Quaide Milleth Award 2017

Nominations are invited on or before 15th February 2017 for the national award to be presented in the name of the great leader who lived as a role model for probity in public life.

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Quaide Milleth Award 2017

Nominations are invited on or before 15th February 2017 for the national award to be presented in the name of the great leader who lived as a role model for probity in public life.

Online Nomination »

Quaide Milleth Award 2017

Nominations are invited on or before 15th February 2017 for the national award to be presented in the name of the great leader who lived as a role model for probity in public life.

Online Nomination »

Quaide Milleth Award 2017

Nominations are invited on or before 15th February 2017 for the national award to be presented in the name of the great leader who lived as a role model for probity in public life.

Online Nomination »

Quaide Milleth Award 2017

Nominations are invited on or before 15th February 2017 for the national award to be presented in the name of the great leader who lived as a role model for probity in public life.

Online Nomination »

AWARD WINNERS YEAR 2014-2015

  • Mr. R. Nallakannu

    Thiru R.Nallakannu is an Indian politician and also Senior Communist Party of India(CPI) leader. He was the former State Secretary of the Communist Party of India of Tamil Nadu. Early life R.Nallakannu,was born in the temple town of Srivaikuntum, in VO. Chidambaranar district. Born in an affluent family, he was very patriotic from a young age and participated in the freedom struggle.
    Political career
    At the age of 15, Nallakannu joined in the communist movement, mainly agitated by the atrocities committed to the downtrodden people of a particular community. A firebrand politician, he belonged to the action force, and was handed over 14 years in jail. He was released after 7 years as a pact was signed by the communist leaders and the then chief minister of Tamil Nadu. A very dedicated, and sincere politician, he has set an example as to how a politician should live with simplicity and dignity. Highly respected even by the opponent parties, he uses most cultured restraint even when he voices his concerns about unpleasant occurrences.Respected as one of the last surviving leaders who founded the Communist movement in India. He is widely traveled, as his visits include the USSR, Germany, China,and lately, the United States.
    Even at the age of 89+, as of September 26, he individually fought a court case in Madurai, and won in High court ordering a ban on digging sands from the Thamirabarani River of his native place. On 02.12.2010, the court ordered to ban the taking of sand from this river for subsequent 5 years He has undergone many a hunger strikes some lasting for more than 20 days. Once, the government built a dam because of his hunger strike. He was honoured by the Vice President of the People's Republic of China during his visit to Beijing.
    Writer
    As a writer, Nallakannu wrote many books based on social problems, river interaction possibilities in India, agricultural reforms,and about communist-based articles. He is also valued as a learned speaker, and a great social reformer,and all his life he fought for the equal opportunities for the socially most suffered communities. He stayed with them, had food with them, taught them how to fight for their own rights, from the upper classes and made considerable progress in lifting the living conditions of poor people in Nanguneri taluk and neighbouring villages, most of the period when he was spending his time in underground. He was, and he will do any sacrifice to uphold the principles of a casteless society. His role models were Lenin, Che, and Ho-chi-min.
    In 1999, Nallakannu stood for Coimbatore constituency on loksabha elections. Even though he secured 43.21 percent of total votes, he was defeated by CP Radhakrishnan. On 14 August 2007, Nallakannu receives "Sahayogi Puraskar"award from Governor Surjit Singh Barnala of Tamil Nadu. In 2008, the state government of Tamil Nadu headed by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has chosen senior Communist Party of India leader Nallakannu for the 2007 "Ambedkar Award"for his outstanding contribution to public life, especially to the poor and the downtrodden. On 3 October 2008, Nallakannu receives "Gandhian award" for social service from All India Mahatma Gandhi Social Welfare Forum. Nallakannu was honored by "Jeeva Award" from District Writers Association on 21 January 2009 at Thiruchirapalli.

  • Thirumathi Teesta Setalvad

    Teesta Setalvad (born 9 February 1962) is an Indian civil rights activist and journalist. She is the secretary of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), an organisation formed for fighting for justice for the victims of communal violence in the state of Gujarat in 2002. CJP is a co-petitioner seeking a criminal trial of Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat and the current Prime minister of India and sixty-two other politicians and government officials for complicity in the Gujarat violence of 2002 and whose names did not figure in any of the FIRs /charge sheets that formed the subject matter of the various Session Trials regarding the riots at that point of time. Four of the accused since then were charge-sheeted, of whom Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi have already been convicted.
    Personal life
    Born in 1962 into a Gujarati Hindu Teesta Setalvad du family, Setalvad is the daughter of Atul Setalvad, a Mumbai-based lawyer, and his wife Sita Setalvad. Her paternal grandfather was M. C. Setalvad, India's first Attorney General. Setalvad is married to Javed Anand, a journalist turned minority rights activist. They have two children, daughter Tamara and son Jibran.
    Career
    Teesta graduated with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Bombay University in 1983 and started work as a journalist. She reported for the Mumbai editions of The Daily (India) and The Indian Express newspapers, and later for Business Indiamagazine. Setalvad's career as a mainstream journalist was brief. She and her husband quit their regular jobs to start Communalism Combat, an advocacy magazine. According to Javed Anand (Setalvad's husband and co-founder of Communalism Combat), the decision to break from mainstream journalism was motivated by their desire to engage in legal advocacy along with journalism.
    Setalvad and her husband, along with such secular stalwarts as Father Cedric Prakash (a catholic priest), Anil Dharker (a journalist), Alyque Padamsee, Javed Akhtar, Vijay Tendulkar and Rahul Bose (all film & theatre personalities) set up an NGO named "Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP)" on 1 April 2002. The NGO forthwith began to litigate in various courts against the alleged complicity of the Chief Minister and government of Gujarat state in the riots that had broken out shortly before. Their efforts met with partial success in April 2004, when the Supreme Court of India transferred the "Best Bakery case" case to the neighbouring state of Maharashtra. At the same time, the court also overturned the recent acquittal of 21 accused and ordered that the investigation and trial be conducted afresh. By 2013, all the cases filed by CPJ had been dismissed at three levels of the judiciary (trial court, state High Court and the Indian Supreme Court) and only one appeal is pending. This is an appeal to the Supreme Court against a conviction handed out by the High Court to Maya Kodnani, a former minister in the government of Gujarat.
    Teesta has authored the chapter When Guardians Betray:The Role of the Police in the book Gujarat:The making of a tragedy, edited by Siddharth Varadarajan and published by Penguin (ISBN 978-0143029014). The book is about the 2002 Gujarat riots.
    Activism
    Teesta, with her husband Javed Anand is the co-founder and co-editor of the magazine Communalism Combat which fosters communal harmony by attacking entities propounding communal violence.
    Teesta testified at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom on 10 June 2002 against the BJP-led Gujarat government's role in the post-Godhra communal violence.
    In 1997, Teesta started work on a project, Khoj (Quest), which aims to rewrite sections of Indian school History and Social Studies textbooks to remove "anti-minority prejudices"Teesta is a staunch feminist and campaigns for rights and privileges of Dalits, Muslims and women. Teesta's husband Javed Anand runs Sabrang Communications which fights for human rights. Teesta is the official spokesperson of this organisation. Teesta heads the Mumbai-based NGO Citizens for Justice and Peace'(CJP).

    1. She is one of the founders of the Women in the Media Committee. The group seeks to bring together working women journalists to raise job-related concerns and awareness of gender-sensitivity in writing and reporting on issues concerning women.
    2. She is one of the founding members of Journalists Against Communalism.
    3. Apart from the journalistic tasks Teesta Setalvad leads the project "Khoj: Education for A pluralistic India".
    4. Teesta is General Secretary of People's Union for Human Rights (PUHR).
    5. Member of the Pakistan India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy.
    Zakia Jafri-CJP petition
    Zakia Jafri-CJP Special leave petition seeks a criminal trial of Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat and the current Prime minister of India and 62 other politicians and government officials for complicity in the Gujarat violence of 2002. The criminal conspiracy complaint alleges that in a meeting of senior police officers and officials convened by the then Chief minister Mr Modi on 27 February 2002 following the Godhra tragedy, he issued his "let Hindus give vent to their anger" directive In response to the petition, the Supreme Court on 27 April 2009 ordered the Special Investigation Team (SIT) they appointed to undertake the investigation. The SIT under the Chairmanship of R. K. Raghavan was originally formed to investigate nine major cases of riots in Gujarat in 2002.

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