What a well-off couple learned from cutting consumer habits

A software engineer and professional fundraiser in Boston decided four years ago to purge some of their consumerist habits to save more than 70 percent of their salaries. The result was a big move to rural Vermont and the release this month of the book, “Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living.” NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker reports. Continue reading What a well-off couple learned from cutting consumer habits

I am returning my Awards because I am deeply concerned and ashamed of what this government is doing to this country and to its own people – Pradip Kishen

I don’t work or perhaps even think as a film maker any more. But many years ago, someone in their folly or wisdom thought to give 2 of the films I made National Awards. Today, in solidarity with the students of the FTII who are being bullied and humiliated into accepting 3rd rate people to preside over their destinies, I wish to return these 2 … Continue reading I am returning my Awards because I am deeply concerned and ashamed of what this government is doing to this country and to its own people – Pradip Kishen

यह देश है कि भीड़? – कविता

भीड़ के ख़तरों को तुम नहीं जानते भीड़ सुनती है सिर्फ लाउडस्पीकर को भीड़ सच नहीं सुनती भीड़ सुन नहीं सकती कैसे सुन सकता है कोई साफ-साफ किसी शोर को भीड़ आती है किसी बांध के टूटने के सैलाब सी भीड़ विपदा होती है जो गिर पड़ती है मनुष्यता पर जिसे रोका जा सकता है सिर्फ मनुष्य हो कर भीड़ बड़ी कारगर है मंदिरों-मस्जिदों-गिरजों-गुरुद्वारों में … Continue reading यह देश है कि भीड़? – कविता

Raising questions about a London based company is against Indian interest- Really? – Priya Pillai

I am an Indian citizen who is not afraid to raise my voice against violations of laws that have been put in place to protect the aam aadmi’s rights. I fight to ensure that rampant coal mining in forest areas is only done in consonance with the laws and policies of the country. I believe that the interest of the forest dwellers, who often are … Continue reading Raising questions about a London based company is against Indian interest- Really? – Priya Pillai

TSR Committee Report-An Assault on the Environment in Favour of Big Business

Author / Source / Date: Newsclick Production, December 19, 2014 NewsClick interviewed D. Raghunandan, President of All India Peoples Science Network, on TSR Subramanian Committee report. According to Raghunandan, the report is an attempt to dismantle the existing legislative provisions and weaken the environmental protection mechanisms. The report also suggests the removal of judicial review of environmental clearances in order to help big business. This … Continue reading TSR Committee Report-An Assault on the Environment in Favour of Big Business

Modi Government’s decision of Narmada Dam goes against the spirit of SC Judgement

Press Statement The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement: The decision of the Modi Government to go ahead with raising the height of the Narmada dam to 38.5 metres goes against the spirit of the Supreme Court judgment of 2000 which had made any such step conditional on putting into place relief and rehabilitation measures for those … Continue reading Modi Government’s decision of Narmada Dam goes against the spirit of SC Judgement

Contemporary Protest Music: Rahul Ram

Contemporary Protest Music: Rahul Ram at TEDx Mehrauli Rahul N Ram was born in Delhi in 1963. His personal acquaintance with protest music started off in his childhood with songs of the Indian People’s Theatre Association. He first encountered contemporary protest music during a trip to Garhwal in 1980 with songs sung by the Chipko Andolan. He heard several international protest songs during his years … Continue reading Contemporary Protest Music: Rahul Ram

Natural resources Vanishing Commons

Across the country, the common wealth of the people, like land and water, is being sold off to big capital, leading to environmental degradation and loss of livelihoods for communities. By DIVYA TRIVEDI THE COMMONS ARE UP FOR GRABS. The shared wealth of communities created and enjoyed by generations, the commons include the wind, water, resources below and above the earth, the grass, the leaves … Continue reading Natural resources Vanishing Commons