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Archive of entries posted on June 2011

The mission of Binayak Sen

Binayak Sen is no public figure of the kind who hit the headlines frequently, which he did over the past few months. He is neither a celebrity from the celluloid or sporting world. Nor is he a politician with a following large enough to provide grist to the media mills. He is a physician who helped to highlight festering sores in the body politic that needed immediate healing. A medical missionary with a message focussed on the afflictions of the large but less noticed segment of the population.

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Hazaribag artist & Binayak Sen selected for Int’l peace award

RANCHI: The noted artist-cum-campaigner fighting for preservation of tribal art and culture of Hazaribag, Bulu Imam, and human rights activist from Chhattisgarh, Binayak Sen, have been jointly selected to receive the Gandhi Foundation’s International Peace Award 2011.

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Silencing Dissent

While it is becoming clear that New Delhi is hellbent on silencing voices of dissent, sometimes state govern ments too go to a farcical extent in the name of maintaining ‘law and order’. The civil liberties group PUCL is planning a state convention titled ‘Patriotism, Sedition and State Power in Independent India’ in Chhattisgarh on 25-26 June. This has worried the state government so much that state home minister Nanki Ram Kanwar told a national Hindi daily that PUCL supplies arms to Naxalites, and that the state government was contemplating imposing a ban on PUCL and other such “suspicious” organisations. There are reports that the state intelligence has issued letters to the police chiefs of all 18 districts in the state, seeking information on PUCL activities. This information was to be reportedly sent by 20 May. Kanwar also reportedly declared that social activist Swami Agnivesh will be banned from entering Chhattisgarh.

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POSCO Update: Police retreat, after confronting peaceful protesters

After about a face to face of the struggling villagers with the police for little more than 4 hours, the police has now returned from the Govindpur village. About 2000 people formed barricade and stopped the police to enter the area. 20 platoon police force is deployed in the area. The children formed the outer ring of the human barricade kept lying down on the street followed by women , then old people and finally the young. The police made several announcements to divide the peiople and weaken them morally but with no result.People completely maintain peace and adhere to democratic norms during today’s protest despite provocation from the police. Finally it declared section 144 in the area. People however did not leave the area.

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OVERNIGHT OR DAWN POLICE ATTACK IMMINENT ON POSCO AFFECTED VILLAGES

The Odisha police have called in heavy reinforcements and are moving into positions all evening around the villages of Dhinkia and Gobindpur in Jagatsinghpur District of Odisha state. These villages form the epicentre of over 6 years of successful peaceful resistance to the scandalous POSCO steel-mining-power-port project – the world’s largest. This project is being pushed through by Odisha and Indian Governments in blatant violation of fundamental rights and a variety of environmental and economic laws of India.

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