by P. Sainath
Image: People’s Archive of Rural India
India’s agrarian crisis has gone beyond the agrarian.
It’s a crisis of society. Maybe even a civilizational crisis, with perhaps the largest body of small farmers and labourers on earth fighting to save their livelihoods. The agrarian crisis is no longer just a measure of loss of land. Nor only a measure of loss of human life, jobs or productivity. It is a measure of our own loss of humanity. Of the shrinking boundaries of our humaneness. That we have sat by and watched the deepening misery of the dispossessed, including the death by suicide of well over 300,000 farmers these past 20 years. While some – ‘leading economists’ – have mocked the enormous suffering around us, even denying the existence of a crisis.
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The regulatory system for GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in India is in tatters. So said the Coalition for a GMFree India (CGMFI) in 2017 after media reports about the illegal cultivation of GM soybean in the country.Read More »
Illegal arrest of tribal women and activist
June 14, 2018
Shri Surajit Dey,
National Human Rights Commission,
Manav Adhikar Bhawan Block-C, GPO Complex, INA, New Delhi, Delhi 110023
Subject: Urgent Action Required: NHRC Visit and Investigation into illegal arrest of tribal women and activist in connection to violence unleashed by police and Forest Department in Village Lilasi, District Sonbhadra UP.
In the letter dated 30th May 2018 we had written to the Hon’ble Chairperson, Justice HL Dattu and even met him, regarding the unleashed violence against women Adivasis and forest workers in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, in Sonbhadra forest, even as they were exercising their rights as guaranteed under the Indian Constitution (Special Schedules) and further enforced by the Forest Rights Act of 2006. Read More »
Credit: Reuters/Adnan Abidi/File Photo
New Delhi: Faced with rising delinquencies, the Indian banking sector has written off loans worth Rs 4.8 lakh crore in the past decade. Loan write-offs by banks rose by a whopping 61% to Rs 1.44 lakh crore in 2017-18 from the previous year, data compiled by credit rating agency ICRA shows.
This data was first reported by the Indian Express.Read More »
PTI | June 15, 2018
According to the report, 52% of India’s agricultural area remains dependent on rainfall, so the future expansion of irrigation needs to be focused on last-mile efficiency. Credit: Reuters
New Delhi: India is suffering from ‘the worst water crisis’ in its history with about 60 crore people facing high to extreme water stress and about two lakh people dying every year due to inadequate access to safe water, NITI Aayog said in a report on June 14.
The report, titled ‘Composite Water Management Index’ released by the minister for water resources Nitin Gadkari, further said the crisis is only going to get worse.Read More »
PTI | May 23, 2018
Smoke billowing from burning vehicles after a violent protest demanding closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper unit entered the 100th day, in Thoothukudi, on Tuesday. Credit: PTI
Tuticorin: The months-long protests for the closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper unit in Tuticorin over pollution concerns turned violent today, with agitators fighting pitched battles with police, prompting it to open fire in which 11 were killed.
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Smoke billows over Thoothukudi after protests demanding the closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper unit entered the 100th day on May 22, 2018. Credit: Surya, Tuticorin
Thoothukudi: In an unprecedented turn of events, at least 11 protesters were killed on May 22 in Thoothukudi after police opened fire at the protest rally demanding the closure of the Sterlite unit in the town. The protest by the people of Thoothukudi against Sterlite, which they have claimed is polluting the town and resulted in a higher incidence of cancer, had reached its 100th day on May 22.Read More »