- Dear Friends:
PLEASE ACCEPT OUR BEST WISHES AND GREETINGS FOR A PROSPEROUS AND REWARDING
Bharatendu Prakash/ Shobhana
Vigyan Shiksha Kendra/Banda 210001
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- Dear all,
Here are a few greetings posted by members.
Abrar A Khan" <abrarkhan@...>
Thanks for your greetings. Have a very Joyful New Year with your
family and friends. May 2002, be ayear filled with understanding,
love, harmony and balance for all!
"Charan Singh Verma" <charan_verma@...>
hi friends ! wish you all a fabulous year 2002.
Raman, from Kerala.
Dear Friends, May the New Year be joyous, aimful &
prosperous to All of You.
- Do you think you might be able to sign it and/or pass it on to others
who would endorse it?
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Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 17:53:41 +1000
From: FoE Sydney - Nuclear Campaign <nonukes@...>
URGENT! Help Stop Indo-Pak War:
Peace Letter seeks NGO Signatures
Do you think that your organisation could endorse this?
It is to be sent urgently to the governments of India and Pakistan.
This letter to the governments of India and Pakistan is now
soliciting signatures from organisations, parliamentarians,
and prominent persons most urgently, and in view of the situation,
needs to be sent as soon as possible.
Do you think you might be able to sign it and/or pass it on to others
who would endorse it?
(To sign/endorse just email me back with details of your name, name
of organisation, position, and location including country)
PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA A.B. VAJPAYEE,
SOUTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI, 110-004
+91-11-301-6857 +91-11-301-9545, 91-11-972-2-664-838
MINISTER OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS INDIA
+91-11-301-0700 UN MISSION Fax. + 1 212 490 9656
Aust. High Commission - 6273-1308, 6273-3328
PRESIDENT MUSHARRAF OF PAKISTAN,
0011-92-51-920-3938, 0011-92-51-920-1968 0011-92-51-811390
FOREIGN MINISTER OF PAKISTAN
+92-51-920-7217 +92-51-920 0420 or 820-420
UN Mission Fax. + 1 212 744 7348 Aust. High Commission - 6290-1073
UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY - GENERAL KOFI ANNAN
Dear Presidents, Prime Ministers, Secretary-General, and Foreign
Ministers of India and Pakistan,
The undersigned groups and parliamentarians, representing people and
organizations worldwide write to you to express our extreme concern
over the possibility of conflict between your two countries.
A military conflict could all too easily become a devastating
nuclear exchange, which could destroy both countries as functioning
entities, with casulties in the millions. Some projections suggest
that up to 150 million people might die, depending on the exact scenario.
Military action, or a threat of military action, could all too
easily lead to an outcome that is not in anyone's interest.
Military solutions to the Kashmir problem should therefore be ruled
out. It is therefore urgent to initiate a dialogue on Kashmir in
whatever is the most effective manner, leading to a real solution
to the Kashmir problem.
We do not seek to prescribe in detail any particular solution to the
Kashmir issue. Rather we point out that the losses that would be
incurred equally by both nations in a nuclear exchange are so vast,
and so incomprehensible, that no political, security, or other goal
whatsoever could possibly justify taking the risk of those losses.
Eliminating the risk of a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan
is a goal which must take precedence over all other possible political
and security goals as it concerns the continued physical survival of both
The religious traditions of both Islam and Hinduism place a high
value on peace. Whoever provides a peaceful and just way out of this
crisis will have the gratititude of both Indians, Pakistanis, and the
world as a whole.
We therefore urge India and Pakistan:
--To move their troops, especially 'strategic units', but also all
military formations, back from the border.
--To instruct their troops not to return fire if fired upon
--To immediately enter discussions both at SAARC and elsewhere which
will stabilize the situation.
--To immediately restore road and rail links
--To enter discussions as to the most appropriate way in which to
pursue terrorist organisations.
and in the longer term:
--To enter a dialogue aimed at providing a mutually acceptable
solution to the Kashmiri problem.
--To enter discussions aimed at eliminating the risk of a nuclear
exchange between the two countries, under any cicumstances.
--To work towards lasting solutions toward peace and stability in the
Finally, we urge that both nations take seriously the goal of
eliminating nuclear weapons to which other nations have agreed,
and eliminate the risk of the annihilation of both parties by
dismantling their nuclear arsenals.
We trust that through these and other representations, a peaceful
solution to the current crisis will be found.
[Organizations and Parliamentarians Signatures]
John Loretz, International Physicians for the prevention of Nuclear
John Hallam, Friends of the Earth Australia,
Irene Gale AM, Australian Peace Committee,
Jo Vallentine, People for Nuclear Disarmament W.A.,
Martin Butcher, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)
Marylia Kelly, Tri-Valley CARES, Livermore, US,
Carol Wolman, Nuclear Peace Action Group of Mendocino, CA.
Alice Slater, Global Resource and Action Centre for the Environment,
(GRACE) NY, USA,
Jenny Maxwell, West Midlands CND, UK,
Harsh Kapoor, South Asians Against Nukes,
Sukla Sen EKTA (Committee for Communal Amity) Mumbai (Bombay)
- ENVIRONMENTALIST ANIL AGARWAL PASSES AWAY
NEW DELHI, JANUARY 2: Anil Agarwal, 54,
Chairperson of the New Delhi based Centre for Science
and Environment, passed away in Dehradun today
after a prolonged illness. He was undergoing treatment
for cancer and asthma, and is survived by his wife
and two daughters.
The cremation will take place at the Lodhi Road
Crematorium at 3 pm today, January 3, 2002
Agarwal, a mechanical engineer trained at IIT Kanpur,
began his journalistic career as a science correspondent
for the Hindustan Times in 1973. He was the Editor of Down
To Earth,India's premier science and environment magazine.
He has written for several international publications including
the London-based journals Earthscan and New Scientist.
He has written and edited more than 20 books on science
and environment in India.
In 1980, Agarwal founded CSE, one of the world's
most dynamic NGOs. From 1983 to 1987, Agarwal chaired
the world's largest network of environmental NGOs,
the Nairobi-based Environment Liasion Centre.
In 1987, the United Nations Environment Programme elected
him to its Global 500 Honor Roll for his work in the national
and international arena. The Indian Government has
also honored him with Padma Shri and Padma Bushan
for his work in environment and development
- "Mohammad Imran" <imran@...>
A very happy, prosperous, peaceful, just and fair to all,
new year for all of you. And for Shaji: keep on doing your
wonderful and good work.
Thank you Imran for this cheer!
It's now 6 months since FRIENDS_of_UP gone online;
beating all my expectations it has now 130 odd members.
This is a fabulous growth, considering the focus of the
list and the limited Internet access in the country.
This wouldn't have been possible without members like you
who chipped in with their two pennies of thought and
encouragement, especially when morale hit low when
I find all by myself in the list day after day.
I am immensely grateful to you all in bringing
this cyber cafe list this far. I am hoping with
your continued support this year we will be able
to reach out to more, and generate lively discussions
on issues that are relevant to the cause of the poor
and marginalized in UP.
I deeply mourn the tragic end of one of our close associates and
friend Shri Anil Agrawal. I remember the initial days of CSE of which
I happened to be the founder President.
The news which I had discovered this morning from an article of TOI-
Lucknow edn. was really very shocking. I could not believe but your
mail/message has confirmed it.
I am thankful to you Shaji for conveying this important though very
tragic news for me personally and for all the environmentalists.
We at Vigyan Shiksha Kendra always appreciated his work. Incidently
he was the first to write on VSK and our efforts of rice-husk cement
production in DINMAN during 1974 under authorship of Sudha , his
wife. If possible please convey to Sudha our deep feelings.
He was a very able, socially active and visionary student of
IIT/Kanpur where I happened to be a PDFresearcher during his student-
days. I had left IIT in 1973-74 and he moved to Delhi. As he desired
CSE got its shape and during 1982, decision of publishing the first
citizen's report was taken in the last meeting which I presided.
That was a turning point. At that time we were not sure what will
happen and where from funds for its publication will come? But it
was managed well by Anil Agrawal and CSE never looked back since
We were in constant touch for many initial years and I have numerous
memories of our association with him. In those initial days he was
patient of Asthma but where from Cancer came and how did he manage in
spite of its severity? all is history now. VERY SAD.
Unfortunately I do not have e-mail id of Anil/Sudha or CSE. Is it
possible for you to inform me CSE's address including e-mail id.
We offer our heartfelt tributes to his sweet memories and pray
ALMIGHTY to rest him in peace (PARAM SHANTI).
Bharatendu Prakash/ Vigyan Shiksha Kendra/Banda
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