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Corporate invasion is in full swing, only people’s power can overthrow it

Posted by Ramoo on October 15, 2007

http://pnnenglish.blogspot.com/2007/10/corporate-invasion-is-in-full-swing.html

The nation is under attack from multinational corporations. They are occupying space every where displacing the people and the state. Our life, livelihood and freedom are at stake. Governments are lying prostrate at the feet of corporate colonialism Wherever the masses are up in arms against it, the entire state machinary comes down heavily on them with a view to crush their voice and upsurge. Foreign companies and forces are operating here with no police or military force of their own. Instead, governments are working as their loyal security guards. Corporate invasion is manifold, from all sides and on all fronts.
During 15-16 years of corporate-led global economic regime, specially under the dictates of World Bank, IMF and WTO, the multinational corporations took over country’s industrial, service and finance sectors and are now engaged with full vigour to do the same with agriculture and retail also, the two most vital and largest job-providing sectors in Indian economy. The agriculture is under severe attack on four fronts. First, multicrop fertile farmland is being acquired on a large scale for setting up mega industrial projects and Special Economic Zones (SEZs) for the benefit of corporate giants. Second, free export-import of foodgrains and other farm produce is destroying the fabric of our rural and agrarian econmy and life. Government policies are designed so as to subsidise agri-business corporations at the cost of the lives of our farmers, who are thus forced to committ suicide. Third, agriculture has become unremunerative and loss-making as supply of inputs like seeds, fertilisers, pesticides, etc. are in the hands of big corporations, government subsidies are negetive, and minimum support prices of agricultural commodities are much below the total costs incurred therein. Fourth, in the name of launching second green revolution, India and US joint agreement—Indo-US Knowledge Initiative in Agricultural Research, Education and Training will completely hand-over entire farming to multinational corporations displacing millions and millions of farmers, and farm-related workers.
Retail is next to agriculture. Wal-Marti sation of Indian retail business is on the anvil. Retail provides bread to 40 million households and now their very survival is threatened due to the entry of domestic and foreign big corporate houses in this sector. Government is making conducive environment for them.
The state has succumbed to them but the people have not. It is really a healthy sign that people everywhere are opposing on their own the establishment of corporate enclaves. They are spontaneously getting united and are providing leadership to protest movements. More or less, they have identified their first immediate enemy-multinational corporation Multinationals should be forced to realise that it is now not safe to continue their operations here. This is possible if these grass-roots protest movements consolidete and converge into a nationwide mass movement against corporate colonialism. They have the tested and tried weapons-weapons of non-cooperation and civil disobedience. Farmers, small retailers and youths should come forward and take the lead in this new freedom movement

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