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काँग्रेस व राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेसला मतदान करू नका, ते देश बरबाद करतील

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 22nd April 2012

Read in English. (Don’t vote for Congress and NCP, they will ruin our nation).

हे वृत्त विदर्भ न्यूज वरून जशाच्या तसे तुमच्या समक्ष प्रकाशित करीत आहे. मूळ वृत्तासाठी इथे (एकाच रात्रीत तीन शेतकऱ्यांच्या आत्महत्या) वाचा.

( गजानन घोटेकर या शेतक-याने आत्महत्येपूर्वी लिहिलेले पत्र)

कापूस उत्पादक शेतक-यांना राज्य सरकारने जाहीर केलेली नुकसानभरपाई चार महिन्यांनंतरही न मिळाल्याने हताश झालेल्या यवतमाळमधील दोन आणि वाशिममधील एका शेतक-याने गुरुवारी रात्री आत्महत्या केली. यात एका महिलेचाही समावेश आहे. आत्महत्येपूर्वी एका शेतक-याने ‘काँग्रेस-राष्ट्रवादीला मतदान करू नका’ असे पत्र लिहिल्याने आणखी खळबळ उडाली आहे.

वाशिम जिल्ह्यातील कारंजा तालुक्यातील मासळ येथील गजानन थोरात, यवतमाळ जिल्ह्यातील केळापूर तालुक्यातील वडनेर येथील कमलाबाई चव्हाण आणि याच तालुक्यातील कोठोडा गावातील गजानन घोटेकर या तिघांनी वेगवेगळ्या घटनांत गुरुवारी रात्री आत्म्हत्या केली.

हे तिघेही कापूसउत्पादक होते व त्यांनी कर्जबाजारीपणामुळे आत्महत्या केल्याचे विदर्भ जनआंदोलन समितीचे किशोर तिवारी यांनी सांगितले. गेल्या वर्षी निर्यातबंदीमुळे कापसाच्या किमती अचानक ढासळल्यामुळे कापूस उत्पादकांना झालेल्या नुकसानापोटी दोन हजार कोटींचे पॅकेज देण्याची घोषणा राज्य सरकारने डिसेंबर २०११मध्ये केली होती. मात्र, त्याला चार महिने लोटल्यानंतरही मदत मिळाली नाही. त्यातच केंद्र सरकारने पुन्हा निर्यातबंदी लागू केल्याने या शेतक-यांनी आत्महत्या केली, असे तिवारी म्हणाले.

व्यथित शेतकरी कै. गजानन घोटेकर यांच्या मृत्युपूर्व पत्राचा मजकूर:

“माझा ट्रॅक्टर जुना होता. त्याच्यासाठी रिपेरिंगला खूप खर्च आला. माझं खातं थकीत झालं, सोनंनाणं विकलं गेलं. मी कर्जबाजारी झालो, माझं ग्रामिण बँकेचं पीककर्ज थकीत झालं. मी बेजार झाल्याने आत्महत्या करत आहे. माझ्या मुलीचे लग्न मी करू शकलो नाही. माझ्या कुटुंबाला वाचवा. काँग्रेस व राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेसला मतदान करू नका व माझ्यासारखी स्थिती निर्माण होऊ देऊ नका. ते देशाला बरबाद करतील.”

सूचना: हे वृत्त जाहीरपणे पुनर्प्रकाशित करण्याचे कारण म्हणजे माझ्या वडिलांनीसुद्धा ३ एकर कपाशीची लागवड केली होती. त्यामध्ये त्यांना पहिल्यांदा कपाशीच्या बियाणांमध्ये फसविले त्यामुळे उत्पादन अगदी क्षुल्लक झाले, नंतर सरकारने निर्यात बंदी केली, मग मध्यस्थ टग्यांनी  (व्यापारी/अडती) भाव पडून उरल्या मालाची वाताहत केली, आणि जेव्हा सरकारने नुकसान भरपाई जाहीर केली तेव्हा अर्ज दाखल करून घेण्यासाठी हेक्टरी २०० रुपये घेतले. आणि नुकसान भरपाई तरी किती तर केवळ एकरी २००० रुपये. आणि कहर म्हणजे अजून पर्यंत कसलीही भरपाई मिळाली नाही.

जय भारत!

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Impact of Foreign MNCs on Bharatiy Agriculture

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 30th November 2011

Bharatiy Agriculture:

Agricultural economy grew from INR 3,71,378.4 Crores to INR 14,62,181.2 Crores almost by 393.717% between 1992 and 2010. That is it grew nearly 4 times since the economic liberalization and globalization. But the share of agriculture in the GDP is consistently decreasing from 28.99% in 1992 to 16.21% in 2010. Though it has grown in size but it is losing the its position amidst all MNCs and agriculture related research. Being a developing nation we have an advantage that labour availability is very high at low salaries/wages but capital availability is strained.

Foreign MNCs:

Multi National Corporations are companies with their operations in at least 2 countries. Foreign MNCs are the MNCs whose foundation is from outside Bharat. And that means these companies take the profits back to their native nation. Initially MNCs do bring in FDIs but later it becomes cause of the reimbursement to their parent countries.

Impact of MNCs on Agriculture:

MNCs like Monsanto, Myheco brought in technology, modern equipment, developed seeds, fertilizers through their entry. They encourage research in the agriculture segment. Also increased the farm production.

But for our economy they are turning to be a bane than a boon. We are a 1.2 Billion population and have huge demand for food forcing government to concentrate on agriculture at heart of economy and food security at heart of policy making. MNCs want cheap raw material so they may force commercial farming through various means like corporate farming. Small and marginal farmers (SMF) constitute more than 70% of the farmers. So the costly mechanization is not possible for SMFs which is impacting their productivity leading to widened gap between rich and poor farmers. MNCs make farmers dependent on HYV (High Yield Variety) seeds, which are not suitable in all conditions and also kill the biodiversity. MNCs press for commercial crops leading to soil exploitation and loss in soil fertility gradually.

With the rising pressure on farmers to take commercial crops the food security takes beating. Propagation of excessive use of chemical fertilizers through government machinery is rampant and killing our environment and local taste. Culture is up for grab in the hands of these MNC giants.

MNCs mostly gain the economic power and through that they may seek political power by helping politicians at time of elections. This may lead to strong pressure on politicians while making laws related to agriculture. Also they are not fair in their conduct since they use sub-standard quality in Bharat e.g. Coca-Cola.

Ironically WTO trade rules are dictating the terms for our internal policy with recommendations from WB/IMF policies. They first eliminated the local seed varieties and now are patenting seed varieties. The seeds produced by these companies are not re-sow able, leaving farmers continuously dependent on them for seeds in each season. This is a huge cost seeing the current scenario. How, on earth any country can be food secure if its seeds are not secured.

US and EU based MNCs get huge subsidies on milk products too. So these companies can flood our markets with milk products cheaper than locals.

New farmer’s freedom movement will be started sooner or later if such circumstances prevail.

जय भारत!

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Death Knell into the Coffin of Biggest Enterprises Network

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 29th November 2011

How government is, at first, planning to render the farmers jobless and then spending exchequer’s money to make them employable labors at industries to be setup?

  1. More thank 2.5 Lakh farmers committed suicide in Bharat since 1995. [Read stats]
  2. Maharashtra is leading the chart by accounting for more than 30% suicide cases.
  3. Through policy of freebies, NREGA, controlled market government has paralyzed the farming community.
  4. On one side our food production is not enough e.g. pulses, cereals while whatever being produced is of less nutritional values.
  5. PM lost his sleep when a person was arrested under the charges of terrorist activity in Australia. But he does not talk about 70-75Crore farming population’s agony. Without fail he says there is 70% excess human resources in farming, on what basis he made this statement? Is he following the designs of making this nature loving, agrarian economy into an urbanized industrial economy which will be dependent on foreign countries for food at the end of the day?
  6. I do not oppose promoting modernization or industries but making policies to exploit one section to serve other isn’t a leader is expected to do.
  7. P. Chidambaram propose to convert land owners into industrial labours by acquiring land, setting up businesses and then employing the land owners as labours. For that he propose to setup 1000 training schools. This all on the suggestions of world bank. Did he bother to go and ask the farmers for that matter? No he did not.
  8. Sole question is why not to promote agriculture to the fullest through farmer friendly policies. If at all you want to setup industry have the land owners as partners, share earning with farmer.
  9. E.G. At my in-laws village there is one farmer family who earn Rs. 1Cr per year from pomegranate orchard of 9 acres. Can Mr. MMS and Mr. PC make sure that he will continue to earn this much after industry setup? Not just that my in-laws earn Rs.10-13 Lakh per year in Sugar cane crop from 6 acres while having the luxury to eat fresh vegetables and freedom from pressure. Will he be able to maintain this lifestyle?
  10. Kautilya has clearly asked to develop rural area through agricultural economic activities. Gandhiji too asked for “Gram Swaraj”. And this Harvard/Cambridge tribe of politicians want rampant urbanization that too on behest of world bank/IMF. A question arises then for whom are the policies? are they for us or the IMF/World bank?
  11. Kautilya has emphasized on Aanvikshiki (Philosophy) at the start of the book. Because he want the King/Leader/Minister to be a person with logical reasoning.
  12. Kautilya repetitively speaks about sustainable development. If food is imported then how can it be sustainable?
  13. Kautilya talks of Association with elders and continuous learning. Our politicians seem to be forgetting the importance of the thoughts proposed by our elders and wise at various times.
  14. Society has to become duty centric by shunning right seeking attitude, since exploitation is not a way of human life, exploitation is barbarism.

जय भारत!

 

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Water Pipeline or Pawar[ty] Trap?

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 10th August 2011

Yesterday firing by police in Maval, Pune killed 4 farmers on the spot while leaving more than 30 injured.

Proposed two closed water pipelines from Pravara Dam to Pimpri-Chinchwad water pumping station is the cause of riot on Mumbai-Pune expressway on 09 August 2011. The protesters were against the land grab in the name of expansion of Pavana dam, Expressway and Hinjewadi IT city. Since its open secret what govt did in Krishna Khore project. They handed over the Krishna Khore land to Lavasa Lake city at very higher costs, which they had acquired at peanuts.

Maval Firing

Protesters gathered on expressway and denied to disperse upon order by police. Seeing unresponsiveness of protesters police fired in air and ultimately provoked angry protesters.

As per the spokesperson of protesters

“This project would deprive farmers of their land and hit the water availability in the region”.

Home Minister & Police said in justification,

Home Minister Patil claimed that when the farmers did not heed warning and were attacking police personnel is when the police had to resort to firing to save their lives and their colleagues.

“If we had not fired then at least two to three officers and three personnel would have been killed by the mob,” said Karnik, SP.  He added, “Some of our officers were trapped in the vehicle, which was being stoned, Similarly, another three policemen were trapped in a jeep that was set on fire, there were other officers who were being stoned and beaten up by the protestors which is when some of the officers fired at the protestors.”

According to Mr Patil there was no way of dialogue.

But as per information this protest is since 2008 and isn’t a knee jerk reaction. What were Patil and his government doing all these days? Why they did not pay the heed to request by protesters all this while? Is Patil unaware that farmers have been protesting since the foundation stone laying ceremony by his party-man Ajit Pawar, Dy CM, in 2008?

As expected there was uproar in Maharashtra Vidhansabha, Bharatiy Loksabha & Rajyasabha.

But few questions come to my mind are:

  • Does police only has to listen what politicians or ministers say?
  • Cant police use conscience in such situation?
  • Why there cant be a speedy grievance redressal system?

I dont agree that farmers did not listen to SP. Rather SP must have tried to push the agenda of his masters. PCMC municipal elections are on way in 2012 and Ajit Pawar wants to use this as an achievement to retain power.

Jai Bharat!

Long live farmers, long live nation!

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Keezhvenmani Massacre [कीजहवेंमानी कत्लेआम] 1968

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 5th August 2011

On 25 December 1968 inhumane gruesome act of terrorism by Landlords torched 44 peasants, mostly Dalits, in a Keezhvenmani village on Cauvery river.

Memorial

The event and its pre-conditions in simple bulleted format.

  • Undivided Thanjavur district has irrigation facilities.
  • Undivided Thanjavur district accounted for 30% of Tamilnadu State’s paddy production.
  • 30% of cultivable land was in possession of 5% Zamindars.
  • Thanjavur district had large presence of agriculture workers. Most of the workers were dalits who were considered slaves by the landlords.
  • The agriculture workers were under-paid and under-fed due to exploitative attitude of landlords.
  • Due to less wages and worst conditions workers were oppressed economically and socially.
  • There was constant struggle by agriculture workers for better living.
  • At that time communist party raised a movement by organizing cultivating tenants and agriculture workers.
  • This movement was against the oppression and enacted numerous laws to help tenants and workers.
  • In 1960s due to war, fall in production and Rupee devaluation by GOI there was rise in the price of agriculture produce and so the demand for higher wages by the workers.
  • But landlords were unwilling to pay the higher wages despite minimum wage law. So in opposition they formed Paddy Producers Association.
  • The Paddy Producers Association refused to paying higher wages and threatened the others who showed intent to pay higher wages.
  • In 1967 Irinjur Gopalkrishna Naidu took control of the Paddy Producers Association and formed a brigade to oppress the workers through intimidation, undertake harvest operations, and let loose terror.
  • There was demand for higher wages (i.e. 6 litters of paddy for every 48 litters of paddy production) by the peasants from landlords.
  • There was constant struggle by agriculture workers for better living. They were under-paid.
  • Upon this demand association brought in outside workers to carry of the harvest work by violating the understanding between disputants under wage accord.
  • Ramaih Hut Remains

    On 10 December, 1968 association threatened workers in Keezhvenmani that theirs huts would be torched if they don’t leave their demand.

  • KR Gnanasambandan, wrote a letter to Chief Secretary demanding security to the village labors against the threat by association.
  • His doubt realized on 25 December 1968. The goondas of landlords torched 25 huts in the night around 10pm.
  • One of the huts had more than 45 workers and it was among the torched huts.
  • Few of the workers escaped but the goondas outside threw couple of them back into the fire.
  • As a result the inhumane act of landlords torched 44 workers live in the hut which included 14 women and 22 children.
  • Ironically the police station was 5Kms away from the village but Police reached only after the incidence.
  • Mainstream media downplayed the story supporting the landlords and ruling elites. (So mainstream media is biased since the start.)

This must be studied as a battle of rights in the agrarian crisis. Hats off to the courage and commitment by the villagers in the fight against the oppression and suppression by the landholders. These are workers who laid their lives for liberation of the workers from the clutches of exploitative landowners and Zamindars. We the nation fail to show our gratitude to such martyrs is a SHAME on us. We must remember and celebrate their martyrdom. This wasn’t a lesser act of sacrifice than that of freedom fighters.

Jai Bharat!

A documentary film: Ramiahvin Kudisai (The Hut of Ramiah), was launched in 2006 in Chennai recounting the incident by the survivors.

Courtesy Source: 1, 2, 3, 4

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Ban Endosulfan

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 4th May 2011

This is second to the 2 post series. (Continuing from Endosulfan Saga) I’ll take you to why to ban endosulfan.

What happened in Kerala?

Abnormalities due to endosulfan

  • Endosulfan use started in the year 1976, till 2001.
  • Its used for spraying on cashew nuts plantation since 1976.
  • In 1979, a farmer began to suspect that the pesticides
    being aerially sprayed in the plantation might have
    caused the deformities and stunted growth, which, he
    observed in 3 of his calves.
  • In 1997, a medical practitioner in one of the affected villages called the attention of the Indian Medical Association about the unusually large number of serious neurological, developmental, reproductive and other diseases, including cancer, that he had been seeing among his patients.
  • People in the plantation area face many issues such as congenital anomalies, physical deformities, mental retardation, and are frequently ill.
  • CSE (Center for Science and Environment India) found endosulfan residues in blood, water and other samples. The tests were done in Feb, 2001.
  • Fact-Finding mission also found the occurrence of these illness is due mainly to endosulfan.

What is the state now?

Ban

  • Endosulfan is banned in Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Gujrat Govt is doing its own assessment study.
  • Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar turned down the national level ban proposal.
  • AK Antony the then CM of Kerala was first to ban endosulfan in Kerala, 2001. But the after assuming the post of Union Defence Minister he withdrew his voice and support for ban.
  • Nearly 80 countries have banned the use of Endosulfan which includes European Union, USA, New Zealand, Australia.

What we can do?

Why should I support ban?

Because along with eco-system it can affect your health too.

  • By breathing air near where it has been sprayed.
  • Drinking water contaminated directly or through run-offs.
  • Being in contact with contaminated soil.
  • Eating contaminated food.
  • Smoking cigarettes made from endosulfan contaminated tobacco.
  • Working at endosulfan production centers.
  • Direct ingestion.

If you are still not sure please read more:

Note: all above documents are from highest authorities.
Please read and share this widely.
  • Lets throw out the chemical monster, endosulfan, before it engulfs our environment.
  • Lets clean and protect the environment.
  • Lets get back to roots like pointReturn in community way.

Jai Bharat!

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