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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:11 pm    Post subject: A few letters  Reply with quote

Subject: Questions about the Maoist Insurgency in India
From: Tony Mitra <tonu@me.com>
Date: March 22, 2010 7:53:10 PM PDT
To: Sonia Gandhi <soniagandhi@sansad.nic.in>


To: Smt Sonia Gandhi, MP (Indian National Congress), Rae Bareli, UP

Dear Smt Gandhi

I am an Indian citizen living in Canada.
I have an issue of great concern, and would like to hear your position on the matter.

The news media is awash with stories of the Maoist threat in india, and the Operation Green Hunt. I have tried to follow this issue, but with best of our efforts, the issue still appears murky. In the process, I have come to single out an item or two, in which I would have appreciated help from someone like yourself, since you appeared both knowledgeable and prompt. These are:

1. I am told that the constitution of India provides protection to the tribal people and has special provisions to protect their land. I have gone through the original near 800 page document, and find several mention of the tribals and their lands - but cannot find any specifics on what can or cannot be done in their land, presumably without their consent. I have not had the time and energy to check through all the 90 odd amendments to the constitution yet.

Can you or someone enlighten me as to if the tribals have a say on if a dam can be built, a power plant can be constructed, or a mining contract can be issued on their land ?

A related question would automatically come to mind - if the tribals are opposed to some 'development', usually there might be a reason behind it. In the rest of the world, the reason has often been related to environmental degradation, pollution of its water, soil and air. I wonder if factors like these might be at the root of the problems here.

2. Given that 'Maoism' is no more likely being supported from outside the country (China has rejected Maoism and is almost certain not to be funding it or providing material and ideological support), it appears to be sustaining itself over decades as a homegrown movement. While violence might be a part of the struggle, there is often a flip side. People rarely pick up violence without serious grievance that are not addressed. I would have thought that, for a properly functioning democracy, these issues would be openly, and transparently debated, with full participation of the nation and the media. But it appears that the media only covers a very sketchy account of the non-Government side of the story, and the public appears more or less apathetic. It is not the nature of us Indians to be apathetic to issues affecting our nation. So, why is this subject not a topic of full and fair public debate where all sides can tell their story ?

I wonder if you could throw any light on this issue.

Appreciate your thoughts and response on this.

With best regards
Santanu Mitra
Current residence : 10891 Cherry Lane, Delta, BC, V4E3L7, Canada. Tel +1-604-6497535. email tonu@me.com
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Tonu



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Subject: Food Distribution Chain and its control, in the Kolkata Metropolitan sector
From: Tony Mitra <tonu@me.com>
Date: March 25, 2010 2:05:07 PM PDT
To: micfpih@wb.gov.in, micfs@wb.gov.in

To:Sri Manabendra Mukherjee, Minister in Charge, Food Processing Industries and Horticulture, Govt of West Bengal - micfpih@wb.gov.in
Sri Paresh Chandra Adhikary, Minister in Charge, Food, Govt of West Bengal - micfs@wb.gov.in
Date : 25th March 2010
Subject : Food Distribution Chain and its control, in the Kolkata Metropolitan sector

Dear sirs

I am an Indian born engineer living in Canada. I have tried to remain abreast of the tide of changes sweeping across India over the past decade on the social and economic front. Of particular interest has been the apparent ongoing tussle between wings within the West Bengal Government, and the private corporate sector, over control of the food distribution business in Kolkata Metro.

From what I understand, the distribution channels for food that reaches the average Bengali dinner table was under a regime of license, controlled by the state Government. Then, as part of a series of changes coming to India as the economy is being liberalized and new industrial models replace some of the older models, the issue on the control of food distribution channels has gotten heated and personal, between some sections within the left front Government and the private firms trying to enter the field.

Politics and the corporate economis aside, we have been pondering how it affects the two ends of the food chain - that is, what the farmer gets for his toils, and what the consumer pays for the food, and how much the middle man profits from the distribution.

I wonder if you can help me get some verifiable data on this issue, or connect me with people who can help with the requested information.

With best regards
Santanu Mitra
10891 Cherry Lane, Delta, BC, V4E3L7, Canada. +1-604-649 7535. tonu@me.com
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Subject: Preservation of the Olive Riddley turtle and construction of the Dharma Port in Orissa
From: Tony Mitra <tonu@me.com>
Date: March 26, 2010 7:00:09 AM PDT
To: npilcher@mrf-asia.org

To: Dr. Nicholas Pilcher
Co-Chair iUCN SSC Marine Turtle Specialist

Dear Dr. Pilcher

I am an Indian born engineer living in Canada. I came to learn about the plight of Olive Riddley turtle population that nest along the Indian coast, and possible destruction of their habitat due to commercial construction of deep sea ports in the state of Orissa, India.

I noted your contact on a web page put up by Greenpeace India : http://www.eco-dhamra.com/CSR-approach/IUCN/DPCL-and-IUCN.asp

I am a concerned person, and manage a Bengali/English podcast called the Santiniketan Podcast, under the category of 'society and culture'. I would like to call you, if you agree, on record, to learn more about the Olive Riddley Turtle and its future in India, for putting it up on a future podcast, for listeners.

You can find Santiniketan Podcast on iTunes, or at : http://www.podcastalley.com/podcast_details.php?pod_id=53006

Looking forward to your response
with best regards
Tony Mitra
10891 Cherry Lane, Delta, BC, V4E3L7, Canada
+1-604-649 7535, tonu@me.com
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Subject: Speaking with Greenpeace India
From: Santanu Mitra <tony.mitra@gmail.com>
Date: March 26, 2010 10:47:12 AM PDT
To: oceans.india@mailing.greenpeace.org

Thanks

I am an Indian born engineer living in Vancouver, the birthplace of the Greenpeace movement.

I run a Bengali/English language podcast called 'Santiniketan Podcast'. It can be found in iTunes, or at http://www.podcastalley.com/podcast_details.php?pod_id=53006

I try to cover topics within 'society and culture' category that includes environment, and is more India centric, though not always.

I would like to speak with someone in Greenpeace India, on record, by calling him/her up, to discuss what Greenpeace India does, its list of agendas for India, and how the listeners could help or participate.

Thanks and best regards
Santanu (pet name Tony) Mitra
10891 Cherry Lane, Delta, BC, V4E3L7, Canada.
Tel +1-604-649 7535


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We have a feedback from Greenpeace India. Ms Karuna Raina has reverted a willingness to talk on record. We have to set up a suitable date and time.
Watch this space.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Subject: Constitutional guarantee to the tribal people regarding land use
From: Tony Mitra <tonu@mac.com>
Date: March 28, 2010 12:03:13 PM PDT
To: vpindia@sansad.nic.in

To: The Vice President of India
Shri Mohammad Abdul Aziz Ansari
Date : 28th March 2010
Subject : Constitutional guarantee to the tribal people regarding land use

Dear Shri Mohammad Abdul Aziz Ansari,

I am an Indian citizen currently residing in Canada. Many of us are concerned about the law and order situation covering the tribal belt in India and the armed conflicts under the name of Maoist insurgency.

Some of the problems are reportedly related to large scale corruption and lack of care by the institutions that were to provide welfare and basic needs of the people with regard to education, healthcare, and protect their lives and lifestyle.

We have been receiving conflicting information regarding the extent to which the Indian constitution offers protection to the tribal people with regard to land-use by non-tribal individuals or by commercial enterprise.

To learn more about it, we have tried to read through the constitution of India, but have not found specifics of what can or cannot be done on tribal lands.

We shall be grateful if your office can help clarify the issue of what guarantee might be offered in the constitution to the tribal people, towards protection of their land and how much say the tribal people might or might not have, on what can or cannot be done on their land.

Thanking you,
Santanu Mitra
10891 Cherry Lane, Delta, V4E3L7, Canada
+1-604-649 7535, tonu@me.com
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Subject: Constitutional guarantee to the tribal people regarding land use
From: Tony Mitra <tonu@mac.com>
Date: March 28, 2010 12:03:13 PM PDT
To: vpindia@sansad.nic.in

To: The Vice President of India

Shri Mohammad Abdul Aziz Ansari
Date : 28th March 2010
Subject : Constitutional guarantee to the tribal people regarding land use

Dear Shri Mohammad Abdul Aziz Ansari,

I am an Indian citizen currently residing in Canada. Many of us are concerned about the law and order situation covering the tribal belt in India and the armed conflicts under the name of Maoist insurgency.

Some of the problems are reportedly related to large scale corruption and lack of care by the institutions that were to provide welfare and basic needs of the people with regard to education, healthcare, and protect their lives and lifestyle.

We have been receiving conflicting information regarding the extent to which the Indian constitution offers protection to the tribal people with regard to land-use by non-tribal individuals or by commercial enterprise.

To learn more about it, we have tried to read through the constitution of India, but have not found specifics of what can or cannot be done on tribal lands.

We shall be grateful if your office can help clarify the issue of what guarantee might be offered in the constitution to the tribal people, towards protection of their land and how much say the tribal people might or might not have, on what can or cannot be done on their land.

Thanking you,

Santanu Mitra
10891 Cherry Lane, Delta, V4E3L7, Canada
+1-604-649 7535, tonu@me.com

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Tapas Basu
I am an person holding a PIO card, & British Citizen. I live both in UK & in India after retiring from my profession as Medical Practitioner serving NHS, UK.

I fully support the view of Mr Santanu Mitra. I would like to see comment of His Excellency Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. I have a very high regards about Mr Singh who is the most educated & learned among all the Prime Minister or Leaders of the different Nations of the World.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 09:05 AM

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Tonu
Hi Tapas da,

The letter was sent to the Vice President, and not the Prime Minister.
Although Dr. Singh is highly educated, he still is an elected member of a particular party.

The President and his office, including the Vice President, are supposed to be above party politics and are by definition to uphold the constitution. So I thought it might be better in this case to ask the office of the President and not the Prime Minister.

Besides, I believe Dr. Siingh is already beseached by thousands of letters, emails, faxes etc that flood his office on a daily basis. I was hoping to get an answer from the VP instead.

But, perhaps you are right, and I should try the Prime Minister.
Take care
Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 02:42 PM


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