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!
I am Virendra Kumar Singh, from Amelia village, Singrauli district, Madhya Pradesh. Today in our Amelia village, 2000 of the members of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti are celebrating the Supreme Court order cancelling the coal block allocations. Thank you!
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!
JAGNARAYAN SHAH (Village-Amelia, Post karsualal, Teshil Mada, Dist- Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh):
“I’m an active member of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti, fighting to save our ‘Jal Jangal Zameen’ (water, forest and land). I would like to tell you all that on 24th Sept’14, Supreme Court has cancelled the licences of 214 coal blocks allocated (illegally) from 1993 to 2011! We, from Mahan Sangharsh Samiti, welcome this landmark decision.
People in Singrauli and Mahan Sangharsh Samiti have been fighting to save Mahan forest for the last four years. We always told that ‘truth may get in trouble but its never defeated!’, and this ruling proves it right! Many from different corners of the country fought together for people’s rights, livelihoods and environment and we congratulate them all!
On the other hand, the govt is talking about amending some related laws. Our struggle will continue because we can’t let our rights get violated. We appeal to all of you listeners of Radio Sangharsh to stand with us.”
JAG NARAYAN SHAH (Amelia village, Karsualal post, Singrauli district, Madhya Pradesh)
“I am a member of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti. We are the ones who are pursuing a peaceful revolution to save their water, jungle, land, livelihoods and daily bread. Friends, we welcome the the Supreme Court decision on Aug 25, 2014 that declares coal block allocations from 1993 to 2011, a total of 216 coal blocks as illegal! Through this we realised that the truth can get upset but cannot be defeated.
I hope through this Supreme Court decision that all the illegal coal blocks in the country get shut down and this would be beneficial to all the people living in this country. And through this, the violation of human rights of children, women and people around the country that is happening currently– can be stopped and their situation can be improved so that people can better their lives together. Friends, zindabad!”
You can speak to Jagnarayan at 7566904239 and know more about the struggles of Mahan Sangharsh Samiti to save their forest from an illegally allocated coal mine
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