Changing Lives And Livelihoods Of Challakere: First Impressions Of The Unscientific Science City

In January 2021, the ESG team visited these villages to understand the futuristic Science City means to the local communities. The stories we heard left us grasping for reason, as we struggled to fully comprehend just how much they have lost; We also were amazed by their resilience, particularly their feisty spirit to struggle on and protect the last remaining patches of these once pristine grasslands.

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Professor Sheila Jasanoff’s Interview With DH- “Deciphering The Nexus Of Science, Technology And Society”.

Professor Sheila Jasanoff of Harvard University has been described as the preeminent scholar on a relatively new genre of scientific inquiry — Science and Technology Studies (STS). Professor Jasanoff described STS as a field dedicated to the study of science and technology as institutionalized forms of human activity. But her work is much more than that. In an interview with DH’s Akhil Kadidal during her recent visit to Bengaluru, she said. “I have a liberationist mission. It’s to get people to become much more savvy inhabitants

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DRDO Drone Crash In Challakere Highlights Risks Latent To The “science City” In Chitradurga, Karnataka

A Press Release by Amrit Mahal Kaval Hitarakshana Haagu Horata Samithi shared in solidarity by ESG 21 February 2018 At about 0900 hours on the morning of 21st February 2018, a five feet long Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV, drone) being tested by Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) at its facility in Khudapura and Varavu Kavals in Challakere, Chitradurga, miscued, flew for several kilometres, and crashed into a field of Bangarappa, a farmer. Thankfully no one

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Thursday Talkies To Screen ‘Beerappa’s Angst”

Followed by a talk on the prevailing situation in Challakere by Leo Saldanha 30 November 2017 ; Time: 11 am ; Venue: St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, AV Room, Brigade Road, Bangalore Downloads: Invitation to the screening of “Beerappa’s Angst” This film conceptualised by Bhargavi S Rao and Leo Saldanha, problematises the widespread shocking silence over the building of a massive military-industrial-nuclear-complex in Challakere, Chitradurga, 250 kms north of Bangalore, that is displacing over 300000 people and

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State Of Environmental Decision-Making In India

A workshop for Practitioners 23 April 2017 ; Time: 8.00 AM ; Venue: ESG Workshop Space, #1575, Intermediate Ring Road, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore 560070 (abutting ESG office) Downloads: State_Environmental_Decision_Making_India_Workshop_Invitation_Apr_2017                                         Environmental, Social Justice and Governance Initiatives                     Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG)     State of

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Deconstructing Notions Of ‘science Capital’ And ‘world Class City’ In The Context Of Bangalore And The Proposed ‘science City’ In Challakere

Report of a conversation with Prof. Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies Director, Program on Science, Technology and Society Harvard Kennedy School John F. Kennedy School of Government 16 March 2017 ; Time: 3 pm to 5.30 pm ; Venue: ESG Workshop Space, Bangalore Downloads: Invitation to a conversation with Prof. Sheila Jasanoff @ ESG Report of the conversation with Prof. Sheila Jasanoff Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies Director, Program

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Central Information Commission Directs MoEF & Karnataka Government To Make Public Information On Military-industrial-nuclear Complex Proposed At Challakere, Chitradurga Dt., Karnataka

Slams and fines Ministry for denying information and misleading public 28 October 2015 Downloads: English Release on CIC Direction to MoEF and Karnataka Govt to release all Challakere projects information Kannada Release on CIC Direction to MoEF and Karnataka Govt to release all Challakere projects information CIC Direction to MOEF, Kar Govt. and Project Proponents to release information on compliance with NGT order CIC Direction to MoEF to release information on review of exemption to

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Amrit Mahal Kaval Hitarakshana Horata Samithi Presents “Beerappa’s Angst” & “Beerappana Tallana”

A short documentary film on the struggle of agrarian, artisanal and pastoral communities to save grassland ecosystems in Challakere 31 August 2015 “Beerappa’s Angst” English (39 mins) https://youtu.be/8XPsig5QUnM  and  “Beerappa’s Tallana” Kannada (32 mins)  http://youtu.be/_jivBkPbKpU  Please feel free to share and circulate this film.  In case you wish to organise a discussion on the film and the issues involved, please write to amkhs2013@gmail.com.  “Forfeiting our Commons”, a comprehensive report on the issue can be accessed at: http://tinyurl.com/nn8m47q. For even more information: http://tinyurl.com/mjhdqar  

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Challakere Villagers Overcome BARC Lies To Reclaim Amrit Mahal Kavals

Movement to Reclaim Kavals led by Amrit Mahal Kaval Hitarakshana Haagu Horata Samithi 25 November 2014 Downloads: amkhs-ckere-ullarthi-kaval-entered-barc-.pdf Hundreds of villagers from Doddaullarthi and other villages surrounding the massive expanse of Ullarthi Amrit Mahal Kaval of Challakere Taluk, Chitradurga district, entered the grasslands which were fenced by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre braving the might of the police and district authorities today. About 1,500 acres of these ecologically sensitive grassland ecosystems and commons had been secretively

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DRDO, BARC, IISC, ISRO, Sagitaur, Etc. Violate National Green Tribunal Orders To Comply With Environmental And Human Rights Standards

Challakere Communities Launch Campaign to Reclaim Amrit Mahal Kavals 7 November 2014 Downloads: NGT_Final_Order_Challakere_Saldanha_ESG_Petitions_27082014 Amrit Mahal Kaval Hitarakshana Horata Samithi, Challakere, Chitradurga Press Release : 07 November 2014 : Bangalore It is over two months since Hon’ble Justice Shri. M. Chockalingam (Judicial Member) and Hon’ble Prof. Dr. R. Nagendran (Expert Member) constituting the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) delivered their final Order/Judgment in response to Public Interest Petitions filed by Leo F. Saldanha and

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Dodda Ullarthi Gowrammana Jathre

Invitation from Amrith Mahal Kaval Horata Samithi to participate in a unique celebration of livelihoods and biodiversity 16 November 2013 ; Venue: Bangalore Downloads: Dodda Ullarti Gowrammana Jatre Invitation English Dodda Ullarti Gowrammana Jatre Invitation Kannada (This intimation is disseminated in the wider public interest on ESG Lists.  ESG is not in any manner responsible for the contents of this intimation.  Recipients are requested to consider this intimation as originating from the Amrit Mahal Kaval

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Ministry Of Environment And Forests Says Challakere Grasslands A “potential Habitat Of Great Indian Bustard”

Ministry files affidavit in National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone) 30 October 2013 Downloads: ESG Release on MoEF Affidavit in NGT on Challakere Case 30 Oct 2013 In obedience with the 27th September 2013 direction of Justice Mr. M. Chockalingam (Judicial Member) and Prof. Dr. R. Nagendran (Expert Member), constituting the Hon’ble National Green Tribunal (South Zone), in Applications 6 and 12 of 2013, the Ministry of Environment and Forests filed a common counter today before

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Comply With Directions Or Pay Penalty, Ministry Of Environment And Forests Told By National Green Tribunal (Southern Bench)

Directions issued in petitions filed by Environment Support Group and anr. challenging illegal diversion of Amrit Mahal Kavals to defence, nuclear, industrial, institutional and commercial projects in Challakere 27 September 2013 Downloads: ESG Release_MOE to be Penalised_NGT direction_27th Sept 2013 NGT_SZ_Direction_Applcn_6_12_2013_27th Sept 2013 The Hon’ble National Green Tribunal (South Zone), Chennai, comprising of Justice Shri. M. Chockalingam and Expert Member Prof. R. Nagendran today directed the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to file their

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Thousands Urge Chief Minister Siddaramaiah To Save Ahinda Communities Of Challakere By Giving Back The AmritMahal Kavals To The People

A Release from Chitradurga Amrit Mahal Kaval Horata Samithi shared by ESG in the wider public interest 3 September 2013 Downloads: press-release-03sep13-challakere-protest.pdf JILLA AMRITMAHAL KAVAL HORATA SAMITI, CHITRADURGA Press Release September 03, 2013 Thousands urge Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to save Ahinda communities of Challakere by giving back the AmritMahal Kavals to the people     4000 people strong rally marches through Challakere, Chitradurga District in protest against diversion of 10,000 acres of AM Kaval 

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National Green Tribunal Orders Status Quo On Activities Of DRDO, BARC, ISRO, IISc, Et. Al., In Challakere, Chitradurga District, Karnataka

21 August 2013 Downloads: ESG Reply to Report of Fact Finding Committee of NGT Annexures to the ESG Reply to Report of Fact Finding Committee of NGT Affidavit filed by ESG to NGT on FFC report Press release: NGT orders Status Quo on Challakere Projects  Press Release : 21 August 2013 : Chennai National Green Tribunal order Status Quo on activities of DRDO, BARC, ISRO, IISc, et. al., in Challakere, Chitradurga In an unprecedented decision,

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“Forfeiting Our Commons” ESG Report On Challakere Amrit Mahal Kaval Grasslands Submitted To Expert Committee Appointed By National Green Tribunal

Forfeiting Our Commons: A Case for Protecting and Conserving Challakere’s Amrit Mahal Kavals as Livelihoods-Supporting, Biodiversity-Rich and Ecologically-Sensitive Grassland Ecosystems 29 June 2013 Downloads: Report Submitted by ESG to NGT Expert Committee All annexures of the ESG report submitted to NGT Expert Committee Fact Finding Committee report submitted to the National Green Tribunal Details of all the Annexures of the Fact Finding Committee report Fact Finding Committee report Annexures 1 – 7 Fact Finding Committee

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National Green Tribunal Appointed Fact Finding Committee Visits Amruth Mahal Kavals In Challakere And Meet People In Villages

5 June 2013 Downloads: Press note on public hearing by the committee at Challakere- English Press note on public hearing by the committee at Challakere – Kannada Pictures of the committee visit to the grassland and villages Photographs from the public hearing at Challakere                                                  Press Release‐ May 30, Bangalore                                                Amritmahal Kaval Hitarakshana Samiti Complete opposition to illegal takeover of Amritmahal Kavals by IISC, DRDO and other central agencies • Public hearing brings out

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National Green Tribunal Constitutes Fact Finding Committee Based On ESG’s Petitions

Committee to examine ecological and environmental impacts of illegal diversion of 10,000 acres of ‘Amrit Mahal Kaval’ (grasslands designated as forests) for Defense, Nuclear and Industrial projects in Chitradurga, Karnataka 27 March 2013 Downloads: ESG Release on NGT direction on diversion of Challakere Grasslands – 270313 ESG Release on NGT direction on diversion of Challakere Grasslands – 270313 – Kannada Photo documentation of Challakere Grasslands NGT Order Instituting Expert Cmt – Challakere Grasslands – 21

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ESG’s PIL Initiatives Challenging Illegal Diversion Of Challakere’s Amrit Mahal Kaval For Defence, Nuclear, Industrial And Infrastructure Projects

Environment Support Group is working with local communities, from about 65 villages, impacted by the illegal diversion of Challakere’s Amrit Mahal Kaval grassland ecosystems in Chitradurga district of Karnataka. Over 10000 acres of these pristine grassland ecosystems that have been community conserved for centuries, as grazing pastures for the incredibly fiesty and resilient Amrit Mahal bull, were diverted in blatant violation of law by then Deputy Commissioner of the district, Mr. Amlan Biswas, IAS, with

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