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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Solidarity Series: Conversations During Lockdown & Beyond

These are recorded videos of the webinar: Solidarity Series: Conversations during lockdown & beyond, conducted between March 31, 2020 and April 17, 2020. The Webinar is being conducted by Centre for Financial Accountability (CFA), New Delhi. This webinar is aimed for activists who want to explore the concepts in depth, develop conceptual clarity & understanding on some of the issues we all work on, & grapple with. We believe it will help us in our

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Sheila Jasanoff Speaks To The Nation: Science Will Not Come On A White Horse With A Solution

“It’s well known from disaster studies that effects on vulnerable populations are much more severe and long-lasting. The wealthier may have better insurance, they may live in circumstances where social distancing is easier to implement than for people living in crowded quarters, they may have the resources to take themselves out of danger zones. These things are not available to people on lower levels of the socioeconomic scale. “ “In my university, for example, undergraduates

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Can Isha’s ‘Cauvery Calling’ Campaign Actually Save The Cauvery?

By The Bastion Staff, Published on March 31, 2020 “Planting trees’ is a rather sexy way of getting the super-rich and powerful to donate some of their money to certain foundations, while accruing tax benefits, and yet creating for themselves an image as ‘green warriors’ tackling climate change. Implicit is the idea that nothing structural needs to change, and the world can then return to business as usual, without worrying at all about what caused climate change

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Has Narendra Modi Lost The Plot In Tackling The Coronavirus Pandemic?

By Leo F Saldanha, Published in Deccan Herald on 05 April 2020 His way is to be sparing with the truth but high on hyperbole. His solutions for resolving complex problems are simple and sometimes even simplistic. But his ability to communicate in ways that is accessible to a majority of the population, relying on entreaties of sacrifice for the greater common good proclaimed as fundamentally transformative, is what Modi has done in all his

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