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Voices against Endosulfan

Postby vaseem_97 » Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:16 am

'Ban on Endosulfan' raised through Photo Exhibition, Convention and Protest

Bangalore: Activist’s forum People Solidarity Concern, seeking a ban on the use of the pesticide Endosulfan organised a Photo exhibition in REX Theatre. More than 30 photos showing plight of victims and Endosulfan consequences were on display by Madhuraj, the noted photographer from Kerala. The exhibition which was supposed to end on 4th June is still continuing as it became a source of awareness for Bangalore citizens.

Anil Kapur, Activist and also the owner of Rex Cinema situated on Brigade Road, expressed sadness over Karnataka government supporting Endosulfan. He said “the whole environment get depleted in vicinity of the area where this insecticide is used, leaving people with generational defects.”
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Reference
1. Rex Cinema promotes ban on deadly chemical Endosulfan (Dated 26th May, 11)
http://www.mybangalore.com/article/0511 ... ulfan.html
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Convention:

A convention on 5th June was organised in Student Christian Movement India (SCMI) association with ‘Endosulfan Ban Protection Committee’ (EBPC) after the ten day long photo exhibition at Rex. At the convention seven activists from (EBPC) Kerala came to talk more about the issue to other activists in Bangalore and to general public. Sudhir Kumar, activist and a teacher from Kasargod conveyed with surprise that the Karnataka government has reversed their critical stand on Endosulfan. “Twenty state governments in India has take stand on Endosulfan that there is no need to ban the dangerous insecticide”, he added. The Gujarat and Orissa are also among the states which have reversed their stand now with supporting the Endosulfan.

The convention further revealed that it is only in Kerala that the Ban is permanent. The issue of Endosulfan not only comes under agricultural ministry pressed under pesticides lobbyist, but also come under health ministry as the chemical destroy the environment in the vicinity for generations!
The convention informed efforts that more than 3500 people have already signed the petition available at the exhibitions to protest against the deadly chemical and more than 25000 people have already witnessed the exhibitions at other places in Bangalore.

The documentary movie ‘After the Deluge’ made by Nizam Rawther created an emotional uproar after the screening in the convention which speaks for the plight of victims in Kasargod.

In the end the demands put on for government are:
• Permanent and immediate ban on Endosulfan
• Proper rehabilitation and compensation to survivor of Endosulfan

Protest:


Over 60 activists gathered at town hall to raise their voice against might of corporate lobby and Karnataka government’s stand to support usage of Endosulfan. The protest was organised by Bangalore’s People Solidarity Concern forum with Endosulfan Ban Protection Committee (EBPC) from Kerala.

Ravi Ganesan, Fourth Wave Foundation, said “Not supporting ban on Endosulfan shows duplicity of state government. I fail to understand the Pro-farming stand of Chief Minster that how Endosulfan can benefit farmers when its worst impact has really felt in Mangalore and other coastal districts.” The agitation came in annoyance with state government as Karnataka which banned the Endosulfan for couple of months earlier has supported the chemical at national meeting.

Beat Gurus, Bangalore based musical group, lifted the protest to a different level by the exemplary play of the African Drums the ‘Djembe’.
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Reference
2. Activists seek ban on Endosulfan, The Hindu, 6th June 2011
http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/06/stories ... 750700.htm
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