By Rady Ananda
On August 9, police shot nine farmers, killing three, who were part of a mass protest against a water pipeline project in Baur Village, 50 miles east of Mumbai, India. Police also smashed cars, fired tear gas and threw rocks at farmers as they fled the violence. This was all caught on video:
Kantabai Thakar (age 40), Moreshwar Sathe (40) and Shyam Tupe (29) were fatally shot by police. Over 100 others were injured, and nine vehicles damaged in the lethal attack on protesters, report several news outlets in India.
Posted in Economy Economics, Environment, Food & Farming, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Neoliberalism, Region: India, Resistance
Tagged Baur Village, civil liberties, corruption, Dehu Road Cantonment, Environment, farmers, farming, food, human rights, india, Kantabai Thakar, Land Grab, Land Rights, maharashtra, midc, Moreshwar Sathe, Neoliberalism, pavana dam, Peasants, pollution, pune district, Ranchers, Resistance, Shyam Tupe, Sustainable Practices, Talegaon Municipal Council, trade liberalization, Tribes, water rights
Guru Nanak Dev coal plant
By Rady Ananda
Home to two coal power plants, a fertilizer plant, and a large oil refinery, the city of Bathinda in Punjab, India is making people sick. Forty percent of the population (nearly 90,000 people) suffers from respiratory ailments. The area also suffers from a host of other diseases including cancer, at a rate triple that of other areas, which has been linked to agrochemicals.
Posted in Energy, Environment, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Healthcare, Region: India
Tagged agrochemicals, Allergies, Asthma, bathinda, biotechnology, Birth defects, bt cotton, Cancer, coal industry, dna damage, Environment, farmer suicide, fly ash, genetic engineering, Genetically Engineered Food, gmo, health hazards, huber, india, punjab, scientific studies, spontaneous abortion, surinder singh, uranium, vandana shiva, Water pollution, water rights
Lying Down For Justice: The POSCO Satyagraha in Pictures
By POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti
Here is an excerpt from an article by S.G.Vombatkere “Lying Down For Justice Children Show The Way”
“The people and especially the children of Dhinkia, Gadkujang, Govindpur and Nuagaon villages in Jagatsinghpur District in Odisha have shown the nation how people matter over governments’ plans for development of business corporations at their cost. The children ‘illegally’ lay down on the hot earth under in the blazing summer heat and refused to move to allow entry to government officials to take over forest land and their villages for the POSCO mega-project.
“This was in the face of around 1,000 policemen armed with lathis, tear gas and rifles threatening dire consequences if the villages were not vacated, making loudspeaker announcements every 15 minutes. Apprehending night or dawn attack by the police, the people have also been maintaining overnight vigils. This situation prevails not for one or two days but for two weeks, during which normal life in the villages is completely disrupted; the area is essentially in a ‘state of war.’ But the people have been strictly peaceful throughout and have been able to withstand the Odisha government’s terror tactics that work towards the strategy of acquiring the land for POSCO in terms of the MoU signed in 2005.”
(Image: The funeral procession of Tabrez Sayekar being taken out at Sakhri Nate Village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra on Wednesday. Photo: Vivek Bendre for The Hindu)
By Rady Ananda
Authorities responded to peaceful protest of a proposed nuclear power plant site in India by shooting at the crowd, killing one and injuring eight. Over sixty others were arrested. Killed by police on Monday, the body of 30-year-old Tabrez Sayekar was carried through the streets at a funeral march attended by more than 2,000 people on Wednesday. No one has been charged in his murder.
Posted in Energy, Environment, Nuclear Weapons/Energy, Region: India, Resistance
Tagged corpogov, fukushima, india, Jaitapur, Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, NPCIL, nuclear radiation, Tabrez Sayekar
Several films are being screened tomorrow in Mumbai, India. The write-up for Anjam & New State Old Problems-Dr. Binayak Sen, written by Sen’s mother, highlights how laws against “terrorism” are being used to silence dissent, much like what is happening in the U.S. ~ Ed.
Anjam & New State Old Problems-Dr. Binayak Sen
I am a woman in my eighties. When we were young, people were inspired by the examples of karmayogis who were patriotic, motivated by ideals of service, wise and virtuous. We considered ourselves blessed if we could follow in their footsteps.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Energy, Environment, Food & Farming, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Military, Neoliberalism, Prisons, Region: India, Resistance, War and Peace
Tagged 1000 days & a dream, A Narmada Diary, Anjam & New State Old Problems-Dr. Binayak Sen, Environment, Land Grab, natural humans, profits vs people, terrorism laws, tribal rights, Tribes
By Survival International
Survival International’s film ‘Mine: Story of a Sacred Mountain’ has won the award for ‘Best Short’ in the category of International Human Rights at the Artivist Film Festival to be held in Hollywood.
‘Mine’, narrated by British actress and activist, Joanna Lumley, depicts the struggle of the Dongria Kondh tribe of Orissa, India, to save their sacred mountain from Vedanta Resources’ proposed open pit bauxite mine. In August, the Dongria Kondh won an historic victory as India’s environment minister blocked the controversial mine.
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Region: India
Tagged avatar tribe, capitalism vs people, film award, india tribes, Land Rights, mining, Resistance
They can file a charge posthumously against Jawaharlal Nehru, too
By Arundhati Roy
My reaction to today’s court order directing the Delhi Police to file an FIR against me for waging war against the state: Perhaps they should posthumously file a charge against Jawaharlal Nehru too. Here is what he said about Kashmir:
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Region: India
Tagged arundhati roy, avatar tribe, corporations vs people, Environment, free speech, freedom, genocide, global war on tribes, kashmir, Land Grab, Land Rights, mining, secession
By Arundhati Roy
New York Times
A WEEK before he was elected in 2008, President Obama said that solving the dispute over Kashmir’s struggle for self-determination — which has led to three wars between India and Pakistan since 1947 — would be among his “critical tasks.” His remarks were greeted with consternation in India, and he has said almost nothing about Kashmir since then.
By Rady Ananda
In a speech last week supporting ‘azadi’ — or freedom — for the occupied people of Kashmir, Arundhati Roy won the ire of right wing extremists who started a petition to have her arrested on charges of sedition. Even moderates are shocked by her support of secession. I sit on an Indian listserve, and some of the comments against her were vicious, with most people supporting prison for this freedom-loving, earth-loving, prolific writer and activist.
Sedition is being openly discussed in several states in the US. Bill Kaufman’s new book, Bye Bye, Miss American Empire addresses the topic head on (Chelsea Green, 2010).
Posted in 4th Estate, Art, Books, Music & Film, Economy Economics, Environment, Human Relationships, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Neoliberalism, NWO, Region: India, War and Peace
Tagged alaska, arundhati roy, bill kaufman, bye bye miss american empire, genocide, hawaii, india, kashmer, puerto rico, resource wars, secession, sedition, texas secession, Vermont
Once warring tribes now ally to defeat mining and drilling
By John Perkins
Lessons from the Dongria Kondh: With greater power to build alliances across boundaries, the Davids of the world are having more success throwing off the Goliaths
It was the kind of fight in which the power seems so one-sided that the conclusion is foregone. The indigenous Dongria Kondh of Niyamgiri, India, saw their homeland and their sacred mountains threatened by Vedanta Resources, an international mining company that planned to build an enormous bauxite mine in the heart of their land. The Dongria used themselves as roadblocks to keep Vedanta employees away, but it was hard to imagine that their resistance would have long-term effects.
Posted in Environment, Food & Farming, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Region: Honduras, Region: Iceland, Region: India, Region: Latin America, Resistance
Tagged Amazon resistance, avatar victory, BP oil catastrophe, defeating corporatism, Dongria Kondh, Environment, indigenous tribes, Land Rights, people vs profits, populism
Andhra Pradesh State Police assassinate tribal people on behalf of mining corporations.
By Arundhati Roy
The first step towards re-imagining a world gone terribly wrong would be to stop the annihilation of those who have a different imagination—an imagination that is outside of capitalism as well as communism. An imagination which has an altogether different understanding of what constitutes happiness and fulfillment. To gain this philosophical space, it is necessary to concede some physical space for the survival of those who may look like the keepers of our past, but who may really be the guides to our future, writes Arundhati Roy.
Posted in Land Grab, Region: India, Resistance, War and Peace
Tagged adilabad, Andhra Pradesh State Police, arundhati roy, bauxite, class war, Dandakaranya forest, first peoples, india tyranny, indigenous rights, Land Grab, mining, Narmada Valley, police brutality, profits vs people