[Reader-list] Olive Ridley turtles
radhikarajen at vsnl.net
radhikarajen at vsnl.net
Tue Apr 22 12:07:30 IST 2008
the releases regarding the ridley turtles, Tatas' adventures with port and integreted steel plant and port, then misadventure at Singur made any citizens think of the lengths the industrial barons go to enrich themselves.
While huble REVA is good electricity powered vehicle is finding it difficult to make itself affordable, electircally charged scootys and two wheelers are trying their best to find market, the hyped one lakh car manufactured over the hungry bellies of poor farmers and farm labour at Singur is the new tryst with destiny in the nation, the capitalism makes rich make more of wealth with unequal distribution of wealth, socialism has one unique feature, it distributes poverty uniformaly.
Tatas for all practical purposes got the land at throw away prices combined with state oppression and undisguised force to equip themselves of the lands, this mini car again will be richmens' toy when it comes in to market. The emission levels of tata vehicles are so high, that no authority seems to have courage to see the smoke bellowing out of the exhausts of the diesel vehicles. !
----- Original Message -----
From: "S. Jabbar" <sonia.jabbar at gmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 9:53 am
Subject: Re: [Reader-list] Olive Ridley turtles
To: Tapas Ray <tapasrayx at gmail.com>, sarai list <reader-list at sarai.net>
> Thanks for your mail detailing Tata's Gopalpur activities. I
> really think
> the large corporations who go to town advertising their corporate
> responsibility ought to be exposed for what they are.
> I was really excited about Tata BP solar at first when I
> discovered they had
> many products oriented towards the individual consumer. I wanted
> to install
> a solar powered inverter in my apartment this summer. Try finding an
> outlet— it was near impossible. So I got in touch with them
> through their
> website. No response. So I wrote off an angry email and finally
> someone sent
> me a number of a distributor. I called him. The price was
> exorbitant, at
> least 20,000 Rs. more than a regular inverter! I rapidly lost
> interest. He
> was a nice guy so we had a long chat about the ridiculousness of the
> situation, how things were overpriced and there was no govt.
> subsidy for the
> urban consumer and no Tata subsidy either. Surely if they priced
> themselvesreasonably they would have enough demand for the product
> to be profitable in
> the long run. Surely they know this, so why don't they do it?
> My other grouse is about their smoke belching diesel vehicles. My
> love of
> the mountains often takes me to places like Ladakh, Lahaul and
> Spiti. Next
> time you are there remember to look at the hillsides along the
> highways,particularly on corners. Because there is no vegetation
> it is easy to see
> the effect of Diesel trucks. The rocks are black with deposits.
> It is
> disgusting that companies like the Tatas have been allowed to
> continue to
> produce sub-standard engines in their trucks and buses . Why
> aren't they
> subjected to emission norms? They really ought to be taxed
> heavily when
> entering the high Himalayas with their very fragile eco systems
> and made to
> clean up the rock faces at the very least.
> And then the much touted one lakh Nano. How I would have rejoiced
> if all
> the R&D had gone into producing a one lakh electric car! BTW poor
> REVA, I
> believe they don't get any support from the Go I.
> On 4/21/08 8:16 PM, "Tapas Ray" <tapasrayx at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Sonia,
> Thanks for forwarding this release. I agree with you that one need
> > not
> go starry-eyed about Tata. Look at the way it has steamrolled over a
> > section of people unwilling to give up their land in Singur
> (West Bengal),
> > helped by an obliging state government and CPI(M).
> A little over a decade
> > ago, as a journalist, I covered the popular
> opposition it was encountering in
> > Gopalpur-on-Sea (Orissa) for its
> plan to set up an integrated steel plant,
> > take over the small local
> port and turn it into a large one, etc. Predictably,
> > the state
> government (of Orissa) was bending over backwards, sending in
> > police,
> to carry out its wishes. There were clashes, roads were dug up,
> > etc.
> I believe the company has had - or is going to have - its way
> > despite
> all that resistance ... perhaps more than it had bargained for at
> > that
> time, because later there was talk of an SEZ. As we know, these SEZs
> > nothing but militarised outposts - considering the way their
> > structure has been planned - of global capitalism, on
> whose block Tata is now
> > the new kid, and is duly revered for this by
> state governments and political
> > parties across the spectrum in India,
> from Gujarat to West Bengal.
> I used to
> > think that the Tata group is an enlightened one, but have
> been rather unsure
> > of that since I saw what they were up to in
> A side note - there is
> > a parallel between our SEZs and Shanghai. My
> suggestion to the state and
> > central governments in India: if you want
> to emulate China, don't beat about
> > the bush; just turn the whole
> country into one big Shanghai.
> Another side
> > note, this one about Greenpeace: Some months ago, in one
> of their newsletters,
> > they were talking about "green Apple". A couple
> of months later, they realised
> > that Apple wasn't that green after all.
> I think they need to be more careful
> > with their assessment of
> corporations and governments.
> On 21/04/2008,
> > S. Jabbar <sonia.jabbar at gmail.com> wrote:
> > From the Greenpeace campaign for
> > the Olive Ridley Turtles. Not that I find
> > the TATA environmental record
> > that great...
> > Why Save the turtles?
> > Consider thisŠ Olive Ridley
> > turtles rely on an inexplicable, in-built
> > navigation system that guides
> > them, when it¹s time for them to reproduce,
> > back to the precise coast on
> > which they were born.
> > Now consider something elseŠ The proposed Tata port
> > at Dhamra threatens a
> > nesting site that is amongst the last honeymoon
> > suites for the remaining
> > Olive Ridleys, a highly-endangered species that
> > swims all the way here from
> > places as far away as Australia and the
> > Philippines.
> > When you consider these two facts together, it seems only
> > logical that Tata
> > would reconsider its decision to build the port at
> > Dhamra, and build it in
> > an area that¹s less ecologically sensitive. It
> > seems especially logical when
> > it¹s Tata we¹re talking about.
> > After
> > all, Tata has grown from a national giant into an international
> > player,
> > while constantly stating its commitment to the principles of social
> > upliftment, environmental justice and sustainable development.
> The Tata
> > brand is ubiquitous, present in hundreds of products that have
> > improved the lives of generations of Indians; from the Tata salt
> > flavours our daily bread, the Tata BP solar geyser that warms
> our winter
> > baths, the Tata Telecom that manages our communications, to the
> Tata cars>
> > that Œdrive a billion dreams.¹
> > And yet, in Orissa, we¹re witnessing a
> > different side to the same Tata. A
> > Tata that shuts its ears to reason. A
> > Tata that looks the other way when
> > confronted with evidence. A Tata that
> > cares nothing for the community, and
> > even less for nature.
> > The port
> > Tata is proposing to build in Dhamra will directly affect the Olive
> > Ridley
> > turtles. With 150,000 to 350,000 Olive Ridley turtles nesting in the
> > vicinity, the average number of hatchlings is believed to range
> from 15
> > million to 35 million.
> > When confronted by Greenpeace Tata promised
> > concerned citizens that it would
> > abandon the port Œif evidence of turtle
> > presence and the ecological
> > significance of the area were ever
> > unearthed.¹
> > The evidence was submitted , but this promise wasn¹t kept.
> > The perfunctory
> > EIA carried out in this area isn't worth the paper it's
> > printed on. Another
> > nesting season has passed us by, with turtle mortality
> > from mechanized
> > fishing agonizingly high. Coming in addition to this annual
> > death toll, the
> > Tata port could be the final nail in the turtle¹s coffin,
> > ensuring that this
> > area is never safe for turtles again.
> > Will this
> > willful destruction be the legacy that Tata leaves behind in
> > Orissa?
> > Not if you can help it.
> > Please do what I've done. Write directly to Ratan
> > by clicking here
> > <http://www.greenpeace.org/india/turtles/write-to-tata>
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