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Stop the Attack on Minorities and Dalits in the name of Gau RakshaBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: National Alliance of People’s Movements
The terror of Gau Goondas is rampant all over the country. The state have been unable to crackdown on the the Gau Rakshak who have been cowardly spearheading the attack on minorities and dalits in different ways. One month has passed after the death of Pehlu Khan where we only witnessed the arrogance of the state who have failed to meet the families of victims or crackdown on the culprits in the case. Rather the politicians and the state have justified the attack by shielding the act and Gau Rakshaks in many ways.
Keywords:  Gau Raksha ,Pehlu Khan ,Dalits
Date: 03/05/2017  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/Punish the Gau Goondas.pdf]

SWARAJ as JOURNEY -Convocation Address- Development Management Institute ConvocationBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: Rajni Bakshi
So let us look at three questions that most young people can relate to: • Are your dreams, your aspirations, really your own or are you flying on auto-pilot? That is, are you pursuing dreams that are truly of your own making or just following the crowd? • Are you planning to struggle for ‘opportunities’ within the existing game or are you inspired to create new possibilities? That is, forge new paths which stretch the limits of what is today considered ‘doable’. • Do you feel strong enough to speak truth to power – be it government or other forms of power? And if you do, then how is this to be done?
Keywords:  Swaraj, higher freedom,Convocation Address
Date: 18/04/2017  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/SWARAJ as JOURNEY.pdf]

Global warming in the context of India - in HindiBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: Nagraj Adve,
A few years ago, a group of us went to parts of Gujarat to find out how climate change was affecting small farmers there. In villages in eastern Gujarat, they told us that the winter maize crop had been getting hit. Because winters have been getting warmer, the dew (os) had lessened, or stopped entirely for the last few years. For those without wells – most of them poor households – dew is the only source of moisture for their crop. With less or no dew falling, either their crop dried up, or they were being forced to leave their lands fallow. Maize is a very important source of nutrition for poor households in these and nearby regions. In other villages in north Gujarat, we were told of other effects: that nowadays, it is not raining when it should, or it rains when it should not, that lots of rain happens in little time, people are facing new illnesses and cattle are falling sick more often, pest attacks have gone up, etc. The people’s response there to all this was interesting.
Keywords:  Global warming , climate change
Date: 25/03/2017  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/Hindi GW booklet.pdf]


Author: Nagraj Adve
A few years ago, a group of us went to parts of Gujarat to find out how climate change was affecting small farmers there. In villages in eastern Gujarat, they told us that the winter maize crop had been getting hit. Because winters have been getting warmer, the dew (os) had lessened, or stopped entirely for the last few years. For those without wells – most of them poor households – dew is the only source of moisture for their crop. With less or no dew falling, either their crop dried up, or they were being forced to leave their lands fallow. Maize is a very important source of nutrition for poor households in these and nearby regions. In other villages in north Gujarat, we were told of other effects: that nowadays, it is not raining when it should, or it rains when it should not, that lots of rain happens in little time, people are facing new illnesses and cattle are falling sick more often, pest attacks have gone up, etc.
Keywords:  Global warming , climate change
Date: 25/03/2017  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/GW English booklet latest 25 March 2017.pdf]

Making sense of demonetisationBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: Rahul Khullar former Government of India, Commerce Secretary.
It was thought that ~3-4 lakh crore would be trapped. Suppose that ~3,75,000 crore was the amount. Now, 25,000 households each holding ~15 crore would account for the sum. There are 25 crore households (population of 125 crore and household size of five). 25,000 households account for 0.01 per cent. So, the prospective gain from 0.01 per cent of our population was the basis for justifying the pain to 99.99 per cent. Second, it is clear that the gain will be far short of what the government thought. In contrast, the pain was grossly underestimated. There has been largescale disruption of economic activity. (Article in this newspaper of December 7). The gain has been illusory — not so the pain. Third, the new notes issued have been mostly ~2,000 and small-denomination notes. This explains why ~500 denomination notes are in short supply. Shifting printing capacity from ~2,000 to ~500 notes implies printing four times as many notes. So, addressing the liquidity problem comes at a cost — it will take longer to replace the demonetised currency. Fourth, on an optimistic basis, the earliest the currency will be replaced is by March-end 2017. It could stretch longer — even up to May-June 2017. Since the printing effort will now shift towards ~500 notes, it is unlikely that 50 per cent of the demonetised currency (in value) will be replaced by early January 2017. A more realistic timeline is January-end. Fifth, the disruption will continue for the next quarter (and probably beyond that). Hence, for the large part of two quarters there will be an adverse impact on the real economy. Estimates of slowdown that were dismissed as “egregious” suddenly don’t seem as outrageous
Keywords:  Demonetisation , black money
Publication: Business Standard,  
Date: 03/01/2017  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/Making sense of demonetisation.pdf]


Author: Kishore Saint
The reality, idea, meaning and value of commons need deeper reflection beyond the statist/juridical domain. There are meanings and values in the world besides those given by the state and science. Here is a note from my archives to get it going.
Keywords:  sacrad grooves, commons
Date: 01/01/2017  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/SACRED GROVES AS COMMONS.pdf]


Author: Lokayat.
If demonetisation is not going to lead to a reduction in the black economy—and the government obviously knows this—then what is the real motive behind the demonetisation exercise and now the push towards a less?cash economy?   The real purpose is: to destroy India?s informal economy, especially agriculture, small?scale retail trade, and small?scale industry. For those who have become ?Modi bhakts? because of the media propaganda, this may sound unbelievable, but all the facts point to this. After coming to power, the BJP has made a complete U?turn on all the promises made by it during the elections, and is continuing with the same policies of globalisation–liberalisation–privatisation that have been implemented in the country for the last more than two decades, and that too at an accelerated speed. The objective of these economic reforms is to corporatise the Indian economy, and allow big corporations, both foreign and Indian, to acquire decisive control over it. This requires the destruction of India?s vast unorganised or informal sector; and that is precisely what is being done through the economic reforms being implemented in the country in the name of globalisation.
Keywords:  Demonetisation , black money
Publication: Lokayat and Socialist Party (India),  
Date: 30/12/2016  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/Article_Black_money_v7_ref.pdf]

NAPM Convention] Unite to save the country from the rising fervour of false nationalism!Backup Copy in CED Library

Author: Ashish Ranjan Mahendra Yadav Kamayani Swami
The primary thing that echoed in speeches of all these leading activists from across the country was the need to understand the growing attacks on various marginalised communities as signs of a fascist growth in India that can only be countered through a coming together of all struggles of the marginalised.
Keywords:  nationalism , marginalised
Date: 03/12/2016  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/20161203 Press Release.pdf]

One Palestinian man’s mission to make urban agriculture more sustainableBackup Copy in CED Library

Abu Nasser has created a 200-square-meter (2,153-square-feet) micro-farm using a hydroponic system and homemade organic pest-control solutions consisting of garlic, pepper, soap and more. Each year, he produces approximately 3,500 kilograms (7,716 pounds) of food — enough to feed 30 people. Perhaps more important, though, his urban farm may be a model for others hoping to grow food sustainably at smaller scales.
Keywords:  organic, urban agriculture
Date: 03/12/2016  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/EU_Regulation_HydroponicsVsOrganic_CELEX-32008R0889-EN-TXT.pdf]

Demonetization's impact on rural IndiaBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: Soumya Sarkar
Small vegetable and poultry farmers severely affected by demonetization drive Three weeks into the surprise announcement by the government to withdraw high denomination currency notes from circulation, it is now clear that producers of perishable commodities such as vegetable and poultry have been seriously impacted
Keywords:  Demonetization
Publication: Village Square,  
Date: 02/12/2016  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/Village_Square.pdf]

Subnational distribution of average farm size and smallholder contributions to global food productionBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: Leah H Samberg, James S Gerber, Navin Ramankutty, Mario Herrero and Paul CWest
Including 41 crops, accounting for more than 90% of global calorie production, we find that units of high-density smallholder farming across these 83 countries are responsible for 41% of total global calorie production, and 53% of the global production of food calories for human consumption. Within these 83 countries, units with less than five hectares of agricultural land per farming household contribute 70% of food calories produced. . . . Two-thirds of the developing world’s three billion rural people live on farms less than two hectares, and these farms are home to half of the planet’s undernourished population and the majority of people living in absolute poverty.Women, who in many places are less food-secure than men, play a crucial role in smallholder systems.
Keywords:  food production , agriculture , mapping ,land use
Date: 30/11/2016  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/Samberg_2016_Environ._Res._Lett._11_124010.pdf]

J. C. Kumarappa and Ecological EconomicsBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: Dr Mark Lindley
This talk will provide some notes about the first Gandhian economist, J. C. Kumarappa, and about the tradition of ecological economics which he helped to found.
Keywords:  Gandhian economist ,ecological outlook ,ecological economics
Publication: Living Earth Collective,  
Date: 12/11/2016  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/Mark for Living Earth Collective.pdf]

What is our share of energy in nature? How should we distribute it?Backup Copy in CED Library

Author: Sagar Dhara
Search for a roadmap to a sustainable, equitable and peaceful human society
Keywords:  Energy
Date: 29/08/2016  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/What is our share of energy in nature.pdf]

Capitalism’s response to tipping points: Part 1—Institutional mechanismsBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: Sagar Dhara
To solve the global warming problem, non-technological solutions have been attempted. International cooperation to stabilize GHG emissions began in 1997 when the KP was drafted in the third Conference of Parties (COP3) meeting organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The protocol granted preferential emission rights to 42 developed countries (termed Annex 1 or A1), obliging them to together reduce their GHG emissions in 2012 by 5.2% over their 1990 emissions. Developing countries (non-Annex 1 or NA1) were exempt from making emission cuts. The US, the largest emitter till 2005 until China overtook it, did not ratify the KP and is not bound by it. By 2011, Canada’s emissions increased drastically and it pulled out of the KP.
Keywords:  Climate change
Date: 01/08/2016  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/Capitalism response Part 2--Institutional mechanisms.pdf]

Capitalism’s crisis and people’s movementsBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: Sagar Dhara
Sustainable capitalism – an oxymoron To pacify the clamour of human rights activists regarding inequality and grinding world poverty, capitalism has responded with the mantra of growth and that creation of additional wealth will trickle down to the bottom and alleviate poverty. This cornucopian myth is silent about how much growth is required, where the resources for growth will come from, the peak oil and limits to growth problems. Moreover, equality is never mentioned as an objective of poverty alleviation.
Keywords:  Capitalism
Date: 01/08/2016  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/Capitalism crisis and people movements.pdf]

Suggested beginnings to move towards a sustainable, equitable and peaceful societyBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: Sagar Dhara
• Working out our perspective on ‘sustainable development’ and chalking out a roadmap to get there • Working out a way to get the three types of movements to link local issues that they struggle against with their causes, and getting the three types of movements to move onto the same page.
Keywords:  Sustainable society, Energy
Date: 01/08/2016  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/Suggested beginnings towards a sustainable society.pdf]

Merchant Capitalism, Peasant Households and Industrial Accumulation: Integration of a ModelBackup Copy in CED Library

There were various interests involved in the production and supply of cash crops in the colonial economies. These included the metropolitan industries which consumed the crops as elements of constant capital; the large trading companies which organized the collection of cash crops (directly or through intermediaries) and their subsequent export to the industries of the particular colonial power or to the world market; the colonial state which was interested in the extension of commodity relations for several reasons … The industrial interests, the trading companies and the state combined to attempt to regulate what was grown, how it was grown, the quality of the produce, as well as to establish monopolistic pricing and marketing arrangements.(Bernstein 1977, 64;my emphasis)
Keywords:  merchant capitalism, household production, vertical integration, Marxist theory
Publication: Journal of Agrarian Change,  
Date: 01/07/2016  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/Merchant_Capitalism_Peasant_Households_a.pdf]

Smart City Mission: A progeny to exclusive citiesBackup Copy in CED Library

A full front page advertisement on the first anniversary of the smart cities that ran on many national daily on Saturday carried announcements worth Rupees thousands of crores. Crores of Rupees that spent on advertisements and the fancy event, which was organized in Pune on Satarday to celebrate the first anniversary of smart cities, was surely to grab eyeballs of the readers to assure that how much the Modi Govt. is committed to bring ‘Achhe Din’. However, the rampant demolition drive taking place in various cities by evicting poor, presents a contracting picture.
Keywords:  smart city mission, Modi Govt
Publication: National Alliance of People’s Movements,  
Date: 01/06/2016  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/Press-Release-Smart-City-Mission.pdf]

Laudato Si’ INTERFAITH KITBackup Copy in CED Library

An “encyclical” is a letter that is a teaching document by the Pope; a “social encyclical”,such as LaudatoSi’, applies the consistent, traditional moral teachings of the Church to the social and economic challenges of the current day1.Spread over six chapters – What is happening to our common home, The Gospel of creation, The human roots of the ecological crisis, Integral ecology, Lines of approach and action, Ecological education and spirituality – Laudato Si’, released on 24 May 2015, explores issues on environment while laying a roadmap on working together for finding solutions.
Keywords:  environment , climate change
Publication: INECC,  
Date: 01/04/2016  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/LaudatoSi__Interfaith_Kit_Draft.pdf]


Farmers of Bujbuja Village warn the Govt. and Company Funeral pyres set up for self-immolation: Urgent intervention sought
Keywords:  land aquisition
Date: 13/01/2016  -
URL: http://el.doccentre.info/eldoc1/zzz/20160113_PRESS_RELEASE_Bujbuja_Village_Land_Acquisitio
AccessCode: [ C.ttp://el.doccentre.info/eldoc1/zzz/20160113_PRESS_RELEASE_Bujbuja_Village_Land_Acquisition-6.doc]

Feedback to CEA on national electricity generation planBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: Shankar Sharma
the deleterious impacts of the power sector on our social and environmental issues have been a major concern for all of us. Keeping in view the credible reports that solar power is already cheaper than coal power, and prices of renewable energy sources (REs) are lower than any other energy technology, it becomes clear as to the rational energy pathway for India. Adequate focus on distributed REs, especially the roof top SPVs along with microgrids seem to be the correct future for the country.
Keywords:  Electricity , grid
Date: 01/01/2016  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/Comments on Electricity Plan on Generation_Jan2017.pdf]


Author: Dr. Ajit Kanitkar
This essay presents an overview of recent experiences with regard to promoting, managing, and growing farmer enterprises (FEs) while highlighting the need for promoters of FEs to plan their interventions depending on the stage of growth of these enterprises.It is based on a reflection and synthesis of ideas and insights gained by the author from promoting and managing FEs and duringconversations with field-based promoters pertinent to the challenges and opportunities of managing FEs in twenty-first century India. The paper maps the current ecosystem for FEs and then highlights missing links in need of strengthening for the emergence of strong and vibrant FEs. The paper suggests that rather than treating an FE as a successful finished product an openness to see it as a work in progress offers opportunities forboth academicians and practitioners to collaborate towards co-creating a live learning laboratory that will be beneficial to primary producers.
Keywords:  farmer enterprises, primary producers
Publication: Institute of Rural Management Anand,  
Date: 01/01/2016  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/zzz/OP 17 The logic of Farmer Enterprises Kanitkar.pdf]

Power for All: Is anything Being learnt from Past Programmes?Backup Copy in CED Library

Author: Ann Josey, Sreekumar N
Power for All is the new programme to provide 24?7 electricity to the entire population by 2019. There have been many such plans in the past which have failed. What have we learnt from those experiences? There remain many concerns about the way the new programme is being formulated and executed. The major challenge in PFA is in providing quality, affordable power to rural areas and small consumers. However, the PFA plans do not adequately address these challenges. Based on a study of publicly available state PFA plans and documents, this article raises some key concerns and offers suggestions for a course correction.
Publication: EPW,  
Date: 10/10/2015  -Oct 2015
Issue: vol l no 41
URL: http://www.epw.in/system/files/pdf/2015_50/41/Power_for_All.pdf
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/c31_/Power_for_All.pdf]

Appeal to COP21 Negotiating PartiesBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: Archdiocesan office for environment
The appeal is issued by the Cardinals, Patriarchs and Bishops from across the globe representing the continental groupings of national episcopal conferences
Keywords:  Climate change and religion Catholic church COP21
Publication: Climate change Desk-FABC,  
Date: 01/10/2015  -
Issue: Vol 2-Issue 8
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/e31d/FABC.pdf]

Estimates and Analysis of Farm Income in India, 1983?84 to 2011?12Backup Copy in CED Library

Author: Ramesh Chand, Raka Saxena, Simmi Rana
This paper presents estimates of farmers' incomes from agriculture over the past three decades. The income earned by farmers from agricultural activities after paying for input costs and the wages for hired labour has seen low to high growth in different periods during the last three decades. In none of the periods do farmers' income or profitability of farming show any squeeze. The pace of growth in farmers' income that began around 2004-05, which reduced the disparity in growth in incomes of farmers and non-farmers, could not be sustained after 2011-12. It looks like the growth in farm income after 2011-12 has plummeted to around 1%, and this is an important reason for the sudden rise in agrarian distress in recent years.
Publication: Economic and Political Weekly,  
Date: 30/05/2015  -May 2015
Issue: vol l no 22
URL: http://www.epw.in/special-articles/estimates-and-analysis-farm-income-india-1983-84-2011-1
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/k01_/Farm_Income_in_India.pdf]

An Economy of Permanence and Rethinking ValueBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: Rajni Bakshi
, there is a need to re-examine the definition of ?value?. This in turn cannot be done without unbundling the dominant idea of the human being as an inherently self-aggrandizing unit ? homo economicus. We need to ask afresh what it means to be human by looking closely at the overlap of our physical and metaphysical existence and strivings. One possible entry point for this exploration is the articulation of the concept of ?economy of permanence? by J. C. Kumarappa. I will attempt to address some of the concerns of this gathering through the questions and possibilities raised by Kumarappa?s text Economy of Permanence.
Keywords:  NE1 Gandhian Economics Kumarappa
Date: 01/08/2014  -Jul-Aug 2014
Pages: 10
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/g80_/Value&Kumarappa.docx]

Here?s the DAMmy?s guide to faking projectsBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: Subir Ghosh
Publication: write2kill.in,  
Date: 08/05/2014  -2014
URL: http://www.write2kill.in/dna/report/here%E2%80%99s-the-dammy%E2%80%99s-guide-to-faking-pro
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/e10_/DAMmys-guide-to-faking-projects.doc]

May Day - Its history and significanceBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: E. M. Rao
Publication: by email,  
Date: 30/04/2014  -
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/h00_/May-Day-Its-history-and-significance.doc]

Cowboy Capitalism: The Curious Case of Reliance KG Basin Gas BusinessBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: Rahul Varman
While everyone recognises the significance of petroleum industry for an economy like India, the real happenings and intricacies of the sector do not often make the news. At best these days one hears a lot about the high and ever increasing prices of the petroleum products. It is only recently due to the commotion created by the leading lights of anti-corruption movement that the gas business of the Reliance corporation (henceforth RIL) has come for some public attention though earlier also it generated some interest when the two Ambani brothers were sparring about it. And yet in the mainstream media one hardly finds any meaningful analysis on the issue. At best there are news reports about the ongoing standoff between the corporation and the government and even such reports are lost on lay people due to the technicalities and the specificities of the petroleum business. An attempt is being made here to bring out the key issues involved that a citizen ought to be concerned about, given that it is all about claims on the precious energy resources of the country.
Publication: Sanhati.com,  
Date: 24/02/2014  -
URL: http://sanhati.com/excerpted/6164/#
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/c30_/cowboy-capitalism.html]

New Citizen’s Activism in India Moments, Movements and MobilisationBackup Copy in CED Library

Author: Richa Singh
Keywords:  Anti-corruption movement Anti Rape movement
Publication: Centre for Democracy and Social Action,  New Delhi
Date: 22/02/2014  -2014
URL: http://www.epw.in/perspectives/can-civil-society-reorder-priorities-india.html
AccessCode: [ C.eldoc1/q40_/new_citizens_activism_in_india_low_res.pdf]