AYC Mumbai

INDIA AND THE CALL FOR TOUGHER INTERNATIONAL ARMS CONTROL

Everyday, millions of men, women and children in different parts of the world are living in fear of violence, armed violence.  We see guns becoming an integral part of life and therefore an increasingly common instrument of death in more communities and cities around the world. The uncontrolled proliferation and misuse of arms takes massive human toll of lives and livelihoods.

The world’s most powerful governments, who are also the words biggest arms suppliers, have the greatest responsibility to control the global trade.  The five permanent members of the UN Security Council France, Russia, China, the UK, and the USA together account for 88 percent of the worlds conventional arms exports.  The United Sates of America dominate the industry, contributing almost half (45 percent) of the entire worlds exported weapons. A lot of these weapons fall into the hands of many countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. An average of 22 billion US dollars a year is spent on arms by countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America a sum that would otherwise enable

those same countries to be on track to meet the Millennium Development Goals of primary education and for reducing infant and maternal mortality.  The challenge is urgent and every government in the world has a responsibility to control arms.

The controls Arms Campaign is a joint initiative by Amnesty International, Oxfam International and the international Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) aiming to reduce arms proliferation and misuse and to convince governments to introduce a binding arms trade treaty.

In June 2006, governments of the world will meet at the United Nations in New York to review a Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons that has been in place for the past few years and to take forward a proposed international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).  The Control Arms campaign in New York will emphasize that one million people from over 150 countries want to see tougher control on the arms trade.  Global principles of the proposed international Arms Trade (ATT) describe the best general rules to be adopted in order to establish effective control of international weapon transfers.  If the worlds governments sign up to the International Arms Trade Treaty, it will introduce minimum standards to strictly control the international trade in arms, based on international human rights and humanitarian laws, and it would help stop weapons falling into the hands of killers and human rights abusers.

In order to discuss the various dimensions of the need for India to support and sign the global principles of the ATT, a seminar was organized by Control Arms Federation of India (CAFI), Oxfam and Amnesty International on May 18, 2006 at the India International Centre in New Delhi. Dr. Thockchom Meinya, Member of Parliament, inaugurated the seminar.  The various sessions were chaired by distinguished members and speakers, viz.  Ambassador Arundhati Ghosh, EN Rammohan, Member, National Security Advisory Board, Govt. of India, Lt.Gen.Anil Kamboj, Institute of Defense Studies & Analysis and MV Rappai, CAFI.  The 8 resolutions adopted at the seminar were presented to Dr. Thockchom Meinya, Member of Parliament, on Monday, May 22, 2006 along with 20,000 Control Arms Million Faces petition supporters from India.

The Million faces project is one of the may projects of the Control  Arms campaign and AYC Mumbai has contributed to this Million Faces Campaign in its own little way. Starting from the 100-day countdown, on March 15, 2006, our team of volunteers have got more than 3000 Mumbaikars to sign and extend their support for the Million faces campaign.  We visited important public meetings and conferences in the city and also went to public places like the Gateway of India, Juhu Beach, Shivaji Park and various other colleges and Offices to create awareness about the campaign and sign up support from the people of the city.  Our volunteers would explain to the people what the whole campaign was all about and then take a picture of the supporter holding a placard decrying small arms. Those who were not keen to have their picture taken, signed the action cards in support.

On 15th March 2006 the date of the 100-day count down, we first visited the Police commissioner’s office, got him to sign for the campaign and then proceeded to VT station.  We put up a banner opposite the V.T station to mark the 100-day countdown. As the UN conference gets underway in June 2006.  We hope our little contribution makes a difference for a better tomorrow for everyone. We believe it certainly will.

AYC lights another lamp
Manisha Tandel,
AYC Mumbai

December 10, 2005, a small classroom in Podar College of Commerce and Economics, Matunga in Central Mumbai was abuzz with a bunch of youngsters who were curious to know what AYC was all about.   All that we had heard was that a youth organization called AYC having several branches in South Asia had spread a lot of good will and good work to make the society a better place.  The Mumbai chapter was inaugurated and invited all those interested to join  AYC.

In order to start the Mumbai chapter, Mr.Sukumar David, Secretary General and Mr. Ramesh from AYC Hyderabad visited Mumbai to organize the Mumbai branch and address the team of young people.  They shared their experiences and spoke about how AYC was founded in Chennai by a small group of dedicated members way back in 1984 and how it has now grown into a large international organisation with branches in major  Asian countries, Bangladesh, Thailand, Nepal, Srilanka and very recently in Pakistan.  In India, AYC has branches in Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata.  Mumbai is the fourth city to have a branch of the Asian Youth Centre.

Mr. Sukumar David, the Secretary General introduced AYC its Mission and objectives and outlined in brief the projects that AYC has undertaken over the years with support and encouragement from the President of AYC, Rev.Mitsuo Miyake.

The Secretary General highlighted the vision of the founders and the activities undertaken by different AYC chapters in various projects like Tsunami Relief, Literacy, health programs, and AIDS campaign etc.  He emphasized the need for today’s youth to render a helping hand towards such missions.

This was followed by a brief talk by Ramesh which as filled with examples and anecdotes of the challenges faced by the AYC team in different parts of the Asian continent and the rich experience and education one has achieved by being a member of AYC and working for its goals.  Ramesh kept the entire team engrossed while recounting the passion with which AYC has been built from the start.  He stressed on the current problems society is facing, initiation of projects that will help societal upliftment, importance of youth participation, channelising their energy in social projects.  He said learning is a gradual ongoing process at AYC and not a rushed one and that it is the duty of every citizen to repay back to society at least a little of what he has gained.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Following inspirational speeches, Rajalakshimi read out the mission and objectives of the Mumbai chapter, which was followed by an interactive session between the students and the representative members of AYC.  Queries were raised and there was interaction and clarifications on the following points:

Identification of the prevailing problems/issues
Interaction with the community (slums/hospitals)
Collaboration with NGOs for greater strength
Involving more number of people by conducting workshops, awareness camps, competition for youth, etc
Proceedings slowly but steadily

The interactive session gave an insight into the organization of AYC and its working and enlightened everyone present. The officials of the visiting AYC team expressed faith and confidence in the Mumbai team and encouraged them to achieve the goals by working in a steady and focused manner.  The AYC Mumbai chapter members present expressed their gratitude to the visiting team members and pledged to work towards building a better society.

 

   

Japan -

w-f-m-a-y-c-j@apost.plala.or.jp
Kaoru.miyake.25@gmail.com

Bangladesh humayunjsc@yahoo.com

Chennai – India -

prabhu_lmv@Yahoo.com

Nepal -

recphec@infoclub.com.np rssstuladhar@yahoo.com

Hyderabad – India -

gcs.sanjeev@gmail.com aychyd1@gmail.com naomineha@gmail.com

Thailand -

phuriwat.k2010@gmail.com
Mumbai – India - aycmumbai@gmail.com Pakistan - patiala501@yahoo.com pafsnet@yahoo.com
Kolkatta – India - rheabanerjee23@gmail.com

Canada -

nadia07@gmail.com

Srilanka - naleentharanga@gmail.com sarvoshanthi@slnet.lk    
 
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