Why certain MORAL THINGS are ILLEGAL in India?Call for all the patriots to extend moral support for a noble cause. Is it illegal? Is it legal? to run a free residential school for socially, to forcibly acquire the economically and same land from the educationally backward owner, convert it into children in one’s own land sites and buildings & sell without causing any harm them. to the environment .Divya Deepa Charitable TrustKenchalagudu village, Manandavadi RoadJayapura hobli, Mysore – 570008, KarnatakaIndia -57000891 821 3202249, 9341369901Email : email@example.comWeb : www.divyadeepatrust.orghttp://www.facebook.com/divyadeepa.trusthttps://twitter.com/divyadeepa2
Why and how the land was purchasedI am a devotee of ‘Sri Aurobindo’ and the ‘TheMother’ of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. I am anindustrialist too.Education is my favourite subject. I know Anant since1984. I liked him and his work when he was working inour industries. I have financially helped Anant to buythe land at Kenchalagudu (2 acres and 33 guntas) forrunning a school. Anant and his wife, have dedicated their lives to helpsolve one of India’s basic problems: “Education of ruralopportunity deprived children through a free residentialand non-residential experimental school, ‘KaliyuvaMane’ (Home for Learning)”. I am very happy with theprogress of the institution. L.M. Shah Can KHB or any other organization put the land to better public use than Kaliyuva Mane?
Was there any free residential school where we could have learnt? Manu SachinApril 2007 June 200513 year old boy from a socially and 10 year old boy from a socially andfinancially backward family Illiterate financially backward family Uneducatedparents Dropped out after 1st standard parents Was studying in a rural Kannadafrom a rural Kannada medium school medium school with a ‘slow-learner’ tag Only thing I knew was to write my name in Did not know even Kannada alphabetsKannada properlyMy transformation at Kaliyuva Mane My transformation at Kaliyuva Mane Regained the lost enthusiasm for studies. Regained the lost enthusiasm for studies. 2012 - Passed 10th standard in English 2010 - Passed 10th std. in English medium.medium. Undergoing computer training at a Presently doing a Para-medical diploma software company in Bangalore.course.
June 200711 year old girl from a socially and financiallybackward family Uneducated parents Havethree elder sisters Had studied 6th standard in aKannada medium school, but didn’t know to spellthe word, ‘English’ Rajeshwari Was there any free residential school whereMy transformation at Kaliyuva Mane I could have learnt? 2012 - Passed 10th standard in English mediumsecuring FIRST CLASS . Studying PUC In NIE college. Karnataka Housing Board wants to forcibly acquire a part of our land for ‘public use’. This is immoral. Please help us to learn peacefully!
January 200710 year old girl from a socially and financiallybackward family Illiterate parents Brokenfamily Have two sisters and two brothers Aschool dropout Did not know even Kannadaalphabets properlyMy transformation at Kaliyuva Mane Regained the lost enthusiasm for studies. Shwetha 2012 - Passed 10th standard in English medium. Was there any freePresently doing ”Teachers’ Training Course” at residential school whereKaliyuva Mane. I could have learnt? Learning dance and music. Karnataka Housing Board wants to forcibly acquire a part of our land for ‘public use’. This is IMMORAL. Please help us to learn peacefully!
June 200611 year old boy from a socially and financiallybackward family Illiterate parents Father couldnot work hard due to head injury Have 3 sisters Due to acute poverty, I was on the verge ofdropping out from the schoolMy transformation at Kaliyuva Mane Regained the lost enthusiasm for studies. Mahesha Sat at the feet of my Hero, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Shook hands with N.R. Narayana Murthy. Was there any free 2010 - Passed 10th standard in English residential school wheremedium, securing FIRST CLASS. I could have learnt?2012 – Passed PUC – Commerce in FIRST CLASS. Presently studying B.B.M. ( Bachelor of BusinessManagement) Karnataka Housing Board wants to forcibly acquire a part of our land for ‘public use’. This is IMMORAL. Please help us to learn peacefully!
National issue that we are addressing : In India, more than 13 crore children enrol inprimary schools. In the next stage, class VI to VIII, thenumber drops dramatically to about 5.5 crore. According to ASER report, released by Dr. KapilSibal on 16th January 2012, only 48.2% of 5thstandard rural children can read 2nd standard textbook of mother tongue. There are millions of children with turbulentbackgrounds for whom education is the last/lost ‘Kaliyuva Mane’ –priority. A ‘school for children’ Often awareness to importance of education itself rather thanis lacking in rural areas – 69.4% of Indian Population ‘Children for school’live in villages. (Indian census, 2011)Our solution : To do research in this field through a practicalschool in a village and to share the results. Karnataka Housing Board wants to forcibly acquire a part of our land for ‘public use’. This is IMMORAL.Please allow the school to function peacefully!
Our work : 1992-2005Free supporting classes for rural school goingchildren Excursions Yoga classes Libraryfacility Vocational training: Screen printing,Greeting cards making and Desk Top publishing Overwhelming response from the children andparents Conceptualization of ‘Kaliyuva Mane’Institutional structure : March 1999 Forming ‘Divya Deepa Charitable Trust’ with like minded persons. it 12A and 80G registrations with IT department.Experimental school : June 2005 Starting of ‘Kaliyuva Mane’ a free quasi- 2005, class room residential school in a hut with 4 resident scholars and 10 day scholars with a bank balance of ₹ 5334/-. Mr. L.M. Shah visits the school in 2007 and sponsors basic infrastructure. Karnataka Housing Board wants to forcibly acquire a part of our land for ‘public use’. This is IMMORAL. Please allow us to do our work peacefully!
Yet to be recognized officially!!!Children and public have recognized.DDPI has visited and has left this remark :‘The school premises were very pleasant.’BEO has visited and has left this remark :“Good learning environment exists. The methodof teaching considering not only the age, but thelacunae in learning, is really special here” State Child labour ResourcesCentre, Karnataka, Govt. has published a detailedarticle in ‘Balavani’. We have applied for recognition. We have invited Union HRD minister to ourschool and requested him to give space forresearch in RTE Act. We have personally met State Educationminister and invited him to our school. Karnataka Housing Board wants to forcibly acquire a part of our land for ‘public use’. This is IMMORAL. Please recognize our institution
Well wishers of Divyadeepa We met Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in Mysoreon 24th August 2008. He interacted with us forhalf an hour, preached his favourite ‘DreamMantra’ and gave his message, “Greetings,‘Knowledge makes you Great” “Dream, Dream, Dream! Dreams transform into thoughts, Thoughts transform into Actions” -Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Karnataka Housing Board wants to forcibly acquire a part of our land for ‘public use’. This is IMMORAL. Knowledge makes everyone Great!
Great man visiting a remote school! Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy, Infosysfounder visited Divyadeepa on 16th January2011. After taking the tour of the campusand interacting with the kids andvolunteers, he wrote in the guest register. Kids receiving Dr. N.R. Narayana Murthy “I am so happy to see the wonderful work being done by Mr. Ananth and Team to empower the forgotten India.” More power to you. Best wishes. Karnataka Housing Board wants to forcibly acquire a part of our land for ‘public use’. This is IMMORAL. Please allow us to empower forgotten India
Spark The Rise [Idea for India’s development]‘SPARK THE RISE’ was an initiative byMahindra group of companies. They invitedinnovative ideas from all the Indians for thedevelopment of the nation. The contestspanned over eight months with grand finalein April 2012. Our project, ‘Education of rural OUT OFSYSTEM children’ emerged as 2nd runners upbased on the public support and the Jury’sdecision. This event brought in more nationalrecognition and financial support.This was a significant achievement,considering the location of our school in aremote village and there were whopping6000 ideas submitted. Karnataka Housing Board wants to forcibly acquire a part of our land for ‘public use’. This is IMMORAL. Please allow us to rise!!!
Volunteers – backbone of Divyadeepa We are part of Divyadeepa family since2006. It is not an exaggeration to say thatvolunteering has acquired a new dimension atDivyadeepa. s. Our instant connectivity with the kids hasenhanced the emotional ambience of KaliyuvaMane. We also form the think tank of KaliyuvaMane.Karnataka Housing Board wants to forciblyacquire a part of our land for ‘public use’. This is IMMORAL. Please allow us to volunteer happily!
Students from Engineering colleges,Medical colleges & Business schoolsvolunteer for Divyadeepa during our freetime.Senior volunteers with young hearts sare also actively involved.We link donors and raise funds.We teach kids and learn from them.Without Kaliyuva Mane, we would nothave learnt about the other side of India. Karnataka Housing Board wants to forcibly acquire a part of our land for ‘public use’. This is IMMORAL. Please allow us to volunteer happily!
Project – ‘Paper Empower’Week after week, we visit homes, collect oldnewspapers, sell them and give the proceedsto Divyadeepa for empowering the kids. Suchis our emotional commitment to the kids ofthis wonderful school. sThe amount collected from this uniqueinitiative till now is ₹5,00,000/-.We also set up stalls at colleges, corporatehouses, sell T shirts & Greeting cards.Karnataka Housing Board wants to forciblyacquire a part of our land for ‘public use’. This is IMMORAL. Please allow us to volunteer happily!
Participation of international volunteers hasbroadened the outlook ofsour children. It has changed volunteers’ perception of India! Im missing the chaos of Kaliyuva Mane, thecreativity, the innocence of the kids and to messaround with them.Id love to be there and swing the small onesaround, Id love to be there and have some fun. sIm missing the superb breakfast from KaliyuvaMane, the idlis and rotis and chapatis.Briefly, its really hard to come out of thinking aboutthe kids and the school… - German volunteer We hope this is the first album of many to comeas your school continues to grow. You havesomething very special here that is not always easyto find, and we were fortunate enough to comeacross and be a part of it. sWe want to thank you forbeing who you are and giving us a chance to get toknow you. We wish you every success and know youwill achieve it! - US volunteers
1991, March - BeginningI’m Ananth Kumar – 1st volunteer ofDivyadeepa. I was unhappy, unable to discover my sourceof happiness. Joined Vivekananda Kendra,Kanyakumari as a whole time volunteer. After Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination,management started sending two volunteersduring nights to Rock memorial. Those nightstays on Rock memorial amidst turbulent seahelped me to crystallize my thoughts and toidentify my source of happiness. In 1992, August, I came and settled in a tinyvillage on the outskirts of Mysore with a dream inmy head and heart to work for opportunitydeprived children. In 1996, Padma, joined as wifeand collaborator. Since then we have come a The village where I started workinglong way. Now Karnataka Housing Board wants to cut off our journey. But WHY? This is IMMORAL. Please allow us to complete our journey.
2011 – Land acquisition processKHB Junior Engineer with some officials On 22nd July 2012, a teaminformed me about the land acquisition. I told comprising of EE - Executive Engineerhim about Sri Aurobindo, Vivekananda, India, of KHB-Mysore, SLAO-Mysore andopportunity deprived children, new education SLAO -Bangalore visited our land.system etc. He was not interested to listen. They orally agreed to drop our land SLAO-Special Land acquisition Officer, from acquisition process.Mysore issued me notice as per 4(1) on 21st SLAO asked me to come toJune 2011. Bangalore and give a request inOn 3rd July 2011, I sent a reply stating my writing. I collected EE’s letter to dropobjections. KHB did not bother to reply. the acquisition of our land, went toI also sent a copy of the letter to the Chief Bangalore and met SLAO.Minister. I met SLAO and the CommissionerI approached Deputy Commissioner, Mysore. and handed over my request.He forwarded it to SLAO, Mysore with some But on 21st November 2012, JEinstructions. SLAO orally agreed to drop our handed over acquisition notice underland from acquisition. 6(1) regarding our land’s acquisition. Karnataka Housing Board wants to forcibly acquire a part of our land for ‘public use’. This is IMMORAL. Please allow us to do our work peacefully!
Present land utilization.Accommodation, food and medical help in anatmosphere of Love, Care & Empathy for 32children, volunteers and staff members free of cost.Kaliyuva Mane is a recognized child care centre. School for 80 rural children. (free of cost) Employment for rural women & physicallychallenged. Research in education. Teachers’ training andemergence of a new system of education for OUTOF SYSTEM children. More than 300 trees, a dairy, fodder for cows. A host of environment related activities : Organicfarming, Gobar gas plant, Eco-toilet, Bio massboiler, Astra stove, Rain water harvesting, Bore wellrecharge, Solar lights, Extensive use of eco chipboards.…Perhaps ours is the most eco-consciousschool in India. Karnataka Housing Board wants to forcibly acquire a part of our land for ‘public use’. This is IMMORAL. Let’s save our Mother Earth.
Some questions to KHBWhat are the compelling reasons for forciblyacquiring our land?Don’t you feel 1 acre 6 guntas is negligible whencompared to 156 acres you are planning to acquireand can easily be dropped?When Executive Engineer, KHB has himselfwritten that dropping the acquisition in no wayaffects the KHB plan, why don’t you drop theacquisition process? Feel from the bottom of yourWhat is the meaning of ‘Public use”? Is our work heart. Take up a problem.not in the interest of the public? Find out a solution. Put your Don’t you feel our activities supplement the hands to the wheels of work.Programme of the Government for the upliftment of Don’t think about money orsocially and economically backward people? men. Money WILL come, Men How many times our political leaders from tall WILL come, God’s Grace WILLplatforms give rousing calls to follow Vivekananda’s come.teachings? Are these words hollow? Karnataka Housing Board wants to forcibly acquire a part of our land for ‘public use’. This is IMMORAL. We need Government’s Grace!
An appeal To : The Commissioner-KHB, Housing Minister, Rural development minister, Revenue minister, Education minister, Law minister and Chief minister of Karnataka. Human Resource Development Minister, Law minister, Prime Minister. Advocates, The Chief justice of High court and Supreme Court & all patriotic IndiansDear Sirs,We understand that the Government can acquire any land in the interest of thepublic and it is legal.If to run a free school for rural opportunity-deprived children in one’s own landwithout causing any harm to the environment is illegal and to forcibly acquirethe same land from the owner, convert it into sites and buildings and sell themis legal, it is high time we defined the term ‘legal’.We, the kids, the staff members, volunteers and the trustees, request you tosave our land from acquisition and to allow and indeed, encourage us tocontinue our distinctly public service peacefully.For Divyadeepa familyAnanth Kumar M.R.