Press Conference: CM Of Karnataka, Act Now Against Communalisation Of The Covid Crisis

View Full Conference Report Report of Press Conference held via Zoom on 6th May 2021, 3 pm Opening the press conference, Ms. Bhargavi Rao, Trustee of Environment Support Group noted “We have lost so many of our loved ones, not so much because of the virus as because of malgovernance.” She drew particular attention to the unnecessary deaths that happened in Gulbarga and Chamrajnagar due to the appalling lack of oxygen in hospitals. She pointed out that at

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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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Comparative Covid Response: Crisis, Knowledge, Politics

As the world tried to make sense of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, ESG was invited to participate in a 23 country and 6 continent-wide collaborative study involving 60 researchers led by Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies Sheila Jasanoff of the Harvard Kennedy School and Prof. Stephen Hilgartner of Cornell University in a study on Comparative Covid Response: Crisis, Knowledge, Politics (CompCoRe for short).

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Remembering T Peter: Street Fighter, Trade Unionist And Leader Of India’s Fish Workers

T Peter, General Secretary of the National Fishworkers Forum (NFF), passed away on 8 October 2020 from COVID-19 related complications in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He was 62 years old. For over three decades, Peter worked as a full time activist and union organiser. He especially worked for the empowerment of India’s fishing communities and played a critical role in advancing their struggles from the margins into the political mainstream. Peter joined the Kerala Independent Fishworkers Federation

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Peter Thomas Of National Fishworkers Forum(NFF) India Loses Battle To COVID

Peter Thomas, the incredible leader of the National Fishworkers Forum – NFF India has lost his battle to COVID. India has lost a leader who fought on the streets throughout his life for the rights of fisherfolk and other vulnerable communities Rest In Peace Peter. Millions inspired by you will carry on the struggle.

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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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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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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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Swept Under The Carpet: Stories Of Criminal Neglect Of Powrakarmikas Across Karnataka During The COVID-19 Pandemic

A report about the working conditions of Powrakarmikas across Karnataka has been prepared after speaking to powrakarmikas across the state. Many of them are still to be paid wages, they are working without protective equipment, food or transport. If the government does not take any steps soon, there is a great danger of workers falling prey to Corona like it happened in Mumbai. The report has been prepared by several unions/associations working with Powrakarmikas across

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The Long March Home: If Only The Government Had Got Its Act Together

By Leo Saldanha Published in Bangalore Mirror; April 1 2020 “More and more people are travelling all over the world which exposes the whole world to epidemics. As our society is in a state of flux, novel pathogens emerge to pose challenges not only at the point of primary contact but in far removed locations. The increased interaction between humans and animals has increased the possibilities of zoonotic diseases emerging in epidemic form.” These lines are from

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Govt Must Supply Basic Essentials To All: Activists

Published: 29th March 2020 06:10 AM in The New Indian Express A prolonged lockdown will create additional distress and possible starvation among a vast section of India’s population, said writers, trade unions, professors, and activists, in a letter to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package leaves out a large section of people who may not be covered under various schemes, they added.The full report can be read here:

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Building A World That Secures Us Through And Beyond The COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic has thrown life out of gear worldwide. Challenging as the situation is, made grave by thousands who have succumbed to the disease, it is a time for deep humanism and an opportunity to collectively and intelligently work to build a new world. A new beginning where humanity rises to secure present and future generations by building a world that steps away from extraction, destruction, domination and devastation. We simply cannot continue with

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Urgent Need For Ground Up, Coordinated Approach In Dealing With COVID-19 Pandemic

URGENT PRESS RELEASE, Bangalore – 28 March 2020  Trade Unions, Public Intellectuals, Community Health Specialists, Civil Society Organisations urge Karnataka Chief Minister  Under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri. B. S. Yediyurappa, the Government of Karnataka has acted with a sense of urgency in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been various efforts to ensure no one suffers due to want of health care, and access to health facilities.  But COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented

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Public Matters.: Prime Minister’s Speech People Of India Wish They Could Hear At 8 Pm Tonight

My dear brothers and sisters,The global pandemic of COVID-19, a viral flu, has cost thousands of lives and made thousands more sick. It has brought the world to a grinding halt. As humanity faces its gravest challenge in recent decades, it is a time for the world to reflect on what we must do right, from now on. While India joins the community of nations to tackle the pandemic, this requires us to take effective steps

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