Tuesday, September 09, 2008

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Date: Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 1:55 PM
Subject: re: Pressure tactics
To: bleditor@thehindu.co.in

hello hindu,
please refer to article by b.s.raghavan at http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2008/09/10/stories/2008091050050900.htm

kudos to the author on the brilliant article. the article correctly pinpoints the real issue in singur (and in most other places in india where industries are being pushed on the throats of tribals, rural people and vital ecosystems) wherein the multi thousand crore industries and politicians have seldom cared for the real issues on the ground.

the industry and the government should also note that if they had followed an open and honest policy of acquiring land, such impasse would not have occured. instead they went on the route of cajoling and forcing the land acquisition which has led to the current situation.

more sad is the remarks of infosys human resources head on his 'scary' situation remarks. firstly, infosys has nothing to do with the singur impasse and would have been served very well by keeping quite and secondly there is nothing 'scray' when a land owner asks for his basic rights.

when the situation at ground level is tense and when it calls for soft handling and plenty of give and take, ill advised comments will serve no purpose.

but what else can we expect from the industries that want cheap land no matter what human and environmental costs it involves.


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