As you all know, the Dow chemicals had to bows down before the
agitation of the villagers and warkaris.
Yesterday i.e. on 22nd October, 2010, The Dow chemicals in its
petition in the Bombay High Court submitted its withdrawal letter and
intention to withdraw the petition which it had filed to start the
construction of its proposed project in Shinde-Vasuli near Dehu, Pune.
The so-called proposed R&D project of Dow Chemicals is now legally
thrown out of Pune ! Dow Chemicals has reiterated its stand to shift
the project from Pune.
Earlier, on 7th September, 2010, the Maharashtra Industrial Development
Corporation (MIDC) filed affidavit in the Bombay High Court in which it has
produced a letter submitted by the notorious Dow Chemicals seeking
permission to surrender the 100 acres land in Shinde-Vasuli.
In 2007, the government had handed over the 100 acres of gairan land (common
grazing land) of the Shinde- Vasuli near Dehu, Pune to the notorious Dow
Chemicals for establishing the so-called world class R&D centre. Since then
the villagers under the leadership of Justice B.G.Kolse-Patil and Com. Vilas
Sonawane have been fighting against the notorious Dow Chemicals. The
villagers through Bhamchandragad Warkari Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti supported
by Lokshasan Andolan and Yuva Bharat, had stopped the construction work at the
site since 16th January 2008. Both the central govt. and the state
govt. tried its level best to start the Dow’s project. As you all know Dow
Chemicals has been responsible for worst genocide humankind has
witnessed. It has produced most lethal chemical weapons for the
American establishment which were used against Vietnamese people and
others who stood agaisnt American imperialism. Our rulers instead of
listening to the concerns and complaints of the citizens of India were
more worried about the goodwill of Dow Chemicals and US govt.
The situation took ugly turn when under the garb of High Court to provide
police protection to the site, the govt. tried to suppress the peaceful
non-violent agitation of the villagers on 24th July, 2008. To this the
Warkaris, which is the most respected sect of Bhakti movement reacted
strongly and in order to protect Dehu and the common people, Warkaris under
the leadership of Banda Tatya Karadkar Maharaj and Sachin Shinde of
Vyasan Mukta Yuvak Sangh (a youth organisation of warkaris) destroyed
the incomplete construction at the site on 25th July, 2008. Since then
for all practical purposes, the
warkaris, peasants had thrown out the notorious Dow Chemicals. It was
probably for the first time in its history that Dow Chemicals was hooted out
in such a humiliating way.
Finally, Dow Chemicals had to bow before the will of the Warkaris & farmers.
It had to formally withdraw from Pune which it did through its
letter to MIDC and finally through withdrawal of its petition in the
Bombay High Court yesterday.
However the Dow Chemicals has declared its intention to shift the
project elsewhere, the alternative site as yet is not known. The
Maharashtra Govt is still shamelessly trying to relocate the project.
Morever, Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat has given a red
carpet welcome to Dow.
We thank all activists, friends, warkaris who directly indirectly
supported this struggle. The struggle shall continue till the
notorious Dow Chemicals is thrown out of India and the ownership of
the land is restored to the village panchayat of Shinde-Vasuli and the
Bhopal gas victims are given justice by punishing those responsible
for the Gas genocide and the victims are compensated.
We as Yuva Bharat organisation reiterate our stand to fight against the
notorious corporate sharks like Dow Chemicals to protect the environment and
livelihood of the toling masses.
National Convenor – Yuva Bharat
Stri-Dasya, Jati-Varga Vyavastha Anta Ke Liye Samarpit Naujawanon ka Akhil
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