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Punjab and Gujarat-Rich states, rich politicians, poor track records, negative images

Posted by Ramoo on February 19, 2007…

The NDTV show on the Punjab farmer’s suicides came as a rude shock! The heart-breaking scenes, the tears and misery of the women who lost their husbands were too much to bear viewing for long. Yet, the feature did a great national service for highlighting what is held back from the public view the many contradictions and distortions that have come to characterise Punjab agriculture.

What was often highlighted, made great public displays in the newspapers and TV channels is the Bharti Mittal’s Wal-Mart foray or Pepsi Company’s entry into the agri sector. The Green Revolution creates a false image and that false image had stuck in public memory, thanks to the over-zealous publicity-seeking agri scientists turned propagandists and apologists for the Central Government.

The old Punjab that went on to make the Green Revolution such a grand success is now gone. Forever, it seems. The new Punjab is altogether a different story, a difficult story. Did anyone tell you that Punjab tops the chart in per capita farmers’ debt? No. Did anyone tell you that Punjab’s social sector indicators, maternal mortality, infanticide and other social ills far outpaces other less “developed” states? No, not likely.

Yes, there are serious issues in the new Punjab’s agri sector. There is this new phenomenon of farmers suicides, uneconomic land holdings, farmers-turned migrants, in search of livelihood and honour by the poor farmers who have been totally left behind by the new generation of politicians, who are all now crorepatis and they have now come out with a vengeance, as in the latest Assembly elections to win power, by using all the highhanded methods! It is also dynastic rule in Punjab, taking acute from New Delhi; it is Badal vs Amarinder Singh, two of the richest families of Punjab, all in the name of development vs religious, ethnic identity!

Punjab and Gujarat are always considered top states in terms of critical development indicators. Punjab is the granary of India, along with Haryana and Western UP. Its agricultural performance was always considered world class until recently when the problems of soil salinity and water logging and declining productivity and all India per capita farm debts created many doubts about the future of Punjab agriculture.

Gujarat is always outwitting other states in terms of drawing record investments. Punjab was always the agricultural pioneer, thanks to the Bhakra-Nangal dam and the management of inter-state river waters. So too now Gujarat with its record hitting Narmada dam that serves so many states and also seeing such persistent protests over the rehabilitation of the displaced people. May be this is a new phenomenon in the post-Nehru era of managing the inter-state river waters on such large scale. Times change and we have to welcome changes and as far as agriculture’s future is concerned we can’t be dogmatic when it comes to sharing the inter-state waters or utilising the precious natural resources for the maximum benefit to the entire country. In this context the recent Cauvery River waters award too has to be seen in the national context, the few persisting issues have to be negotiated in a spirit of give and take and there can’t be any more politics of the narrow king in such matters that has direct bearing on the poverty and prosperity of the common man.
Gujarat and Punjab have so many lessons in development and also in terms of the quality of state politics.  Punjab CM, Capt.Amarinder Singh has given out his thoughts on the eve of the Assembly elections and the sort of candidates, fielded by various parties, also give an indication of the sort of politics the state is to have for some more years to come. Most of the candidates are found wanting when it comes to probity in public life. Some of the richest men and women candidates are in the field. The cursory look at their declaration of personal wealth shows that it is all rich men and women’s game, this democratic politics at the beginning of the new century. Some of the prominent politicians, some 10 among them, have declared a personal wealth of Rs.39 crore (CM) to 30 crores to way down to 1.44 crores.

Luckily most of them have no criminal records, though a few do. As for the Akali Dal, it is again a rich men and women’s club. The top candidate is rich by 89 crores and also faces murder charges! The next rich starts with Rs.54 crores to Prakash Singh Badal, the former CM and a powerful figure declaring Rs.13 crores as his wealth, though many dispute this figure. His son, another Badal is rich by 9.4 crore, a Bar-at-law, is said to be the richest among the lot in the party.

Criminal records low but corruption charges high among the candidates. There are more crorepatis in the Akali party, though Congress candidates don’t lag behind when it comes to crorepatis. Even the Dalit candidates are wealthy, the wealthiest declaring an asset of Rs.6 crores. Land mafia, dynastic candidates, crorepati politicians, landlords, barons, big-ticket NRIs, transport tycoons, liquor giants and traders are the common descriptions for the candidates. Among the 26 reserved seats for Dalits, there are 27 crorepatis. Women candidates make for interesting reading. The richest is worth 90 crores. Another top five crorepatis among the women candidates. Badal is alleged to possess wealth to the tune of Rs. 3,500 crores, alleged by the CM whose palace is valued only at Rs. 35 crores spread over 32 acres at the heart of Patiala. Yet, Badal, the senior has declared that the only vehicle he owns is a second hand tractor!

Says the CM:”70 per cent of Punjabis are under 40 years; they look to the future with much fear, as there is no worthwhile development, as seen under the Aakali rule. Development has become the most central issue in this election, thanks to the Congress rule putting development as the main issue before the people of Punjab”. The CM alleges that “the Akalis had never gone beyond Aurangazeb in their speeches”.

Chandigarh, the newly built capital must belong to Punjab and Haryana must build its own capital, says the CM, the Chandigarh issue is a hot emotional issue. Questions of Sikh identity are another contentious issue, who can deliver it? Congress or the Akalis?

The new agenda of development is the one route to regain the Punjabi identity, through more development and the promise of realising the aspirations of the younger generation. The religious symbols are again a current issue, the Heritage Memorial, free access to Nankana Sahib and other holy sites. The CM promised to tackle unemployment, bring in one lakh crores worth of new investment, to generate 20 lakh new jobs. “Unemployment will not be an issue for several coming generations”! This in itself is a Punjabi style grand gesture! Politics in Punjab has always been a grand gesture of sorts, in all extremes, the Punjab milancy itself is an outcome of such grand standing and vague emotions creating so much tensions and upheavals.
Punjab has many border districts and wars and the peace are the constant themes. Now, with war receding from public domian, there is talk of peace and opening of the routes towards more trade with Pakistan.
Narendra Modi, on the other hand, has claimed a record investment and he says his state scores over other states in all development parameters. The Godhra arson is very much in the background, though those horrible days remain in public memory to give the state a negative image. Lately, he was in the news when his name was dropped from the BJP executive committee. Modi nursed the Prime ministerial ambitions and the latest move has come as a shock to his many admirers. It was widely expected that Modi, along with Arun Jaitley would lead the 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign. He drew the loudest applause during the party’s Lucknow national executive last December.

Mr.Narendra Modi, the incumbent Chief Minister of Gujarat, by all accounts, is the most powerful politician in the BJP party, though now his wings are sought to be clipped. Even after the approval of the RSS and the senior leaders, Vajpayee and Advani who suspect that Modi might outplay them when the time comes in Delhi, he still remains the most powerful man in Gujarat, his hold on the political and the administrative machinery is unchallenged. It is widely felt that he is the only one BJP, or suffron, leader who can win a record number of MPs from the state, very similar to what Kalyan Singh did in his best days in Lucknow. When Singh won 50 MP seats in two consecutive elections. This ropetrick, Modi only can do now, if at all. In that case, his role in the “selection” of the next Prime Minister would be crucial. Vajpayee and Advani still entertain prime ministerial ambitions. But among the next line of leaders, it is only Modi who has the mass base, despite the debacle of the party in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.

So, how to judge Modi? An asset or a liability?

Certainly, Modi is a doer. His track record on the economic front is impressive. He asserts that Gujarat can achieve an 11 per cent rate of growth. The Centre is aiming a rate of 9.2 per cent. Says the CM: “Gujarat needs to generate unprecedented growth. In agriculture, manufacturing and services, human resources. We are ready for that“. Is this the CM who indulged in such communal flareup that the outside world condmened, India earned such a bad name?

The state has organised “Vibrant Gujarat” biennial summit thrice and attracted an astounding 140 b dollar in investment proposals. Creating infrastructure with global benchmarks, create a level playing field for global players. Even the investors speak of the professional approach, no politics, no bureaucratic delays etc. Rs.4, and 61,835 crores investment represents 1.3 million jobs! Over 80 per cent of the proposals, investments in the last two years have been implemented, says the CM.

Gujarat agriculture and coastline based industries, salt and chemical industries are all well-known and so too the entrepreneurial culture of the public.

So, we have to weigh the plus and minus points. Farmers’ suicides have come from Punjab and Gujarat too! The social evils like infanticide, women’s oppression in Punjab and Gujarat’s communal track record is simply abysmal. But given the total neglect and insensitivity of the politicians in other states, for the agri sector’s depressing scenario, Punjab and Gujarat, at least should give us hope for more innovative agri sector initiatives.

Punjab’s water scarce cotton belt had seen farmers’ suicides and farmers migration to Rajasthan and Gujarat. Yes, there is also the story that owing to good monsoon there is the higher yield of indigenous BT cotton seeds brought in from Gujarat. The CM’s role in terminating the inter-state agreement on the sharing of the waters of the Ravi, the Beas and the Sutlej among Punjab, Haryana, HP and Rajasthan saved water for the Malwa cotton belt. The growing unemployment, consumption of smuggling liquor and opium is also a social problem.

Punjab and Haryana always played a critical role in arm-twisting the Centre to get the best deal for farmers, MSP etc and thus Punjab and also Gujarat have a critical role to play in the new century’s agricultural strategies and policies.

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Orissa: ThrottledDissent, Overstepped Laws, Displaced People

Posted by Ramoo on February 16, 2007

Orissa: Throttled Dissent, Overstepped Laws, Displaced People

Saswat Pattanayak

Here is a classic case of manufactured consent.
News is agog that India will have its Harvard University in next two years. Even Forbes Magazine testifies to that. The corporate media hails a proposed university in India to be the greatest hope of reified vision where huge mass of people will be educated for betterment of India’s economy; and, its poor state Orissa’s. It is being hailed as the institute that’s receiving the single largest donation ever worldwide: $1 billion, and yes its going to be the university with largest real estate holdings ever. So welcome to capitalism that apparently does good, through capitalists that claim to be philanthropists of great cause.
Are there any protests against the university? Hardly any. Who would protest establishment of a first world standard university in a third world standard country? Instead, there is huge celebration of this proposal, of a one billion dollar charity. It’s a poor peoples’ world, and free money counts. The donor, Anil Agarwal is being hailed as a messiah of sort whose generosity is redefining cannons of capitalism. ‘Let them eat cake’ is after all being replaced by ‘Let us serve them’!

The esteemed Chronicle of Higher Education has been publishing features to highlight Vedanta, and last week, it has advertised the vacancy positions, including that of a Provost and Chief Academic Officer. US-based Ayers/Saint/Gross Architects have been hired to design the Harvard clone. 8,000-acres of land are being earmarked for this gigantic project (Harvard has only 4,938 acres). In other words, the largest ever education project in the world is underway already.
The Corporate Charity for Profits Syndrome:
Last week, a LA Times investigation excavated how the richest man in the world Bill Gates evades taxes through his philanthropies. In fact, worse, his Gates Foundation invests 95% of its worth on industries that defeat the purpose of its 5% charity causes.
How much does Anil Agarwal, the 245th richest person in the world emulate the club chair? Totally. It appears, he fails to escape the capitalistic dictums: the crude greed in sophisticated pill. Proponent of the later stage of feudalism, landgrabbing capitalists have been targeting Africa and Asia for their wealth accumulation. And ironically, they have been employing causes such as AIDS and education as excuses to divert the public attention from the real issues: exploitation of resources, harassment of indigenous peoples, and murders of activists.
Behind the euphoria that outlines a $1-billion charity of Agarwal for the proposed university, lies the three years of vehement protests of thousands of indigenous/tribal people who are being inhumanly displaced a little distant away for a much larger corporate project that shall hamper the ecology and destroy livelihoods of local poor for the profits of the same bunch of profit mongers living in Britain.
The man who has promised to donate for university to educate people also happen to be the one who has been investing in nearby landmines to displace people and stake private ownership over public resources through suspect means. Only that, the dreams of furthering his landmining business would not advance if attempts are not made to eliminate the long prevailing popular resentments. And for that, the corporate house has taken shelter in some upper class intelligentsia that profits directly from a world-class educational institute in bargain. And this group of abettors comprises some high-profile educators inside India and outside of it, who have been impressing upon the media agencies to glorify this business house that funds their future abode.
The nexus between profiteering capitalists and kingpin professors also has complete consent from some political bigwigs and media business houses. All of them stand to benefit from a university that’s advertised as catering to upper class, upper caste youths of India who have had a remarkable private school education already, considering that the Vedanta University is to be based on “need-blind admissions”. So yes, in the most backward of states in India, only students with so-called ‘merit’ (implying most filtered students from urban school education) will benefit.
The Casualties of University:
I recently spoke with some activists participating in protests movements in Orissa against the Sterlite business expansions. The resentments are taking place at both the urban hotspots like Puri (near which the university is proposed) as well as in rural heartlands of Lanjigarh, Kalahandi (where the alumina project is underway).
Activists told me that at the university site, at least 20,000 people are affected by the project, whereas nearly a thousand are getting evicted. And yet, the business house is conducting press meets to send falsified numbers that the media are readily savoring. As per Ajit Kumar Samal, vice-president of the project, rehab packages are assured for all those going to be displaced. “The willing and educated persons of about 80 families, likely to be displaced, would be imparted capacity building training to absorb them in the project. We are ready to provide compensation amount as soon as the Government appoints a committee to fix the quantum” (The Pioneer, January 6, 2007). So, the number estimated by the Vedanta University stands at 80, from whom chosen few will be given compensation only after bureaucratic clearance. Of course, when it comes to affected people, the industries face bureaucratic hassles as well.
Adding more to the irony is the fact that with such billion-dollar promise quotes, the industry/government has succeeded in diverting the center of focus from Lanjigarh land scams to Puri as education site.

Smooth Operation:

For a business baron who, according to Forbes Magazine, “built his London-listed Vedanta Resources by acquiring state-owned mining and metal assets in India where main operations are located,” it was imperative that the protests of environmentalists and other activists be dismissed as routine hindrances in “developmental” path whereas the mass looting of home country resources for individual profit accumulation is planned out. Its as though, the onus on protecting the mother nature lies only with some professional environmentalists who need to be chided for receiving money from non-governmental organizations, whereas the greedy corporate houses’ demands be hailed all the while, for their skillful trampling down of peoples’ aspirations to hold onto their forest lands for their meager livelihood!
Vedanta Resources has already completed its 1.4 million tonne alumina project in Orissa’s Kalahandi district despite resistance. But the protest movements against its further plans to take siege of Niryamgiri Hill is continuing without much support of media or political outfits. Following the West Bengal model, even the state’s official communist parties have not reacted much apart from scantily registering protests against governmental repression. Only the Marxist-Leninist front of the left wing have come out to support the peoples’ causes. Lanjigarh at the first stage has already witnessed the $874 million project, but is unwilling to part with more of its sacred hills.
What’s shocking in the entire process is that in spite of mammoth popular opposition to the mining projects in Orissa, Agarwal’s Sterlite has managed to sign an agreement with the state Government under Naveen Patnaik to set up both the alumina refinery in Kalahandi as well as aluminum smelter and power plant in Jharsuguda. Subsequently it reached agreement with the Orissa Mining Corporation to jointly operate the Niyamgiri bauxite mines. The refinery is almost completed and the importing of bauxite through Vizag port has already started.
Not just that the majority people have no say in a plutocracy such as India, where the rich landgrabbers still rule the destiny of its poor, the private corporate houses also flout the laws of the lands to go to such extremes as displacing people and terming them as encroachers on their own lands. Not just the fact that such lands are illegal to be sold to non-tribals, but also the fact that Supreme Court appointed environment-empowered-committee has strongly disapproved of the project location, has not dissuaded the state government from its unholy alliance with the foreign firm.
Apart from its obvious anti-people repercussions leading to displacement of tribal groups, Lanjigarh has attracted ire of the Supreme Court of India and subsequently many environmentalists. As a result, Ministry of Environment & Forest has also recently issued directives to the Wildlife Institute of India to undertake studies related to the impacts of mining on biodiversity including wildlife and its habitat in the proposed Bauxite Mining area at Lanjigarh, Kalahandi as per the recommendations of the Forest Advisory Committee.
The findings, among other things suggested the following:

A) Bauxite from the Niyamgiri plateaus is proposed to be extracted through open cast operations. Various kinds environmental degradations and impacts are associated with this kind of mining. These are : geomorphologic changes, landscape changes, loss of forests; land degradation; loss of flora and fauna; loss of habitat; geo-hydrological and drainage changes; land vibration, shocks, blasting and noise; air quality reduction, water quality reduction; disruption of socio-economic dependencies and public health hazards etc.
B) Bauxite mining at Niyamgiri will bring several changes due to blasting and disturbances to the forested habitat over a period of 25 years. The mining plan proposes to have 3 working shifts of 8 h3rs each per day and 6 days per week. Working of the mine during night shifts would induce disturbances due to illumination of the Niyamgiri plateau area and pose disturbance to wildlife species more specifically the nocturnal animal. The illumination may restrict movement and habitat use and reduce occupancy and utilization by several species. This situation eventually will reduce elephant movements across Niyamgiri massif to Karlapath and Kotagarh Wildlife Sanctuaries and ultimately effect the population structure and there by its genetic diversity. Exodus of human population to mining site will enhance conflict with wildlife so to their losses in long run. Bauxite mining in Niyamgiri plateau will destroy a specialized kind of wildlife habitat, dominated by grasslands and sparse tree communities. These kinds of sites are breeding habitat of many herbivores such as barking deer and four horned antelopes.

The manufactured euphoria over the richest proposed university in the world is as illusive as the concept itself. A business house employing power tactics, first tries to set up an ecologically disastrous mining project to exploit Orissa’s indigenous areas for private gains. Facing stiff opposition from people and environmentalists alike, it struggles to gain a foothold for almost three years. And finally, wins the corridors of powers as predicted, with a side dish, a dream university: one that has allured the intelligentsia and educated section of the state, to create a normalization that can facilitate corporate hegemony over a land’s soul—its peoples.

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India Shining: What about Rural India?

Posted by Ramoo on February 16, 2007…

If you are one of those people, who are sick and tired of listening to “India Shining Stories” despite the growth not bringing about basic changes you had expected to be associated with an economic powerhouse – you will probably like where I am going with this. Over the last few days I have been reading a lot about the Great Indian Corporate Shopping spree.
What Lakshmi Mittal started last year with Arcelor, has seen several follow-up acts such as the Tata-Corus deal, Birla’s Hinduja takeover of Novelis and the Hutch deal with Vodafone. I wondered how much of Atanu Dey’s introduction to RISC (Rural Infrastructure & Services Commons) was relevant. I tried to understand this better. There is no doubt, that India is growing – and growing fast – the universally accepted eight percent GDP growth rate holds pretty good.

Graph: Poverty in Indian states (1999-2000)

But, how good is this economic growth, when more than half of children aged below five are undernourished or when one fifth of the entire population is chronically hungry. Dey also points out the recently released rankings in the Human Development Report, where our 126th rank (out of 177 counties) is nothing to be proud of. A quick look at the demographics explains this imbalance:
The National sample survey organisation (NSSO) estimated that 22.15% of the population was living below the poverty line in 2004–2005, down from 51.3% in 1977–1978, and 26% in 2000. I for one question, whether this is any indication of India’s overall upliftment (especially rural areas) or just migration of ‘cheap human resource’ from villages and towns to the IT/ITes based megapolis.
My doubt is further strengthened when you see that while services and industry have grown at double digit figures, agriculture growth rate has dropped from 4.8% to 2%.
More than three quarters of India depends on agriculture for livelihood, but the contribution of agriculture to India’s GDP is less than one quarter.
Precious little is being done to address plaguing problems in rural India such as availability of civic amenities, education and health & sanitation. This is further compounded by a high population growth rate.
So what does this translate to – more pressure on crumbling urban infrastructure, which has led to greater congregation of population in ‘hot pockets’ of corporate India. This in turn, had led the politicians to shift their already trivial focus on rural matters, by addressing matters concerning corporations, city development and infrastructure. There is absolutely no incentive for either the poitician to be concerned about the rural population, or for the people to participate in upliftment of villages.
The Discovery channel documentary on Thomas Friedman (Pulitzer winning author of The world in flat), showed that within an hour’s drive from India’s star performer – Bangalore, there were villages with no educational system or health-sanitation facilities. I wonder, how the villages deeper inside the world’s seventh largest country score on this scale.
The politicians with schemes such as Rural Employment Guarantee Bill (2005) and the Reservation Bill have resorted to controversial methods, that give scope to extreme corruption. I only read about initiatives done by NGOs and corporations that lay emphasis on their CSR. Moreover, a new controversy bogged my mind – shifting the BPO industry to villages on the fringe of urban centers. Satyam computers recently set up a BPO village in Andhra Pradesh. While, this practice may reap in profits for firms such as Satyam, who are struggling with infrastructure issues and high operating costs in traditional ‘hubs’, what is the payoff for rural India. The sustainability of such quasi-pro-rural initiatives depends largely on availability and willingness of ‘cheaper skilled labor’ in such rural belts. This also, if successful, will add to the wooing of potential agro-based laborers to cheaper service based jobs, which may disturb the long standing balance of our economic structure.
So, this brings me back to the initial debate – how can India shining not be a misnomer, but a whole, meaningful phrase, that applies to every sphere of India. Is RISC the only method of moving ahead, for rural upliftment ? I think, given a corruption-free, closely monitored and explicitly public undertaking by the GOI, NGOs and other partners, this could be one of the more effective solutions. The main idea behind RISC, is to bring to the rural population services that are normally available only in large urban locations. It is virtual grouping of villages and small towns to provide a common platform for Infrastucture (I-level) and user Services (S-level). The economies of scale works well with this model, as spreading the costs of such services over the large population of clubbed villages and towns, makes per unit cost as low as possible, while extending quality resources such as public health programmes, education and training and manufacturing capabilities (such as factories, logistics, access to markets, trading information).
We may be competing well in 2007. But to sustain a long term balanced growth, we cannot ignore the rural population with it’s promising resources, reduced inefficiences and potential to decongest not just the metros, but also the economy on the whole. Lastly, with projects such as RISC, governance of India shifts from small units such as villages, to larger congregations in these RISC centers. Let India Shine. Now.
References: Dey, Atanu and Vinod Khosla (2002), ‘RISC – Rural Infrastructure and Services Commons’.Full document available at and at; A Brief Introduction To RISC — Rural Infrastructure & Services Commons — Atanu Dey (

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Farmers suicide in various parts of Vidarbha

Posted by Ramoo on February 14, 2007…

The suicide by the farmer in the state of Maharashtra is increasing at an alarming rate. As per the latest report as many as 1264 cases of suicide is reported from different parts of the state since June 2005 to till date. The most affected areas are the Vidharbha, Amrawati, Yavatmal and Buldhana district of Maharashtra. The given below table shows the number of suicide in the said districts.

The table shows that the Vidharva region is facing with a grim situation. In fact in the last three month in every 8 hours one farmers is committing suicide.
Former Shetkari Sanghatana leader Vijay Jawandhia pointed out that the farmers, and particularly cotton growers, were in huge distress in view of the present agricultural scenario in the region.
One and a half months into the cotton sale season they find that the government support price is too low. “How can they survive when the costs of agriculture inputs are drastically increasing and they are not getting remunerative price,” he asked, and said that more farmers are being pushed to the edge in the region.
Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti alleged that the government-sponsored cotton marketing federation had hardly purchased 13 lakh quintals of raw cotton from its 100-odd procurement centres, while the private traders have purchased 68 lakh quintals till December 31.
On the other hand, farmers in the region have produced over 220 lakh raw cotton this year. The private traders are offering at least Rs 100 less for every quintal than the support price announced by the government, he added.
Tiwari reiterated that the cotton growers be given at least Rs 500 per quintal as bonus so that they could cope up with the crisis. Moreover, total waving off of the farmers’ debts could help in curbing the suicides.

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SEZ: Wait and see

Posted by Ramoo on February 11, 2007…

Saturday, February 10, 2007
Palash Biswas
(Contact: Palash Biswas, C/O Mrs arati roy, Gostokanan, sodepur, Kolkata- 700110, India. Phone: 91-25659551)
With unrest in Nandigram and Singur continuing unabated, getting the CPI-M’s partners back on Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s side may not be easy. But despite fierce resistance in singur and Nandigram West Bengal Capitalist Chief minister may find some consolation from elsewhere as not only Bengal the entire country follows him to adopt chinese model of development and open Market. India is set to become a trillion-dollar economy as early as next year, if the latest figures released by the Central Statistical Organisation are any indication.The economy, which has been on a high growth path of 8-9% for the last three years, is expanding faster this year at 9.2%, it said.Only a few days ago, the CSO had revised the GDP growth figure for the last financial year to a scorching 9% from 8.4%. On Wednesday, it put economic growth this year at 9.2%.“Reforms are driving growth,” Finance Minister P Chidambaram said. “Reforms have brought in investment, fostered competition, and enhanced productivity and efficiency.”Most optimistic projections so far had been of a growth rate of close to 9% in 2006-07. The economy had expanded 9.2% in the second quarter of the current year and 9.1% in the first half.The latest CSO figures suggest that India will be an $850 billion economy this year, well set to join the big league of trillion-dollar economies as early as next year. There are nine countries in that club now (see table).At 9.2%, India’s GDP growth in 2006-07 is a full percentage point less than that of China, which registered 10.4% growth in 2006. But India’s growth is clearly the world’s second fastest this year. In fact, this is the highest growth for the Indian economy since 1987-88, when GDP grew 10.6 per cent on the back of the previous year’s low caused by drought.
TRYING HARD: To overcome resistance from its partners, CPI-M is creating a unique land map.Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has offered a peace pipe to the four left parties. After the whole controversy surrounding acquisition of land for SEZs, he now says he will move ahead with the issue only with the go-ahead of the Left Parties.He now says The CPI-M has failed to reach an agreement with its partners on the proposed amendment to the Bengal Land Reforms Act. The current Act restricts the area of land that can be acquired for SEZs and industrial parks. The CPI-M tried to thrash out differences with its partners on amendment to the Bengal Land Reforms Act in a closed-door meeting. Under the Act, you couldn’t hold more than 24 acres of land in Bengal. Though factories and townships are exempted, industrial parks and special economic zones aren’t. And unless this restrictive provision is removed, proposed industrial parks and SEZs wouldn’t ever materialise. Though partners of the CPI-M didn’t agree to the government’s proposal, the party isn’t giving up.
“This isn’t the last meeting of the Left Front,” said West Bengal CPI-M State Secretary and Left Front Chairman Biman Bose.
Mamta holds rally in Bora near Singur not violeting 144. But her supporters thrashed mediapersons.After refusing Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s invitation for talks on the land acquisition row in Singur, Trinamool Congress leader Mamta Banerjee went to Bora near Singur on saturday. Mamata seems to have decided not to defy the state ban on large gatherings in Singur. Her rally was outside the prohibitory zone on the outskirts of Singur.After the violence in Nandigram, where Trinamool workers clashed with the police and a policeman was killed, the Trinamool leader probably had no other choice for the moment.Prohibitory orders are in place in Singur till February 14 – a day before Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee holds a meeting.
Meanwhile the Calcutta High Court on Friday directed the West Bengal government to file an affidavit with details of the compensation given for the land acquired at Singur for the Tata Motors small car plant as also the total number of beneficiaries. A division bench of acting Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice K K Prasad asked the state government to file the affidavit within seven days. The bench’s direction came on a petition filed by legal aid committee general secretary Joydeep Mukherjee.
On the other hand, a very dangerous sign has emerged from the blue as Police on Saturday recovered 1,500 kg of explosives from a forest in the Naxalite-hit Gaya district of Bihar.The explosives, concealed in two plastic tanks buried under the ground, were seized by the police from Kushatand forest in the Mohanpur police station area of the district, Superintendent of Police Amit Jain told .The SP said the Naxalites used the explosives for manufacturing can bombs and landmines. Asked if the material seized also included high-grade explosives like RDX or TNT, he said it could be established only after a forensic test.It was not immediately known if the police stumbled on the massive storehouse of explosives accidentally or were tipped off about its presence in the jungles.A police source on condition of anonymity said, high-profile CPI (Maoist) commander Ajay Kanu, who was arrested from a place under Tankuppa police station of the district on February two, could have informed the police about the presence of the huge cache of explosives during interrogation.Kanu, who carried a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh on him and is currently lodged in Beur jail at Patna, had escaped from Jehanabad sub-jail on November 13, 2005, during the jailbreak in which nearly 400 inmates, many of them Maoist guerrillas, had fled. It may be remineded that naxals are playing key role in Resistance in singur as well as nandigram.
Mamta seems to have softened her stance as well as Buddhadev Bhattacharya is also showing unfamiliar patiance and waiting discussions on SEZ to pruduce some positive results on party and front forums. In the sixties it is the industrialist who was insecure in West Bengal, and now it is the farmer who is insecure. None of these are ever good for the state, but at the end of it someone has gained from it, and that is POLITICS – DIRTY POLITICS. We people of India , give our rights to our politician, in turn to support and speak for our welfare, but singur , gives us a picture that for mere political advantage, we become a scape goat, for their political benefit, let people form thier group of that region, to decide what they need.
A day after CPI, Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) stalled Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government’s move to relax land ceiling for SEZs, CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat on Friday said the contentious issue would be discussed at the party’s ensuing Polit Bureau meeting next week. “The SEZ issue will be discussed in the politburo meeting scheduled to be held in Delhi on February 17 and 18,” Karat, who was present at the CPI-M state secretariat meeting here, told reporters. He also said the four left parties — CPI-M, CPI, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) had already submitted a note to the central government on the SEZ and the UPA government has kept its SEZ policy in abeyance.
Meanhile, veteran CPI-M leader Jyoti Basu, speaking on the land ceiling amendment bill to relax the norms for acquisition of large areas of land for multi product SEZs, said bilateral talks would be held with LF constituents and it has to be ascertained through discussion whether the bill could be amended. “There are differences among the LF constituents (about relaxation of the land ceiling). It was decided that bilateral talks will be held with them (Front Partners). After the talks we will decide whether amendments can be made in the bill,” Basu said.
In the meantime, at the Writers’ Building on Friday, the chief minister declared that some farmers/landowners who had sold their lands were yet to collect their cheques. “If they have something to say, they must get in touch with the director of industries or with the district magistrate,” the chief minister said.In view of widespread protests against land acquisition in Bengal, Bhattacharya said, “I will have a talk with the opposition before selling the next lot of lands in other parts of the state.”
Like other states, work on the special economic zone planned by the Salem group has been stalled in West Bengal for the time being. The Centre has taken a step to this effect. Further decisions will be taken at the ministry meeting in New Delhi later this year.
The Chief minister has adopted a ‘wait and watch’ policy in his bid to solve the Singur impasse with opposition Trinamool Congress rejecting his offer of talks on land acquisition on Thursday.”Who knows but the world may end tonight,” Bhattacharya borrowed from poet Robert Browning before leaving the Writers’ Building on Thursday.The chief minister’s letter sent to Trinamool leader Partha Chattopadhyay on Thursday read that the government wants a “rational and peaceful solution” to the land controversy for the steady progress of the state.”If you have no problems, I am eager to discuss the state’s overall situation with you at a bilateral meeting at Writers’ Building on February 13 at 4.30 pm,” the chief minister said in a one-page letter.
A visibly irritated Chattopadhyay said in his reply, “We can have a dialogue only if the land acquired in Singur is returned, and plans to acquire farmland in Nandigram and Bhangar are shelved.” The reply, he said, was drafted after consulting Trinamool chief Mamta Banerjee.Earlier, the chief minister seemed peeved at having received no reply to his letter to Mamta Banerjee sent on December 28. “A section of the Trinamool leadership has been telling the media that the government was not interested in talks. I don’t know whether this is a fact,” he said.Those close to Banerjee, on the other hand, hinted that she is “unhappy that the letter is not addressed to her.” Way to Capitalism
But buddhadev stays well on his way to capitalism as IT services biggie Genpact has approached the West Bengal government and a clutch of property developers to set up an IT SEZ in Kolkata. The company has set aside over Rs 100 crore to set up the facility (including the cost for land). Genpact only needs 5 to 7 acres near Kolkata. But it is weighing two models. It will either acquire space within an existing SEZ or opt for the more expensive option of developing a new SEZ with a strategic partner spread over the stipulated 25-acre zone. This was confirmed by Genpact vice-president and Kolkata site leader Indranil Choudhury. The company will soon take a decision on the model to develop the proposed SEZ. “We are evaluating both options and a final decision is expected soon. While the state government has shown us land at both Jagdishpur and near Vedic Village, we are more interested to create an SEZ facility in Rajarhat,” said Choudhury. Genpact has been insisting on Rajarhat as it proposes to start the SEZ facility at a much earlier date than the state government’s deadline for the two proposed IT hubs in Jagdishpur and Vedic Village, which is some 15 km from the Salt Lake Electronics Complex (Saltlec). “We have set a target to start operations from the Kolkata SEZ by mid-2008 . A key factor on the model which we will adopt will depend on the land price,” said Choudhury. He, however, refused to spell out the price which the state government had offered the company for the proposed SEZ facility. Incidentally, Genpact has recently received in-principle clearances to set up three SEZs in Bhopal, Bhubaneswar and Jaipur. It is also in the process of constructing a development centre on a 12-acre plot within the IT SEZ being developed by DLF in Gurgaon. Genpact in Kolkata operates out of a leased facility spread over 80,000 sq. ft at the DLF IT Park in Rajarhat and employs 420 people. “By this year, we will ramp up the headcount to 1,000 people and expand the new facility besides our existing facility. With the proposed SEZ facility on ground, Genpact will employ 5,000 people in Kolkata by 2010,” said Choudhury. “While the Kolkata unit was used to service processes for GE, three new global clients have also committed operations from here. These are in three key verticals – finance and accounting, software development and analytic,” Choudhury added. Genpact also has another three-acre plot in Saltlec where it will start construction of a training-cum-development facility. “Construction will start sometime in April and this facility will mainly focus on training employees. This is planned to be our second-largest dedicated training facility after Hyderabad,” said Choudhury.
Kashmir farmers get over 250,000 acres land A good news at last breaks from shrinagar.This announcement was greeted with the thumping of desks by the treasury benches before the opposition entered the House and protested the passage of the bill.The Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly Friday passed a law conferring property rights to farmers on over 250,000 acres of government land which was under their occupation.The law, titled ‘Roshni -‘, was passed with a voice vote amid unprecedented din as the opposition National Conference wanted its amendments to the bill to be taken into consideration for debate before voting on the law. But the National Conference members were barred from doing so as they were not present in the House when their names were called to move the amendments.They staged a noisy walk out and leader of opposition Abdul Rahim Rather termed the speaker’s action of convening the House without their presence as ‘breach of trust’.However, the ruling party said the rules of the House did not permit members to take part in debates once they were declared ‘absent’.
Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, while moving the bill, had stated that the farmers would be given land free of cost. They would, however, have to deposit Rs.100 for getting the details of their land entered into official records to claim the property rights in future.

Two Bengali Nobel laureates to visit city Kolkata, Feb. 9 (PTI): Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammad Yunus of Bangladesh will be felicitated by two city-based organisations here and attend a dinner hosted by state Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, when he visits the city on Sunday for the first time since winning the coveted honour. Another Nobel laureate Amartya Sen will also be in the city to address a seminar on ‘child welfare’, jointly sponsored by his ‘Pratichi Trust’ and the UNICEF.
West Bengal’s finance minister Asim Dasgupta said today that during Yunus’ three-day stay, there will be an exchange of views on the experiences of Bangladesh Gramin Banks and that of the Self-Help groups of West Bengal.
Due to Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s busy schedule during the visit of Italian Premier Romano Prodi during February 11 and 13, it would not be possible for the state government to offer a formal felicitation to Yunus, he said.
‘Sad’ Buddha cold shoulders book fair
Kolkata, Feb 9 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya Friday skipped the inauguration of the Kolkata book fair, a much-awaited annual cultural event of the city. The chief minister had invited the ire of green activists to get the Kolkata book fair held in Maidan, the city’s green lungs. But a court gave a ruling against the venue. The Feb 9-21 32nd Kolkata Book Fair was inaugurated at the Salt Lake Stadium.Bhattacharya did not attend the inauguration at the Salt Lake. He said: ‘I would perhaps visit it, only once.’
‘I had saved the book fair from the fire (referring to the book fair inferno in 1997 and its reorganisation) once, but this time I could not. So I am feeling bad,’ Bhattacharya said.
The book fair hit a roadblock with the Calcutta High Court banning holding it at the Maidan.
The fair was hastily organised at the Salt Lake Stadium, but not before the organisers, Publishers and Booksellers’ Guild, were criticised by some publishers, booksellers, litterateurs and booklovers.
The literary people accused the guild of blunting the protest of the litterateurs and booklovers against the court order by hastily announcing a parallel venue.
The fair was inaugurated by Australian litterateur Thomas Keneally along with poet Sankha Ghosh and state Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty, who made available the soccer stadium for the fair.CPI-M cornered over Land Reform Act
Singur: Mamta supporters attack cameraman IDespite Mamta Banerjee’s promise to hold a peaceful rally near Singur on Saturday, her supporters went berserk within 150 mt of the dais as they pelted stones and assaulted the staff of a Bengali news channel. Apparaently unhappy with the ‘biased coverage’ of the Singur issue by the channel, a group of people assaulted a cameraman and damaged a car. The former was seriously injured and shifted to a nearby hospital.The incident took place in the presence of veteran Trinamool Congress leaders, including Saugato Roy.
However, when Banerjee, on her way to the rally, was contacted over phone, she said, “People who assaulted the journalists were outsiders and had no connection with my party. They were creating violence intentionally to tarnish my image.”
Earlier, in a gathering at south Kolkata’s Nazrul Manch on Friday, Banerjee said that her party has sought government permission to hold a meeting at Bara Telenipara. She chose Telenipara as it does not come under the purview of the area where Section 144 has been imposed.
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya had earlier decided to hold a meeting in Singur on February 15.With the opposition crying foul over the chief minister’s bid to have a meeting a day after Section 144 would be lifted from the area, he decided to cancel his plan. Banerjee, however, opines that Bhattacharya cancelled the meeting fearing “scanty turnout.” However, to protect the Tata-acquired land, the area along the Durgapur Expressway from Bardhaman has literally been sealed off. Huge numbers of Rapid Action Force and Combat Force personnel have been deployed in and around Singur police chowki.According to insiders, “Under the pretext of Section 144, a large number of police personnel have been deployed in Singur and its adjoining area. Many water tankers have been brought to meet any eventuality.”
Nandigram: Slain cop’s body found IThe body of the slain District Intelligence Bureau officer Sadhu Chatterjee was fished out from the Haldi riverbed on Saturday four days after he was lynched by a mob.The body, which had multiple injuries, was identified and sent for post mortem. There were severe head injuries with the stomach ruptured, the police said.The District Intelligence Bureau sub-inspector was attacked and killed on February 7 at Ishwardehajalpai in East Midnapore district when he accompanied police to an area where roads were being dug up by people to prevent forces from entering their villages.
Meanwhile, the Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee claimed that the men in villages had fled their homes in fear of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and police.
Now a ‘Singur’ in Madhya Pradesh?Feb 10, 2007 – 8:18:06 AM ‘The compensation package is not satisfactory as it does not take care of the permanent loss to the next generation of farmers whose land is being acquired,’ said senior BJP leader and former union minister Vikram Verma, who is also from Dhar. A place in Madhya Pradesh may see a repeat of Singur, the area in West Bengal that is on the boil over land acquisition for a Tata Motors car project.The state government is acquiring nearly 4,000 acres of land near the Dhar district’s Pithampur industrial area for a world-class auto-testing track.
But the farmers in 10 villages who have been made to part with their land for the project are unhappy with the compensation package, giving the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party – affiliate Bharatiya Kisan Sangh – a chance to protest the government’s decision to acquire farmland.
The track, approved by the central government, would be an international standard centre to provide testing facilities to Indian and foreign companies for all kinds of automobile machinery – one of the most significant initiatives in the automotive sector.
To be set up by the National Automotive Testing and Research and Development Infrastructure Project at a cost of Rs.10 billion, the track would be equipped with the facility of testing vehicles in various climatic conditions at different stages after which ‘standardisation’ certificates would be issued for vehicles produced in India and abroad.’What makes the project more significant for Madhya Pradesh is because developed states like Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh were competing for this scheme,’ Industries Minister Babulal Gaur said.
But opposition leader Jamuna Devi, who is also an MLA from Dhar, has threatened that if local farmers are subjected to injustice, a Singur-type protest will be launched. The BKS too is up in arms against the land acquisition.Alleging that fertile land is being wrested from the peasants in tribal-dominated areas like Khandwa, Kalyansikhedi, Madhopur and Sagaur, Jamuna Devi has warned that farmers would take on the government if it continues with land acquisition.
She has also written a letter to BJP president Rajnath Singh, asking him to exhibit his might against farmland acquisition in Dhar.’Thousands of acres of fertile land, belonging to farmers, is being acquired by the BJP government for being provided to the industry even as thousands of peasants are consequently facing starvation,’ Jamuna Devi told Rajanth Singh urging him to direct the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government to halt the acquisition of land.
‘We expect the same kind of opposition to the Pithampur project from the BJP as it displayed against the Tata Motors project in Singur in West Bengal,’ she wrote.
Rajnath Singh had supported Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee’s protests against similar land acquisition at Singur for a Tata Motors small car project.
State BJP spokesman Umashankar Gupta, however, dismisses comparisons between Singur and Pithampur.
‘The Dhar project belongs to the Congress-led central government where Devi’s own party is in power. She should first ask her party leaders to scrap the project if her concern is genuine,’ Gupta said.
But BKS has warned of an intensified campaign if the government does not mend its ways. ‘The stir may turn violent if the track site is not shifted to a barren plot or adequate compensation is not offered to the farmers,’ said Pop Singh Nagar, BKS state executive member.
BJP leaders in Dhar too seem to be opposed to the farmland acquisition.
‘The compensation package is not satisfactory as it does not take care of the permanent loss to the next generation of farmers whose land is being acquired,’ said senior BJP leader and former union minister Vikram Verma, who is also from Dhar.
He has written to Chief Minister Chouhan and Industry Minister Gaur but to no avail.

Two bodies found in Singur Singur (WB), Feb 09: The discovery of the bodies of an engineer and his driver four days after they went missing from Singur, where Tata Motors is building a small car plant, sparked fresh tension in the area today. The bodies were found on February six and identified today by the kin of the two men — Jyoti Prakash Biswas, an engineer working with a chemical company in the area, and his driver Kanchan Das. Police suspect both men were murdered and their bodies dumped by the roadside near the site of the Tata Project. The car in which they were travelling is yet to be traced, police said. It is yet to be verified if the engineer, a resident of Durgapur, was in any way attached to the Tata Motors’ Project, the sources said. This was the second case of unnatural death in Singur since late last year.
On December 18, the half burnt body of 18-year-old Tapasi Mallik was found in a paddy field at Bajemelia Village in Singur. She was a member of the save farmland committee that is opposing the acquisition of farm land for the Tata Project.
Ennore SEZ set to take off following Rs 26 cr fundingTIMES NEWS NETWORK[ SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2007 04:28:09 PM]
CHENNAI: The multi-product special economic zone (SEZ) project, coming up on 1,000 hectare at Ennore, in Tamil Nadu is expected to take off following the Rs 26-crore allocation received under the Centre’s Assistance to States for Infrastructure Development for Exports (ASIDE) scheme. The much awaited Ennore SEZ, near the first corporatised port, is finally taking shape with the bottlenecks for developing the road and rail access having been cleared. The state-level export promotion committee, chaired by Chief Secretary L K Tripathi, has sanctioned Rs 26 crore under the ASIDE funding scheme for both road and rail access, a top official of Tamil Nadu industrial development corporation (TIDCO) told ET.
In August 2004, the government gave its in-principle clearance. The government has sanctioned Rs 16 crore for the road leading to the SEZ and Rs 10 crore for a three kilometre rail link, he elaborated. Tidco has filed an application for getting the formal nod from the Board of Approval (Ministry of Commerce). Subject to the approval, the allotment of space is scheduled to commence from April 2007. “The marketing initiative of the site will also begin soon,” the official said. The Ennore SEZ is also planning to develop and connect the National Highway five (NH5) route. While TIDCO would have an equity of 50%, the balance would be held by SIPCOT and Ennore Port equally.
A special purpose vehicle, the Ennore SEZ Company (ESCO), formed for the purpose, is implementing the project. Once commissioned, it is expected to boost the export basket by an estimated Rs 9,000 crore. By then, the employment generation is slated to cover 50,000 people. It is proposed to implement the project in 18 months.
The topographic contour, boundary, soil investigation studies were completed during the 2005-06 period. A comprehensive master plan has also been chalked out for the project. The estimated project cost for developing the infrastructure is about Rs 636 crore, according to sources.The industrial suburb to the north of Chennai Ennore has the potential to emerge as a huge industrial hub when the project takes shape, the sources added. It will attract investments for diverse industries such has general engineering, pharma, garment, light engineering, plastic goods, leather goods, electronics, auto components, logistics and container terminal. “There are already enquiries received from various industries,” the sources said, adding the SEZ, which was 30 km away from the city limits, was just a 45-minute drive from the airport. It has well-connected rail-road infrastructure and the nearest railway station is Athipettu. “This is good news,” said Rajiv Kumar, director and chief executive, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, “though it draws attention to urgent supply-side reforms if this growth rate is to be sustained. There are signs of overheating and that needs to be managed.”
The 9.2% growth estimated by the CSO, Kumar said, is beyond the RBI’s latest projections. “The central bank is likely to see this from the demand side and we could, therefore, be in for another round of interest rates hikes,” he said.
Significantly, the 9.2% GDP growth this year comes about despite the slowdown in farm-sector growth to just 2.7% from last year’s robust 6%.
Though 65 crore Indians still depend on agriculture for their livelihood, it is evident that the broader economy is now firmly driven by the dynamism of its industrial and services sector. Adam smith and His TheoryThe Adam Smith idea of creating a Capitalist Society was actually extremely brilliant and without doubt at one time, contributed to the general progress of Humanity. In the Capitalist system, the person who can sell better and cheaper products is rewarded by a gradual increase in sales and profits. Hence, this person will be able to increase the potential of the business. The firm will grow bigger and bigger while the customers will be happy to get more, better, cheaper products. Thanks to this capitalist competition, prosperity will become universal. Anyway that was the theory of it in the days of Adam Smith (1723-1790) who explained that profit for the individual leads to the prosperity for all… and it is what happened in past centuries. It would even have continued for ever, EXCEPT under conditions of US-style “freedom”: anarchic criminal freedom. Freedom is a word of many meanings as I have shown previously. Under US Capitalist freedom, producers are allowed to increase, first their wealth, then their political POWER without restrictions or limits. Can’t be better! Unfortunately, a certain point is reached where the above mentioned negative effects of Capitalism make their appearance. Jacques Hardy opines Analysing Adam smith theoryAN INTERESTING ASPECT OF FREEDOM Capitalism is an economic and social system based on the private property of the means of production and exchange. It is characterised by the search for profit and the concurrence between enterprises: FREEDOM ! In order to compete, enterprises are forced to pay their workers less and less and gradually replace them with electronic machines. Thus at an initial stage, there are more and more unemployed workers but – no worry – these easily find work in the army which sends them to their death in some faraway killing field (e.g. Iraq). In addition, patriotic disinformers are busy accusing foreign countries of stealing the jobs of U.S. workers. Coincidence, these disinformers invariably accuse those very countries which the United States plan to attack soon. And this is in fact what made the awsome power of the great United States of America. I have myself (with family in the USA) to admit it: the USA is the greatest predatory system that ever was! Hats off in honor of Uncle Sam! Also in this first initial stage of the U.S. empire and thanks to competition, the products are sold at a cheaper and cheaper price, thus eliminating the competition which is therefore forced into bankruptcy. Then, when the competition is eliminated and ONE supergiant enterprise controls the marketing of a particular product, the prices start to rise and rise (e.g. the oil business but there is far worse to come in the not too distant future). Now don’t you go and think that I hate capitalism: I LOVE CAPITALISM, well cooked and served with gravy and French fries. Thanks to FREEDOM… the freedom for the wealthy few to oppress the masses of poor, a freedom which is also called for whatever reason Bush Freedom, it is easy to see where this famous Capitalist system leads. Simply observe what is going on around you:- More and more enterprises are owned by fewer and fewer individuals.- These become wealthier and wealthier as well as continuing to become fewer and fewer in number.- Thanks to such enormous wealth, these wealthy few can easily gain more and more power. They end up owning everything including us all!.- Thanks to the great freedom of market forces, the financial power of the wealthy few become such that they end up OWNING EVEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THEIR OWN COUNTRY.- But very, very soon, this is no longer enough, they want to own other countries as well… and here CAPITALISM automatically changes into IMPERIALISM. Thus, Capitalism and its freedom of market forces, leads to Imperialism, which in turn leads to Plutocratic Power. Then comes the next step: the New World Order, which eventually brings the need for DEPOPULATION because the plutocrats want a REALLY NEW world, absolutely unfit for slaves since these, in the world of the future will no longer be needed. So we are now at this depopulation point where the wealthy few are beginning to be aware that they need not so many slaves who would eventually want to revolt and overthrow the International Plutocracy… hence there is an absolute need for depopulation! No one can argue with that! If we compare Human Society as it now exists for instance in the United States, France and Russia as well as in some other countries as well, we discover many disquieting similarities… as if they were all run by the same bunch of guys! We also discover that although many middle class people are totally unaware of what is goi

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