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Major Victory for Dongria Kondh Adivasis Against Vedanta’s Mining Plans

Jairam Ramesh, India’s Minister for Environment and Forests, has handed a major victory to campaigners working to protect the Niyamgiri Hills in Orissa from planned bauxite mining by the British-registered company Vedanta. Activists in the region had faced violence and intimidation from police and armed gangs. The campaign, using which included Intellectual Satyagraha type methods […]

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Indian Secularism Revisited – by Antony Copley

A very distinctive Indian version of secularism has underpinned India since independence and is the critical guarantee in the continuing existence of its multi-cultural pluralist society. Were it to weaken then terrifying forces of communal violence are always at risk of breaking out. These thoughts are prompted by the Olympian lecture on this theme by […]

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Increasing Equality by Matthew Bain

According to Lord Griffiths, the Conservative peer and Vice-Chairman of investment bank Goldman Sachs “we have to accept that inequality is a way of achieving greater opportunity and prosperity for all”. Has he hit on a clever, counter-intuitive truth ? No, he is just plain wrong. In their book The Spirit Level, Richard Wilkinson and […]

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Gandhi Inspires Obama

8th September 2009 Wakefield High School, Arlington, Virginia President Obama went to Wakefield High School in Arlington to give a national speech welcoming students back to school. He called for students to take responsibility and to learn from their failures so that they succeed in the end. A student asked President Obama: Hi. I’m Lilly. […]

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Green Economics – by Matthew Bain

The story of Adam and Eve teaches us about the nature of work: before the Fall, humanity existed in harmony with nature, and our work was to tend the Garden; afterwards our work became a burden and source of suffering, as we found ourselves struggling against nature. The Jewish psychoanalyst Erich Fromm describes the Fall […]

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The Kettling – A Masque for Our Times – by John Rowley

Director: Sir Paul Stephenson Script: Sir Ian Blair Producers: The Metropolitan Police Troupe: “The Darth Vader Clones” Extras: Thousands of Unwitting Citizenry The Revolutionary Committee re-named 1st April this year as “Financial Fools Day”. By chance, your own newly-appointed Theatre Critic chose to review the Premiere of “The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse”, a play […]

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US Congress Recognizes Gandhi

The US House of Representatives has passed an historic Resolution recognizing Mahatma Gandhi’s influence on Martin Luther King Jr. and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the American civil rights leader’s visit to India in 1959. Passed on Tuesday 10th February 2009 with a 406-0 vote (26 abstentions), the Resolution recalls how Dr. King’s study of […]

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