Linked with The Centre for Environment and Food Security CEFS, with Hot Spot of NREGA corruption in Orissa (India), with Rural Job Scam – Survey Report on Implementation of NREGA in Orissa, with India International Centre, and with Invisible Genocide Of The Poor.
Parshuram Tamang, a member of the Call of the Earth Steering Committee, is a Professor of Economics at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu in Nepal. Born on 18 February 1952, Parshuram is of Tamang descent from the eastern part of the region – the Tamang people being one of the largest indigenous populations in Nepal.
He writes: “The idea of Second Green Revolution seems to me an old poison in an old bottle with a new label on it. It will kill farmers and destroy family farms at very large scale with “high efficiency”. This is a blueprint for loot, plunder and pillage of not only farmers but entire rural India” … (full long text, 21 February, 2006).
Parshuram Rai – Nepal
Read: Nepalese News and Thoughts (only in Hindu script).
Letter to Prime Minister, 3rd September 2007. Dear Pradhanmantri ji, I am writing this letter to you as my last attempt to bring to your notice that it is not the epidemic of cholera but cancer of corruption that is killing hundreds of Adivasis in Orissa’s KBK (Kalahandi- Bolangir- Koraput) region. It may appear as a sweeping and cynical statement. However, I have come to this disturbing conclusion after spending 5 months of sleepless nights and restless days in uncovering the interlinkages between corruption and abject poverty in the KBK region of Orissa … (full text).
He is a human and democratic rights activist and is also one of the leading architects for indigenous movements in both Nepal and Asia. Over the past 30 years his efforts have been instrumental in the:
- reorganisation of the Tamang Peoples’ Organisation;
- foundation of the Indigenous Federation and Human Rights Organisations;
- establishment of a National Human Rights Commission via direct lobbying;
- formation of national, regional and international coalitions for the promotion of concerned peoples professional and social interests … (full long bio).
Research report on the impact of international farm-trade on the livelihoods of arecanut farmers and labourers in Karnataka and Kerala, by Parshuram Ray, 67 pdf-paged, not dated.
Political Economy of Hunger in Adivasi Areas, Parshuram Rai, October 12, 2005.
With the prices of areca nut falling owing to the lifting of import restrictions, small and marginal farmers find their sole source of livelihood does not sustain them any longer. In the first of a two-part article, PARSHURAM RAY surveys the extent of the crisis. (full text).
The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) is arguably the most progressive legislation in post-Independent India. Implemented in letter and spirit, this historic Act has the potential to transform Rural India. But corruption keeps the NREGS (National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) from fulfilling its promise as it has in Orissa. (full text).
Covering the Republic of Hunger, by Amartya Sen;
Third World Resurgence (FEBRUARY 2006);
Downloads on DEV-zone (April 2006);
How many dying babies make a famine? Aug. 10, 2005;