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Rising power of a collective – everything else looks so small…

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The road to Dhinkia from Bhubaneswar was never so long as it was on 30 November 2008… or so I thought. The idea was to avoid the bad road, our friends advised us to take a longer route. Yes, the road was certainly much better but the journey could never be so eventful. As we were approaching Paradip, we saw hundreds of trucks lined up – I had never seen so many trucks in all of my life till now. They had stopped in protest against an accident that had taken place just that morning leaving one person severely injured. The matter was related to the Paradip Port Trust as the truck was ferrying the materials for the port and the truckers demanded interventions by the company to help the victim…Read more about the anti Posco convention at Dhinkia on 30th November 2008

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December 31, 2008 at 4:50 am

People refuse to give in to POSCO

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Down to Earth, December 2008

WHILE the Orissa government assured support to the South Korean steel giant posco to set up its 12-million-tonne steel project in the state, the communities likely to be affected staged a protest march in Delhi on November 15. The Supreme Court gave the go-ahead to the project on August 8 this year.

Even as the agitators in India demanded scrapping of the project on grounds of exploitation of tribals’ livelihood, Vietnam took a call to scrap a steel plant by posco on environmental grounds following protests.

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December 23, 2008 at 10:59 am

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HOW TO DESTROY INDIA’S COASTS AND AGGRAVATE CLIMATE CHANGE

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History will judge India’s Central Government, the Orissa State Government and the Ministry of Environment and
Forests harshly. In their haste to curry favour with Foreign Direct Investors and powerful people, they have turned into
rubber stamps for the destruction of India. Principled officers are virtually hounded out of the MoEF, cronyism and
groupism is the order of the day and many believe that ignorance, avarice and arrogance are now its hallmarks. This
meticulous piece by Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon underscores just one of the many conspiracies hatched by the
leaders of our country and within the Ministry of Environment and Forests, which has proved unequal to the task of
protecting the ecological security of India

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December 21, 2008 at 6:39 pm

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When people are encumbrances and projects are a national necessity

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When people are encumbrances and projects are a national necessity
By Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon

Though the Supreme Court gave the go-ahead to the POSCO project in Orissa in August, community resistance continues, fuelled by the arrest of anti-POSCO activist Abhay Sahu
“The Government of Orissa agrees to acquire and transfer all the above-mentioned land required for the Overall Project, free from all encumbrances….” MoU between POSCO and Orissa state government
Abhay Sahu, the leader of the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), was arrested late-evening on October 12 2008 as he returned from a medical treatment in Vishakhapatnam. For the last three years he has led a strong community movement against the takeover of fertile coastal agricultural land for an integrated plant and captive port by South Korean steel giants, POSCO. For the state government and the company, the strong people’s movement under his leadership was one of the biggest roadblocks to entry into the proposed project area.

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December 9, 2008 at 11:39 am

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ABHAY SAHOO CHAINED TO A HOSPITAL BED BUT NOT GIVEN A BED

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Abhay Sahoo, the firebrand leader of the anti POSCO farmers’ & fishermen’s
movement in Jagatsinpur district of Orissa was arrested on 12 October. He
had more than twenty falses cases registered against him and he had been
under the villagers protection for more than a year in Dhinkia. On the day
of his arrest he was returning o Dhinkia after a medical checkup. He is
diabetic and asthmatic. He was hospitalised on 3rd December after his blood
sugar levels shot up. But he has not been given a bed and has been illegally
chained to the leg of a bed as if he were a dangerous criminal. Such
treatment is usually meant for dangerous and notorious criminals, not for
those who are fighting for the democratic rights of the poor, oppressed and
marginalised people against the powerful nexus of politicians, corporations,
bureaucrats & mafia.
See online video reportage –
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px3d52vTEuM

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December 6, 2008 at 9:03 am

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