Gujarat, India), is being organised by Octagon Communications and Global Network, co-organised by the Rajkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in association with IndextB – Government of Gujarat and YUVA as an international partner representing Mauritius.

The focus of the summit is Trade, Investment, Tourism, Education and Culture. The theme of the event is MAKE IN INDIA, SKILLED INDIA, DIGITAL INDIA, CLEAN ( Swachha) INDIA and SMART (Cities) INDIA. Clusters from all over Saurashtra will be participating through an exhibition and a knowledge summit. Products and services of Saurashtra region will be on display at the exhibition. At the same time, the summit will deliver much needed knowledge capital on best practices from around the world for the Saurashtra cluster of industries.

20 country delegations will be visiting Vibrant Saurashtra from UK, UAE, USA, Canada, Australia, The Netherlands, Turkey, Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Kenya, Mauritius, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia etc. Pre-fixed one to one meetings ( B2B, B2G and P2P ) will be organised between exhibitors and foreign companies. Live video conference meetings with foreign buyers will also be organised. Awards night will be organised in the evening for honouring leading social and business contributors of Saurashtra by the hands of Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat.

22 detailed investment reports for Saurashtra region will be released and presented on sectors like gems and jewellery, agricultural machinery and equipments, engineering and electrical, machine tools, brass components, food and edible oil, medical tourism, chemicals, cements, cotton and yarn, smart cities and real estate, kitchen appliances, handicrafts, textiles and garments, mining and minerals, timber and wood, automotive components, casting and forgings, ceramic tiles, sanitary ware and metal fabrication.

All leading Saurashtra based associations such as Rajkot Engineering Association, Rajkot Kitchenware Manufacturers Association, Morbi Ceramic Association, Rajkot Builders Association, Saurashtra Plastic Manufacturers Association, Jamnagar Factory Owners Association, Jamnagar Hardware Manufacturers Association, GIDC Lodhika Industrial Association, Saurashtra Ginners Association, Rajkot Gems and Jewelry Association, Gems and Jewelry Trade Council Of India, have whole heartedly supported the Vibrant Saurashtra Expo and Summit 2016.

The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Honorable Anandiben Patel will be inaugurating the Vibrant Saurashtra Expo and Summit 2016. Many ministers, bureaucrats from Gujarat and all over India will be present. Chief Minister’s letter is attached.

In Saurashtra, no business event can be complete without entertainment. Entertainment evening will be arranged on both days 8th and 9th January 2016.

All details can be referred to at the  website: www.vibrantsaurashtra.com

Also watch this Vibrant Saurashtra 2016 short film: https://youtu.be/KcipE9_IVDc

If you wish to be part of the Mauritian delegation attending the Vibrant Saurashtra Expo & Summit 2016 in India, email YUVA at info@yuvamauritius.com

2 October: International Day of Non-Violence

“There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.” – Mahatma Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927

The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

According to General Assembly resolutionA/RES/61/271 of 15 June 2007, which established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.

Introducing the resolution in the General Assembly on behalf of 140 co-sponsors, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr. Anand Sharma, said that the wide and diverse sponsorship of the resolution was a reflection of the universal respect for Mahatma Gandhi and of the enduring relevance of his philosophy. Quoting the late leader’s own words, he said: “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man”.

The life and leadership of Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi, who helped lead India to independence, has been the inspiration for non-violent movements for civil rights and social change across the world. Throughout his life, Gandhi remained committed to his belief in non-violence even under oppressive conditions and in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

The theory behind his actions, which included encouraging massive civil disobedience to British law as with the historic Salt March of 1930, was that “just means lead to just ends”; that is, it is irrational to try to use violence to achieve a peaceful society. He believed that Indians must not use violence or hatred in their fight for freedom from colonialism.

Definition of Non-Violence

The principle of non-violence — also known as non-violent resistance — rejects the use of physical violence in order to achieve social or political change. Often described as “the politics of ordinary people”, this form of social struggle has been adopted by mass populations all over the world in campaigns for social justice.

Professor Gene Sharp, a leading scholar on non-violent resistance, uses the following definition in his publication, The Politics of Nonviolent Action:

“Nonviolent action is a technique by which people who reject passivity and submission, and who see struggle as essential, can wage their conflict without violence. Nonviolent action is not an attempt to avoid or ignore conflict. It is one response to the problem of how to act effectively in politics, especially how to wield powers effectively.”

While non-violence is frequently used as a synonym for pacifism, since the mid-twentieth century the term non-violence has been adopted by many movements for social change which do not focus on opposition to war.

One key tenet of the theory of non-violence is that the power of rulers depends on the consent of the population, and non-violence therefore seeks to undermine such power through withdrawal of the consent and cooperation of the populace.

There are three main categories of non-violence action:

  • protest and persuasion, including marches and vigils;
  • non-cooperation; and
  • non-violent intervention, such as blockades and occupations.

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YUVA souhaite une bonne fête de Ganesh Chaturthi à tous les Mauriciens

YUVA souhaite un pieux Ganesh Chaturthi à tous les Mauriciens qui vont célébrer la naissance du dieu Ganesh ce vendredi 18 septembre 2015. Les YUVANs de différentes communautés se joindront aujourd’hui aux dévots de foi hindoue pour procéder au ‘Visarjan’, une cérémonie consistant à plonger une statuette du dieu Ganesh.

Après un mois de jeûne, les hindous et précisément les Marathis célébreront la naissance du dieu de l’intelligence et de la richesse. En effet, Ganesh, le fils de Dieu Shiva et Parvati est un dieu très vénéré car il est connu pour apporter la prospérité. Il a le pouvoir d’écarter les obstacles et représente la sagesse, l’intelligence, la protection du savoir et l’éducation.

Afin de montrer leur sens de patriotisme, les YUVANs de différents districts se joindront à leurs amis, familles et voisins pour fêter le Ganesh Chaturthi. Cette démarche servira à se rapprocher des autres communautés tout en promouvant la paix entre divers communautés.

Depuis un mois les Marathis se sont mis au travail pour fabriquer les statuettes de Ganesh fabriquées avec de l’argile. Celles-ci seront immergées dans les cours d’eau afin de faire leurs adieux au dieu Ganesh qui les aura accompagnés pendant ces quarante jours de jeûne. Ce rituel est pratiqué pour symboliser le retour de Ganesh dans le ciel et dans l’océan. Les dévots feront une procession pour chanter les louanges : «Ganapati bapa morya pourchiya varshi lorkarya», ce qui signifie  «toi qui portes chance, reviens-nous vite l’année prochaine» pour demander la bénédiction du dieu de l’intelligence.

Outre les louanges, les dévots apporteront des offrandes telles que des fruits et des sucreries comme le modak, les ladoos et le kanawla. Le modak est en forme de goutte d’eau et ce sont des gâteaux incontournables pour cette célébration car ils  sont les préférées du dieu Ganesh. Au menu également des danses traditionnelles comme le jakree où les jeunes se vêtiront de kashti.

La légende du dieu Ganesh :

Ganesh est né avec une tête humaine, vers l’âge de cinq ans il gardait la porte de la salle d’eau où se trouvait sa mère. Survint Shiva qui revenait de la guerre et qui ne l’avait jamais vu. Il interdit à son père de pénétrer dans la pièce où se trouvait sa mère comme elle le lui avait commandé. Furieux d’être contredit par un enfant, Shiva lui trancha la tête.
Parvati informa son mari de sa terrible méprise et lui demanda de ramener son fils à la vie. Il envoya alors ses serviteurs en leur demandant de ramener la tête de la première créature vivante qu’ils croiseraient. Et c’est la tête d’un éléphant qu’ils rapportèrent.

YUVA dit stop à l’injustice envers les femmes en Inde

Après avoir fugué avec une femme mariée d’une caste plus élevée que lui, le conseil d’un village du nord de l’Inde a condamné deux sœurs à être violées.

L’aînée des deux soeurs, Meenakshi Kumari, a déclaré que les gens de son village a détruit sa maison. Elle s’est également plaint d’avoir été maltraitée par la police, selon Amnesty International. Le père aurait également été agressé à plusieurs reprises par la police mais aussi par la famille de la jeune femme avec laquelle son fils s’est enfui.

La condition féminine n’est pas prêt de s’arranger en Inde. Le conseil d’un village dans l’Etat de l’Uttar Pradesh composé uniquement d’hommes a décidé que deux sœurs, âgées de 23 et 15 ans devront payer pour le crime de leur frère qui s’est enfui avec une femme mariée de caste supérieure. YUVA rejette cette sentence odieuse et injuste qui est complètement illégal.

Le média indien Zee media, cité par Slate, précise qu’il s’agissait pour ce tribunal du village de Baghpat, de «déshonorer leur famille», qui est issu de la plus basse caste, les Dalit, dits Intouchables. Or ces conseils du village sont comme les castes, elles sont interdites aujourd’hui en Inde. Mais tout cela perdure dans des systèmes ruraux traditionnels où les castes et les anciens ont encore un poids énorme sur la société.

Geneviève Garrigos, présidente d’Amnesty International a déclaré à France Info que :

“Dans l’Inde rurale, le viol d’une jeune femme fait le déshonneur dans une famille et on a de nombreuses affaires où, les jeunes filles, une fois qu’elles ont été violée, n’ont plus qu’une seule solution, se pendre, parce qu’elles sont rejetées par toute la communauté et leur famille. On voit bien le décalage entre société avec une classe éduquée et plus en faveur des droits et de l’égalité des femmes et l’Inde rurale qui bouge très peu.”

L’ONG demande aux internautes à signer une pétition en ligne afin de pousser les autorités locales à intervenir. Amnesty espère pouvoir empêcher l’exécution de cette condamnation grâce à la pétition qui comptabilise aujourd’hui 86 942 signatures.

Pour signer la pétition, cliquez ici.

Cependant, le conseil du village dans le nord de l’Inde a nié toutes les allégations faites contre lui et jusqu’à présent, il n’y a pas de preuves concrètes contre les membres du conseil.