India

And Medicine For All

We must mourn the capitulation embodied in the Indian Patents Amendment Bill passed in March 2005, but we must celebrate the concessions won by people's movements and left activists.

Organizing Delhi's Pride: A Conversation with Gautam Bhan

The biggest difference is that pride in India is still part-protest, part-celebration, part a call for dignity, part a claim for public space, part-assertion and part-fear.

Dow Must Pay

The International Campaign to Keep Pressure on Union Carbide's New Owners

Eight days into an indefinite fast, two women survivors of the world's worst chemical disaster in Bhopal, India brought the disaster home to top executives of Dow Chemical, Union Carbide's new owners. The survivors addressed Dow shareholders and leadership at Dow's Annual General Meeting (AGM), demanding that the company take responsibility for the health consequences and environmental impacts of their operations in Bhopal and other communities poisoned by Dow and its subsidiaries elsewhere.

With graphic eleven-foot banners of gas-affected Bhopal residents as a backdrop, activists held up photographs of Bhopal residents affected Dow's pollution at a rally outside the shareholder meeting in Midland, Michigan. More than thirty people from the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, a global coalition campaigning to hold Dow accountable for the Bhopal legacy, attended the rally and shareholder meeting.

Mrs. Rasheeda Bee and Mrs. Champa Devi Shukla, survivors and leaders of the trade union Bhopal Gas Affected Women Stationery Workers Association, and long-time Bhopal activist Satinath Sarangi, launched their fast on May 1, 2003, at a demonstration in New York's financial district. More than 130 people fasted in solidarity with the trio.

Lessons on Island Living

Indigenous knowledge saves the native Andamanese from the tsunami, but can it save them from settlers and rapacious development?

As the Fires Die: The Terror of the Aftermath

As the smoke lifts from Mumbai, skepticism must prevail over thoseconjectures which support the official state narrative. It is crucial toincrease the pressure for transparency and accountability at this moment toensure that India doesn't slide into the same state as post-9/11 USA.

The deaths continue even as I write this. The death toll stands at 195. And of the several hundred injured some may not survive. It is now official. The siege is over. The last of the gunmen inside the Taj Hotel has been shot dead.

Junglee Girl, Funny Boy

Novels by Ginu Kamani and Shyam Selvadurai

Perpetrator and Victim

Intervention Concepts for Civil Violence in Gujarat

The Tsunami of Aid

A recent World Bank report on the tsunami gives us reason to be vigilant to the forces of corporate globalization using aid as a pretext to advance their agenda.

The tsunami that occurred in December 2004 was clearly one of the deadliest natural disasters the world has seen in recent times. Resulting in over 300,000 deaths, hundreds of thousands more displaced, and massive infrastructure destruction, there is no doubt that concerted and long-term attention needs to be paid to the rebuilding of the affected communities.

Lest We Forget

Many secular Mumbai residents were horrified by the ready rhetoric for war spread by the news channels. Sapna Shahani chronicles the efforts of two citizens of Mumbai to put out another perspective - of peace - one that proved to resonate with thousands of people.

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