[DEBATE] : Fwd: [initiative-india] Massacre in Nandigram: Time to Rise Up: People ofMumbai Voice
jai.sen at cacim.net
Tue Nov 13 06:39:51 GMT 2007
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Mukta Srivastava <mukta.srivastava at gmail.com>
> Date: November 13 2007 9:13:41 AM GMT+05:30
> To: initiative-india at googlegroups.com, suklasen at yahoo.com
> Subject: [initiative-india] Massacre in Nandigram: Time to Rise Up:
> People ofMumbai Voice
> Reply-To: mukta.srivastava at gmail.com
> Massacre In Nandigram: Time to Rise Up!
> The juggernaut of development threatens to roll on and on!
> From Narmada to Nandigarm, Mumbai to Kashipur. No respite, no
> regard - for human lives and livelihoods! Corporate profit is the
> only thing that counts! Nothing else matters!
> That's why the struggle of WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA is indivisible!
> From Narmada to Nandigarm, Mumbai to Kalinganagar!
> The history of resistance - against "development", against "SEZ",
> against "Sanghai", against "big dams", against forced eviction,
> against further pauperisation of the already poor, is thus being
> written all over the place in the blood and sweat of ours.
> Nandigram is a burning leaf, still burning, from the pages of that
> ongoing history.
> It is in a remote corner of West Bengal in East Medinipur district,
> 180 kms. From Kolkata. On January 3 this year a notification was
> issued by the Haldia Development Authority indicating that 19000
> acres of cultivated land would be acquired for establishment of a
> Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the area to be developed mainly by
> the Salim group of Indonesia as a chemical hub. But the villagers
> of Nandigram protested and refused to budge and all hell broke loose.
> On March 14 the police came, and came the CPIM cadres from
> outside, to raid the villages. The villagers were fired upon.
> Official death toll stood at 14. But still the villagers refused to
> budge. And because of High Court intervention the raiders had to
> turn back. After a relative lull of about 8 months, large gangs of
> professional mercenaries came down heavily on the area on Nov. 5
> early morning from all the sides to recapture Nandigram with
> sophisticated arms – gunning down people, burning huts, looting and
> raping. The state machinery deliberately looking the other way
> chillingly mimicking, in fact even surpassing, what had happened in
> Gujarat in early 2002. Roads were blocked. Journalists were
> stopped. So were social and political activists. Prominent and well-
> known respected figures were publicly roughed up.
> The mayhem is still on. However, the operation recapture got
> virtually over in about a week. Thousands stand evicted, tens
> killed, innumerable huts burnt, women raped.
> Under the circumstances, we the people of Mumbai voice our
> strongest protest against the state-sponsored mafia-raj, the rule
> of jungle in Nandigram.
> We all demand that the West Bengal government must immediately:
> I. Halt all violence, overt and covert.
> II. Provide relief and rehabilitation for all those affected and
> full reparations for all the damages/losses caused.
> III. Arrange a meeting involving all stakeholders including both
> political parties and non-party people's organisations.
> IV. Put in place an inclusive people's committee representing
> all sections of the concerned people out of that meeting to monitor
> and oversee the measures to restore peace
> V. Conduct an open credible enquiry into the violence
> perpetrated and punish the guilty. Fix the responsibility of state
> officials for dereliction of duties including those at the highest
> National Alliance of People's Movements, Shahar Vikas Manch, Gha
> Banao Ghar bachao Andolan, Narmada Bachao Andolan, Sarvahara Jan
> Andolan, Chemical Majdoor Sabha, Shramik Janata Sanghatan, Build,
> Focus on the Global South, Akshara Centre, Awash Adhikar Sanyukt
> Kriti Samiti, Nirbhay Bano Andolan, Yuva, Yuva Manch, Samata
> Vichar Prasarak Sansatha, India Centre for Human Rights and Law,
> Committee for Right to Housing, EKTA (Committee for Communal Amity)
> and others.
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