Orissa Backs Posco. Repression Of The Misfortunate Tribals Continues Inward The Get Upward Of ‘Development’

Continuous ranting too chanting on the TV channels goes on. In fact, the agency electronic media is playing upward the corporate agenda of bringing ‘development’ to the naxalite-affected tribal belt, too projecting every bit if the naxals are the chief obstruction inwards this pious objective, I sometimes wonder why create nosotros accuse Doordarshan of existence the solely government’s mouthpiece.

Many individual TV tidings channels withdraw keep non solely beaten Doordarshan inwards its tracks, but have inwards fact gone a pace further. They have been crawling for quite sometime instantly (which Doordarshan mercifully does non do) when they were not even asked to bend.

No sensible mortal would back upward naxal violence.

At the same time each too every concerned citizen would concur that no sensible mortal could back upward repression too atrocities inwards the bring upward of ‘development’. However I detect that none (barring 1 or two) of the regular faces on the TV channels withdraw keep had the courage to express fifty-fifty slightest of anger too indignation at the continuous exploitation too displacement of the tribals inwards the bring upward of ‘development’. Big Business inwards Bharat (and their build of commentators too economists) I detect are non at all sensible enough. With the regime supporting crony capitalism, who cares?

Mass protest: Villagers participate inwards a rally organised yesteryear the Posco Pratirodh Sangam Samiti at Balitutha inwards Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa on Wed — The Hindu photo

Big Business is merrily extracting its pound of flesh amongst impunity, too does non give a damn for the resulting human cost. ‘Development’ is genuinely an euphemism for ‘commerce’ [Read an fantabulous analysis Stand Up too Be Counted yesteryear Malvika Singh http://bit.ly/9nFyvs]. And the tragedy is that much of the elite inwards the solid pose down thrives on it. The middle-class is a beneficiary of this corrupt too exploitative organisation too thus spares no endeavor to sing pangs of praise for ‘development’.

At a fourth dimension when the mainline media blacks out whatsoever tidings study which demo the muddy ways of Big Business, I was pleasantly taken yesteryear surprise to read a six-column study (along amongst a six-column picture) inwards today’s edition of The Hindu. The study nether the headline “6 parties dorsum stir against Posco project” (May 20, 2010) tells us about the massive protestation organised yesteryear the Posco Pratirodh Sangam Samiti  inwards Jagatsinghpur district on Wednesday.

Only a few days back, on May 15, hundreds of armed policemen had resorted to lathicharge too firing to chase away agitators who were on a dharna. You didn’t listen nearly it because the business-controlled media blacked it out. What you lot thus run across on the TV channels present is what the Big Business wants you lot to see. This is maybe the argue why reality shows withdraw keep teach pop inwards India. Knowing that tidings is manipulated, it is much amend to picket Indian Idol for instance. That’s what I do.

Here is The Hindu report:

6 parties dorsum stir against Posco project

Prafulla Das

BALITUTHA (ORISSA): The agitation against the steel flora projection of Posco-India got a shot inwards the arm amongst senior leaders of half-dozen Opposition parties joining hands amongst the villagers of 3 gram panchayats inwards Orissa’s Jagatsinghpur district on Wednesday.

Addressing hundreds of men too women who gathered hither nether the banner of the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti, Communist Party of Bharat full general secretarial assistant A.B. Bardhan condemned the May xv constabulary activity against the agitators too demanded shifting of the projection to another location.

It was at Balitutha, the chief entry shout for to the 3 gram panchayats of Dhinkia, Nuagaon too Gadakujang, the site selected for the proposed steel plant, that hundreds of armed policemen resorted to lathicharge too firing on May xv to chase away agitators who were on a dharna.

“If the State regime farther uses strength against the villagers who withdraw keep been peacefully opposing the projection for the yesteryear v years, the agitation volition solely grow stronger,” Mr. Bardhan said.

“If Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wants to ready the Posco steel flora at whatsoever cost, he should pick out an choice site,” Mr. Bardhan said, urging the villagers to proceed their displace inwards a peaceful way.

Mr. Bardhan said the State regime should handgrip a dialogue amongst the protesters to resolve the issue.

The CPI leader questioned a South Korean company’s innovation to ready a captive port close the proposed steel flora maxim it would withdraw keep an adverse impact on the existing Paradip Port. He opposed the State regime recommendation to the Centre to grant the captive mining lease to Posco for sourcing Fe ore.

Leaders of the Communist Party of Bharat (Marxist), the Forward Bloc, the Samajwadi Party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal too the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha addressed the agitators.

The president of the Sangram Samiti, Abhay Sahoo, warned State regime to halt using the constabulary against the people who were facing displacement too loss of livelihood sources. “Posco tin never found the projection inwards this expanse every bit people were determined to build whatsoever sacrifice to relieve their solid pose down too homes from existence taken over yesteryear the company,” he said.

Mr. Sahoo alleged that the State regime had furnished incorrect data to the Union Ministry of Environment too Forests on the wood solid pose down where hundreds of people had been living for generations together.

Of the 20,000-odd people living inwards the 3 gram panchayats, hundreds of families had been using the wood solid pose down for their livelihood.