Rampant violations of local governance and environment norms characterise hydroelectric projects over the Mandakini river in Uttarakhand. Smita Gupta reports.
In mid-December 2009, I visited fishing areas in and around the Mundra coastal region which hosts the vast Mundra Port and SEZ Limited (MPSEZL). The visit to the coastal areas adjoining the Mundra port in the Kutch revealed discontent among fisherfolk, traders and pastoralists over the creation of a special economic zone in the area. Apart from environmental concerns, the traditional livelihoods of residents in the area have also been affected by the new industrial projects, leading to organised protests, as witnessed in Bhadreswar village a few months ago.
Every day, we are assailed by bad news, the hunger is growing, the climate is affected, species are dying out, resources such as water, oil, and metals are dwindling, and we are on the brink of a worldwide economic crisis. And yet most of us have not changed at all. We read the many reports from scientists and economists, but still we continue down the same path as if we were suddenly struck by some inescapable intellectual blindness. It is as if, although we know about it, we just don’t want to believe it.
Reflection of Fidel Castro about the dangerous and unjustifiable destruction of environment.
"While we have many great documentaries telling the story of the global water wars, including this year’s Flow and Blue Gold, one is forced to wonder if 007 does a greater service to the water movement than even our most highly talented documentarians. After all, who better than Hollywood to characterize the greenwashing corporate water profiteers as straight up evil, sans the need to justify the hyperbole?"
Jeff Conant reviews Quantum of Solace in Upside Down World.
There are many who claim that modern-day discrimination is based solely on economic terms, not on caste or communal lines. But the view from Kamatchi Devi’s house in the Kodungaiyur garbage dump in Chennai is different. Where there is hazardous waste you will only find dalit and other backward castes. Like trash, some people are still considered disposable. Writes Nityanand Jayaraman.
Courtesy: Infochange India
A cross-sectional study on indigenous people living in villages around Jadugoda Uranium mines in East Singhbhum district of India conducted by Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) during 2007 found significant increases in sterility, congenital deformities and cancer and a reduction in life expectancy. An executive summary of the report.
Race behind division in US cities, says UN report
Beijing is most egalitarian place in the world
''There are two opposing approaches to the analysis of ecological destruction and the emergence of Indian movements in Latin America: the liberal and the Marxist.
Marxist class analysis highlights the centrality of property ownership, specifically the class nature of the ownership of the means of production and control over state power as central to understanding the destruction of the environment and the complex politics of Indian society''.
James Petras concludes ''Ecology and Indian liberation are essentially and inextricable part of the class struggle''. (Courtesy: Dissidentvoice)