A town hall meeting of Mirambika Parents was held this morning at the Community Center in Sarvodaya Enclave. At its peak, about 50 parents were in attendance. DDA’s Chief Legal Adviser’s opinion set at the end of this post (based on which the Show Cause Notice dated 23/6/15 was issued to SAES by DDA) was presented and read out by PJ Cracker to establish that there was NO DDA THREAT to the school premises (Mirambika Building & land) and that the SCN was only questioning the SAES proposed engg college. Barring a few exceptions (known PJ darbaris), those present agreed with the foregoing interpretation and raised hands to indicate that the school should move back to the pre 14/4 premises. Reena then said that since PJ had earlier stated that the school would move back into the pre 14/4 premises if DDA confirmed that there was no threat to the leased land due to Mirambika running therefrom, the said opinion should be discussed with SAES / PJ so that the matter may be resolved amicably. Reena, Jasmeet, Mandakini, Joyti & Neti-Neti volunteered for the purpose.
Jatbong explained how the petitioner parents were forced to approach the court because of lack of dialogue with and stonewalling of solutions by SAES. He also mentioned that if the school is moved back into the pre 14/4 premises (since the DDA CLA opinion confirms that there was no threat to the leased land due to Mirambika running therefrom) the petitioners would be happy to withdraw the petition.
Q&A session led to issues & concerns inter alia regarding non-suitability of ‘Vatika Barracks ie Matri Store School Building’ for integral education being discussed. Mandakini wanted to know how the Matri Store School Building was not compliant with the law re safety & security. Sudoku answered that question comprehensively referring to specific violations visible at the Matri Store School Building. The house was told that over 5,000 children lose their lives in India every year due to schools not complying with the safety & security laws.
Autojunkie & Pun tried their best to derail the discussion by asking repeated questions regarding why the Mirambika Building was necessary for integral education. Birdie, Harsh, Tina, Neta, Richa and others replied to their questions by stressing on the need for an ecosystem for integral education. When Autojunkie & Neatpoo continued with their agenda (Pun had followed a similar approach last night over the WhatsApp discussion), Pysa delivered an emotional and passionate speech on the need to stay focused for the sake of safety & security of our children.
Photoshopper aka Runaway Newbrawl wanted the parents to be thankful to SAES for running Mirambika for decades from the land leased by DDA for a college. He was booed mildly by some. BisCha appeared to be helping him to stand & speak but all in vain.
Messyudin wanted the matter to be resolved peacefully without any further legal action. He dribbled on that for a brief while.
Some PJ darbaris were seen taking pictures and videos of the meeting.
The meeting dispersed after a call for support for moving the school back to its pre 14/4 premises. Many attendees signed a general letter of support for the cause.
After the meeting, Reena, Jasmeet, Mandakini, Joyti & Neti-Neti (accompanied by Diego & PJ Cracker) went to the Ashram to talk to PJ. Reena & Jasmeet met PJ (others were signaled to wait outside) and apparently told him regarding NO DDA THREAT in light of DDA’s Chief Legal Adviser’s opinion (based on which the Show Cause Notice dated 23/6/15 was issued to SAES by DDA). PJ was dismissive as ever. He reportedly said that SAES had only been served the SCN and not the said legal opinion and that in any case he / his lawyers consider opinions to be tissue papers. He also said that the said opinion should either be served on him / SAES and or filed before the Court. Its now for the readers to guess as to who is looking for a confrontation here.