Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Fact File

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Extract of an interview with Mr. Bandookwala-published in “Amar Ujala” Hindi Daily 28 April 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The fact file- Fooling Everybody Modinomics is the stuff of nightmares

The fact file- Fooling Everybody                                                                              14 April 2014
Modinomics is the stuff of nightmares
For those who are worried about the environment, Modi’s ascendance to the post is a cause for worry

Narendra modi as India’s prime minister will be a development disaster. In Gujarat, his tenure as chief minister has seen worsening or stagnation of the health and livelihood prospects of the poor, and widespread ecological damage.

In a recent report, labour and environmental activists Rohit prajapati and Trupti Shah laid bare the Modi government’s deliberate dispossession of farmers to create cheap labour for industries, and the dubious distinction of having 30% of India’s major accident hazard’ industries as also its most ‘critical polluted areas’. Other analysts have brought out the abysmal state of health and education, especially among the state’s adivasis and Delits.

Modi’s ‘developmentalism’ includes sidestepping all norms to make land and water available to corporate houses. It means taking over the land and water of 70 villages to promote the patel statue as a tourism zone. It involves Project kalpasar, a 30 km dam across the Gulf of Khambhat, ignoring potentially colossal social and ecological costs, ignoring also the much chaper, more sustainable, and more democratic alternatives to water security such as those demonstrated by civil society groups in kachchh and Saurasdhtra. Given all this, it will not be a surprise if, as PM, he instructs the Union ministry of environment and forests to dilute or sidestep environmental, laws to enable corporate take-overs.

The UPA at least brought in some progressive legislation and schemes, under the influence of civil society. Will Modi be open to such in influence? Activists in Gujarat report an atmosphere of intolerance and authoritarianism that discourages dissent. Activists peacefully protesting against the Patel statue, or a proposed nuclear power station in Bhavnagar district, or industrial expansion into ecosystems that fisher folk, farmers, adivasis are dependent on, have been dealt with by heavy police bandobast are repression. The largest number of RTI activists killed or injured in India belong to Gujarat.

Those who will cheer most if Modi becomes PM are the corporate sector and a part of the upwardly mobile middle classes. To them, people’s struggles for justice, movements by the poor to resist displacement and land acquisition, and environmental activism, are all ‘hurdles’ to profits and further enrichment. Unfortunately a large section of the population may also vote for him dreaming of joining the 10% of India that own 53% of its wealth. But for those who worry about the ‘jobless’ growth of today’s development model, about half of India still deprived of basic needs, and how future generations are being robbed of their right to a healthy environment, Modi’s ascendance to India’s to position is a cause for nightmars.  

As seen & reported by a Social Activist HT 31 March 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Fact File-Here Are Some Shocking Truths

Here Are Some Shocking Truths                                                   12 April 2014

The person who invented dynamite, Alfred Nobel, went on to establish 90 armament factories and amassed huge amounts of wealth through the arms trade. Then an incident took place which totally changed the course of his life.

In 1988, the death of his brother caused several newspapers to mistakenly publish obituaries of Alfred. One French obituary stated: “Le marchand de la mort est mort’ (“The merchant of death is dead”). The obituary went on to day, “Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday. “ Alfred, shocked at what he read, then took a positive decision about his life. In 1895, at the Swedish-Norweigian Club in Paris, Nobel signed his last will and testament and set aside the bulk of his estate to establish the five Nobel Prizes, including the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.

Shock is a great educator, It sets off such a process of brainstorming that a whole new mindset takes shape and as a consequence a new human personality emerges: if in the pre-shock period  he was just a man, in the post-shock period he emerges as superman. Shocks, great or small, are very common. Almost everyone has had experience of them. But the majority take these as negative experiences and are unable to learn a lesson from them. However, shock is not an accident: shock is the language of nature. Nature specials in the language of shocks. If one saves oneself from becoming negative after suffering a shock, this can be highly creative experience. Shock will stimulate your mind, and will unfold your potential. It initiates creative thinking processes. It helps you to take better decisions in your life by bringing you from a state of total derailment to being right back on track. In other words, it makes you realistic in your approach. Shock is the greatest positive factor in one’s life, provided one responds positively to it. Everyone can become inspirational like Alfred Nobel; the only condition being that one should take shocks as a source of learning rather than a source of anger.

One such example is that of MK Gandhi, who spent 20 years in South Africa. In June 1893, he had to undertake a trip to Pretoria in the Transvaal, a journey which took Gandhi to Pietermaritzburg. There, Gandhi took his seat in a first-class compartment, since he had purchased a first-class ticket. The railway officials ordered Gandhi to remove himself to the van compartment, since non-whites were not permitted in first-class compartments. As Gandhi refused to comply with the order, he was pushed out of the train, and his luggage was tossed out on to the platform in the extremely bitter cold of the winter.

What happened with Gandhi was an example of violence. Yet he decided to work for peace. He returned to India and started his movement which was based on ahimsa, non violence. Soon, he became a champion of Non-violent activism. According to the law of nature, life is not a smooth journey: it is a journey through shocks. One has no option but to accept this as a reality. Indeed, the course nature takes is determined by shocks and challenges. Anyone who seeks to make himself successful should understand this reality and take shocks as stepping stones in life. Follow Maulana Wahiduddin Khan at speakingtree. in and post comments there.