Vivek Goyal welcomes you to in Radio Sangharsh, In yet another incident of government clampdown on Greenpeace India, Priya Pillai, Senior Campaigner with the organization was stopped at the New Delhi airport, this morning by the immigration office and denied to get on board her flight to London. Pillai had valid business visa to visit London, where she was scheduled to address British Parliamentarians on 14th January on the rights of forest communities being infringed for coal mining in India. She has been invited by the British MPs to talk about her campaigning with local communities in Mahan, Madhya Pradesh
“I am shocked and saddened that the government has managed yet again to run roughshod over people working to protect democratic rights in the country. I represent the forest community members of Mahan and I was scheduled to tell their story on how the Indian government and Essar, a foreign registered billionaire corporation, are hell bent on trampling their rights and existence that have been guaranteed by none other than the constitution of India. Today my right to freedom of movement has been infringed and there was an attempt to treat me like a criminal”, Pillai commented.
At a time when the whole world is making a strong pitch to safeguard freedom of speech and democratic rights, this action by the world’s largest democracy is problematic”.