Sainath arrived in NY after a 20 hour flight from India, one day before our scheduled talk in central Jersey. The venue for the talk was a good 2 hours away from NY and it involved a train ride by followed by a 30 min car ride. Despite the heavy travel in the last 24 hours... Continue Reading →
We have 20 sign ups thus far and the sign ups only keeps increasing. So here is our action plan for Day I Call Campaign Get the list of MP's - tinyurl.com/CallTheMP Identify the 3-4 MP's you would like to call Sometimes the contact numbers can be obtained by simply searching on google for using the... Continue Reading →
Knock Knock. Who's there?RTI! RTI who? Exactly who, what, why RTI? 11 years after RTI (Right to Information) became a fundamental right, RTI still remains relatively an unknown act and the Knock Knock joke is on us. And for those who do know the act and are using, they are either denied the information, or threatened... Continue Reading →
"Lord Krishna had Opposition Members of the Rajya Sabha in mind when he advised Arjuna in Chapter 2: ''कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन। मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते संगोस्त्वकर्मणि।।'' I feel in the same situation today. I am executing only my duty which is enjoined on me by Article 109 of the Constitution. I have no regard to the consequences of this debate because we all know what the end result of this debate is going to be."
The UP govt. recently announced a huge loan waiver package for the farmers. This is not the first time a govt has announced such a package nor this will be(unfortunately) the last time. Before we judge whether the package would really benefit the farmers or not, lets look at some factual information about how the... Continue Reading →
Desperate they became Skulls they carry Mice they ate Corpses they turn into Protests they stage Attention they seek Alarms they raise Desperate they became Farmers in India - far from acknowledging their contribution, they are often robbed of their basic rights i.e. access to credit, access to information, access to market etc. Indifference coupled... Continue Reading →
I've been participating in the local community events over the past few weeks in an attempt to understand how different perspectives of people from different backgrounds are shaping the current debates around immigration, religion, healthcare and a whole gamut of other issues. The events ranged from a massive march in solidarity of the workers, the... Continue Reading →
The government is for the people, by the people and of the people - it should be extremely proud of itself for it's people are coming together, not only for a rock band or a game of cricket, but also coming together in supporting a cause. Imagine the farmers meeting was attended by thousands of people, not just farmers, but ordinary citizens as well, there was a good chance, the government would have heeded to their call for help and attention and may be Telangana wouldn't have been among the top 5 suicide states in the country. The society needs everyone - from the carpenter to the car mechanic, the farmer to the fireman, the engineer to the entrepreneur, the doctors to the dairy worker and as a society we can only become stronger if we stand up for each other instead of ignoring each other.
#WearHandloom ASU Family - an experiment done with the Pochampally weavers In 2002, the then CM after interacting with the weavers in Pochampally, left with tears in his eyes. The weavers said that they never stopped crying after that day. Up until 2002, they had a weavers’ society which was under APCO, a government body,... Continue Reading →