Shabnam Zafar Sheikh with her eight month old baby Aisha. The Indian government demolished her home on May 25 as part of its land grab for corporate interests.
June 9 UPDATE: Another investor in the US is TIAA-CREF, a pension fund that many universities and academics subscribe to. As some of you may know, MZPSG (the Mining Zone Peoples’ Solidarity Group; authors of Iron and Steal, a report on the project’s impacts) has been campaigning for TIAA-CREF to divest. There’s a faculty petition here which we’ve been circulating- do feel free to pass on to professors/post-docs/colleague at US universities whom you know.
By ESG India
Over the past few days, at least 26 platoons of riot police (over 1,000 police personnel) have been deployed to ruthlessly beat down women, children, the aged, and men who have kept a day/night vigil and not allowed any State functionary, police or company official to enter these villages; thus continuing a phenomenal act of peaceful resistance to http://www.esgindia.org/resources/reports/resources/tearing-through-water-landscape.htmlventure, sustained for six years now …
The scandalous POSCO project must be scrapped as its benefits will be accrued mainly by major American financiers (including Warren Buffet) who are major stockholders of this South Korean company.
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Nation’s conscience must be awakened to anti-POSCO struggle
Tackling corruption must begin by scrapping the scandalous POSCO project
The brutal police action unleashed by the UPA Government on Baba Ramdev’s fasting camp in Delhi has shocked the nation’s conscience; even the Hon’ble Supreme Court has taken suo moto cognisance of the blatant disregard for fundamental rights, and questioned the Government raison de d’etre to so quell dissent. Most mainstream political parties have jostled with each other to gain attention in condemning the incident; and this has by far been the only issue covered and debated non-stop by the electronic and print media for some days now.
However, little or nothing is being said or done about a far more serious situation that is developing in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha, where villagers of Dhinkia, Gobindpur, Patana, etc., are resolutely and peacefully opposing the forcible acquisition of their private and forest lands by the Odisha Government for the benefit of South Korean steel major POSCO. Over the past few days, at least 26 platoons of riot police (over 1,000 police personnel) have been deployed to ruthlessly beat down women, children, the aged, and men who have kept a day/night vigil and not allowed any State functionary, police or company official to enter these villages; thus continuing a phenomenal act of peaceful resistance to POSCO venture, sustained for six years now under the leadership of POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samithi.
Brutal police tactics, criminal intimidation and illegal methods are being employed here to wrest from these peacefully protesting villagers 4000 acres of extraordinarily fertile agricultural and forest land to establish the single largest industrial foreign investment conceived in recent times.
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