THE HIMALAYAN TALK: INDIAN GOVERNMENT FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM RISKIER

http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c The government of India has announced food security program ahead of elections in 2014. We discussed the issue with Palash Biswas in Kolkata today. http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c Ahead of Elections, India's Cabinet Approves Food Security Program ______________________________________________________ By JIM YARDLEY http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/indias-cabinet-passes-food-security-law/

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICAL OF BAMCEF LEADERSHIP

[Palash Biswas, one of the BAMCEF leaders and editors for Indian Express spoke to us from Kolkata today and criticized BAMCEF leadership in New Delhi, which according to him, is messing up with Nepalese indigenous peoples also. He also flayed MP Jay Narayan Prasad Nishad, who recently offered a Puja in his New Delhi home for Narendra Modi's victory in 2014.]

THE HIMALAYAN DISASTER: TRANSNATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT MECHANISM A MUST

We talked with Palash Biswas, an editor for Indian Express in Kolkata today also. He urged that there must a transnational disaster management mechanism to avert such scale disaster in the Himalayas. http://youtu.be/7IzWUpRECJM

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS BLASTS INDIANS THAT CLAIM BUDDHA WAS BORN IN INDIA

THE HIMALAYAN VOICE: PALASH BISWAS DISCUSSES RAM MANDIR

Published on 10 Apr 2013 Palash Biswas spoke to us from Kolkota and shared his views on Visho Hindu Parashid's programme from tomorrow ( April 11, 2013) to build Ram Mandir in disputed Ayodhya. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77cZuBunAGk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALSH BISWAS FLAYS SOUTH ASIAN GOVERNM

Palash Biswas, lashed out those 1% people in the government in New Delhi for failure of delivery and creating hosts of problems everywhere in South Asia. http://youtu.be/lD2_V7CB2Is

Palash Biswas on BAMCEF UNIFICATION!

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS ON NEPALI SENTIMENT, GORKHALAND, KUMAON AND GARHWAL ETC.and BAMCEF UNIFICATION! Published on Mar 19, 2013 The Himalayan Voice Cambridge, Massachusetts United States of America

BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE 7

Published on 10 Mar 2013 ALL INDIA BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE HELD AT Dr.B. R. AMBEDKAR BHAVAN,DADAR,MUMBAI ON 2ND AND 3RD MARCH 2013. Mr.PALASH BISWAS (JOURNALIST -KOLKATA) DELIVERING HER SPEECH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLL-n6MrcoM http://youtu.be/oLL-n6MrcoM

Imminent Massive earthquake in the Himalayas

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS TALKS AGAINST CASTEIST HEGEMONY IN SOUTH ASIA

Palash Biswas on Citizenship Amendment Act

Mr. PALASH BISWAS DELIVERING SPEECH AT BAMCEF PROGRAM AT NAGPUR ON 17 & 18 SEPTEMBER 2003 Sub:- CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT 2003 http://youtu.be/zGDfsLzxTXo

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

‘Wrong government policies force farmers to commit suicide’

http://www.tehelka.com/story_main51.asp?filename=Ws251111AGRICULTURE.asp

'Wrong government policies force farmers to commit suicide'

95 farmers committed suicide in 6 Andhra districts between 7 October and 8 November, says report

Tehelka.com Bureau
New Delhi

Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture members have demanded a parliamentary forum to voice farmers' problems




Blaming official policies for the increasing number of farmer suicides across the country, farm activists have demanded immediate government intervention to support farmers.

According to a report presented at a press conference organised by the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) here on Friday, 95 farmers committed suicide in six districts in Andhra Pradesh between 7 October and 8 November. The figure is based on ASHA's compilation of local news reports after which it conducted a fact-finding mission visiting 20 affected families. ASHA found that all the suicides were connected to agriculture-related issues. "They were driven by factors like debt, crop failure and other agrarian reasons," Kiran Vissa, of Association for India Development, said.

The issues faced by families of farmers committing suicide were brought up by Sajaya Kakarla, of Andhra Pradesh-based Caring Citizens Collective, who has been working with such families for the last five years. "Often, officials deny such families the due compensation of Rs 1,50,000. In fact, they blame the wife for not stopping her husband from committing suicide," said Kakarla. Besides, there's the strange official notion that a suicide could not be genuine.

State policies on agriculture are often equally absurd forcing farmers to commit suicide. "The policies promote wrong cultivation practices in rain-fed areas such as encouraging crops dependant on rain," Kishor Tiwari, of Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, pointed out. "We can't term them suicides; they're policy-driven victims of the state. We want policies which let the farmers live," he added.

However, it's the absence of proper policies which hits farmers in some cases. GV Ramanjaneyulu, of the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, said that there was currently no mechanism to compensate farmers hit by drought. Kavitha Kuruganti, of ASHA, said that the domestic price system did not take farmers into consideration and non-institutional agencies didn't cover tenant farmers.

High cost of cultivation and price collapse triggers suicides as well. In fact, according to advocate Pradeep Kumar, of Haritha Sena, "Eleven farmers committed suicide in Kerala in the last 25 days alone due to the collapse in prices of ginger and banana."

In a meeting with nine members of Parliament and civil society groups on Thursday, the ASHA was promised that these issues would be discussed in the Rajya Sabha. Though a welcome measure, the ASHA does not think that a mere discussion is sufficient and has placed a list of demands, including setting up Parliamentarians Forum on Agrarian Crisis immediately to voice the distress of farmers at the highest possible level.

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