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‘Development’, who do you serve? Not us, for sure!

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JAGNARAYAN (Mahan Sangharsh Samiti member) from AMELIA, SINGRAULI, MADHYA PRADESH -
“We heard about the IB report from media. I reject the report’s allegation that  Greenpeace is a hindrance to our economic growth, as false! Development means progress that is for all!

Right now in India, the word ‘development’ only helps businessmen and city dwellers to ‘grow’ more. But it is us, the village dwellers, who have to deal with the ugly side to it. We get displaced and have no where to go, our livelihoods are snatched away from us, we are expected to make life changing sacrifices! After losing everything, we have to live with dust, unbearable pollution, a destroyed environment resulting in adverse health effects on our fellow villagers.

Our rights and needs are ruthlessly trampled over. In this environment of despair, Greenpeace has been supporting and working to enforce community forest rights on Mahan forest for the villagers. This is as per 2006-2007 Forest Rights Act.
There is necessity for organisations like Greenpeace in our co- to spread awareness, safeguard the rights and livelihood of us poor, to protect the environment from destruction. Greenpeace is not one to function for money or political motives. They are doing a great job”

Fighting for rights can’t be anti-national!

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Kripanath Yadav’s (MSS) reactive on the IB Report 

“ I don’t agree to the recent IB report’s statement that Greenpeace is a threat to national economy. I also refute the allegation and that from foreign countries, Greenpeace pours money on the people in grassroots here to arrange protests! Greenpeace works to save the environment and demand protection of people’s rights – both of which are crucial for the planet. I believe that every village in every country needs a Greenpeace!

Mahan Coal Mines wants to start mining in Amelia village. The joint pressure from local administration, law enforcers and the company are making a mockery of every human rights  and law possible! That’s why Mahan Sangharsh Samiti and Greenpeace are working together for justice. MSS is working peacefully and legally for implementation of Indian Govt’s 2006-07 Forest Rights Act and Community Forest Right in Mahan. Our constitution gives us this right and fighting for rights can’t be anti-national! Zindabad” – Kripanath is from Amelia village, Dst. Singrauli, M.P.