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5500 Gujurati Farmers Detained While Protesting Corporate Land Grab

Posted by Ka Frank on March 2, 2010

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This article appeared on Prolefeed Dissident.

Mass Detention of over 5500 Farmers in Ahmedabad

Farmers protesting Nirma Factory and Limestone Quarry in Mahuva detained; Chunibhai Vaidya, Veteran Gandhian, Kanubhai Kalsaria, MLA and SanatBhai Mehta, ex Finance Minister among those detained

Over five thousand farmers from the Mahuva area in the Bhavnagar district of Gujarat have been detained and prohibited from taking out a peaceful rally protesting the government’s sanction for a Nirma factory and limestone quarry in their area. Chunibhai Vaidya, a veteran Gandhian who founded Gujarat Loksamiti, Kanubhai Kalsaria, MLA of Mahuva, and Sanatbhai Mehta, ex Finance Minister of Gujarat, Ilaben Pathak of AWAG and a senior editor Prakash N Shah are among those detained by the police in this illegal suppression of collective democratic rights.

The farmers were enroute to the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, from where they intended to start a peaceful march to Gandhinagar to submit their petition, signed by 11,111 affected individuals in their own blood, when the buses and other vehicles they were using were stopped by the police. The farmers have been taken to Shahibagh in Ahmedabad and have been detained in police grounds. Several hundred protestors who reached the Sabarmati Ashram directly were also whisked away in police vans and blocked from taking out the march.

These farmers from Mahuva area in Bhavnagar district are protesting the decision by the Government of Gujarat to sanction a cement plant by Nirma Ltd, which includes 288 ha. of land for the factory and another 3000 ha. for a limestone quarry. Mahuva area has among the most fertile lands in Gujarat, where farmers grow three crops, and export dehydrated onions and numerous other fruits. Moreover, the numerous onion dehydrating plants (turnover Rs. 300 crore) & cotton gins (turnover Rs. 3,500 crore) provide employment to an additional 10,000 people in the factories. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepali Congress Leader Demands that Maoists “Cooperate”

Posted by Ka Frank on March 2, 2010

This article appeared in Republica on March 1, 2010.

Maoists can lead govt post May 28 if they cooperate: Dr. Koirala

Nepali Congress central member Dr Shekhar Koirala has urged all political parties to be ready to accept a unity government under Maoist leadership after May 28 if the Maoists cooperate to complete drafting a democratic constitution and conclude the peace process by that date.

He is of the view that the present government should continue till the constitution writing is completed by May 28 and the peace process brought to a logical conclusion but after that date it should make way for a unity government headed by the Maoists. Dr Koirala´s floated this proposal as a possible way out of the present political deadlock, in an exclusive interview by myrepublica.com ahead of the crucial meeting of the top leaders on Tuesday.

“It is a sensible proposal. I hope this will encourage the Maoists to become committed to completing the peace process and the constitution writing as early as possible in hopes of seeing a government under their leadership in place following completion of both the tasks,” said Koirala. “Let us sit together and have an agreement to this effect on power sharing.” Read the rest of this entry »

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