SouthAsian Headlines: 14th November, 2005
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Superstars Make Money Endorsing Exploiters of Communities
An open letter to AB, AK, AR, KK, SRK, SRT, and the rest of the Indian
cricket team and bollywood asking whether it is appropriate that they
continue to endorse a product that dumps huge externalities on local
communities, exploiting their rights and oppressing them.
SC: Waste To Energy Policy Perverts Waste Management
Gopal Krishnan writes about the Supreme Court order on the effect of
subsidies to Waste to Energy units and their effect on waste management.
Dual Citizenship: Impact on Democratic India
A growing Indian population residing outside India has been increasingly
active in influencing Indian economics, politics and social situations. In
this context, it is important to analyze the impact of dual citizenship of
this population � as has been suggested � on the Indian democracy.
EIA Amendment despite Civic Society Opposition
The Ministry of Environment and Forests has proposed an Amendment to the
Environmental Impact Assessment that does away with all reasonable checks by
which communities could hold industrial units accountable for their impact
on the local community.
Ask Bombardier Out of Tibetan Project
China announced last month that their dearest "development" project for the
Golmud-Lhasa railway tracks has been complete and by next year trains would
ply on this 1,000 km railway track and would connect Tibetan capital Lhasa
Saree Weaver Leads People�s Movement
The story of Nandlal Prasad, born into a weaver�s family near Varanasi, now
leads a people�s movement in Varanasi.
Peace Process Needs to Go On
�We give them 65 million in aid and they give us bombs. How can we support a
peace process with them?� This has been the essence of much anguish since
the blasts in Delhi recently, especially when �we were doing so much to
India's Employment Guarantee Scheme: A Review
The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act was passed in August this year
with the purpose of guaranteeing employment to every rural household in
India for at least one hundred days in every financial year. In a multi-part
series, Ranjana Ghosh presents a review of the historic Act.
The Mystery of the Guria Case
Members of a group working to rescue under-aged sex workers, a group with
local and international credibility built over years of action, is now
hiding from police, after leading a raid that rescued over 17 under-aged
girls from a prostitution ring. What happened?
Blasts and the Peace Process
The Delhi blasts, claiming 60 lives as of the last count, and occurring just
before the festivities of Diwali and Eid, has shaken the India.
Already, reports in India are pointing fingers at ISI or other
Pakistan-based organizations though official reports have not made any
Faces of Bonded Labourers - I
Over a million slave laborers in Pakistan have been dehumanized, oppressed
and denied basic rights by a vicious coalition of feudal landlords
(zamindars), a military regime and political interests. One local group
trying to rescue them and help with rehabilitation has decided to provide
some faces to these numbers.
March to End Bonded Labour in Pakistan
Highlighting the bonded labor issue Green Rural Development
Organization had planned a 12 day (1st March to 12th March 2005) long march
from Jhudo to Hyderabad Press club. A gathering of more than 20,000 people
from different districts of Sindh, Pakistan joined in the final phase of
long march from Fateh Chowk to press club Hyderabad. This article highlights
the activities of the marchers from 7th March to 12th March.
Violence at Mau: Irresponsible Reporting
Prof Roop Rekha Verma, former Vice Chancellor, University of Lucknow and
Nasiruddin Haider Khan Senior Journalist, Hindustan Dainik (Hindustan Times)
present their perspectives on the recent communal riots in Mau, UP.
Asia Launches Anti-WTO Peoples Caravan 2005
On October 17 2005, twelve countries in Asia launched the �Peoples�
Caravan for Justice and Sovereignty� in protest against the December 14-18,
WTO Hong Kong Ministerial 2005.
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