Thursday, November 29, 2007

when it comes to false data, fake statements and bogus actions, SEZ's (special economic zones) of india take the cake.

we hit the poor farmers in their stomach, grab their land at dirt cheap price, act as middlemen for wealthy industrialists who complain of 'sky high' land prices even after paying probably 10% of land worth (the land which should not be in first place taken away by force), talk of bringing beautiful job creating chemical and leather industries that western countries have kicked outside and finally tell that SEZ will aid india in increasing the gdp. yeah, the gdp of the rich of course.

the classic case is being played in mangalore where several hundred (and perhaps) thousands of farmland is being threatened by forced acquisition. as usual the project proponents tell all the goodies about the project and the 'wonderful' measure's they are taking on lands that are being forced upon farmers throats.

and when it comes to pubic hearings, it is the usual tricks to 'pass' it through. putting outsiders in the public hearing halls, giving eia reports that is not in native language, telling that this projects means 'huge' development for the local area.

one thing to notice is that in this fake process of development all the rules are faked right from talking about project, to environment clearances to public hearings. a thorough job is indeed done to make sure the fakism sounds truism.

abraham lincoln told "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."

but when it comes to fake development in india, you can fool all the people all the time.


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