We have heard a lot about how politicians try to cash on every opportunity, but this is a new low. When Chennai was getting deluged by heavy rains, people helped themselves and came out of this tragedy. Now, when people from different states are sending relief materials for Chennaities, the vehicles carrying relief materials are being stopped and stickers of Jayalaitha are forcibly being pasted on them. If someone refuses, then that relief material is not allowed to pass.
Here is first-person account out of numerous people complaining about it.
“6 trucks coming from Coimbatore. . Stopped at the Sriperumbudur. . And Amma stickers stuck on every pack and sent in.
Friends, just putting my anguish. Many of my friends who had gone to cuddalore with relief materials complained that thugs and goons are forcibly pasting Amma stickers on every box and only then clearing the vehicles. Shameless political tactics . I am even ashamed to talk about this but at the same time feel that people in interiors will be blindly believing this as amma’s work. Cheap and dirty than shit!
Guys I think we must forward this in every group … This is absolutely ridiculous”
[Update: As per a report published on The Hindu, An AIADMK official told The Hindu that volunteers who were either being harassed, blocked by party cadre or were being asked to paste stickers of the Chief Minister on relief material brought in by them can lodge their complaints at 044-28130787, 044-28132266, 044-28133510.]
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Retiring after spending 32 years in the Indian Army, Col Chris Rego is helping change the destinies of hundreds of children in conflict-affected North East India through his “White Bullets” initiative. With this initiative, he hopes to bring peace and progress to communities across North East India.
Luminouswanted to bring out the Colonel’s story to the world to inspire and motivate others as it believes that education is a strong tool to empower women. It is supporting Col Rego’s cause through an initiative called #Luminaries – the brave people who stand up for causes like girl child education and make a difference in the society.
Col Rego’s journey started over a decade ago in Manipur when a tribal woman knocked on his door pleading for support for her daughter’s education. Touched by the woman’s story, Col Rego and his wife delved into their savings and arranged for the money for the girl’s education. Two years down the line, the woman returned, this time with a small pumpkin and a shawl that she had knitted, and all the money she had borrowed. Moved and realizing that their money could make lives rather than earn paltry interest, Col and Mrs. Rego embarked on a journey to arrange for sponsorship of many more underprivileged children.
Retiring from the Army, Col Rego took over as CEO of Sunbird Trust, a not-for-profit organization which he founded in 2014. The Trust now sponsor over 1,000 children in 21 locations acrossNorth East India. The centre of Sunbird Trust’s activities is at beautiful Ijeirong, Manipur.
Recognizing Col Chris’s immense work, Luminousacknowledged him as their first Luminary. Through this, they hope to bring more power to his elbow in the notable work he is doing. The Luminousteam travelled to remote Ijeirong village and installed solar products. These solar products will help in providing power to the entire campus 24/7 for the very first time.
The Logical Indian salutes Col Christopher Rego for his untiring efforts and leadership. His efforts are already having a cascading effect on people from across India joining the “White Bullets” endeavour. Quite amazingly, education, in itself so empowering, is merely a means to PEACE. We hope the path illuminated by #Luminary Col Rego and his Sunbird Trust team acts as a beacon for others to follow.
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