Saturday, August 8, 2009


Genetically Modified (GM) food is created by taking genes from organisms like bacteria, viruses, spiders, scorpions or even human beings and forcibly inserting them into the genome of brinjals, potatoes, corn etc. so the crops develop new traits. Often though, the new foods resulting from these experiments develop characteristics that are unnatural and unpredictable. When GM food was tested on rats, the results were alarming. Evidence linked GM with stunted growth, impaired immune systems, potentially precancerous cell growth in the intestines, enlarged livers, pancreases and intestines, higher blood sugar etc. Latest studies have confirmed that GM affects fertility. Stop GM Now - email your phone no. with the subject ' I AM NO LAB RAT' at aid.delhi@gmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for volunteering.
Please visit the main campaign website for details :

Friday, August 7, 2009

Prevent Against Swine Flu - at Authorized Govt Centers

For list of hospitals scroll down...








King Institute of Preventive Medicine (24/7 Service)

Guindy, Chennai 32

(044) 22501520, 22501521 & 22501522

Communicable Diseases Hospital

Thondiarpet, Chennai

(044) 25912686/87/88, 9444459543

Government General Hospital

Opp. Central Railway Station, Chennai 03

(044) 25305000, 25305723, 25305721, 25330300


Naidu Hospital

Nr Le'Meridian, Raja Bahadur Mill, GPO, Pune - 01

(020) 26058243

National Institute of Virology

20A Ambedkar Road, Pune - 11

(020) 26006290


ID Hospital

57,Beliaghata, Beliaghata Road, Kolkata - 10

(033) 23701252


Government General Hospital

Near Railway Station,
Trichy Road, Coimbatore - 18

(0422) 2301393, 2301394, 2301395, 2301396


Govt. General and Chest Diseases Hospital,

Erragadda, Hyderabad

(040) 23814939


Kasturba Gandhi Hospital

Arthur Road, N M Joshi Marg, Jacob Circle, Mumbai - 11

(022) 23083901, 23092458, 23004512

Sir J J Hospital

J J Marg, Byculla, Mumbai - 08

(022) 23735555, 23739031, 23760943, 23768400 / 23731144 / 5555 / 23701393 / 1366

Haffkine Institute

Acharya Donde Marg, Parel, Mumbai - 12

(022) 24160947, 24160961, 24160962


Government Medical College

Gandhi Nagar P O, Kottayam - 08

(0481) 2597311,2597312

Government Medical College

Vandanam P O, Allapuzha - 05

(0477) 2282015

Taluk Hospital

Railway Station Road, Alwaye, Ernakulam

(0484) 2624040 Sathyajit - 09847840051

Taluk Hospital

Perumbavoor PO, Ernakulam 542

(0484) 2523138 Vipin - 09447305200

Gurgaon &

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

Ansari Nagar, Aurobindo Marg Ring Road, New Delhi - 29

(011) 26594404, 26861698 Prof. R C Deka - 9868397464

National Institute for Communicable Diseases

22, Sham Nath Marg,
New Delhi - 54

(011) 23971272/060/344/524/449/326

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital

Kharak Singh Marg,
New Delhi - 01

(011) 23741640, 23741649, 23741639
Dr. N K Chaturvedi 9811101704

Vallabhai Patel Chest Institute

University Enclave, New Delhi- 07

(011) 27667102, 27667441, 27667667, 27666182


Victoria Hospital

K R Market, Kalasipalayam, Bangalore - 02

(080) 26703294 Dr. Gangadhar - 94480-49863

SDS Tuberculosis & Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases

Hosur Road, Hombegowda Nagar, Bangalore - 29

(080) 26631923 Dr. Shivaraj - 99801-48780

For further details and information
on Swine Flu, please visit:



Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Delhi Ridge site launched by Toxics Link

Delhi Ridge


The capital city of Delhi is spread around a dry deciduous forestland known
as Delhi Ridge, which is a part of the Aravalli hills, one of the oldest
mountain systems in the world. This small forest tract remain the 'green
lung' for more than 12 million people of Delhi and has a crucial role in
pollution absorption, groundwater recharge and amelioration of environment.
It is the only natural forest in Delhi and boasts a wide variety of plant,
animal, bird and insect species.
The inability of Government's agencies  to keep the area from being used for
developmental purposes as well as lack of awareness of local communities
have degraded the ecological balance of the Ridge. A large portion of it is
unprotected and malls, hotels, etc. have come up in the area often without
the required environmental clearances. Active mining in the adjacent areas
have modified the landscape. Habitations along the fringes of the Ridge have
also exerted pressure on the biodiversity of the area.
The battle to save the Delhi Ridge and its forests is an ongoing one. As the
Geological Survey of India puts it 'the Ridge must be maintained in its
pristine glory and no further infringements are permitted'.
This web-section documents the significance of Delhi Ridge   for the people
of Delhi, the problems   affecting its survival and the concerted effort of
the policy makers, civil society and the citizens of Delhi to restore its
pristine glory through policies and campaigns.

Toxics Link
H2, Jungpura Extension
New Delhi - 110014
Tel: +91-(11)-24328006, 24320711

AID NCR Operational Review Meeting (ORM)


Dear All,

Hoping to see all of you at AID ORM on 9th August 2009 (Sunday).

1. Please bring all your discarded old and used clothes, Bedsheets, footwear etc. to the ORM. Do ask at least 5 of your Neighbours and friends for the same and bring that as well. The material will be given to GOONJ for distribution. With erratic monsoons, projected floods and droughts huge amount of relief material will be required very soon.

2. I hope all of you know the concept of Meal a Month.
Meal a Month Donations is one of the ways by which AID Delhi sustains it's various projects. Please do bring your Meal a Month donations to the ORM itself. It will save AID volunteers a lot of effort.
For more information regarding Meal a Month

Date: 9th August 2009 (Sunday)
Venue: IILT2IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas
Timings: 10 am to 1 pm

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

August 4th meeting in Delhi/ Interview with Binayak Sen

Hi all,

The August 4th meeting in Delhi that was mentioned in an earlier interview Binayak Sen seems to be materializing. This is the push by our allies on the ground to start making noise around the promised post-monsoon military offensive against the Naxals. I think the meeting announcement clearly lays out some of these issues.

[They are asking for organizational commitments and contributions of Rs 1000 from each endorsing organization. I am not clear if non-India based organizations can endorse, and will check with Kavita. But are our groups here comfortable in endorsing the Aug 4th meeting? The endorsement fee of roughly $25 will not be a hurdle thankfully...]

Also, another interview with Binayak Sen follows the meeting announcement. This appeared in the Times of India and reiterates many of the earlier points about a peace initiative in Bastar.... It is exceedingly short, but in my opinion, it is one of the BEST interviews. Maybe it has to do with the fact that it is Jyoti Punwani interviewing him--his viewpoint comes across extremely clearly in it.


27 July 2009

Stop! Militarization of Democratic Processes and Space

A Public Meeting

4th August 2009, India Islamic Cultural Center, Lodi Road, New Delhi

3.00 pm to 7.30 pm

Dear friends,

According to newspaper reports, the Union Home Ministry is planning to finish the Maoists in a military action after the monsoons, a move which appears to have the support of all the state governments. This military model is now being practiced all around in South Asia at huge costs to civilian lives. We have seen this happen in the recently concluded war in Sri Lanka. The operation in Lalgarh seems to be a case of testing the waters. The Maoists for their part are also increasingly resorting to major provocative strikes, in which large numbers of police personnel have died.

While the government and the Maoists are engaged in militarism, the real issues that concern the people have been lost. Apart from the issue of land acquisition and displacement, food security, education and health, the right of people to live in peace and dignity has been denied through this conflict. The Home Minister says that development will follow security – this is against all the principles of citizenship as well as most expert analysis of Naxalism. The police and security view of Naxalism as purely a law and order problem, which needs more security forces, more police stations and better weaponry ignores the context which gave rise to Naxalism in the first place, including corruption and harassment by the police, especially when it comes to dalits and adivasis. The militaristic approach of the Government of India and of the state governments to a situation which is an outcome of their own systematic and criminal neglect over the years of adivasi areas, cannot be allowed to take centre stage.

In the past similar militaristic approaches have boomeranged at heavy cost to people. The Salwa Judum campaign, used both armed civilians and security forces to burn villages and force people into camps. The Maoists have used the State offensive to further militarization. This massive militarization on the both sides has resulted in loss of lives and has created huge
problems for adivasi people. More than 1000 people were killed and many women were raped in the Salwa Judum operations and hundreds of thousands still remain displaced five years after the start of that disastrous experiment. By appointing SPOs in Orissa and Manipur and transforming the SPOs into Koya Commandos in Chhattisgarh, the government has refused to learn from the failure of this policy. In continuing to glorify Salwa Judum and refusing to compensate and rehabilitate villagers even ten months after its admission in the Supreme Court, the Chhattisgarh government is in contempt of the Supreme Court. The BJP Government of Chhhattisgarh is not interested in health workers, teachers or grain for its population – it only wants police and more police. At the same time huge tracts of land and resources are being handed over to corporate.

As concerned citizens of this country, who wish for a peaceful, democratic and just resolution of conflicts, we invite you to discuss these issues and help to craft a non-militaristic solution.

We call upon all sides to engage in dialogue, specifically putting the interests of civilians and citizens as their top priority, as against the interests of capitalists, the bureaucracy and the party.

In addition we demand that the Government of Chhattisgarh which has been responsible for serious crimes against humanity, make good its promise to the Supreme Court to rehabilitate and compensate people who have been affected by Salwa Judum, and to move security forces out of civilian spaces.

We also demand a full enquiry into all extra-judicial killings that have taken place in the former undivided district of Bastar since 2005, and prosecution of all those guilty.

Group of organizations, movements and individuals have called for a public meeting on 04th August 2009 at India Islamic Cultural Center (Conference Hall # 1, from 3.00 pm to 7.30 pm) Lodi Road, New Delhi. You are requested to express your endorsement and be part of this as co-organizer and also to support this assembly with minimum contribution of Rs. 1000, which would be
used to meet progarmme costs.

Endorsed & Co- organized by

Campaign for Peace and Justice in Chhattisgarh (CPJC)

People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

Delhi Forum

The Other Media

Combat Law

Jamia Teacher’s Solidarity Group, New Delhi

Nandini Sunder

Vijay Pratap, Convenor, Socialist Front

Nivedita Menon, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Aditya Nigam, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

Anhad, Shabnam Hashmi

Manoranjan Mohanty, Retired Professor, University of Delhi

Gautam Mody, NTUI, New Delhi

Rakesh Shukla, Advocate Supreme Court

Mamta Dash, National Forum of Forest People & Forest Workers

Subrat Sahu, Independent Film Maker

Sandeep Pandey, Asha

For information contact: Bipin Kumar (986828 0198), Nandini Sunder (98680 76576) Mamata Dash (98682 59836) Madhuresh (98189 5316), Pravin Mote (93138 79073)

Bipin Kumar
Campaign & Advocacy Desk
J 42, II Floor, South Extension , Part I
New Delhi 110049

Tel -+91-11- 2462 9372/ 73 Fax- +91-11- 2462 9371

Kavita Srivastava
(General Secretary) PUCL Rajasthan

Address for correspondence :

76, Shanti Niketan Colony, Kisan Marg, Barkat Nagar, Jaipur-302015
Tel. 0141-2594131
mobile: 9351562965


'We deplore military approaches to alter social situations'

Since his release on bail after two years in a Chhattisgarh jail on charges of being a Naxalite, PUCL vice-president Binayak Sen has been consumed with the idea of a 'peace initiative' to counter the growing 'military campaign' of the state. Sen explains to Jyoti Punwani why civil society must say no to violence:

What do you mean by the state's 'military campaign'?

Responsible people at the Centre have been making bellicose statements about launching a military campaign against those opposing the state. There's talk of doing what Sri Lanka did. Such talk is an obscenity in the light of the deprivation faced by majority of our people. I won't call it poverty. A lot of energy and discipline have to be extended to keep this poverty in its place. Till now, Adivasis and Dalits have had to face structural violence that deprives them of nutrition and basic survival needs. Thousands of our children are paying with their lives for the economic policies of the state; there's a continuous famine for certain sections of our citizens. But now, they may have to face guns and bombs if they protest.

Why has this happened?

We are at a particular historical juncture where the state acts as the guarantor for those who appropriate national resources for their own profit. The activities of the government should decrease, not increase, inequalities. The use of national resources must be manifestly for the public good. Instead, the government backs the unconstitutional expropriation of resources that leads to increased polarities. The state is engaged in displacing huge masses of population; people with guns provided by the state are getting villages emptied out. What is this if not a military campaign? Unfortunately, many people seem equivocal about state violence. Civil society must assert that military strategies are not a legitimate means of solving social problems. We must all try to establish an imperative for peace and against military confrontation, a peace that comes with equity and justice. We must question those who speak about following the Sri Lanka example.

What about the violence of those opposed to the state?

We deplore all military approaches to alter social situations. There is no legitimate justification for violence except in self-defence. No human rights group true to its mandate can approve of planned violence as a means of solving social problems. Such deployment of planned violence by organisations against the state ties us to a circle of violence from which it's difficult to emerge. We have certain institutions of democratic governance, rights which people have gained over long years of struggle. All are teetering on the brink of collapse. We have to make these institutions work whether it is Parliament, or the devolution of power to gram sabhas. We should draw lessons from our neighbouring countries. If violence is met with violence, these institutions will become defunct.

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