email your representative: a strategy of protest

By increasing quotas the Congress is trying to buy votes in UP, a state that is firmly divided on caste lines, and one that goes to the polls next year. There is no "welfare" agenda. The anti-reservation protests have so far fallen on deaf ears, because:

1. The Congress party stands to gain from supporting the increase in quotas.
2. The Opposition parties risk losing the support of those reserved categories which stand to benefit.

It's also important to note that next on their agenda is a proposal to implement reservations of jobs in the private sector. Kamal Nath has spoken about this.

Since most politicians believe that they stand to benefit if their party benefits, a strategy to counter this problem would be to divide the Indian polity:

If individual party members feel threatened because of a loss in their vote bank, they are likely to oppose the quotas within the party. This is particularly applicable in urban areas, where public memory isn't short and the number of reserved category candidates and people is less.

So I suggest that those who oppose the quotas can individually mail their elected representatives and bluntly inform them that if the quotas aren't scrapped, they will lose our votes. There is a possibility that individual voices of dissent might then be heard, and might influence the party.

How do we do it?

The email addresses of our Lok Sabha MP's are here. I would suggest that you be polite, short and specific, and address your representative by name. Email addresses of Rajya Sabha MP's are here(we can bulk mail them). Please CC a copy to soniagandhi@sansad.nic.in if you're mailing a Congress MP, or advanilk@sansad.nic.in if you're mailing a BJP MP.

You may also write to the President of India at presidentofindia@rb.nic.in and the Prime Minister at manmohan@sansad.nic.in pmosb@pmo.nic.in (address courtesy Slashh)

Please mail your representative, and spread the word. Also, maybe it's time for a "Mail your Representative Blogathon", where you e-mail your representative and put the mail up on your blog as a show of support.

Update 1:

Mails to some addresses are bouncing. Shreya informs me that a mail her friend sent to an MP from Karnataka bounced. My mail to manmohan@sansad.nic.in bounced.

Update 2:

Contact your MLA's in:
1. Delhi: Email Addresses | Right to Information (Update: Mails to Shiela Dixit and Prahlad Singh Sawhney bounced. Looks like Delhi email addresses don't work)
(please mail in the addresses for other states and help compile a list)

Update 3:
1. The Center has given corporates two years for quota in private sector jobs. [link]
6 Comments:
Blogger mungojerrie said...

i didnt know all this stuff was online!...haha and way to go re/ this feels as good as filing that first FIR over something you usually ignore- may not be worth much but it may. and the satisfaction is worth it anyway.

and my word verif is MPxxxU

yiiikkes~!! hahaha

May 19, 2006 8:27 AM  
Blogger Nikhil Pahwa said...

Shocked at the word verification code. Well, it is a fact of life. :P

I've already mailed the President, requesting him to break his silence on the issue. Am just going to mail Kapil Sibal

May 19, 2006 8:31 AM  
Anonymous amitken said...

Bravo! dude.

May 19, 2006 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had tried this eariler for some other reasons. I mailed all 500+ MP on these id. Expectigly, mostly bounced , and I neever knew how many actually have received and I never got any reply.

There must be some channel is required to be established using internet to get message of ordinary people heard to the government to bring transparency.

I strongly believe today's generation of Indian youth are aware and want to their voice get heard.

It's pity.

Regards
JV
blog

May 23, 2006 4:12 AM  
Blogger Slashh said...

PM Manmohan Singh's ID:
pmosb@pmo.nic.in

Btw thx for other ids...

May 25, 2006 4:12 AM  
Blogger Nikhil Pahwa said...

Thanks Slashh. Updated the address, and will send a mail across to him.

May 25, 2006 4:33 AM  

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