"In the heated debate on FDI in retail, those promoting it repeatedly claim that the entry of corporations like Walmart will benefit the Indian farmer. Reference is made to getting rid of the middleman.
Any trader who mediates in the distribution of goods between producers and consumers is a middleman. Walmart is neither a producer nor a consumer. Therefore, it is also a middleman; it is a giant middleman with global muscle. That is how it has become the world’s biggest retailer, carrying out business of nearly $480 billion. So the issue is not getting rid of the middleman but replacing the small arthi with a giant one."
— Giant Walmart vs the small farmer | Vandana Shiva | 10 October 2012 | The Asian Age
"All of us contain within ourselves an inherent knowledge that we are in a fallen state and a state of exile. We know intuitively that humanity is lost in a maze of forgetting, trapped in neurotic selves, societies of violence and power, cultures of manipulation, and a realm of nature that is experienced as something alien to us. The creations of fiction and nonfiction offer us a seemingly endless number of chapters that each tell part of this one story. With their happy endings, they routinely let us act out our desire to undo our exile and find our true selves. And in the ways they tell the truth — by calling things by their right name, mobilizing our desires and integrating our desires into an aesthetic experience — they are part of our collective effort to re-create society, culture, self and nature so these embody our true values. But all creations of fiction and nonfiction, including this one, are composed of both memory and forgetting, and all involve forms of manipulation that need to be made transparent. The role of criticism is to advance the cause of memory — to side with humanity’s millennia-long effort-long effort to recover the truths of human experience so we can move to a new level of civilization. But when we try to advance the cause of memory we quickly meet resistance. That resistance isn’t only in the form of opposition to knowing created by the defenses of the self and the internalized images of authority figures. It also comes from those in positions of power in society who try to manipulate both our regressive desire to escape the truth and our progressive desires to live fully, to see other people treated fairly, and to participate in a good society. Ultimately, the resistance to knowing comes from all of us since we all maintain ourselves and each other in a state of forgetting, while we also work together to escape the maze and find the essential truths of the human condition."
— What Is Transparency?
"Model of society”…“solidarity”…“I’m not here for me”…“problem of society.” Today, this language is absent not only from the Tea Party right, but, unfortunately, also from the main currents of the American left. And yet, this language, by its very existence, stands as proof that despite the inexorable global forces allegedly responsible for the acid bath in which society is currently being dissolved, it remains possible to “think society.” One day, at a highway roadblock organized by truck drivers in northern France, a Belgian long-haul driver, furious to find himself stuck, got out of his vehicle to confront the French unionists. “Your pension reform, it’s like that everywhere – in Belgium, too. What are we going to do, shut down the country, like you?” “Well, yeah” came the answer."
— The Politics of Being Alone | Jacobin
"to fight for our future without nukes together”: Joint Letter from three Japanese anti-nuclear activists - A Historic movement is underway in Tamil Nadu State against Koodankulam nuclear power station. People across the world are moved by the resistance and want to express solidarity. We tried to visit India to show our solidarity on September 25 but were denied access at Chennai airport. After an hour-long interrogation, we had our paper written as “Inadmissible person” ,which denied our entrance to India. It is unforgivable for the government, which invites countless nuclear merchants from Western countries, to deny such small citizens like us. We are writing this letter because we would like you to know what we experienced."
— Koodankulam Speaks – Updates, Links, Photographs « Chai Kadai
"The fact finding team comprises former High Court Judge Kolse Patil, journalist Kalpana Sharma and writers Joe D’Cruz and Revathi. An anti-Koodankulam plant protest leader Peter Milton told Express that the fact finding team arrived at Idinthakarai at around 5 pm on Wednesday and met some of the protestors who were affected in the September 10 incident. On Thursday, the team would inspect the destroyed fibre boats and two-wheelers, and later would visit the Tsunami Nagar at Idinthakarai. From there, the team would proceed to Koodankulam village. PMANE Meet Today People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) leader M Pushparayan told Express that they would most probably finalise their plans on the next course of protest on Thursday. “Community leaders and village committee leaders from Idinthakarai and Kuthenkuly as well as the protest leaders would sit together and discuss the next course of action. The plan has not been finalised yet,” he added."
— Fact-finding team meets protestors - The New Indian Express 20 September 2012
"Meeting the press on Tuesday for the first time after he was whisked away by his supporters when he offered to surrender on September 11, PMANE coordinator SP Udayakumar said: “Today, Koodankulam and Vairavikinaru have been looted and are suffering. Women are scared to come out of their houses. Is this a democratic country? If the police had acted responsibly, this wouldn’t have happened. The community members have decided to meet at Idinthakarai. Since the government has been silent and not responded to the people’s demands, the community has decided to lay siege to the Koodankulam nuclear power plant."
— Is this ia Democratic country, Asks S P Udayakumar — DiaNuke.org
"Dhanbad is an unreal place. A small mining town with extreme poverty and a rich labour history. A small town with a bustling middle class bursting through the one main road. You can expect to be stuck in an hour long traffic jam in Dhanbad over Wasseypur, you can find shopping complexes, or remnants of a burnt truck where four people were killed in police firing last year on the 27th of April, or you can find the dead body of a lawaris young man in a seedy hotel near the bus stop. It’s a city of myths, half-truths, and blatant lies. A city where a man called Suraj Deo Singh is also Suryadev Singh, or A K Rai, is also A K Roy. Now an old mansion of a private mine owner who owned 85 mines lay in ruin while the police still continues to extort money from the poorest who pick off scraps of coal to sell. A district partially affected by Maoists, two blocks – Topchachi and Tundi, have been sights of arrests and ambushes. It’s a town with massive migration, massive amounts of pollution owing to the coal mines, many left abandoned and unfilled, other’s now open-cast, and massive amounts of exploitation by the mafia that literally sells labour across the district border. Dhanbad is where the Chasnala mining accident took place in December 1975 that claimed over 380 lives. A lake vanished into the mines. No one survived. Kala Patthar was made and still remembered. And in September of 1995, the Gazlitang mining accident claimed 96 lives. Yet what also followed the mining, were the mafias."
— The Unreality of Wasseypur by Javed Iqbal « Chai Kadai
"The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act not only criminalises the fundamental right to association but also dilutes the distinction between political dissent and criminal activity by criminalising dissident voices and acts. In the process, political dissent suffers major delegitimisation since particular ideologies, groups and beliefs are rendered criminal. This engenders a culture of political witch-hunts where selected organisations that question the legitimacy of the State and the ruling classes are outlawed."
— Criminalising Dissent | Economic and Political Weekly