10 September 2019
Letter to numerous editors congratulating Rami Ranger’s appointment to the House of Lords.
Raksha Bandhan – with rights come responsibilities to others.
It has often been said that with rights come responsibilities to others. The notion of responsibility is celebrated by Hindus on the festival of Raksha Bandhan (meaning “bond of protection”) taking place on 15 August 2019. Alongside the principle of responsibility, underpinning the festival is a social contract between siblings who promise to care and protect each other. It is common for sisters to tie a Rakhi (a sacred string) on their brothers and in return receive a gift. In reality, the festival is not limited to an agreement between siblings but can be extended to wider family and community members. In the 21st century, the irony of social media and technology is that it has created a world where people are both more connected yet potentially more isolated from each other than ever before. It is far easier to social media message someone than make the effort to spend quality face to face time with them. With over nine million lonely people in the UK with four million of them being older people there is no reason why the principles underpinning the festival of Raksha Bandhan cannot be used to remind the wider Redbridge and UK population of the importance of responsibility to each other in order to create stronger links between the diverse range of communities that exist. My faith has taught me that all human beings are one big family. Consequently, through implementating the principles of Raksha Bandhan, why not use this summer to make time to personally meet colleagues, friends and family to remind them of your mutual responsibilities of protection and care to one another.Read more
Litigation Solicitor and Mediator has been shortlisted for the Law Society’s prestigious Excellence Awards 2019 – “Junior Lawyer of the Year”, the highest accolade for law firms and lawyers in England and Wales.
Delighted to be nominated for the award, Bhanot said: “I am humbled to have been considered for this award. The entry demonstrates my commitment to improve access to justice through technology both within the wedding industry through The Wedding Lawyer and assisting employees with the smooth termination of their employment via My Settlement Agreement. Congratulations to all those shortlisted, and good luck”.
Law Society president Simon Davis said: “There are more than 140,000 solicitors in England and Wales – to be shortlisted for an Excellence Award is to be recognised as among the very best of the profession. “The firms and solicitors shortlisted should be commended for going above and beyond to support their clients, often navigating tricky and sometimes contentious areas of the law. The winners will be announced at a prestigious black-tie awards dinner in London on 23 October 2019.”Read more
The youngest parish council candidate to represent Chigwell Row ever has been elected in a by-election.
Pranav Bhanot, 30, of Station Road, Chigwell, beat Liberal Democrat rival Joanne Alexander-Sefre by 344 votes to 288 on Thursday, July 11.
The new parish councillor hopes to kick start his tenure by introducing grassroots community engagement projects and innovation through technology to deal with casework for residents.
Speaking about his win, Cllr Bhanot said: “I am delighted to have been elected as a councillor in Chigwell Row.
“Over the past few weeks I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting the majority of residents living in the ward and now look forward to rolling my sleeves up and working hard alongside my Conservative district and county councillors to make Chigwell Row even better.
“I hope to see more young people getting involved in local and national politics.”
Alongside working with parish, county and cistrict council colleagues, the 30-year-old Conservative also plans to keep Chigwell’s streetlights on after 1am and push for extra policing to curb crime.
A five-point plan will be introduced for each street in Chigwell Row in a bid to improve the area, which includes conducting out a road audit and street lighting assessments.
Cllr Bhanot said he is keen to deal with issues relating to social isolation among elderly residents and empowering more young people to enter politics.
Free copies of his book, Get me Elected. Strategies, Tips and Tactics for Election Success, will be given to any young constituents interested in entering politics.Read more
The book “The Secret Barrister Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken”, reminded me of the judicial inefficiencies that sometimes exist in not just the criminal justice system but also aspects of the civil justice system across the country.
For property litigators dealing with possession proceedings, spending excessive amounts of time on the phone trying to contact the court, waiting months for a court order or dealing with the court’s occasional misplacement of an important document are unfortunately all too familiar experiences. Delays become all the more serious when landlords are out of pocket due to rent arrears or tenants are uncertain about their ability to stay in a property.
It is unsurprising that recent research by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) found that four in five private landlords are discontent with their experiences of using the courts to repossess properties and 54 per cent of tenants believe that the current judicial process surrounding possession claims are too complex.
With reforms expected of the Section 21 and Section 8 procedures, there is a possibility that fewer possession cases will be dealt with on the papers alone and will require court hearings for the purposes of adjudication. This risk putting extra pressure on an already stretched existing court infrastructure.
One solution could be the introduction of a dedicated housing court, which could prioritise litigant communication alongside the administration of justice. In an ideal world, provision should be made for litigants and their representatives to speak with a court representative without delay, the introduction of an upgraded and efficient court filing system and a method for landlords and tenants being able to electronically track the progress of their case throughout the lifecycle of a claim.
With a new Minister heading up the Ministry of Justice, it is hoped that this appointment comes with a fresh set of ideas to overcome some of the inefficiencies which exist in the housing possession regime.Read more
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The person in the photo next to me is James Brokenshire MP (Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government) who stepped in for the Prime Minister at her Diwali Reception on 15 November 2018. Just over a year ago he was diagnosed with lung cancer. On the evening of an important Brexit meeting whilst he sat in a parliamentary room, he found himself coughing up blood.
He went to see his doctor who carried out a CT scan and the results suggested he was clear. To be on the safe side, he then went for a bronchoscopy where the cancer diagnosis was made. At one point, James didn’t know what his chances of survival were. Within less than a year he has made an almost full recovery showing us the strides cancer research and treatment have made.
His message of light over darkness and good over evil this evening not only resonated with the invitees to Diwali at Downing Street/Foreign Office but also to him personally given his recovery and it being National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The press are quick to talk about the failings of politicians but this is a success story.
During our brief conversation today, James stressed that despite the uncertainty that surrounds a lung cancer diagnosis, people do come out of it stronger and today was a clear example of it.Read more
Clayhall residents and school children of all ages and religious faiths joined together to mark Remembrance Day for a second year. The afternoon involved adults and children coming together to pay their respects to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who braved the war to give us our freedoms and comforts. Pranav Bhanot, the organiser of the Poppy planting afternoon said “The afternoon provided an opportunity to not only pay tribute to the diversity of the soldiers in the World Wars but also come together as a diverse community to do so”. Following the planting of Park-Hill Primary school recited poems which were written especially for the occasion. the poppies, over twenty children fromRead more
“Diwali at the Savoy” on Saturday 10 November 2018 highlighted the true extent of the number of women and girls trafficked into India from Nepal which has gone up by 500% since 2013.
Human trafficking is one of the biggest human security issues facing Nepal. Many women and girls are sold to brothel owners in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other cities for approx. £500.
Men and some female sex workers lure girls as young as nine living in border towns in Nepal to work in the glitz and glamour of the large Cities. The reality is that these juveniles are being torn away from their legal guardians such as their parents to serve artificial profit hungry guardians through meeting the needs of men approximately 40-50 times a day. In a recent Indian Government survey, it was found that 60% of women and children worked as commercial sex workers out of poverty and economic compulsion. The abuse and pain these women and children are subjected to go beyond rape but spread to organ and flesh removal.
The work of One Family Supported by the Hemraj Goyal Foundation organised Diwali at the Savoy to raise awareness of the plight of thousands of vulnerable children who are typically trafficked throughout the year. These organisations are working to use Prevention, Rescue and Rehabilitation in a bid to stop human trafficking.
Alongside raising funds and awareness, there is a geopolitical issue to this tragic state of affairs. Whilst those over the age of 10 need a form of identification to travel between India and Nepal, it is understood that children under 10 can move between the two countries without identification. With predators taking advantage of thousands of children through this open border (travelling using public transport), surely there is a case to be made for more stringent checks for all people irrespective of age at the border?
Well done to the One Family Team, Avnish Goyal, Anita Goyal, Ravi Bhanot Sushma Bhanot and all the people who made the Diwali at the Savoy a success. It was particularly warming to have our family and many family friends in attendance along with notable supporters such as Tony Matharu, Nitin Ganatra, Naughty Boy, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Talvin Singh and Manish Bhasin.
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