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Published in Mint on 18th January. http://t.co/WF8pieW1
I woke up one dark night. Haunted, frightened, shaky like a leaf. I had the strangest dream and in that dream I saw that I had turned into a consumerist zombie. Made of words they wanted me to believe.
I lived in my own luxury cage of EMI, and I lived my life as an advertising script. I consumed sugar water for happiness and I replaced my brain with an app library.
I had all the money in the world and if I missed the trees, I saw them on a LED tv screen.
My car had a toilet and my world was controlled and the sky was blue, projected on an anti UV dome. And I wondered what took humans to convert this planet into a cave of steel. We should have killed all the animals and cut all the trees and spewed carbon by tonnes much faster.
And I woke up frightened. Not sure if that dream was already part real. I switched on my tablet and turned on the app for counting sheep.
Sunday, 11 December 2011
A tribute to Shehla Masood and all the whistleblowers of India who speak out and are silenced, assaulted and murdered in this great democracy. And the amazing fact is that there is no law in our country which will safeguard them. (Published in Dec 07, 2011 edition of Mint: http://bit.ly/tqIrgG). With Manta Ray Comics.
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It gets more and more relevant in the light of recent news from the dark world of mining:
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
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I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who. Rudyard Kipling
And we hope neither will you.
But at some point in time, The Great Indian Clearance Sale will become irrelevant and boring, as it happens with art. It just fails to appeal to people. And sometimes the artist moves on.
But we hope that you will keep asking questions. The wonderful reality of our times is that if you ask questions, you will find a lot more answers than you ever did. And we believe that, people, armed with the right information will make better choices about their future.
Here’s a little roadmap for your adventure in information. We hope you will enjoy going on this adventure as much as we have.
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
It seems to be a bit factually incorrect.
1. They say in the fine print about Bollgard making cotton resistant against pests.
For the first time anywhere in the world, biotech agriculture giant Monsanto has admitted that insects have developed resistance to its Bt cotton crop. Field monitoring in parts of Gujarat has discovered that
the Bt crop is no longer effective against the pink bollworm pest there.
The company is advocating that Indian farmers switch to its second-generation product to delay resistance further.
-The Hindu, March 06, 2010
2. They throw in percentages like a number game. Since we are all educated, they should tell us what does 87% of Bt Cotton Farmers mean in numbers. We know for a fact that a lot of Cotton Farmers have committed suicide. So, going by this ad, of the remaining few 87% are leading a better life. Right?
3. GM corn and cotton are engineered to produce their own built-in pesticide in every cell. When bugs bite the plant, the poison splits open their stomach and kills them.
The Bt-toxin produced in GM plants, however, is designed to be more toxic and cannot be washed off the plant.
Flu like symptoms are now being reported by farm workers throughout India, from handling Bt cotton.
Studies has also shown Bollworms developing resistance to Bt toxin and becoming infinitely more dangerous and uncontrollable.
Add to this the fact that cotton is not only attacked by Bollworms, but about 160 other pests as well
4. And while we are at it, what about the fact that Bt Corn is a massive failure and is destroying whole crops?
5. 42.4 crore additional days of employment. The mind boggles. So let's break it down. If there were 500,000 Bt cotton farmers (unlikely), that would mean 840 additional days of employment for each one of those people. Anyone who has travelled to the cotton belt of India will tell you that if there is so much employment there, it certainly doesn't show. We are not good at Math. Someone, please help us out here.
Sunday, 28 August 2011
How to manage our environment - 4. Lessons from real government policies and plans. (If they weren't true, they would be as lame as these cartoons.) Today's lesson from the wikileaks expose and the government’s BRAI plan. (Wikileaks on how US diplomats are promoting GMOs: http://bit.ly/pwini2 How Indian govt is sabotaging public debate on BRAI: http://bit.ly/nvWIeC )
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
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Is that a foreign hand or are you just excited to see us selling India?
There is a foreign hand behind this uprising of people. There is no doubt about it. The government has been selling the nation to companies like Vedanta – foreign, Monsanto – foreign, POSCO – foreign. In fact the whole development model that the government follows is so foreign that people are really fed up and have taken to the streets. So, yes, there is a foreign hand. The movement is to take it out of the corrupt politicians’ a$$e$.
The Liberal’s view of the uprising – It’s a circus
Oh well, some of us are upset about the show and chaos and music and drums and tamasha. Well, guess what, that’s what a revolution in India would look like. Those sadhus and charlatans and unkempt people and crazy histrionics and Gandhigiri and all that is as Indian as you or me. When the revolution comes, these are the people we will be fighting shoulder to shoulder with. Let’s accept it. The revolution we read about in our books and saw in our minds will make for a great play and a great book. Let’s write that book. We’ve had enough of trashy literature anyway. Meanwhile, the real revolution in India will be non-violent and it will be fought on Gandhi’s principles. Nothing else will work in this country. Nothing else has.
Where were these people when other struggles were happening?
In their homes. Trying to figure out where the hell will they get their next dal and roti from. Trying not to eat tomatoes and cut down on onions. You think that is not a struggle? And these are the people who are out on the streets. How is their struggle to live a life any less than a Niyamgiri or a Dantewada?
In the last 65 years, this is the first time, and probably the second time in our history as India that one man has brought the entire nation together to fight against the disease that is eating the country alive. If you don’t see greatness in that, check your eyes and hearts for their expiry date.
Sunday, 14 August 2011
Photograph: Deepak Dogra
Overcome by an overwhelmingly celebratory mood this independence day, we looked for ONE defining image of our country today. One image that would accurately describe the governance and the governed. One image that would define our development model. One image that is so 2011, that 2011 stops it its tracks and asks, where the hell did you get this mirror. We found the image! Happy independence day.
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Go ahead, take a print out of the game and play. And if you think it is a one sided game, then raise your voice against it. Don't let people die in this game agri companies are playing with millions of farmers.
Monday, 1 August 2011
Project Sunshine, Golden Days, Rainbow, Golden Rays. Sound bright and optimistic? Brace yourself for the most important stories of this year. Which, if not paid attention to, will become the obituary of our nation's food security. (Click on the image to know more).
Monday, 18 July 2011
So, what’s going on with all of us? How is it so easy for a few corrupt people and a few corporations to take all of us for a ride and sell our land, our forests, our food, our common sense to the lowest bidders? We dug deep here’s what we found.
Thursday, 14 July 2011
How to manage our environment - 3. Lessons from real government policies and plans. (If they weren't true, they would be as lame as these cartoons.) Today's lesson from the coal the hell out of India policy. WHich would make a single Indian state one of the world's top 20 emitters of carbon emissions. http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
You had been in coma for years before. Until a man called Jairam Ramesh came and breathed life into you.
He said he was doing things “in enlightened national interest”. And he did. He thwarted Monsanto’s attempts at contaminating our biodiversity.
He said no to Vedanta who would have us believe that Niyamgiri was their jagir and the tribals their slaves.
This man tried. Failed. Stumbled. Bumbled. Got pushed over. Made mistakes. Did wrong. Did right.
He was a human after all. Standing in the crossfire between the development debate and the environmental concerns.
It’s a damn tricky place to be in. Try talking to your rich friends about tribals and mining and see how red eared and how blood pressured you become. And this man was making policies and making decisions that not only angered the rich friends and industry but the corrupt politicians as well.
And when they clipped his wings, he still pranced around, making noises.
Then, with one move they chopped off his head. And said they promoted him.
A country where the environment ministry isn’t the most important ministry has lost its bearings. To take away the ministry from a man who cared, is not promotion. It’s murder.
Of the environment ministry.
Monsanto, Vedanta, POSCO, you win this round. There is a chink in our armour.
Thursday, 7 July 2011
Public safety warning! A strange new breed of rat has been let loose in India and it feeds on the blood of the farmers and it can't be controlled by pesticides, because it makes them. And the rat has been seen and caught red handed flouting bio-safety norms and threatening India's food supply. http://www.greenpeace.org/indi
a/en/news/Monsanto-caught-red- handed-violating-rules/?src=sn et
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
How to manage our environment - 2. Lessons from real government policies and plans. (If they weren't true, they would be as lame as these cartoons.) Today's lesson from the policy of moratorium on industrial pollution. http://downtoearth.org.in/cont
Thursday, 30 June 2011
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Lessons from real government policies and plans. (If they weren't true, they would be as lame as these cartoons.)
Lesson 1, based on this report:
A High Powered Committee on efficient allocation of natural resources and telecom spectrum puts market above people: http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/pay-and-take
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
TISS students protest against the great Indian clearance sale. Jairam refuses to listen. Stands firm on Jaitapur. Meanwhile Japan decides to back off nuclear energy. Wonder why they are so afraid? They should learn from India. (photos: Faiza Khan)
Sunday, 17 April 2011
So here it is then: An adventure in information; our first publication. We asked a lot of questions and found some answers along the way. Here are some of them in this illustrated journey that took us into the heart of darkness and out of it. Hope it helps you on your little quest of finding out the truth.
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