Mahatma Gandhi 'Father of the Nation' ? - RTI Query

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  1. H.A.

    H.A. Senior Member Senior Member

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    When some simple questions came to the mind of Aishwarya Parashar, a Class-VI student of the City Montessori School, Lucknow, she did not let them languish unasked. She went seeking out answers through the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Aishwarya's inquisitiveness and willingness to pursue the source of information has yielded, till date, the establishment of a public library on the site of a garbage dump and the nation being better enlightened about the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

    All of just 10 years, Aishwarya is a confident little girl, who herself answers a mobile phone and urges those wanting some written information from her to send her an SMS giving their e-mail ID and even forwards e-mail and communicates about her work on her own.

    “I have so far filed three RTIs with the Prime Minister's Office,'' she says, adding that “the first one was [a query] about who gave the order for printing Mahatma Gandhi's image on currency notes. I was told in a reply that it was in 1993 following a meeting of the Reserve Bank of India.”

    But it was her subsequent RTI asking the PMO to tell her who conferred the title of Father of the Nation on Mahatma Gandhi, which confounded the government. From the PMO, the query went to the Ministry of Home Affairs and to the National Archives of India, before Aishwarya was told that “there are no specific documents on the information sought” by her.

    ‘SURPRISING'

    “That was really surprising because I never thought it was such a difficult question since even our history books taught us that Mahatma Gandhi was the Father of the Nation.”

    The first reference to Mahatma Gandhi as Father of the Nation goes back nearly 70 years when Subhas Chandra Bose referred to Gandhi thus in a radio address from Singapore in 1944.

    Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru too had, in his address to the nation upon Mahatma Gandhi's death, referred to him as Father of the Nation: “Friends and comrades, the light has gone out of our lives, and there is darkness everywhere, and I do not quite know what to tell you or how to say it. Our beloved leader, Bapu as we called him, the Father of the Nation, is no more.”

    After getting an unsatisfactory answer to her query on this issue in March this year, Aishwarya on April 24 asked the PMO who had declared Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary on October 2 as also Republic Day and Independent Day national holidays. To her surprise, she got a reply dated May 17 that such orders were never issued.

    FAVOURITE QUERY

    The question most dear to Aishwarya's heart was posed by her in 2009. “That was the time when Lucknow was in the grip of swine flu. There was a big garbage dump near my school, but I only got to see it one day when my mother came to pick me up as my cycle-rickshaw had not come. For the parents there was a separate entrance, and on the way back home I spotted this dump.”

    With the help of her mother, Urvashi Sharma, who is a social worker and RTI activist, Aishwarya penned an application in her own handwriting. “I had marked that query on the garbage dump to the Chief Minister and thereafter the Uttar Pradesh government got the dump removed, and our school constructed a public library on the site.”

    Her father, Sanjay Sharma, is a lecturer.

    AMBITION

    Aishwarya wants to become a doctor. Asked why, she quips: “Whenever I go to a hospital, I see that the poor patients have to first shell out money in order to get treated. I will, on becoming a doctor, go to the slums at least once every week and provide free treatment to such poor people.”

    The Hindu : News / National : 10-year-old's RTI posers stump PMO, Government
     
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  3. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    That is more than a "quip", and good for her if she does that.
     
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    H.A. Senior Member Senior Member

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    I thought the same, when i read the article, however overlooking the 'ambition' paragraph, what she has done is amazing that too at a tender age of 10. Most kids at the age of 10 either watch cartoons or plan as to which toy to crib about.
     
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    "RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT"-- at least one good thing in upa rule
     
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    sob Moderator Moderator

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    good job Aishwariya. We need more youngsters like you.
     
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    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

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    Can i file an RTI? Few years back they dug trenches on my road to lay under ground pipes, the Pipes never came and when asked they said there where no funds. Can i file an RTI Anonymously so as not to go head on against the Mayor?

    I rely on Town hall to get some contract works so i cant go against the Mayor, so i wonder if i can do it Anonymously? Anyone know?
     
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    nrj Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

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    RTI is a great tool, not just for common man but also for shrewd politicians :rofl:

    Someone tells me that Call Centers are coming up for RTI queries & now you wouldn't even need buy Demand Draft or postal orders, fees for RTI will be added to your telephone bill. Apart from that an interactive portal will be made available to track progress of query, just like you track courier orders!
     
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    Gandhi not formally conferred 'Father of the Nation' title: Govt

    Gandhi not formally conferred 'Father of the Nation' title: Govt - Indian Express
     
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    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

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    Send a PM to Mr. Sayare (sayareakd). He can give you the best advice.

    BTW, what would you do with just the information? Get them to cover up that trench.
     
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    Just back from a trip to Rajasthan. Surprised to find Gandhiji and Nehru very much disliked there!
     

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