Dalit Families Targeted In Demolition Drive Undertaken By Bangalore Development Authority In Doddabettahalli (Yelahanka Hobli, Bangalore North)

In a most shocking development, officials of the Bangalore Development Authority, backed by Bangalore Police, destroyed about 10 houses of villagers of Doddabettahalli. Each and every one of the families affected were from Dalit communities. In a similar drive, about 22 houses had been demolished at Somashettahalli, Meda Agrahara and Lakshmipura villages of the same region a few days ago, which resulted in widespread protests.

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A Landfill Is No Place To “dispose” Of Our Dead. BBMP Needs To Reconsider Its Decision To Set Up An Open Crematorium At The Mavallipura Landfill.

The entire world has been afflicted with COVID. But nowhere has a landfill been used to cremate loved ones. We must all work together to ensure there is dignity and grace in conducting final rites of the unfortunate departed, and in a place appropriate for such terribly sad occasions. It has to be a place worthy of a sacred ritual.

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BBMP Must Drop Its Plan To Set Up An Open Crematorium At Mavallipura Landfill Site

On the afternoon of 28th April 2021, Mavallipura was paid a visit by police and revenue officials. The intent of the visit was to set up an open crematorium atop the landfill. The thought of cremating the dead in a landfill is shocking. At a time when the nation grieves for those who lost their lives to the pandemic, the least we can do is to ensure that their untimely loss is respectfully and reverentially treated. A landfill cannot be the place to cremate or bury our dead.

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Veeranna Arahunashi Of Arunodaya Poirada (Bellary) Loses Battle With COVID

Veeranna Arahunashi (aged 59) lost his battle with COVID today (26 Aug 2020). Veeranna was an awe inspiring teacher, movement organiser, creative farmer, and a pillar of strength to Arunodaya Poirada, a civil society organisation and farm-school located in Papinayakanahalli, halfway between Bellary and Hospet, co-founded by Sr. Mary Mathew with Veeranna. ESG partners with Arunodaya Poirada in multiple social justice and environmental initiatives. As Bellary district was ravaged by massive illegal iron ore mining

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Saving Lakes Using Judicial Orders Issued In ESG PIL’s

Demonstrated using the example of Krishnarajapura Kere On 11th April 2012, a Division Bench of the Karnataka High Court issued a final order in a Public Interest Litigation filed by ESG (WP 817/2008) seeking an end to the policy of privatisation of lakes, and for advancing a participatory schema that would assist protection and rehabilitation of lakes (and their canal networks) in Bangalore and across Karnataka. A direct result of this PIL is that the

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COVID As A Cover For Enhanced International Finance?

Join the webinar. Speakers:Sreedhar Ramamurthi, Environics Trust / NGO Forum on ADBLeo Saldanha Saldanha, Environment Support GroupMaju Varghese Varghese, Centre for Financial AccountabilityAnuradha Munshi Munshi, Centre for Financial Accountability Moderator:Sanjay M.G., National Alliance of People’s Movements June 26, 11am Register for Zoom link: bit.ly/rtfuture

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Notes For The India Workshop Of Governance Of Socio Technical Transformation Project (GoST)

Prepared by Leo F. Saldanha, Principal Investigator Bhargavi S. Rao, Associate Principal Investigator GoST India Project Governance of Socio Technical Transformation is a collaborative project involving Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (USA); Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany); Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex (UK) and African Centre for Technology Studies (Kenya) and Environment Support Group, Bangalore (India) Focus of the project:Transformations in systems of energy, agriculture, and urban digital infrastructure are

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National Consultation On Draft EIA Notification 2020 – Focus On Environmental Protection And Justice, Virtual Meet On June 05

Press Release: 7 June 2020 On the occasion of World Environment Day, Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG), Environment Support Group (ESG), and Movement for Advancing Understanding on Sustainability And Mutuality (MAUSAM) organised a national consultation on Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2020: Focus on environmental protection and justice. We were joined by speakers Dr. Sharadchandra Lele-ATREE, Bengaluru, Mr. Leo Saldanha-Environment Support Group, Bengaluru, Mr Rohit Prajapati-Environmental Activist, Baroda, Mr Alok Shukla-Chhattisgarh Bachao

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Webinar- Re-imagining The Future: Peoples’ Agenda For A Post COVID Economy.

Overview When: Every Tuesday & Friday Listen to, and converse with academicians, practitioners, movement leaders, trade unionists and activists. Register Now Week 4 Session 6 Recordings Inaugural session: TM Thomas Isaac (Minister of Finance, Kerala); Aruna Roy (Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan); Prabhat Patnaik (Professor Emeritus, JNU) & Vandana Shiva (Navdanya), moderated by Leo Saldanha (Environment Support Group).  Towards A Transformative Political Economy: Medha Patkar (Narmada Bachao Andolan / NAPM); M.G. Devasahayam (Former Civil Servant / People

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National Consultation On The Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020

As the nation is going through a pandemic and subsequent shut down, the government is introducing one change after another which will have impact on the economy, people, livelihoods etc. After introducing the labor codes through ordinances, the electricity act is being amended. The amendment bill reintroduces reforms which could not be passed in 2014 and 2018 due to opposition and resistance from various quarters. The amendments were proposed on 17th April and people given

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Stay Safe! An Information Archive To Help Take Care Of Yourself, Your Family And Your Community During COVID Pandemic

a. Top References b. Key Orders, Circulars and Advisories from Indian Central and State Agencies regarding tackling COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19 Circulars & Orders from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Advisories and Guidelines by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Orders from Ministry of Finance Orders from Ministry of Labour Advisories from Ministry of AYUSH Orders, Guidelines and Advisories from National Disaster Management, Government of India Food Corporation of India (FCI) Circular reg COVID-19 National

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In Solidarity: Staying Compassionate In These Trying Times

Distress Migration forced by Lockdown without appropriate Preparation:  India executed the biggest lockdown in human history by imposing curfew and forcing 1.3 billion citizens to stay home from 24th March 2020. The initial three weeks lock down has now been extended to 3rd May 2020. This sudden announcement unleashed chaos across the country as migrant workers, daily wagers, the poor and travelling public were left stranded. Without money and food, millions were forced to stay

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Stay Alert! Archive Of Human Rights Issues In Times Of COVID-19

Police Brutality:  As India goes into an extended lockdown till 3rd May 2020, a range of police excesses have been reported. Instead of helping distraught citizens cope with these frustrating and hungry times, various accounts of police brutality has demonstrated an aggressive face of the government. While public messaging has spoken essentially to the needs of middle and upper classes, the poor are running from pillar to post in search of food and socio-economic security,

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