Friend & Comrade,
From them early days, we will remember you - Left activism, Peace movement, Anti- communalism!
Then came Bhopal, you exposed its deliberate cost-cutting and economic disregard for human life! Every evening, we sat with sketches and photos and put Carbide into perspective.
Finally the look inward, into the Left in the new context. Old axioms fade as carbon clouds appeared, and a rain of alternatives, you spoke
Restless, you then, downed it each night. Dawn showed your pen in all its might
Now You May Rest, Dear Praful. Your articles will live on.
George Ninan has passed away.
He will however live on in CED's memory. Ninan gave CED its first premises in 1976 at 19 Waudby Road - a petite 100 sq ft room, inside a hugh compound of the Diocesan Centre. It was like passing out from Nursery to primary school, as for a year before that our documentation was only in files at residences under people's sofa.Thanks to him we set up our first documentation system -- two steel filing cabinets, holding clippings in godrej style vertical folders. We still have journals like EPW, Seminar of those days in our archives in Bangalore and all the books which we were able to put together from friends.
Salaam George. We will always remember you fondly as one of the founders of the early christian radical movements in India, and your untiring support to ventures like ours. We also salute you remembering that you in 1978 "let us go" to our own premises in 3 Suleman Chambers, much like parents do when their children get their wings.
The National Alliance of Peoples' Movements has moved ahead for the last twenty years on the three pillars of opposition to casteism and communalism, opposition to Globalisation and Liberalisation based economic policy and asserting our right to life and livelihood through constructive action.
Medha's speech at the 10th biennial conference highlights the main struggles and developments over the last twenty years. She pledge to continue the struggle and assures that the younger lot will carry on the struggle. The slogans may seem the same, but the edge is razor sharp
The 10th biennial National Convention of the National Alliance of Peoples' Movements was held at the Rashtriya Seva Dal premises at Pune. Slogans and Songs rented the air, as over a thousand activists and students from all over India pledged to continue the struggle against destructive development and social prejudice. For more video reports
28th Sept 1989.... [ see post in AID INDIA website: Call of Harsud: Vikas Chahiye! Vinas Nahin! ]
It was 25 years ago. Activists, Social Workers, Peasants, Adivasis from all over India gathered to protest Destructive Development. The very ground on which they marched was to be one more Ruin of Development.
Harsud is now under water. But from here, Medha gave the call for opposing Destructive Development. She noted that People's Organisations from all states had come to support the People of the Narmada Valley
We invite you to join this SLOW KNOWLEDGESpace.
While most sites ask you to speed up information,we wish to Slow It Down. As Samdong Rinpoche what you get is data, which you need to contemplate, relate to your universe of beliefs, and act on it for it to become knowledge.
So dont just forwarding any interesting article, or book, contemplate, put a part of yourself in it.. and share that...We begin by offering our notes and drafts in the Long & Winding Road project, even as it is being researched in a spirit of collaboration and public domain.
Science, Society & Knowledge Series
Produced by CED in collaboration with Punarchith, CED & KICS
Economic Localising is Politics against Globalisation - EOH III Bangalore- March 2014
Localisation is not only about going back to traditional structure. There is this new movement emerging particularly in the industrialised world consciously, shortening the distance between production and consumption. These shorter distances, bring with them a multitude of benefits.
Structurally, in the local food movement, when a farmer sells to a market closer to home, the economic pressure is to diversify, to produce more than just one mono-crop. Such practices do not lead to this drone-line global economy, where we cant see who we are killing, or what we are poisoning, what we are polluting. The shorter distances are necessary to rebuild ecological sustainability - fundamentally ecological to have more localised economy. It is also about rebuilding, that experience of interdependence, that is fundamental to all spiritual teachings.
We really are talking about this urgent need for real decentralisation of power. -- Helena Norberg-Hodge, Opening remarks at the third Economics of Happiness Conference held at Bangalore March 14-16, 2014, For Full text of Helena's click read more below...
Economics of Happiness - III
Bangalore March 2014
Video Documentation (Work in Progress)
Public Session: 15th March
Key Note Address: By Samdhong Rinpoche Full Video on You tube
Introductory Lecture & Q & A: Helena Norberg-Norge Full Video on You Tube
Panel Discussion I: Claude Alvares, Charles Eisenstein, Aseem Srivatsava, Camila Moreno, Felix Padel, Helena Norberg-Hodge; chaired by Manish Jain Full Video on Youtube
Panel Discussion II: The Way Forward - Ashish Kothari, P. V. Rajagopal, Keibo Oiwa,
Bayo Akomolafe, Helena Norberg-Hodge; chaired by Manish Jain Full Video on Youtube
The nation is halfway through the elections to the parliament and most parties have ignored the legitimate concerns of labour, except to chorus the need for `labour reforms' or `flexible labour markets'. It is time to remember the on going struggle of the workers at Maruti's `fastest car producing facility in the world at Manesar for their right to organise and strive for human working conditions and just wages'.