I am Jagnarayan Shah from Village Amelia, Post Karsualal, Tehsil Mada, Districit Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh, and I have been an active member of Mahan Sabgharsh Samiti. Since past four years, Mahan Sangharsh Samiti’s has been fighting to save our jal, jagal, jameen to secure the livelihood. Our constant fight to save our pristine forest has resulted in the de-allocation of the Mahan coal block. MSS has been fighting for over four years to implement the Community Forest Right. Finally the incessant hard work had paid off and Independence day, the Community Forest Right has been passed in Gramshabha with full majority. Henceforth, before using the natural resources for commercial use a prior permission needs to be taken with Gram Sabha. It is an important victory for us and we hope that MSS will continue to work to save our forest and right.
I am Jagnarayan Shah from Village Amelia, Post karsualal, Tehsil mada, Dist- Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. Forest department has illegally given the tender of Budher Tendu leaf collection centre to Bhajandhari Singh who is not even the resident of the Budher village. The villagers of Budher village do not want Bhajandhari Singh to be given the contract of Tendu Leaf collection .With regard to this we have given our application to DFO and Ranger for an immediate termination of this contract. I am requesting the listeners of Radio Sangharsh to act on and create the pressure on the forest department
Call to report – Ranger- 9753262352 Local Nodal officers -9165331267.
I am Anita Kushwaha from Village Budher, Post Jamghadi, Tehsil Sarai, Dist- Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. The local Leaf collection centre is under Dhajandhari Kushwaha S/O Ramadheen Kushwaha who is not the resident of this village and also not even a part of voter’s list. He was elected as Sarpanch of Singrahi panchayat and he is a resident of Parkhuri village. We don’t want him to operate for the tendu leaf collection centre. We would like to transfer this to local villagers. Last year the collection center was under Bhajandhari Kushwaha and we want him back in the collection center. We have submitted an application to DFO and Ranger on 13th May 2015. I request to the listeners of Radio Sangharsh to support our demand.
call to report -Ranger- 9753262352 Local Nodal officers -9165331267,
I am Jagnarayan Shah and a member of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti (Village Amelia, Post Karsualal, Tehsil mada, Dist- Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh) Mahan Sangharsh Samiti is fighting for saving the livelihood of people and human rights. On January 2015 Priya Pillai was invited by the British Parliamentarian to talk about her work in Mahan but she was offloaded by government officials at Delhi International airport. On March 12, Delhi High Court quashed the Look Out Circular issued on Priya. High Court also directed the authorities to expunge the Offload stamp from her passport and remove her name from all database. Judge Rajiv Sakdar pronounced judgement in favor of Priya Pillai and said “you cannot muzzle dissent in a democracy”. Mahan Sangharsh Samiti welcome this judgment. Mahan Sangharsh samiti believe that fight for truth and civil rights can never be defeated. It is a big victory for us and for the people of this country. We are requesting the listeners of Radio Sangharsh to put pressure on the government for save the rights of people of Mahan.
I am Kripanath Yadav and a member of Mahan sanghash samiti (Village Amelia, Post Karsualal, Tehsil mada, Dist- Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh) On January 2015 Priya Pillai was offloaded by the government authorities at Delhi International airport.She was on her way to meet the British Parliamentarians to talk about her work in Mahan. Offloading of Priya was violation of her civil rights. On 12th March 2015 High Court Judge Rajiv Sakdar in the landmark judgment pronounced that Government cannot muzzle dissent in a democracy and quashed the Look Out Circular issued by the Intelligence Bureau against Priya. We Congratulate and Thank Rajiv Sakdar for his remarkable judgment.
Greetings to the listners of Radio Sangharsh. I am Akhlesh Kumar Sharma from village Suhira, post karsualal, Tehsil Mada, Dist Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. Road is not only a necessity but also an important element for the development. One such necessity of road is at ward no 14. With the construction of this road, around 200 household will be benefited. But because of RamSagar Sharma there is so much of delay in the construction. It is very difficult to list our problems with the district administration because of his good connections and relation with the administration we lack to register it even as a complaint. Hence, I request the listeners to provide us support and clear our path.
To know more about issue call Akhlesh at 7581989229
To report the issue call District magistrate Raghuraj Rajendran – 07805-234541 and email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings to the listeners of Radio Sangharsh. In the landmark judgement by the Delhi High Court reinstated the faith of its citizens in democracy. Delhi High Court quashed the look out circular issued against the Greenpeace Activist Priya Pillai. The high court also directed the authorities to expunge endorsements made while offloading Priya from a flight to London by immigration officials on January 11. In the judgement court also stated that “you cannot muzzle dissent in a democracy”. The government failed to provide any evidence to substantiate its claim that Priya was working against the national interest. It was argued by the senior advocate Indira Jaisingh, who appeared for Priya that the Look out circular was issued without any authority of law. Jaisingh also said that it was a great day for India. The right to dissent has been raised to the level of constitutional right.
It is a great moment for Greenpeace India, welcoming the court’s decision as a vindication of the group’s legitimacy and validity of its campaigns for the rights of people to their land and forests, for clean energy, a health environment and to hold corporations and the government accountable. Priya said that “we are relieved that the court has cracked down on this undemocratic abuse of power by the government. Big win for people who dare to have a different dream of development which may not coincide with the dream of the government.”
Zindabad to the listener of Radio Sangharsh, I am Avinash Chanchal reporting straight from Jantar Mantar in Delhi where farmers are protesting against the Land Acquisition Bill. Farmers believe that this bill will take their livelihood away from them. While opposition along with Anna Hazare, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Yogendra Yadav is branding changes in the current ordinance as ‘anti-farmer’, the government claims that the new amendments will benefit farmers. The bill was tabled yesterday by the government at Rajya Sabha witnessed furor by the opposition. Farmers intend to spearhead rallies and protest on All India level if the government doesn’t take back this bill. Ekta Parishad will be organizing rally from Jantar Mantar on Thrusday. This struggle is likely to continue with a slogan “Jangal Jameen nahi chodegne, Apni maai maati nahi chodegne.
Greeting I am Vivek Goyal and welcome to Radio Sangharsh. There is a good news to the listners, one of the oldest sal forest of Aisa has been in controversy and discussion because of strong opposition from local community against coal mining. According to the Government document acquired by Greenpeace’s RTI the Mahan coal block may not be put on auction as it falls in ‘inviolate forests’. Despite getting the Stage II Forest Clarence mining has not begun in Mahan. This is the third time when the Environment Ministry has told the Coal Ministry to deny permission to mine Mahan.
The decision represents a huge victory for the people of Mahan and Greenpeace. If Mahan is inviolate, it also has implications for other blocks in the region like Chhatrasal and Dongrital. This is people’s victory!!
Greetings I am Vivek Goyal, I welcome you to Radio Sangharsh. It seems the whole world is confused about fundamental rights. Democracy is shrinking in India and we saw a great example of it at Delhi international airport on 11 January when the government stopped Greenpeace India senior activist Priya Pillai to fly to London. Let’s listen what Priya says on it.
When I reached the airport, immigration officers stopped me and said you can’t leave country because your name is in the government database. I was going to London because Essar Energy is registered in London. It is same the company which got the second stage clearance for coal mining on basis of forged Gramsabha in Mahan, Madhya Pradesh. I was about to meet members of the parliament in London and talk about these human rights violation. It is a clear violation of human rights especially those who live in Mahan region. I oppose this move. We will continue this fight in any situation, whether the government or any corporate tries to stop us.
So Priya Pillai said it is act of human rights violation. Her passport was stamped with the word “offload” which will be problematic for her in future.
I am Iqbal from Delhi. What happened with Priya Pillai at the Delhi international airport when she was refused to board the London flight is a clear sign violation of fundamental right. This shows that these rights are enshrined in our constitution and has no relevance in practicality. Priya has been raising her voice against the human and forest rights violation led by Essar power plant in Singrauli. Ironically, Government portrays to be working for the betterment of its citizens but parallel is also conceding foreign companies to violate human rights. Freedom of Speech and expression is the essence of democracy and it’s unacceptable when the world’s largest democratic country fails to preserve it. Greenpeace is a global organization working to protect environment and Government must understand that it is not working against the nation. I hope and urge the listeners of Radio Sangharsh to support Priya and Greenpeace.
I am Anita Kushwaha from Village Budher, Post Jamghadi, Tehsil Sarai, District Singraul, Madhya Pradesh.
I am an active member of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti in Singrauli and fighting for saving our forest and livelihood. I have applied for my passport as I have got this opportunity to address my concern of how these foreign companies are violating human rights and establishing and operating power plants. It came as a rude shock when I read how Priya was stopped at the airport. She was traveling to London to raise and address about our woes. This is an effort to muffle our voice and I am determined that I am going to oppose this injustice by using communication tools to raise my voice. This is my request to the listeners of Radio Sangharsh that the time has come to mull over that how can we unite and fight to restore our fundamental rights.
I am Jayaprakash (Village Jhalri, Thana Langhadol, Singrauli),The recent crackdown by the Government of India on the Activist Priya Pilliai is a clear violation of the fundamental rights of an individual. Priya is fighting for the rights of country’s tribal community. She is fighting to save Mahan, which is one of the oldest and largest Sal forests in Asia. This move by the government is in favor of the foreign companies not for the local communities dependent on the forest for their livelihoods and the forest which is also home to several rare and endangered species. Essar Power has violated several rules here in Singrauli by acquiring fake signatures, by forging 6th March 2013 Gram Sabha. Essar Power forged the signatures of people who are even dead or in jail. As Priya Pillai has been fighting this battle since 2011 in Mahan, she was invited by the British Parliamentarians to address the issues as Essar is registered in London. She was “Offload” at immigration at Delhi International Airport on 11th January by without giving any legitimate reasons. We oppose this and insist listeners of Radio Sangharsh to help!
Kripanath yadav (Village Amelia, Dist- Singaruli, Madhya Pradesh)
I’m a member of Mahan Sangharsh samiti (MSS). MSS is fighting for saving livelihood and human rights, standing against injustice. Not only in Singrauli, but MSS is also working across the country, connected with other people’s movements and organizations. Our struggles have reached international levels now, getting stronger day by day.
Recently MSS participated in NAPM national meet for people’s movement in Pune, Saneji Guru Memorial, from 31 Oct to 2nd Nov 2014. From MSS – Kripanath, jagnarayan Shah and Akshay Gupta participated in it. We had great interactions, had learned and shared experiences with other Activists from different parts/movements/organizations of India present there. I am requesting to Radio Sangharsh’s Listeners to join us and be a member of MSS to strengthen us further and help solve problems. Our fight with continue!”
Call Kripanath for more details 8435770225 to know more about MSS’s experience at NAPM.
On 24 Oct. 2104 Friday around 9 p.m., Heeralal (s/o Ramlakhan Shah) and Chandrika (s/o Heeralal Shah) have murdered my son and threw his dead body in the well.
I went to the police chowki to file a complaint for my missing son where Station in-Charge Ashok Agnihotri (Mobile No. 7049133925) didn’t take my report. After this, I myself started looking for my lost son.
On the third day, I found his dead body in the well. And then went to police station again to file a complaint, but the station In-charge Ashok didn’t take my report. He said, “Whatever happened, leave it be! what will you do filing a report? Rather, I’ll to bring the dead body out of the well and postmortem. What will get trapping anyone into this?” He still didn’t take my report.
I am requesting Radio Sangharsh to help me get justice for my dead son taking legal action.”
Your Action needed now!
Notes from Radio Sangharsh team – we published this call on mobile radio platform on 6th Nov. After hearing this call on radio sangharsh phone, some volunteered to call the police station to demand clarification. As per the latest update, two alleged people were arrested this morning. Rambadan still didn’t receive any document (about his son’s alleged murder) from the police yet. He’ll go to take his copy from police station tomorrow. Stay tuned!
Vinod Kumar Shah (Village Suhira, Post Karsualal, Tehsil mada, Dist Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh):
“I don’t have any government card such as Ration Card, Food Coupons and BPL card even my MNERGA Job Card is not given to me. I am a poor person and don’t even have a land. I am requesting to Radio Sangharsh to help me to get basic card. My Village Secretary Rama Bashor’s number is – 9617368190.”
Call Vinod to know more details about him – 9713276784
Call Suhira’s Village Secretary – Rama Bashor 9617368190 And demand to know why Vinod Kumar Shah disn’t get any card.
Report this to SDM Ashish Pathak- 07805 (233225)
“I’m reporting from Gadakhar Market, Amelia. All businessmen and people are upset because of the coal dust by Essar powers Coal Dumpers. Essar power carries their coal from this market. Yesterday was Diwali and there are so much of pollution and dust in the market and essar is dredging the water. For last one week, all our food stocks and utensils are covered with black coal dust. Kamal Prasad Shah, Manoj Kumar Tiwari, Santosh Sharma and others called Essar management but nothing happened. I’m appealing to Radio Sangharsh to make pressure on Essar management to act on it.”
Call Virendra to know more about the situation in Gadakhar market 8120487266
Report to Collector Raghuraj MR – 07805-234541
“My Wife received a cheque from the government. I have deposited this cheque at Mandhyanchal Gramin Bank, branch Suhira on 20 Oct. 2014. My wife went back to bank to check whether the money had been credited to account.. Bank Manager told her that there is few mistake in cheque so kindly make it right and gave it back to my wife. My wife Kesh kumari was coming back to home. In between she met ASHA worker Indrapati Sharma and she started fighting and snatched my wife’s cheque. I am requesting to Radio Sangharsh to help him and start preceding strict legal action him.”
Call Ashwini to know more details about the incident 9009083003
Kamla Prasad Shah (Village Ghora, Post Khanuakhas, Tehsil Sarai, Dist- Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh)
“Rich people are getting enlisted under BPL (Below Poverty Line List) , in our Ghora Gram Panchayat. And as a whole, the percentage of non-poors enlisted as BPL is way higher than those who are actually poor.
Some of the people enlisted as BPL have acres of land registered in their names, own tractor, motorbikes, large stock of food grains (rice, wheat) etc. But on the other hand, poor people are not getting in the list. I am requesting the listeners take this to the Govt and eradicate such corruptions.”
Call Kamla Prasad to know more about this 9165572255
Report this to the Collector Raghuraj MR -07805-234541
Report this to SDM Ashish Pathak- 9407076810
“‘Jangal ham chodab nahi, zameen ham chodab nahi, mahur mati hum chodab nahi.’ We will not leave our forest. Until we are given our community forest right, we will not entertain any other conditions from anyone. Friends, we demand that we get our Community Forest Rights under Forest Rights Act. 2006. Those, who are trying to destroy our forest, should stop now and realize that they are doing wrong. and rather know how to save it.”
You can contact Kamla Singh to know more about the villagers’ struggle in Mahan 8359899684
Rambahor yadav (Village Amelia, Post karsualal, Tehsil mada, Dist- Singrauli):
Mahan Coal ltd was about to come in my village. Company was inspecting the mahan forest area to get hold of the forest.
But friends, truth always wins! We formed a people’s group called Mahan Sangharsh Samiti to save the forest. We have fought together and won as of now. The company was trying to acquire our mahan but we were firm in our stand that we would not give our forest and we haven’t! Now the environment is saved and everybody is breathing in fresh air. We don’t want to give this forest to company.
Call Rambhor to know about the prolonged fight by MSS to save Mahan – 9669889510
“Some Broker fraudulently debited money from my father’s Kishan Credit Card . I have already filed a complaint in Mada Police Station on 29th July,2014, but there’s no inquiry or action taken on this by the police.”
Call Satya Prakash to know more about this 8085696571
Call D Kalyan Chakravarti (IPS) – Supdt. of PoliceOfficer - 07805 (234601) to report about Mada Police station non responsive.
“Gramsabha has been organized on 3rd Oct 2014 in my Budher village. But the Sarpanch and Village Secretary did not write anything on proposal letter and they didn’t even inform all the villagers. I asked the Sarpanch and Secretary when’s the date for next GramSabha, yet didn’t get any answer from them.
On that day, I was passing by the village school and found that GramSabha was going on. I asked the secretary, “What’s written in the gramsabha proposal?” He told, “Nothing is written yet, I’ll write once I go home!” I demanded that the proposal must be written in the GramSabha and not in anyone’s home. But as usual, they didn’t tell anything.
After all these, they started taking signatures on a blank paper! I said that I wouldn’t sign on a blank paper.
I request you, the Radio Sangharsh listeners to help solve this problem in our village.”
Call Anita to know more details about this incident- 8718939145
Call Budher’s village secretary Shivshankar Vaish – 9669086654 and ask what was written on the proposal
Notify the District Magistrate- Raghuraj MR about this illegal practices by public servants! Phone - 07805 (234541) , mail –email@example.com
Anita Kushwaha (village Budher, post Jammghadi, Tehsil Sarai, Dist- Singrauli):
“A school is being constructed by our Grampanchayat in which they are using fresh forest wood from Mahan forest. This wood is being chopped by Deputy Forest Ranger, Forest beat Guard and Budher’s village Sarpanch. We, 10 women went to stop them from cutting the forest. Denying us, they said, ‘do whatever you want to do. We’ll continue.’ When I was clicking photo of the happenings, they even threatened me to kill! They are also using under 18 children for cutting woods from forest.
I appeal to the listeners to take this issue up to Women and Child Development Department and Forest Department to initiate just action.”
Call Anita for more details – 8718939145
Call and Mail Anupam Ranjan Director of Women and Child Development 0755-2550909 ,2550910 and Child Labor cell: firstname.lastname@example.org and inform about this.
Women’s security cell & helpline: 09425841437
National Women’s Commission Complaints Cell:011-23219750
The more of you do this, the pressure would ensure that action is taken.
Inform about this illegal logging to the District Magistrate Raghuraj MR – 07805 -234541
Email to Madhya Pradesh Forest Departmentemail@example.com
I am Kripanath Yadav, from village Amelia, post Karsualal, Thana and Tehsil Mahda, Singrauli district, Madhya Pradesh. I am an activist of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti. On September 26, 2014, India’s highest court cancelled all coal block allocations, of which Mahan was also one. For four years now, all of us who are part of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti have been asserting that the allocation of this coal block is invalid and today this has been confirmed. This is a big victory for us. Mahan Sangharsh Samiti, Singrauli congratulates the Supreme Court judge and also convey our gratitude to honorable Prashant Bhushan because he took on the fight for our freedom and won Mahan for us, fluttering a green flag over it. On this occasion, we heartily welcome Prashant Bhushan and R. M.Lodha. Zindabad!
Friends zindabad! My name is Hari Dayal Singh Gond speaking, from Amelia village, post Karsualal. I am a member of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti and I am the head of the Forest Rights Committee. After hearing the Supreme Court verdict, I felt that something good has happened in our life. I completely believe that the truth always wins. The truth can get pressured but it can never be defeated. I am extremely happy and I wish that if in the future the government wants to organize new auctions for the cancelled coal blocks, they must implement the forest rights act is before the same. If that doesn’t happen, our fight will again continue. Zindabad!
Ram Lakhan Saket from village Suhira, Post Karsualal, Tehsil Mada, District Singrauli , Madhya Pradesh.
I went to the village Patwari Dheeresh to get a receipt and he is asking me for Rs 2000. I am a poor man who does not have the ability to work. So I do not have money and so my receipt is not being drawn. I appeal Radio Sangharsh listeners to give me a hearing. The village Patwari number is 9425491096.
To know more about the issue, call Ramlakhan Saket at 7509316310
Report to District Magistrate Raghuraj MR at 07805-234541 and email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Report to CM Helpline- 155343 and CM Anti-corruption unit- 181
“I am hearing news from radio and newspaper that the central and state government are going to make some changes in some laws like consent of GramSabha, Forest Right Act etc. The reports say that the consent of Gramsabhas would not be required! But if this mandate of taking consent of Gramsabha is cancelled, then there would be bad impact on tribal and non tribals. People would lose their rights and there won’t be any value of villagers as a result. I am requesting the government that the Consent of GramSabha and Forest Right Act should not be cancelled or diluted. It does not matter that how old the law is, if people of this country think that it is right then it is right.”
You can contact Jayprakash at 7389779955
JAI PRAKASH KUSHWAHA (Jhalli village, post Karsualal, thana Langadhol, dst. Singrauit, MP)
“On Sept 5, 2014, in village Dongri, thana Langadhol, Singrauli, a JP official has got a hole dug and placed coal in it to show the government officers that the coal mining is operational. After his saying so, the Tribals from Dhongri and Bhisaguda reacted strongly and asked the officer how come JP had ‘started mining coal’ when villagers didn’t get any jobs, plot, compensation! Some people started saying that the higher officials have accepted money and are getting wrong things done or giving clearances. The laws are not being followed by anyone. Some people were insultingly saying that the laws are made only for poor people. Everyone gives a hearing to rich people and only God listens to the poor.
You can call Jaiprakash at 7389779955 to know more about this discrepancy.
I am Gaurav speaking from Surat. I’m a Gandhi fellowship. I work in schools these days. A small effort to help eradicate the bad condition of the students of government schools. I have seen how good the schools in Surat are but the condition of the children studying in the schools and also that of their parents is very bad. I mainly work in Marathi and Hindi schools. The children from Marathi and Hindi schools are mainly from slums. These children coming from slums experience relief in their lives in the 6-7 hours they spend in school. They spend the rest of their time working.
On returning from school, they join the people at home in working. Once they are tired of working they return to schools. Working in diamond factories, embroidery shops, doing small tasks, selling vegetables- this is their work. They stay in a 10×10 house with 7-8 other family members. The water comes to their place only for two hours with great difficulty between 10-12, and they have to do all work including storing water between these hours. If any day the water does not come for any reason, they have a very hard time. The children come late to school and if they reach they come absent minded. We can imagine how difficult their lives are. Radio Sangharsh is a good initiative. Thank you!
You can know more details about the kids from Gaurav at 9015940489
Radio Sangharsh is Greenpeace India’s decentralized project that helps the larger world discover stories from the dense forests. By digitizing the voices from grassroots, we hope to facilitate sharing of grassroots people’s life with the environment to the rest of the world. Combining technology with powerful social expressions, Radio Sangharsh aims to create a platform that will provoke and enlarge the debate around the right of indigenous people on forests. Read more...