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Green Features /Ecology, Dignity, Marginalized Majorities

We shall give our life but not our land ,our mother: A Study of the farmers resistance against Reliance maha Mumbai SEZ in Raigad Maharastra

Asit Das

There are numerous peasant resistance movements taking place across India. Several of these movements are anti displacement movements such as in Kakinada, Nandigram, Kalinganagar, POSCO (Jagatsingpur), Dadri, Goa, Mangalore, Snagrur and many others. Keeping in mind these growing pockets of peasants resistance, a study was Read more

आमगाछी: गोलीकांड के विरोध में बड़ी जनसभा

- पुतुल

24 दिसंबर 2008 को स्वशासन जन सभा में देश भर से आये विभिन्न संगठनों के सामाजिक कार्यकर्ताओं ने हिस्सा लिया और काठीकुण्ड में चल रहे विस्थापन विरोधी आंदोलन को अपना समर्थन देने की घोषणा की। ‘हम लोग हंै ऐसे दिवाने, मंजिल को पाकर मानेंगे, दुनिया को बदल कर मानेंगे।’ 1974 के संपूर्ण क्रांति के इस गीत को गाते हुये देशभर से आये सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता जनता कफ्र्यू के अंतरगत दलदली ग्रामीण बैरियर से पहले मार्च करते हुए आमगाछी पहुँचे। कमाने वाला खायेगा, लूटनेवाला जाएगा,Read more

THUS SPAKE THEIR LORDSHIPS : SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE RECENT SUPREME COURT ORDER ON NIYAMGIRI AND BEYOND

Asit Das

As a post-graduate student, a poetry poster in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU, Delhi), shook my entire understanding of the Judiciary including the Supreme Court. The poem was "Unhika seher wahi muddai, wahi munsif, hame yakin tha ki kusur hamara hi niklega", by Dushyant Kumar. Translated into English, it means “Their town, their complainant, their judge; I was convinced that the fault will be mine”. The recent Supreme Court judgment Read more

SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES AND THE LAND QUESTION IN INDIA

Asit Das

The land question in India has suddenly attained extraordinary importance in the media for the past few months. Ekta Parishads Janadesh Yatra a few months ago, the agitations for notification of the Adivasi Forest Land Rights Bill, the social movements’ trenchant criticisms of the Rehabilitation Act and Land Acquisition Act has brought the land question into the centre-stage of public discourse. However, the news media, which work overtime to Read more

TOWARDS (TRANS) LOCATING THE ADIVASIS IN THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY JUNK SPACES (MALLS) GLOBALIZED (POST) MODERN WORLD OF JUNK SPACES (MALLS)

Asit Das

Against this backdrop, we have the sweeping gentrification of slums, burgeoning suburbia with their pools, golf courses, custom-built vehicles, luxury condominiums, etc. The banner headlines bombard us with the news of India's arrival as an economic superpower with a phenomenal 8-9% growth of the GDP. Read more

Insights into Ecological Struggles in Goa: Field Perspectives

By Sayantoni Datta

Were one to spread out the map of Goa one would find that Goa is longitudinally divided in half in terms of fundamental ecological struggles. While along the east are the mining zones, along the west or coastline are the tourist zones. The mining zones are located in lush green forests and hills with innumerable fresh water streams and rivers, with dense mixed vegetation predominated by palms. The tourist spots are dotted all Read more


Development or Developmental Terrorism

Santhal Paraganas, the land of freedom struggle by the adivasi leaders such as Sidhu Kanu in the 19thcentury is even today known for the struggle of adivasi rights and fights against the mighty state. The rich natural resources as an endowment here include the evergreen Sal forests and the perennially flowing river, Brahmani that has its domain full of tributaries, Guma and Gumra. The paddy fields with only Kharif crop to harvest Read more


The Simmering Dissent in the Indian Countryside – The Story of Special Economic Zones

Asit Das

The Special Economic Zones have become serious zones of conflict in rural India. The ghastly blood-bath at Nandigram was a stark indicator of the discontent raging through the Indian countryside, there the West Bengal State Police fired on the protesting farmers, who didn't want to part with their lands, which the West Bengal Government had proposed for a Special Economic Zone to be promoted by the Salim Group of Industries of Indonesia. Apart from Read more

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Challenges of Democratic Governance

Enabling Knowledge to Combat Global Warming

Towards Discussions on Manifestoes for Ecological Swaraj

Towards Sustainable Solutions (Kosi Floods)

Dialogues on Gandhi and Ecological August-December 2008

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