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Part 2 – The Neduvasal Project. Fracking – Pros and Cons

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Nightmare for Locals in  Part 1 

Fracking has some benefits

Fracking or Hydaulic Fracturing is no doubt an innovative process. A big positive is that it will help in accessing oil/gas from deep within the ground. It will help India become more self-reliant on fuel. It helps us conserve foreign exchange, helps insulates us from the

Part 1 – The Neduvasal Project : Nightmare for Locals & Neighbours or A Gem of an Idea

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The Neduvasal Project : Locals getting Vocal

Neduvasal is another wake-up call for many among us since the alarming levels of pollution in many eco-systems across the country (and the world) are sounding alarm bells. This is pushing many citizens (otherwise law-abiding) to fight for the protection of their environment.

Justice accords ‘human’ ness to Divine rivers Ganga and Yamuna after Man’s inhuman treatment

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Uttarakhan High Court's Kaalinga Nardhanam on River Yamuna

Justice for Ganga and Jamuna

Redemption Time for Yamuna and Ganga. The Uttarakhand High Court has taken a cue from the New Zealand government. A few days back, the government of New Zealand did something unprecedented in recent human history. It accorded the Whanganui river, legal status as an entity under Law. A tribe of

River Whanganui in New Zealand now treated as human. Divine Rivers in India need humane treatment.

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River Whanganui in New Zealand now treated as human,. Divine Rivers in India need humane treatment.

River Whanganui in New Zealand now treated as human

In a very welcome move, the New Zealand government has decided to accord the Whanganui legal status. New Zealand’s third largest river will now have the same status as a human being for which, the Maori people, the original inhabitants (immigrants) of New Zealand have been fighting for more than a century now.

The Ruling and the Background

*Chris Finlayson, the minister for the treaty of Waitangi negotiations, said the decision brought the longest-running litigation in New Zealand’s history to an end. *“…… will have

Mine! Anil Agrawal angles for Anglo. Never miss an Opportunity!

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Anil Agrawal angles for Anglo

Mr Anil Agarwal, the Chairman of Vedant Resources is making another attempt to enter the Anglo American ‘enterprises’. The Jewel in the Anglo American crown which has the South African government also as a stakeholder is De Beers Diamonds, which in itself would be a marquee franchisee.  

Diamonds are desirable

Sometime back, Anglo American had rejected merger talks with  Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta. Now Mr Agarwal is trying to buy $2.4 Billion worth of shares amounting to approximately 13% of equity. Once Mr Agarwal progresses in this deal, his will be the second largest holding. Only the South African government (South Africa is mineral rich) with 14% has more. It is believed that Mr Agarwal’s stake will increase gradually by taking over part of the SA government’s. This would enable the Indian to control the De Beers and Anglo American businesses. 

Koh-i-Noor  and Karmic Justice  

Indian Industry is going places. Once, Swami Vivekananda encouraged Jamsetji Tata to start iron and steel manufacturing in India to work around the restrictive practices of the British Steel Industry. A few years ago, Tata Steel bought British owned Corus Steel.

For some time now, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan have each been ‘expecting’ the British Government to return the Koh-i-Noor. Mr Agarwal’s entry into Anglo American would in due course help him controll De Beers. Some like Shashi Tharoor who have been protesting against imperial atrocities may even sense a whiff of karmic justice in these developments.

It may feel good to gloat over the economic impact Indian businessmen are making globally. A few weeks ago, India also overtook the UK economy (in terms of GDP) when the latter economy started feeling the impact of Brexit. But Indian businesses and businessmen would do well to remember that we also have a great responsibility/opportunity too.

Global Icons of Governance

Indian businesses should lead governance efforts in Business transparency, enviromental sustainability, local community engagment/development and the like. The ills we have experienced of colonization (commercial or political) We should not foist (the ills we have experienced of colonization) on the countries and communities we engage with.  

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Anil Agarwal shopping for Diamonds

Koh I Noor

All Bakwas, No ‘fatwas’. The fatwa against Nahid Afrin that wasn’t.

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All Bakwas, no Fatwas

And then the news of fatwa showed the  (nonsense) ‘bakwas’

The pamphlets against Nahid Afrin were no fatwas

The leaflets were just against songs into the night

Highlighting maybe, an older generation’s plight.

 

An Earlier Generation’s Plight

A generation that woke with the first rays of light

And was deep asleep, long before mid-night.    

Fear of Cacophony that  disturbs the peace of souls in graveyards 

Not to speak of the noise in supposedly ‘silent’ (madarasas) schoolyards.

 

Request against Ruckus

Reference to the Sharia (in the pamphlets) may have raised eyebrows

But a request against ruckus (music to some) into the night doesn’t seem off course.

On the positive side, we knew more of the new icon of the TV screen,.

Our new role model and cosmopolitan, Nahid Afrin. 

 

A Sneeze generates pneumonial pandemonium

The fatwa that wasn’t, created an allround scare

Luring even the head of the state (government) to protest in full media glare.

But such is the revulsion an handful have created around a religion

That even an innocent sneeze generates pneumonial pandemonium!

But such is the revulsion an handful have created around a religion

That even an innocent sneeze generates pneumonial pandemonium!

 

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That news that wasn’t

 

 

Part 2 – Fatwa on Nahid Afrin. Singer says “Nahin Afraid” (am not afraid) to 46 Assam Clerics.

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Nahid Afrin , singer, says 'Nahin Afraid' of fatwa.

continued from Part 1

If one may say so, Islam is today facing a crisis globally. It desperately needs an image makeover. The community leaders must realize that Islam (in terms of number of

Fatwa on Nahid Afrin. Singer says “Nahin Afraid” (am not afraid) to 46 Assam Clerics.

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Nahid Afrin faces ‘fatwa’ 

Nahid Afrin, a 16 year old girl from Assam has received a ‘fatwa’ for singing on the TV reality show Indian Idol. The clerics of 46 Muslim organizations from Assam have issued

Part 5 – Long Live Democracy, tweets PM Mr Narendra Modi! Need Opposition. Congress also OK.

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The Lotus on the verge of growing beyond the pond. image courtesy: internet / twitter.com

 

continued from Part 4

Urgently Needed: For Democracy’s Progress, A credible and capable Opposition.  Congress also OK.

One wishes to see the last of Congress, but one needs Indian Democracy’s health more.   Indian Democracy cannot survive without a decent opposition. We need the Congress. We need it to resurrect. There is always a danger of one Leader or group’s views being thrust / infused into the national consciousness. If this sustains unchecked, national polity itself gets warped, wittingly or otherwise.  

Part 4 – Long Live Democracy, tweets PM Mr Narendra Modi! The Rise of the BJP.

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continued from Part 3

From ‘Support NGO activities’ to ‘Beware of Compassion’….on to ‘Protect your Tradition’  

Now imagine she also reads about the US Government trying to sell ‘Compassion‘  to India under the garb of NGO charity. Many Indians may therefore find a ‘right wing’ party like the

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