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The suicide economy of corporate globalisation

http://sheelsuniverse.blogspot.com/2007/03/suicide… The Indian peasantry, the largest body of surviving small farmers in the world, today faces a crisis of extinction. Two thirds of India makes its living from the land. The earth is the most generous employer in this country of a billion, that has farmed this land for more than 5000 years. However, as farming is delinked from the earth, the soil, the biodiversity, and the climate, and linked to global corporations and global markets, and the generosity of the earth is replaced by the greed of corporations, the viability of small farmers and small farms is destroyed. Farmers suicides are the most tragic and dramatic symptom of the […]

The suicide economy of corporate globalisation

  http://sheelsuniverse.blogspot.com/2007/03/suicide… The Indian peasantry, the largest body of surviving small farmers in the world, today faces a crisis of extinction.   Two thirds of India makes its living from the land. The earth is the most generous employer in this country of a billion, that has farmed this land for more than 5000 years.   However, as farming is delinked from the earth, the soil, the biodiversity, and the climate, and linked to global corporations and global markets, and the generosity of the earth is replaced by the greed of corporations, the viability of small farmers and small farms is destroyed. Farmers suicides are the most tragic and dramatic […]

Task ahead for new government: Green agenda for sustainable Punjab

http://www.countercurrents.org/en-dutt030307.htm By Umendra Dutt 03 March, 2007Countercurrents.org The SAD-BJP government has assumed office in Punjab. Obviously the new government will announce its plan with in few days. These elections were fought on the issue of development. It is a fashion to brand every economic and construction activity –the development. The development has become very catchy phrase these days. Every body talks about development, but despite being known as developed state Punjab is experiencing the burns of this so-called development. It is one of most debt ridden state; it has witnessed thousands of farmers’ suicides, its environment is one of most degraded, it has almost lost its precious wealth of natural […]

Samskarika koottayma to prevent farmers' suicides

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEO200… Friday March 2 2007 11:49 IST T’PURAM: Various cultural organisations in the state will organise a samskarika koottayma named ‘uyirppu’ on March 3 to prevent farmers’ suicides in Wayanad district.Cultural Affairs Minister M A Baby said on Thursday that Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan would inaugurate the koottayma at 4 pm at the Sulthan Bathery Panchayat Community Hall. Edasseri’s drama ‘koottukrishi’ will be staged after the function.Kerala Lalitakala Akademi will organise a painting camp at Mananthavadi from March 3 to 8. A drawing-training camp will be organised by the Aranmula Vasthu Vidyagurukulam at Muthanga from March 9 to 12. A book festival and exhibition of manuscripts will be held […]

High inflation result of wrong policies

http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_full_story.php?… Tall promise of providing farm credit at 7% in last year’s Budget stayed a pipe-dream, writes Narendra Modi The Union Budget for 2007-08, including the Railway Budget, has failed miserably in providing the necessary impact for growth initiatives to the economy. It is often stated that India lives in villages. More than 60% of the common man earns their livelihood in rural India, but their share in the nation’s GDP is less than 20%. Therefore, the first and foremost task for the Union finance minister should have been to suggest measures for improving agriculture productivity for food grains, pulses and oil-seeds; so as to raise the farm income by […]

Maharashtra govt. accuses PMO of delay in releasing funds for farmers

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1941183,000…Satya PrakashNew Delhi, February 28, 2007 The Maharashtra Government has accused the Prime Minister’s Office of delay in releasing additional funds for ex-gratia assistance to suicide-affected farmers’ families in the state.Due to undue delay in release of money from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for this purpose, an amount of Rs 1.80 crore had to be earmarked from the chief minister’s fund for the purpose, the Maharashtra Government said in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court.This component of the package authorised district collectors to sanction Rs 10,000 for a suicide-affected family for health and education related expenses, it said, adding an amount of Rs 50 lakh each was […]

Chidambaram neglects suicide belt

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1941082,000…Sweta Ramanujan-DixitMumbai, February 28, 2007He made it a point to mention that he had devoted a generous 15 to 20 minutes of his speech to agriculture. But in those 20 minutes, Finance Minister P Chidambaram steered clear of the ‘S’ word. In all the talk about agrarian crisis and the government’s concern about the same, suicides of thousands of cotton farmers in Maharashtra found no specific mention in the two-hour speech. Little wonder then, that people like Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti are ‘disturbed’ after the budget. The reason: no clear-cut measures announced to stem the spate of suicides in Vidarbha — Maharashtra’s cotton belt. “The government spoke […]

Budget has nothing for farmers

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/0012007022814… UPA’s friends and foes attack Budget New Delhi, Feb. 28 (PTI): The Union Budget for 2007-08 today drew flak from ruling UPA’s friends and foes alike who dubbed it as anti-farmer, anti-common man and listless. The Left attacked the Government for “ignoring” their suggestions. Opposition BJP and Shiv Sena dubbed the budget as “anti-poor, anti-farmer and anti-common man” which showed that the Congress-led coalition did not have any growth-oriented vision. CPI leader Gurudas Das Gupta said the budget was a “deplorable exercise” as it has failed to address the problem of farmers’ suicides or the plight of unorganised labour. He said the budget had even reduced service tax for […]

NGOs have not changed the Rural India's face

http://www.isvarmurti.com/2007/02/28/ngos-havent-c… What hopes NGO would make a change this time? President Abdul Kalam inaugurated a three-day national summit on rural NGOs in Delhi in April, 2006. He spoke with much candour and conviction. What he said is that a large number of NGOs that get lots of foreign funds don’t spend them properly. The funds don’t reach the target groups in the grass-roots. Yes, that is what the President conveyed. What we all know for sure is the fact that all NGOs are no angels. There are rogues and scoundrels as well! Yes, there are many so-called NGO activities that are positively harmful. From being anti-national activities to religious propaganda […]

Budget must address 'aam-aadmi' issues of inflation, livelihood

http://www.hindu.com/2007/02/26/stories/2007022604… Gargi Parsai Focus likely on farm productivity, irrigation potential and rural employment NEW DELHI: The high economic growth rate in the current fiscal year is marred by what experts now define as the disparate growth of `India’ against `Bharat.’ Farmers’ suicides, inflation, special economic zones (SEZs) on farm land, `unviability’ of small farm holdings, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the retail sector and growing unemployment occupied the centre-stage of national concerns for the better part of 2006. The budget 2007-08, will, therefore, have to address the `aam aadmi’ issues of inflation, livelihood and survival, particularly in the rural and agriculture sector. The expansion of the National Rural Employment Guarantee […]

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