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Our Mission

1.       Conduct independent research and to make evidence based contributions to Policing Policy & Practice.

2.       Act as a link between the Public, educational institutions & governance institutions for integrating theory with practice for democratization.

3.       Organize vigilant citizens groups for participatory campaigning to seek to connect the wisdom, voice and experience of local communities to the policy process  to engage at multiple levels with the local, state & central government for democratization to “Uphold Rights & Justice” by bringing "Liberty & Justice" to grassroot.

4.       Organize action oriented field research and policy analysis for repeal of anti democratic colonial protocols and practices from governance institutions.

5.       Help the victims of injustice by bringing spotlight of media to individual cases and pursue perpetrators with legal consequences.

6.       Advocacy campaigning for democratic reforms in "Security & Justice Sector"

7.      Spot and support committed community leaders to act as change agents for democratization.


The Name

Nishan is a persian word with multiple meanings but we derive our inspiration from it as the flag. "Nishanjustice" The flag for justice is raised for India's transition from an authoritarian colonial state to participatory democracy that will ensure evolution of governance apparatus accountable to its local citizens by redefining through activities, the state's relationship with the citizens. Nishan logoNishanjustice symbolizes the sovereign authority of courage of convictions and values that reside with its crusaders. Through out the ages, when communities have faced extreme crisis, people of good will and courage have rallied together under their respective Nishan (Ensign) to express their solidarity and faith in their cause, and to keep it fluttering high with dignity and defend their communities against  adversities. In Hebrew word Nishan means miracle and at Nishan for justice we believe to attempt the impossibles immediately and for miracles we need your time.

The Team 

Major General Surjit Singh, AVSM, VSM, FNAE(Trustee)
Maj Gen Surjit Singh

Major General Surjit Singh, AVSM, VSM, FNAE was commissioned in the army through the NDA in December 1961 and served  for forty years. With a post graduate degree in electronics from the IIT pertaining to missile systems and computer based training simulators. He is one of the few military officers who have been admitted into the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) He perhaps is most well known for his work involving the fourth and fifth Pay Commissions at army headquarters.

Maj Gen Singh is prolific writer. Most of his books and online contributions and paper publications address the contemporary issues and serve as a guiding light to furure generations of vigilant citizens and armed force officers. He has also conducted extensive research on Indian road safety and has inspired Nishan to undertake road safety as one of its campaign priorities.

Aridaman Jit Singh, Director  
aridaman jit singhMA in history, graduate of International Civil-Military Coordination from UN OCHA and associated with NATO's High Readiness Land Forces and REDR as trainer on International training exercises and his practical stint with special courts in dealing with prosecution and defence in the cases of henious crimes and corruption cases, acquainted him with pitfalls of existing "Colonial Coercive Criminal Justice System", That ignited and fueled his endless endeavour of democratizing India's colonial "Security & Justice" sector . He is the main driving force of Nishan campaigns and his quest for learning from the victims and grassroots is proving greatest strength for the campaign in seeking solidarity from top political leadership, grass roots community leaders and frontline police officers.

Sabya Sachi Mohapatra, National Coordinator-Power to People Campaign

S.S.MohapatraB.Com,L.L.B from Utkal Univerity, he comes with 15 years of experience as a Journalist in national Print media and praciticing Advocate of Orissa High Court, Cuttak. The spirit of striving to "Uphold Rights & Justice" brought him to Nishan. He is spear heading the "Power to People" Campaign as its National Coordinator to bring up the camapign in states, across the country for India's transition to democracy with peoples' participation from the grass. roots.

Ramesh Kumar,Ex-Dy. Inspector General,Chairman (Trustee)
Captain Ramesh KumarThe quest of always touching new heights that epitomises not only the spirit of attempting the impossibles but achieve them , describes the persona of the Chairman. His carrier spans two decades as an armed force officer with government of India who created history by qualifying as a professional pilot in the  elite central police organisation, he was serving as DIG, but the organizational hypocrisy that is pervasive in the Indian police forces was taking its toll on his flying skills and inspired him to take the leap and become an international flier. Captain Ramesh is associated with Nishan as a crusader against corruption and injustice prevalent in Indian Police Forces.

 (Dr.) Harjinder Kaur,MA,M.Phil,Ph.D (Trustee)

Dr.Harjinder KaurAcademic by profession, human rights activist and Research analyst by soul and spirit.  Harjinder is a gold medalist of MA & MPhil  from Kurukshetra University and completed Phd from Delhi University. She has taught at  colleges in the state of Haryana and Delhi and has honorably sacrificed her prosperous career in order to offer her full commitment to the Nishan, and the cause of widows and children of martyrs from Police Forces of India. She has worked tirelessly and remains the moving spirit of all the Nishan endeavors and is a passionate believer in mobilizing and empowering the people.

Anil Gurung, Financial Advisor

Anil GurungAnil Gurung is an MBA with specialization in finance management, he brings 18 years of rich experince in finance industry with regards to resource mobilization. He is the main stay of Nishan's resource mobilization plans and their implementation. His spirit of working for the marginalized and vulnerable in the society, brought him to Nishan. In addition to the responsibility of financial advisor, he is also shouldering the responsibility of Campaign convener for Himachal Pradesh.

Mani Ram Sharma,B.Com,CAIIB,LLB, Campaign Convener

Mani Ram SharmaHe is the spirit of campaign on democratization of "Security & Justice" sector.Began his career with banking service and developed his expertise as practicing Advocate and critical thinker on existing colonial legal system of India. He is President of Indian National Bar Association-Churu, took voluntary retirement from banking after twenty years of service and devoting all his time to spearhead the campaign for "Democratization of Colonial Coercive Criminal Justice System". He is at the forefront of RTIs too to wake up the colonial governance apparatus and make it performance oriented with relevant democratic reforms and keeps sounding top political leadership with his communications on policy formulation.

Captain Satvir Singh,

Captain Satvir Singh GuliaAn Ex-Army officer, who served with Indian army in anti insurgency operations and got acquainted with the challenges of weaker sections and marginalised groups, whose democratic aspirations come in conflict with colonial work culture of the authoritative state institutions.He left army to take plunge in the campaign to make real difference in the lives of these people in India's transition to democracy. He has remain main driving force of Nishan campaigns for mobiligation of masses in campaigns against SEZ and land acquisition by state.He is a true leader and resource magnet for successful campaigning.

Vijay Thakur

Vijay ThakurVijay Thankur is a second generation journalist who has strong belief that publicity is soul of justice and credited with pathbreaking stories in print media. With more than 20 years of experience of covering security and intelligence sector , He has vast experience and indepth knowledge of criminal politician/bureaucratic nexus and has been reporting on these issues. He is currently associated with the Statesman as Special Representative and volunteers his time with Team Nishan on security and justice sector reforms campaign.

Sajad Rasool, Campaign Coordinator, Jammu & Kashmir

Sajad RasoolMA in Mass Communication and associated with J&K RTI Movement, he is social activist, full of creativity and perseverance. He is currently supporting Video volunteers to high light the pitfalls of past two decades, where cries of hapless people are buried. His dedication hard work and past experience of activism proves to be an asset to lead the Police Reforms from People's Perspective Campaign For J&K. He is also associated with the news magazine "Tehelka".

Anup Kumar Sharma, Computers-Coordinator

AnupGraduate from Chaudhary Charan Singh University he volunteers to assists Team Nishan on Computer related issues of Hardware and software requirements and its maintainance of the Campaign Headquarter Nishan.

In addition to his computer related fields, he also assists in volunteer field work of the campaigns.

Nayani Singh Nayani Singh, Research Associate

Nayani Singh joined us from London after completing her Level 6 in Business & Administrative management and credit in Law from Cardiff University,Wales. Her field of expertise is in multiple levels of management and strategic planning. She got into activism from her school years itself, Currently assisting on program strategy and recruitment of Volunteers.

Team Nishan is indebted to following international volunteers, who made outstanding contributions to Nishan Campaigns between 2006 to 2012.

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