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Jan 2015
Event : Celebrations of NRIVoting & Republic Day Gathering
Venue : Mahatma Gandhi Statue - Tavistock Square
Starts : 11:00
Ends : 12:59

Dear  Friend,

Namaskar & Congratulations, a dream of NRI voting from abroad is now become reality with the acceptance from Government of India on EC proposals about the feasible voting options for Non-Resident Indians in letter and spirit.

This means now, our voice can be heard more & most importantly we can be part of our nations well being. It has been achieved through relentless & peaceful activism in the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi, with the years of hard work, it finally took a best shape with our petition in Supreme Court of India. 

We did letters, demonstrations, London March and even a hunger strike. We approached the Honourable Supreme Court of India and the first official success on NRI voting came in Feb-2013, when three-bench court presided by Honourable Chief Justice issued notices in our Writ Petition (Civil) 80. of 2013 NAGENDER CHINDAM & ORS Vs. GOVERNMENT OF INDIA & ELECTION COMMISSION.  With the recent court order on 12.01.2015, we have received the delightful news that the Government has accepted the EC proposals on absentee ballot in Supreme Court in response to our petition. 

At Pravasi Bharat we are very happy with the news that NRIs will be able to vote from abroad in near future, therefore we would like to cordially invite you along with your family & friends to mark this important occasion at the Mahatma Gandhi statue, Tavistock Square.

Along with the celebrating the success of NRI Voting,

We shall raise our flags - as part of Republic day celebrations (2 days in advance) - Sing along the national anthem.

Mark the anniversary of Hunger strike - which was a big step during our campaign.

Event Details:

When: Saturday, 24th Jan 2015 at 11am to 2pm. 

Where: Near Gandhi Statue, Tavistock Square – WC1H 9 HQ

How to get there: Nearest Tube station is “Russell Square”, Take a Piccadilly Line to Russell Square – About 5 Minute walk from there ( )         

Event in Facebook:   


Please forward this invitation to your friends, so that it reaches concerned Indian citizens living in UK who may want to take part.


Look forward to seeing you there!

Jai Hind .

Team - Pravasi Bharat

15 Cagney Crescent,

Oxley Park, Milton Keynes – MK4 4TL

Contact: 07868154362/07809825055/07710612055

Jan 2014
Event : Hunger Strike for Absentee Ballot
Venue : Near Mahatama Gandhi Statue Tavistock Square
Starts : 10:30 AM
Ends : 12:45 PM

The ANSHAN – Hunger Strike for Absentee Ballot.

24th Jan to 26th Jan 2014.

We did everything what we can do as responsible campaign group & the citizens of our great nation. 

We wrote numerous letters, we did peaceful protests, we marched in London & we filed a case with Supreme Court (Writ petition (C) 80 of 2013). Three Judge Bench presided by Honorable Chief Justice issued notice to the Government & Election commission of India in Feb 2013. [ 8013p.txt].

 We have full faith in our justice system, however its time taking process (it might take years of time considering the volume of cases that our honorable courts deal with).

 But the 2014 General Elections are not so far away!! All the hard work went in our campaign in dreaming about participating in our democracy in the coming general elections.

NRIs feeling deprived, we have been looked as investors/from the angle of 'donations' - but we are not treated as part of our system? We still hold our passports, we still carry the name of our great nation & pride of it, but unfortunately we are not considered as part of the system. Thanks to "Peoples Representative Act 2010 - Amendment" - But it is just a paper right with out the facility of postal/online ballot.

Overseas citizens of America can vote in their elections through absentee ballot, so do the Canadians, Pakistanis… Absentee Ballot for their abroad citizens is available in almost all the democracies of the world including Asian countries like Indonesia, Pakistan. Unfortunately Postal/Online ballot is still distant dream in India, are we in modern era?

We strongly believe that ours is genuine democratic struggle - therefore the founder of Pravasi Bharat, Mr. Nagender Chindam would like to go one last step of struggle, Three day fasting from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th Jan, 2014.

Even though only few months left for 2014 General Elections - Still there is enough time for Government and the EC officials to facilitate the absentee ballot for us.

Gathering Details: 

Gathering at 6pm on Friday, 24th Jan 2014 the start day of fast.

Gathering at 11am on Republic day, 26th Jan 2014 the end day fast.



Date - 24th Near High Commission of India,

Aldwych, London – WC2B 4NA

Date - 26 th Tavistock Square ,

London – WC1 H9HQ

Aug 2013
Event : Protest to Save RTI
Venue : Indian High Commission, Aldwych, London
Starts : 11:00
Ends : 12:30

It is reported that the Government is considering the introduction of a bill in Parliament to amend the RTI law, as a reaction to the recent Central Information Commission order, which declared six political parties to be public authorities under the RTI Act.

We, as citizens of India, empowered by the RTI Act, demand that it not be amended. The Act has enabled the making of informed choices and strengthened participatory democracy; by enabling the citizens of India to monitor and access services throughout the country. Any amendment to the RTI Act would undermine and weaken the process of realizing various constitutional promises.” We would, therefore, expect the government to hold wide ranging public discussions before they think of amending the law in any way.

Dec 2012
Fast Track Courts ,
Event : Strict Law and Fast Track Courts for Sexual Assault Cases
Venue : London
Starts : 11:00
Ends : 16:00

Members of Pravasi Bharat organised the protest & gathered near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Tavistock Square, London and observed a minute’s silence. Have placards showing “Strict law against rapists’’, “Fast-track courts please’’ and “Respect women’’.The protest was held on Saturday 29th December 2012 to demand justice for the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim, and held a candle-lit vigil in her memory.

In a petition to Prime Minister of India, submitted through the Indian High Commission here in London, we called for a stricter law against rapists and the setting up of fast-track courts to deal with sexual assault cases.

Long Live Equality!

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