Foil Vedanta: Convict the Mining Firm for Gross Pollution in Zambia

 

Statement by Foil Vedanta 28th June 2017

British Mining Firm to Deny Culpability for Gross Pollution in Zambia

  •  UK miner Vedanta Resources' will try to prevent major pollution case being tried in UK in its appeal hearing on 4th/5th July in London.
  • The hearing will be met with solidarity protests at the Royal Courts of Justice demanding justice in the eleven year case on behalf of the victims.
  • The May 2016 London judgment which allowed the case to be heard in the UK indicted Vedanta subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines for financial secrecy, historic dishonesty and attempts to pervert the course of justice.

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The latest hearing in the case of the Chingola communities consistently polluted by Vedanta subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) will be heard at the Court of Appeals in London on 4th or 5th July [1]. A rally organised by Foil Vedanta[2] with Pan African solidarity groups will take place outside the court in solidarity with the victims of ongoing pollution who have been fighting legal battles for justice in Zambia, and now the UK, for eleven years.

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Is GST as important as Human Rights?

 

Mangesh Dahiwale

mangesh dahiwaleGST has been in operation in France since 1950s. USA does not have the GST regime. Canada have the GST, but accommodated with the regional political system. Malaysia launched GST in 2015 and led to protests and it is settling now. The unified tax regime is a good idea and the discussions have been on for a long time. It is going to be yet another disruption in the Indian economy, which Jaitley, the Finance Minister of India claims that its structural reform in Indian economy. The current RSS/BJP Government is trying to create the atmosphere of reforms, particularly, economic reforms in India.

 In an interview, Jaitley claimed that it is difficult to see how this disruption will play out in economy, but that after a while, the GDP will grow by 2 percent. However, the analysis of the Economist team claims that it will lead to lowered GDP of India by 2 percentage. We do not know who to believe and time will be the test of this policy.

India is a vast country unlike other countries, particularly Europe, which has a different history and much smaller a population that India. Indian federalism is a different type and in India, the states are sometimes bigger than some of the countries in the world. Whatever policies we have to implement, they have to be tailor made for Indian context or else they will backfire. India already saw much bigger a disruption which yielded no gains for the economy and the citizens. Indian economy slowed down because of the draconian demonetisation.

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Ram Nath Kovind is not a Dalit, Dalit is a Spring of Political Consciousness

 

Saidalavi P.C.

saidalaviThe propaganda minister in Nazi Germany, Joseph Goebbels was so sharp in his thinking that we have come to quote his famous aphorism regarding the plausibility of a lie being conceived as a truth if proclaimed often. What is more, we see innumerable imposters of him in our country, wearing clothes stitched from to saffron to red to all possible colours. It has become difficult for us to be recognize the truth on our own. I was struck by this fact the other day when I saw everybody, including some Dalits, acknowledging the 'dalitness' of Ram Nath Kovind, the presidential nominee of NDA. We are truly into a fascist era, big time!

Look at some of the responses from across the political spectrum on Facebook:

 By making Ramnath Govind, a dalit as The President of India - BJP sends a clear message....

 So, all those who are asking whether Kovind, the NDA presidential candidate, has any stand on the all round attacks on Dalits, are presumably 'uncomfortable' that a Dalit is being made President....

 The market value of a stooge Dalit is determined by the collective labor of All Ambedkarite Dalits against Hindutva....

Many such responses could be spotted if you just scrolled down your social media pages. The general trend is that the left, liberals are asking the oft-repeated question, 'what about Ram Nath Kovind? And many 'Dalits' are responding that Kovind is being used to forestall the dalit uprisings gathering steam in every part of the country. It is true! But are we forgetting the question 'who is a Dalit?'

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Chhattisgarh must investigate allegations of dispossession of Adivasi land through coercion, cheating

 

Amnesty International India

Press Release

The Chhattisgarh police must conduct a prompt, independent and impartial investigation into allegations by over 80 Adivasi villagers in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh that they had been unlawfully dispossessed of their lands by people acting as agents for two private companies.

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On 14 June, 81 Adivasi women and men tried to file First Information Reports at the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Welfare Special Police Station in Raigarh, alleging that they had been forced into selling their land – as a result of threats, intimidation, coercion, and misinformation - to agents of TRN Energy and Mahavir Energy Coal Beneficiation Limited (MECBL), operating in collusion with local land registration officials. The police accepted the complaints but refused to register First Information Reports and stated that they would first conduct a ‘preliminary enquiry’ to determine if a cognizable offence had been committed. Under India’s Code of Criminal Procedure, a preliminary inquiry is required to be concluded within 15 days, or six weeks in exceptional situations.

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Oppose the scrapping of financial aid to SC, ST students in TISS

 

 

ASA TISS

Statement Against the arbitrary note by Registrar (TISS) deciding to discontinue DH and Hostel to eligible GoI-PMS SC/ST students

"Lack of education leads to lack of wisdom, which leads to lack of morals,

which leads to lack of progress, which leads to lack of money,

which leads to the oppression of the lower classes.

See what state of the society one lack of education can cause!"

~ Jyotirao Phule

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, which is a fully centrally funded public educational deemed university located in Mumbai and has three more campuses in Tuljapur, Hyderabad and Guwahati. According to the institute data presented during Convocation 2017, there are around 5000 students studying in the four campuses under the Masters, MPhil and PhD Programs. The institute came up with a circular dated 25th May 2017 stating that the institute will not support SC, ST and OBC students apart from tuition fees. The reason for this arbitrary decision was given as the 20 crores of deficit that has not been paid (whose accountability is not totally in public domain) by various ministries of Social Justice and Empowerment, Ministry of Tribal Affairs and other ministries of state governments. This is not the first time when TISS has introduced such a move. In 2013, a similar notification was brought by the institute, but was rolled back after protests by students. In 2015, the institute decided to stop financial support given to OBC students. In 2016, it stopped non-NET fellowship for the research scholars. Also, in the same year, they did not reimburse the field expenses of the many students belonging to SC and ST categories.

The current TISS administration's interim circular in the beginning of the semester without prior notification or any mention in the prospectus is not only arbitrary but also a deliberate attempt to exert sudden financial pressure on the GoI beneficiaries of all campuses leading them to a state of financial helplessness. The larger section of the student community is against this decision. This arbitrary decision leads to the questioning of the ill motive of administration and leads to the following questions: Why was this not informed in the prospectus itself? and suddenly payment of DH and Hostel fees is demanded from the students to secure admission. If the second year students were admitted as per GoI norms (which was mentioned in the prospectus) then why the policy change overnight and the student should has to pay the concern fees?

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How UPSC snatched 3 IAS seats from SC to reserve them for upper castes?

 

S Kumar

Three IAS seats may look small in the total of 1099 finally selected candidates but let's look at statistics to understand how big 3 IAS seats are.

A total of about 11 Lac candidates applied for the UPSC Civil Services 2016 examination and finally, 1099 successful candidates were selected. Every applicant applying for Civil Services exam dreams of becoming an IAS, which has only 150 seats and among those 150 seats only 90 seats are general category open seats. So, we are talking about 3 seats from 11 lac applicants and 90 general category open seats within 150 total IAS seats. That is 2% of total IAS seats and above 3% of all open category IAS seats. The readers can understand the importance of 3 seats among 1099 considering that a significant number of successful candidates not getting IAS during allocation process decide to write the Civil Service examination again the following year to get the coveted IAS.

During this examination, three SC candidates were among the top 90 candidates in the written results. However, none of them possibly can get among the open category IAS seats, just because they were given such low interview marks that they can get IAS seat only within the reserved category seats, and thus leaving the seats for upper castes in the open category.

The top 3 SC candidates based on the written results are following:

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The above details do not provide the complete insight of the conspiracy. Let's look at more details of how these 3 fared among other candidates.

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साऊ_रमाई बूक बँक विहार_तेथे_ग्रंथालय उपक्रम

Bhagyesha Kurane

kuraneपुर्वाश्रमीचा अस्पृश्य समाज आजही ग्रामीण भागात मोठ्या प्रमाणात रहिवास करताना आढळतो.तसेच यापैकी ज्या जनसमुदायाने रोजगाराच्याशोधात शहरी भागामध्ये स्थलांतर केलेले आहे अशा समुदायापैकी जवळपास 70% समाज आजही झोपड़पट्टी भागात रहिवास करताना आढळतो.उर्वरित शैक्षणिक संधीचा हकदार वर्ग शहराच्या मध्यवस्तीमध्ये स्थिरावलेला दिसतो.निम्नस्तरीय झोपड़पट्टी व शहराच्या मध्यवस्तीत राहाणाऱ्या समाजामध्ये एक आर्थिक सामाजिक दरी कायम दिसून येते.झोपड़पट्टी भाग , वस्त्यांमध्ये राहाणाऱ्या समाजात शिक्षणाबाबत उदासीनता,शैक्षणिक संधींबाबत अनभिज्ञता,मार्गदर्शनाचा अभाव आढळून येतो.व याचेच पर्यावसन मग बेरोज़गारी,व्यसनाधीनता,दारिद्र्य,गुन्हेगारी यामध्ये झालेले आढळते.या वस्तीमध्ये राहाणाऱ्या तरुण वर्गाचे प्रबोधन कशाप्रकारे घडवून आणू शकतो , याबाबत विचार सुरू होता व या मधूनच साऊ रमाई बूक बँकेची संकल्पना अस्तित्वात आली. 

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