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Marathwada dying for water thanks to irrigation scam

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 29th September 2012

Thank you Congress and NCP of Maharshtra for giving us drought due to your poor management and lethargy in carrying out irrigation projects. Your scams & corruption has left us with no place to hide. I on behalf of farmers condemn your suppressive corrupt practices against farmers.

Jay Bharat!

Here are few pictures of dying farms in Marathwada amidst rainy season.

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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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Eating cooked food is 11000 year old in Bharat

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 3rd August 2011

…Thanks to twitter friend Manas for posting this on his status and thanks to The Pioneer for covering the story.

An interesting research by Bharatiy scientists proved that our history books need a rewrite. With the help of computer software they plotted the dates mentioned in the scriptures and verified the authenticity of the scriptures.

Some of the findings in short:

  • Indo-Aryan invasion theory is a myth. Indo-Aryan invasion theory refuted by many high-profile people before.
  • Evidence of our culture dates back more than 8000 years.
  • Thousands year ago people prayed the same way we do today.
  • Diwali and Janmashthami are celebrated since time immemorial.
  • Many ancient towns are lying submerged under see. e.g. Dwaraka.
  • Genetic profile of Bharatiy and European people do not match.
  • Development in language and eating cooked food started more than 11000 years ago.
  • Ecological references and varieties of cultivated plants, trees and herbs mentioned in Vedas and epics have existed in Bharat for more than 10,000 years.

This clearly means that 1000 years of invasions have cost us terrifically. British education system brainwashed us since their rule. They had this agenda to create slaves through education system in which they succeeded with the help of few greedy locals.

Invaders attacked our cultural centers. They demeaned our culture and education using barbaric and treacherous ways. Time to reclaim lost glory.

Jai Bharat!

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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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Another scam surfacing?

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 3rd May 2011

Yesterday Hon. SC issued notices to central and state governments seeking clarification on “Why ENDOSULFAN should not be banned?” while hearing the petition by Democratic Youth Federation. [Ref1, Ref2, Ref3]

Asked the Centre and 28 states to explain as to why a ban should not be imposed on use of endosulfan pesticide across the country.

Also asked Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium to be present on the next date of hearing on May 11 to assist the court.

I wonder why Agri Minister Sharad Pawar is not allowing the ban? This killer insecticide/pesticide is toxic, Endoctrine Disruptor, bioaccumulable and proved fatal in Kasorgad, Kerala [Endosulfan Fact Finding Mission Report].

What Lefts says:

A group of Left MPs today (26 April 11) held a protest in Parliament House demanding a ban on Endosulfan pesticide and questioned whether the reluctance on part of the government to take action in this regard pointed to another “scam”.

I trust our politicians and babus. A scam will surely surface if opposition works actively without compromise.

Few questions:

  • Why all Agriculture Ministers shouldnt be accountable?
  • Why not to question present Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar?
  • Who is responsible for lifting the ban once that was imposed in Kerala?

Watch for another post seeking ban on endosulfan.

Jai Bharat!

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We can go home – IDEA

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 30th April 2011

This is open discussion thread started with intention to have like minded people discussing solution to the common problem.

There are many like me in the Urban Areas who are struggling hard to get back to the village, where their roots are.

A remote village in Orissa

I left my village at the age of 16, after SSC, in 1999. Since then I’m a Non Resident Villager. It pains like hell when I eat sub-standard food, breath worst air and sleep under fan/AC, only to get headache. It never gave me a sense of fulfillment being in city. I’m living in Pune for almost 10 Years now, but never felt the situation is improving. Living standards are deteriorating drastically, making it highly polluted (Air, Noise, Water) and unlivable.

Alright. So situation is worst. What can we do? How can we break the barrier, fear? How can we go back to our beloved home? Can we not shift permanently to village of origin/love? No I’m not saying after retirement, I mean to live the life now. I think YES, we can go back and be successful there too.

But Then What stops (most of) us from going back?

  • Consistent Income Source
  • Employment Opportunity
  • Growth Opportunity

So friends lets start sharing ideas about it.

Business ideas I’ve been thinking:

  1. Milk business (Project plan is ready)
  2. Calves Raring (Project Plan is ready)
  3. Rural BPO (Few ideas are in my mind)
  4. Oil Extraction (Project Plan is ready)
  5. Sanitary Napkins (Nirmal brand from Solapur)
  6. Vegetable Supply Chain (Organic fresh veg contract farming)
  7. Farmer Consultancy to improve production and market at better price
  8. Training centers (10th, 12th, Entrance Preparation)
  9. Food processing (Pickles, Papad, Chips)
  10. Eco construction material (like TARA Machines)
  11. Educational institutions (Schools, Colleges, Vocational)
  12. Storage facilities

Please share. If you’ve any further ideas. If you are working in same area. Above all we have to realize power of now.

ARISE, AWAKE and ALIGN

Jai Bharat!

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