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First Hand Account of Arrest of Greenpeace activist at Waidhan, Madhya Pradesh – 1

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- Sushmita Chatterjee. Volunteer, Waidhan, Madhya Pradesh

“Hi! This is Sushmita Chatterjee from Greenpeace Pune. I have been working for this past one year as a fundraiser and I have been sent to Mahan for the past one week. I am here as a volunteer and since the very first day that I am here I have been seeing that a lot of issues are coming up regarding the upcoming Gram Sabha. Every day whenever Greenpeace is trying to go and talk to the people-the villagers, some or the other situation comes up by the people, by the company people or the police and they are trying their best to isolate us from the villagers. Yesterday the police came to the village and tried seizing the mobile boosters and solar panels saying that there were threats and it is military frequencies that we were activating there. So after such false allegations and harassing us for the entire day we finally come back to the guest house and by midnight the police comes to our guest house very quietly. A bunch of some 11 policemen were there including two lady police. They come and they search the entire house without a search warrant. As we all know this has happened before with Akshay. Akshay, Rahul Gupta- he is a volunteer and Vivek Goyal another colleague of mine, the three of them were taken downstairs and a lot of interrogation goes on. A lot of abuses were heard as well by the policemen to our colleagues and we kept a watch through the window from our room. Finally Akshey and Rahul were arrested by 1-1:30 am. It was not legal of them to come without a search warrant or an arrest warrant that too at midnight. Last time when Akshay got arrested it was around 12 again that he got arrested and the report says that he was arrested morning 7 am which is false. I am very scared what all false allegations they are going to put up this time. I am very scared very worried for them. We don’t know, we still don’t know what charges they are going to fake. We’re trying our best here. And each and every day I am just losing more and more trust on this system, on these people and how they are isolating us from the entire villages.”

 

Govt’s neglect to Birhor Tribe

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J.M. Rangeela (District Bokaro, Jharkhand) is reporting about the bad condition of the houses and Govt neglect towards the Birhor tribal community living in village Dongri, Bihar (Block Gomia, District Bokaro, Jharkhand). There are 89 people from 21 families are living there. Their homes are in very shabby condition which can collapse any time. Governments is said have spent lakhs for improving tribal people’s lives, but here, there is no sign of welfare currently. Government built their house in 1989-90 but now their homes are in such bad conditions that they can collapse anytime. They are also not getting full ration, at least 2 Kgs less rice than what they are supposed to get from Govt. Lakhan Mahato, President of Kishan Sabha and secretory Vijay Mahato have informed the block offices about these issues, but government official looks busy in other work nobody seems to have any concerns or time for the Birhor people. The people are demanding that the Govt need to build new houses for the Birhor tribe and support other rightful facilities for them.

You can contact J.M Rangeela for more details– 8877185940

Patwari sells People’s Lands without their Permission to Company

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Women protested against coal mining company’s people when the company’s people came to map people’s agricultural lands in village Budher (Singrauli, M.P) without any prior notice.  Anita Kushwaha (from Budher) with others, told the company people that they won’t let company measure their lands and forests. Shukla (a Company Person) replied, that these lands have been sold by Patwari Rambhajan Saket to company so this land doesn’t belongs to villagers anymore. Anita asks, “how can patwari sell people’s lands without their permission?”

Women told company’s people that they will not allow the company’s people to map their lands in any condition, but company’s people forcefully started mapping. Ramratan’s wife tried to stop them. They even threatened to arrest the women. Deepchand from Amelia asked them, “how can the company work while Code of Conduct applied in this area?’. When the company people answered that for Govt work, code of conduct was not applicable, Deepchand demanded that the patwaari must show his land register & credit book for this village. Conveniently,they told Deepchand that they couldn’t give it because code of conduct was applied in this area.

For further details, please call Anita – 08718939145
Call the District Magistrate M. Selvendran and demand an end to this corruption at – 09425821181

“Prakriti humse naraaz hain…”

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V.K Verma from Giridi (Jharkhand) recites a poem on the importance of protecting nature and how our neglect to nature creates disasters and destruction.

प्रकृति हमसे नाराज है

देख कर भी उत्तराखंड जैसी तबाही,
इसका शिकार हुए लोग जब दी गयी इसकी गवाही,
पर फिर बात क्यों नहीं आयी समझ में हमारी,
कि जैसा स्तिथि कल था वो नहीं आज है,
क्योंकि ऐसा लगता है,
जैसे प्रकृति हमसे नाराज़ है,
प्रकृति हमसे नाराज है,
क्यों नहीं सोचते है लोग,
इसके समाधान के बारे में,
पता नहीं कैसा हमारा समाज है,
हमें पता है जब,
जैसी स्तिथि कल था वो नहीं आज है,
क्योंकि
प्रकृति हमसे नाराज़ है,
प्रकृति हमसे नाराज़ है,
देख रहे है सामने हम भयंकर सूखा,
ये अहसाह तब होगा,
जब पूरा परिवार सोयेगा भूखा,
फिर भी लोग अनजान बने हुए है,
जैसे कोई राग है,
जैसे कोइ राग है,
तनिक भी नहीं सोचते है,
अपने बारे में,
कि कैसा हमारा साम्राज्य है,
और भी पता नहीं क्या हो सकता है
क्या नहीं हो सकता है,
जब प्रकृति ही हमसे नाराज है,
प्रकृति ही हमसे नाराज है,
चलो चल कर प्रकृति को मानाने का प्रयास करें,
उसके दुःख दर्द और गमो का एहसास करें,
हमें पता है जब
कि पेड़ पौधे लगन और उसकी रक्षा करना ही
प्रकृति को मानाने के आगाज है,
पर भी हमें क्यों समझ में नहीं आता
कि जैसी स्तिथि कल था वो नहीं आज है,
चलो चल कर मनाएं
जब हमारी प्रकृति हमसे नाराज है
प्रकृति हमसे नाराज है
इससे आगे मई क्या कहूं
मेरे पास नहीं अल्फाज़ है
नहीं अल्फाज़ है,

Reliance Power hasn’t paid Ramadin his wages

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Ramadin Yadav from village Amelia was working under contract at Reliance Power. For the last four months, he didn’t get his wages from the company. He is requesting the District magistrate for justice.

For more details, contact Ramadin at 09575844833

The Patwari is not providing land documents – Anita’s appeal to Radio Sangharsh for help

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Anita kushwaha (Village Budher, District Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh) divided and registered her land 2 years ago. But, the Patwari, still didn’t give her the receipt & documentation of the registration. Whenever Anita asks the Patwari for the documents, he refuses and says he didn’t get any order from higher officials. Anita asks even after 2 years, how long will it take for the Patwari to get the order for providing her the land documents. Anita requests the Radio Sangharsh audience to call the Patwari of her village to give her her own land documents.

For more information on this, you can call Anita- 8718939145
You can support Anita by telling the Patwari to do his job. Patwari – Rambhajan Saket- 9754844522.

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Van Bachao Andolan’ in Jharkhand

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Because of human’s exploitation of the nature, we are now facing various environmental problem and natural calamities. To keep nature restored, five common men became symbol of change by running a unique awareness campaign, “Van Bachao Andolan”, in district Bokaro, Jharkhand, for the past one and half years. Coming from different professions, these ‘pandavas’, on every Sunday, choosing one village each week, organize an awareness camp, where they make villagers understand the importance of nature & forest, then initiate building a “Van Bachao Committee” in the village to secure the ‘Jal – Jungle – Jameen’. So far, they have reached more than 12 villages.

One of them, Chandramohan Mahto told to Radio Sangharsh that the villagers understand the issue and support them. Wherever they had organised sessions, people stopped cutting trees in the forests. But, this initiative is not getting any support from forest department and district administration.

For more information you can contact J.M. Rangeela (reporting the story) – +91 8002242808
To support Van Bachao Andolan, you can call the DC – Umashankar Prasad Singh -9431160001 and DFO – + 91 9431142829.

 

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I will not give the forest to companies – Devidayal

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Devidayal Saket (Pokhriyatola, Vil. Amelia, Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh) is fighting for saving the Mahan forest and his livelihood over three year now. He says that he will not give the forest to companies for coal mining. Mahan forest has rich biodiversity with many animals. People live off medicinal plants, herbs, vegetables, fruits from it. They sell tendu, mushroom etc.found in the forest. For more information, call interviewer Virendra Singh (Mahan Sangharsh Samiti) – 8120487266

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Village Patwari Asks for Bribe Again

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Katwarulal (village Amelia, MP) is demanding justice against the village patwari (government official who keeps records of land-ownerships and tilling for a sub-division ) Dhiresh Tripathi’s atrocities. He asked for the permit map of his land from the patwari.  An already drunk patwari (5/7/13, near Gadakhad market, Srilal’s house) abused and told Katwarulal to get 4 beer bottles. When declined, the patwari threatened that he would not fulfill Katwarulal’s request of land permit map.

You can call the District Magistrate demanding an action against patwari Dhiresh Tripathi’s corrupt practices. You can also call the patwari and ask him directly, to do his job without exploiting the villagers. Interview by Virendra.

Ask Dhiresh Tripathi (patwari) to stop this now– 09425391096

Notify the District Magistrate, M. Selvendran – 09425821181

To know more on this, call Virendra – 08120487266

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Villagers Fooled to Sign in the Name of CM Shivraj Chauhan

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Three locals from Amelia village (Bholeram, Lalcharan and Sudama doctor) took Ramadhar Saket’s signature on a paper in the name of enlisting him as BPL (Below Poverty Line) and 5 dhimsil land from the Patwari (as per the order by CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan). More than thirty signatures have been taken by fooling people this way. Ramadhar says that his signature will not be valid if it’s used for forgery by the Company or others (Post Karsualal, Tehsil Mada, District Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh).

To know more on this, call the interviewer Virendra – 08120487266 

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Living and Loving Mahan Forest

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For Jaybhan Singh Khairwar (village Jamghadi) the Mahan forest holds a very important place in his life. The forest provides multitudes of supports –like dry wood used in construction of houses and mahua for oil and many other edible purposes. The invaluable knowledge about medicinal herbs has been passed on for generations, to the next. The people here work hard, live happy lives, love living with the forest. Jaybhan concludes that people will never comply with the demands of any mining company asking them to leave their forest (Post Jamghadi, district Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh).

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Help Ramjag Get Enlisted as BPL

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Ramjag Yadav  from Amelia, requests the district magistrate to enlist the people below poverty line and release old age pensions.

You can contact Ramjag for more information – 09753939194

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Inaccessibility During Monsoon Turns Fatal

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Shivshankar Saket’s tola Dholiagoda,  Amelia is surrounded by rivers and they urgently need a bridge to connect. Rivers gets flooded in the rainy season leaving Dholiagoda completely inaccessible. Patients in emergency medical conditions and pregnant women can’t reach the hospital because of this, which becomes fatal for many of them. Repeated requests from the villagers to higher officials have been unaddressed. Shivshankar asks for government’s action on these basic developments, for the people, now.

You can contact the interviewer Virendra – o8120487266

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My Forest, My Pride

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Gulab Singh Khairwar (Amelia, MP) talks about the pressing danger on Mahan forest and its people. His livelihood completely depends on the forest – from grazing cattle, getting water from the forest streams to the rich biodiversity that the forest has. He says if the government gives this forest to companies (as the company is trying desperately to), the animals, and livelihood of many people will get ruined. He asserted that he will at no cost give his forest to the coal mining companies!

You can contact Virendra – 8120487266

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Help Stop Land Grabbing & Exploitation of the Adivasis!

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Hardayal Singh shares the state of his village, Amelia where there are no communication mediums available, like Television, Radio etc., and is a sheer lack of educational facilities. This has resulted in a state of major illiteracy in the region.  A significant portion of the population consists of tribal, who are unaware of their rights due to illiteracy. The mining companies are taking advantage of this situation and forcefully grabbing their land to fulfill their agenda. People are perplexed as they don’t even know what to do and who to approach to stop this land grabbing. Hardayal appeals to the audience of Radio Sangharsh for support and guidance to solve the pressing problems and looming injustice on the people in his village.

You can speak to Hardayal – 07771008962

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Mahan Forest- My Life-Support

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Sumaru Panika’s life-support is Mahan forest. Every year, he earns around twenty thousand rupees selling forest produce such as Tendu leafs, Mahua, Dori. From getting dry wood for cooking, to grazing his cattle, the forest supports all his life’s needs. Sumaru says, if his forest gets destroyed, his whole life will fall apart (village Ameliya, tehsil Mada, district Singrauli, M.P).

You can contact the interviewer Virendra- 08120487266

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Will the People of Pokhriyatola Get a Proper Road?

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Ashok Kumar Vishwakarma (Pokhariyan-tola, village Amelia, MP) tells us why the kids from his village can’t go to school during monsoons. The only road to the school in their village is a dirt road, which gets sludgy and unusable during rains. The flooded stream flowing across it makes it inaccessible for everyone, especially the kids. The villagers have appealed to the Gram Panchayat many times, but nothing has ever changed. Interviewer: Virendra Singh.

To know more about the condition there, you can talk to Virendra – 0-8120487266

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Corrupt Patwari asks for a Bribe!

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An interview with Baldev Singh Khairwar reveals that his village Patwari (government official who keeps records of land-ownerships and tilling for a sub-division), Dhiresh Kr Tripathi asks for a bribe of 8-10 thousand rupees for dividing Baldev Singh’s land with his father. Baldev requests you to notify the collector (District Magistrate) to take an official action against Dhiresh Kumar Tripathi. Baldev Singh is from Amelia village, Singrauli District, Madhya Pradesh.

You can ask Dhiresh Tripathi (patwari) to stop this now– 09425391096

Notify the District Magistrate’s, M. Selvendran – 09425821181

To know more on this, call the interviewer Virendra – 08120487266

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Sowing Song!

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Listen to Phoolmati Devi sing a beautiful folk song, usually sung during the season of rice plantation.

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Life with Forests

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Virender Singh shares how Mahan forest is a source of livelihood for about 13,000 people across more than 62 villages. He expresses his concern over the debasement of so many families and communities. Listen to him demand his community’s right under the forest act 2006-07. He requests the audience of Radio Sangharsh to call the collector and DFO (Divisional Forest Officer) urging them take a stand for the rights of the communities in and around Mahan forest and against its destruction.

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Medicinal Magic of the Forest

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Hear Matuklalji’s interview about the extremely critical medicinal usage of forest herbs Sattawar, Guruch and Bawanr, which are easily found in Mahan forest. Sattwar’s utility is to overcome from weakness and also regulate body temperature and appetite. Guruch has great healing properties and its used especially to heal fractures. Bawanr is used to recover from wound for both humans and animals.

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Livelihood around Mahan Forest

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Life with the Mahan forest is fulfilling, and Ramlalu Singh Kairwar expresses it beautifully. A tribal from Budher village, tehsil sarai, district Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh, he talks about how his livelihood is dependent on Mahaan forest. Listen to the excitement with which he shares how he cultivates rice and vegetables on his land and gets tendu leaves, Mahua fruits, Bela and other important things for his life from the forest. Like all other Mahan communities, he is upset and not in favor of coal mining. He is happy and comfortable with no dissatisfaction with his traditional way of living.

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Money Can’t Buy Our Forest

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Kishan Dayal singh (village Amiliya, Madhya Pradesh) tells us about his life dependent on Mahan forest. Tendu leafs, Mahua fruits, Bela and other forest produce are extremely important for his livelihood. He reaffirms that at any cost, money can’t buy his land, the forest.

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Forests are Vital and Essential!

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Life with the Mahan forest is fulfilling, and Ramlalu Singh Kairwar expresses it beautifully. A tribal from Budher village, tehsil sarai, district Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh, he talks about how his livelihood is dependent on Mahaan forest. Listen to the excitement with which he shares how he cultivates rice and vegetables on his land and gets tendu leaves, Mahua fruits, Bela and other important things for his life from the forest. Like all other Mahan communities, he is upset and not in favor of coal mining. He is happy and comfortable with no dissatisfaction with his traditional way of living.

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