Wednesday, October 18, 2006

on SEZs

Special Exploitation Zones appeared on CounterCurrents.

comments welcome.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

om shanti

What do you do when,
Close to three-and-a-half lakh farm families are in "acute distress" in six crisis-ridden districts of Vidarbha, about 12 lakh farmers are staring at crop loss this year, and nearly a lakh families are suffering from serious health problems but are unable to see a doctor and they are only a step away from suicide.

Some amongst the farmers might say,
"Give us good remunerative prices, a level-playing field to face imports and timely credit."

... the government gives them sermons, sermons for the distressed souls!

Friday, October 13, 2006

I'm Dalit, how are you?

I'm Dalit, how are you?

160 million people in India are born outside the four castes of the Varna system - the oldest surviving social hierarchy of the world. They are called the "untouchables". They themselves have chosen the name DALITS (broken people).

A short-film by the International Dalit Solidarity Network.

... saw it on National Highway.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

`A trigger for social unrest'

Former Prime Minister, V.P. Singh's interview in Frontline.
Even accepting that for the sake of argument, why is it that this subsidising is confined only to land? Building infrastructure requires cement too, but why is the government not acquiring cement from the Birlas at subsidised rates and handing it over to the SEZ developers? And why not impose similar subsidy parameters on developers of hi-tech cities? But all that we are seeing is the systematic and merciless grabbing of farmers' land rights in the name of development.

Development is, of course, required. But if you say that to promote development the basic rights of lakhs and lakhs of people have to be denied, if you say that the interests of corporates have to be advanced at the cost of farmers, that is not acceptable. And all this is being done in the name of market economy. The essence of market economy is freedom of choice for the buyer and the seller; to sell or not to sell or to buy or not to buy, everything depends on individual choice. That choice is being denied to one party in the way the SEZs are currently being pushed.

Monday, October 09, 2006

P. Sainath's talks

Sainath's talk 'Globalizing InEquality', at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA.

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P.Sainath and Alex Cockburn talk: "Neoliberal Destructions" at UC Berkeley.
Links to video of speeches---
Clip 1
Clip 2
Clip 3