Friday, August 07, 2015

Peaceful sit in protest has entered its 30th day

Save Mirambika – getting more & more support from one and all - Famous author @chetan_bhagat tweeted / retweeted twice in support of #SaveMirambika today. After YouTube video support from famous fashion photog @tkhiwal,...

“Dear Friends, For 8 years my kids went to a dream school called Mirambika.
Stemmed on the teachings and principles of Sri Aurobindo, this school professed on Integral education, a combination of teachers, parents and natural environment, necessary for the harmonious growth and learning of the child. A small school of less than 150 students, as it had it’s own quirks of no regular syllabus, no numerical comparisons of students but had a whole lot of love, patience and perseverance from the Diyas (teachers) who were the guiding light for every childs’ learning.

The school building was uniquely designed such as to encourage the freedom of learning which helped children to explore, seek, observe, question towards better understanding. The school building (was always inviting us with hundreds of Jade plants hanging from the ledges), was nestled in 5 acres of natural surroundings of gentle wilderness which housed the duck pond, banyan tree, geese, rabbits, turtles, herb garden, sand pit, mud bath pit, neem grove (full of big neem trees), sunlit path….. ( a school setting one can only dream of).

Suddenly mid April, the management of Sri Aurobindo Education Society (SAES) which recently came under the leadership of Pranjal Jauhar, overnight shunted Mirambika out of its settings, caged it in a regular school building, to make way for an Engineering college. The shift was done shoddily and shabbily, all under the claims of saving Mirambika from the Delhi Developmental Authority.

As the parents started protesting of the sudden shift, the management came up with different stories and requested the parents to help save Mirambika (to calm down the hue and cry). On delving into the matter, it surfaced that there was no threat but the management had decided to shift Mirambika out of it’s building and start an Engineering college for pecuniary reasons.

The school that vehemently prophesied Sri Aurobindo’s teachings “to follow the path of truth” was brutally thrown aside for some expansion plans by the management of Sri Aurobindo Education Society.

Some parents have filed a case in Delhi High court against management for the brutal, unjust shift of the school and for its restitution. Some parents have been on a peaceful Dharna since 29 days (living in tents on the footpath) in protest. The management has employed a battery of senior lawyers to fight against the parents.

Unfortunately, the warm, welcoming, ever friendly and peaceful Mirambika is in a Mess and it desperately needs to be preserved in it’s original state and environment. Hence I urge you and your friends for IMMEDIATE SUPPORT. Please sign the petition to take Mirambika back to it’s original setting, before it fades into oblivion. August 6, 2015 - savemirambika 

SAES hits a new low under Pranjal Jauhar – more violation of child rights
Mirambika kids cannot go to the Ashram dining hall for after having thrown them around at will in breach of law on April 14 and July 1 into under construction fire safety failed premises built on residential Ashram land, PJ thinks that kids using the Ashram dining hall is violation of some law. They are brought food, as some children put it, in cages by the zookeepers. What are they being fed for lunch while the Ashramites eat good hot food? Bread, in some cases stale, with sprouts. Rice with peas and sour curd / yogurt. 

Even as some kids have reported sick, a few Diyas justify such violation of child rights as preparation for a situation where what one wants is not available and survival is at stake. For such doomsday scenario preparation, kids are not permitted to bring their own lunch tiffins. Maybe their divine PJ is punishing the kids so that their parents stop opposing his engg college but his tactics will only lead to more determined effort by the parents to restore Mirambika to its rightful pre 14 April ecosystem. August 8, 2015 - savemirambika 

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