Sunday, September 13, 2015

A Green Blood Women’s Revolution In Munnar

CC News Letter 13 Sep - A Green Blood Women's Revolution In Munnar 

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A Green Blood Women's Revolution In Munnar
By Binu Mathew

On 2nd September, 2015, these tears turned into a flood of anger and that shook the very foundation of political structure of Kerala state, India. In Kerala, which boasts that it elected through the ballot, for the first time in the world, a communist party government to power, where everything from birth to death are unionized, emerges a workers' movement, that too led by thousands of women, literally driving away trade union leaders, as they term it, "A Green Blood Revolution". What is happening? Why this unique political movement?

Remembering Ramaswamy Iyer: A Visionary Who Deeply Cared About Water Issues
By Association For India's Development

Ramaswamy Iyer, former union secretary of Water Resources for the government of India, and professor at the Center for Policy Research, passed away yesterday in Delhi. His contributions to research and policy in the public interest, and steadfast solidarity with people's movements gave hope to many in difficult times

Independent People's Tribunal of Four Judges Visit Sardar Sarovar Project Areas
By National Alliance of People's Movements

A Panel of three retired and well-known Justices of various High Courts including Jst. P.C Jain (Rajasthan High Court), Jst. Nag Mohan Das (Karnataka High Court) and Jst. V.D. Gyanai (Madhya Pradesh High Court) visited numerous villages in the Dharampuri, Manavar, Kukshi and Badwani Tehsils of the Sardar Sarovar Project affected areas today and received a large number of complaints / representations of violations of law and policy in the rehabilitation process, corruption and submergence of properties as well as atrocities on the poor, dalits and adivasis by the State

Practicing Untouchability Is A Crime, 'Not A Social Evil'
By Samar

The practice of untouchability being a criminal offence did not deter 'upper caste' villagers in Sigaranahalli in Holenarsipur Taluk of Karnataka from mercilessly driving out four Dalit women who dared to enter a local Hindu temple. It did not deter them from fining the women with 10,000 rupees (about $150 USD) for a crime they, not the women, had just committed

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