Wednesday, May 15, 2013


INSAF hold Press Conference for their stand in solidarity

Government wants to rein in people’s struggles related to land, forests, water and for dignity: Chitranjan Singh
Globalisation of resistance cannot be resisted, said Prof Achin Vanaik
Freezing of bank account cannot stifle democratic voice of dissent, said Anil Chaudhary
More than 300 organisations, action groups and grassroots activists, journalists, writers stand in solidarity
Following the suspension of the registration of Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF) under Foreign Contributions Regulation Act and freezing its bank accounts for 180 days, INSAF organized a press conference at Press Club in Delhi, which was addressed by Justice Rajinder Sachar, Prof Achin Vanaik (Former Dean, Dept of Political Science Delhi University, Social Activist Shabnam Hashmi and INSAF general secretary Chitranjan Singh. INSAF is a network of more than 700 NGOs involved in grassroots activities and people’s struggles. INSAF was created, post-Babri Masjid demolition, so that public consciousness could be raised on issues related to communalism, globalization and divisive politics. The Home Ministry has stated that according to information available with the Government agencies, the foreign funding received by INSAF is likely to be ᰲejudicial to public interest⮼/span>
Prof Vanaik said, after globalisation, globalisation of resistance is here to stay. It cannot be resisted. The double standard of the government is quite visible. It is so beholden to foreign direct investment (FDI) but it is acting against the unification of resistance which is globally vibrant gives meaning to democracy.   ༯span>
Shabnam Hashmi sought immediate withdrawal of the suspension order else we will demonstrate before the residence of the Home Minister.
>Freezing of bank account cannot stifle democratic voice of dissent. Our right to resistance against right wing politics and economics is guaranteed by constitution. The policies of international financial institutions like World Bank Group remain a threat to democracy and we will resist it in public interest. How can being prejudicial to public interest be deemed a ground for suspension when the democratic practice is based on the prejudices about the public interest, asked Anil Chaudhary, a veteran social worker and a trainer of trainers.
At the conference a statement endorsed by more than 300 organisations, action groups and grassroots activists, journalists, writers etc. was also released. The statement expresses its solidarity with the stand of INSAF in asserting the constitutional right of every citizen of India to participate in governance, which includes the right to question, challenge and oppose the policies of the state through peaceful, non-violent and democratic means. Among signatories of the statement are Admiral Ramdas, Vasanth Kannabiran, Praful Bidwai, Ram Puniyani, Gautam Navlakha, Anand Teltumbde, Sandeep Pandey, Kalyani Menon sen, Henri Tiphagne, Saheli, Ashok Chaoudhury, Subhash Gatade, Saeed Baloch (Pakistan), Saroop Dhruv, Asad Zaidi, Bejwada Wilson, Toni Leino (Finland), Antonio Villavicencio (Ecuador), Amanul Haq (Bangladesh) and other distinguished persons and organisations of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Azerbaizan, Philippines, Thailand, Spain, Tajikistan, France, USA, Belgium, Canada, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Australia, Mangolia and kyrgystan.
It is noteworthy that INSAF has been demanding that International Financial Institutions (IFIs) like World Bank Group should be brought under rigorous legislative scrutiny. In this regard it organized a Peoples Front Against IFIs during the 46th Annual Board of Governors⠍eeting (AGM) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Greater Noida, Delhi during May 2-5, 2013. Is it a coincidence that the letter of suspension was received while the meeting of Peoples Front Against IFIs was underway. At this meeting several Members of Parliament came and expressed their support for making IFIs subservient to legislative will.ࠐroviding the reason for the suspension of the bank account wherein contributions are received under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, the letter of April 30, 2013. The letter was received on May 4, 2013. In doing so it withheld the information on the basis of which the suspension order has been issued.   The MinistryⳠletter is in reaction to INSAFⳠcase against the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010 in the Supreme Court and the new rules formulated under which all democratic action such as rallies, demonstrations, protests etc. are prohibited. The Ministry should have waited for Supreme CourtⳠverdict instead of curtailing the constitutional rights to resist and protest to defend rights within the constitutional framework.ʓuch an impatient act of the Ministry through subordinate legislation and invoking of Section 13 curbs the right to freedom to protest and express dissenting voices.
Speaking in the conference, INSAF general secretary Chitranjan Singh said that to understand this governmental action, we need to visit the FCRA, 1976 and the amendments done to it in 2010 as well as the Rules formulated in 2011. A look at this will expose the real intent of the government as well as its repressive politics in the garb of stopping/curbing foreign funding. The new amendments to the FCRA done in 2010, especially its Rule 3, are highly controversial and are very relevant in understanding the current context and controversy. It says that activities of any organization which habitually engages itself in or employs common methods of political action like Bandh or hartal  (strike), Rasta Roko (stopping trafffic), Rail Roko (Stopping Trains) or Jail Bharo (fill up jails) in support of public causes will be deemed as political in nature even if it is not a political party. The government, of course, has reserved the right to define or designate those organizations which will fall in this category. Such organizations cannot be recipients of foreign funding.
He further said that INSAF had challenged these very legal provisions on 5th August 2011 in the Delhi High Court but its writ petition was rejected on 16 September 2011. Subsequently, INSAF filed the same writ in the Supreme Court of India which was admitted. The Supreme Court has asked the Government to file a reply which it has not filed till date. It is interesting and ironic that while INSAF challenged the provisions of the FCRA which curb funding of organizations by designating their activities as political in nature, INSAF itself has been made a very first example of such prosecution and its bank accounts sealed by the govt this month in the name of political activities.
Chitranjan said that the Government wants to rein in peoples struggles related to land, forests, water and for dignity going on all over India from Tamil Nadu to Kashmir. It also wants to curb all the basic facilities available to such organizations & individuals. INSAF has played an important role in such people oriented struggles. If giving support in getting posters, banners and booklets printed, their distribution, bearing expenses for their display and saying things in defence of democracy becomes a political activity because of which your livelihood can be snatched, then it raises a very serious question: Is there any democracy in this country or not? The fundamental right to free expression under Article 19 (A) that we keep reciting, does it have any meaning?
Social organizations and movements across the country and abroad are demanding review and withdrawal of the order of suspension of the FCRA account of INSAF. INSAF and its allies are always engaged in defending democratic rights of deprived communities and in strengthening secular spirit of the nation. It is incomprehensible as to how such work in genuine public interest is deemed to be against public interest.
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For further information, please contact:
INSAF @ 011-65663958
Shree Prakash @ 09406614800, E-mail: insafdelhi@gmail.com
 
 
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INSAF national secretariat
A -124/6, 1st Floor,
Katwaria Sarai, New Delhi-110016
Ph: +91-11-65663958, Telefax:+91-11-26517814
E-mail: insafdelhi@gmail.com

IOR-ARC Economic Business Conference
4-5 July 2013, Mauritius 
Greetings from FICCI. 
I am writing to you in context of the upcoming ‘Economic and Business Conference of the IOR-ARC countries’. This important international engagement will be co-hosted by the Government of India and the Government of Mauritius and is scheduled to be held in Mauritius on 4-5 July, 2013.

The Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) is a group of 20 countries and 6 dialogue partners. The 20 member states of IOR-ARC are: Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, UAE, Yemen, Mauritius and India. The 6 dialogue partner states of IOR-ARC grouping are China, Egypt, France, Japan, UK and USA

This conference will bring together members of the business fraternity of these countries to discuss opportunities for greater trade and investments amongst themselves.  The two day program has been structured to include 
•    Focussed group discussions amongst panellists and participants on sectors that offer good potential to deepen economic engagement amongst countries and 
•    Structured one to one business meetings (B2Bs) with counterparts from across countries

The business delegations from countries that would participate at this conference will be multi-sectoral in their composition representing sectors such as Mines & minerals; Fisheries & sea food; Marine industries including marine engineering & equipments; Agriculture & food processing; Healthcare & pharmaceuticals; Automobile & auto components; IT & telecommunication; Infrastructure; Banking & finance; tourism; Consumer goods; Energy (conventional & renewable); and Education and skill development. These delegations are likely to be led by their respective Commerce / Industry / Economy Ministers.

FICCI has been nominated by the Government of India to organise the Indian business delegation to Mauritius.  
In view of the importance of this engagement, I invite you to join the Indian business delegation. To defray a part of the expenses incurred in connection with organising the visit, adelegation fee of INR 35,000/-  is being charged per delegate. To register and for any further details, please contact my colleagues Amit Tyagi / Samrat Soo, 011-23736313 (D), amit.tyagi@ficci.com.
 
Looking forward to your positive response and thanking you in anticipation.

With kind regards,
(Nirankar Saxena)
Senior Director - FICCI

DELHi2050 team- The signing of MoU India & Netherlands

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DELHi2050 team: The signing of MoU India & Netherlands
Date; 14 May 2013 
DELHi2050 team warmly welcomes the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between India and The Netherlands on 14 May in The Hague, The Netherlands.
In the presence of Indian Union Minister of Urban Development Kamal Nath, and Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen the MoU is signed.
The MoU is a spin-off of the DELHi2050 initiative, started by arch i platform at the end of 2010, to fundamentally rethink future urban scenarios for the capital city of India.
Although there is no budget allocated for this MoU, we are very happy with this ‘blessing’ of the Indian Government for long term thinking regarding the theme ‘Making City’.
The DELHi2050 team recently launched the interactive website www.delhi2050.com. The website is an online platform for both the Indian and international audiences, to share information, maps, and facts and figures about the city of Delhi. Through polls, interactive maps, simple graphics and discussion forums, the website raises pertinent questions to stimulate the thinking process as well gather data and public opinion, particularly involving the young generation.
With our Indian partners Outokumpu India Pvt. Ltd  and Ambuja Cement Ltd  we have successfully embarked on the DELHi2050 Knowledge Tour at the Pearl Academy of Fashion, Jamia Millia Islamia Geography Dep. and we will now travel to the School of Planning and Architecture and National Institute of Disaster Management in the coming weeks and look forward to welcome two experts from the Netherlands to India for the Knowledge Tour; Rianne Makkink and Matthijs Bouw.
The feedback collected from the website and knowledge tour will be consolidated and presented at a public event in June 2013.

Invitation                                                               15th & 16th, May 2013


South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy (SADED)

Invites you to a series of lectures

At:
Gandhi Peace Foundation, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Delhi-110002

By

Prof. Arun Kumar, Prof. Ritu Priya and G. Hariramamurthy
followed by open discussion
Day - I        15th May 2013
2:00 to 6:30 pm

'Indian Economy Since Independence'
&
'Disruptions from the Past'
Prof. Arun Kumar
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Day - II       16th May 2013
10:00 am to 1:30 pm

'Black Economy'
&
'Towards a People's Manifesto'
Prof. Arun Kumar
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Lunch: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
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Day - II       16th May 2013
2:30 to 4:30 pm

'Towards a Comprehensive Manifesto for Health'
Prof. Ritu Priya
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Tea: 4:30 to 4:45 pm
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Day - II       16th May 2013
4:45 to 6:45 pm

'Role of People's Knowledge in Health Care'
 G. Hariramamurthy
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Best regards,

Babulal Sharma +91 9312608810; K.K. Niyogi +91 9968232623; Rajni Kant Mudgal +91 3213052024; Ovais Sultan Khan + 91 9911016957



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South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy (SADED)
383-A, 2nd  Floor, Bank Street, Munirka, New Delhi-110067, 
India Ph: -91-11-26101580, 
Web Site : www.saded.in

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