Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Samadrusti's monthly magazine Madhyantara has been made available on youtube and includes this interesting documentary film on the struggles around displacement.
These include the following videos
Why life in
Villagers in Jagatsingpur, Orissa invent a new way to light the evening lamp..
and many others
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
A thick haze clouds the horizon as rich red dust is poured down.
As more of the fine granules of iron ore arrive on loud, rumbling conveyor belts, the loading machine scoops up large quantities to drop into the open hatch of the waiting ship. This is like gold in these parts.
This may look like any other busy sea dock in India. But on India's iron ore rich eastern coast, Paradip port is a vital link to global markets.
Every month, millions of tonnes of iron ore are exported from here - bringing in much-needed cash and turning the region into a vibrant commercial hub.
The question is whether in one of India's poorest regions, some people are being left behind.
The Paradip port is a gateway into India's source of mineral wealth, spread across the three eastern states of Orissa, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh.
Nearly 80-90% of India's iron ore is exported to China, and this accounts for at least 80 million tonnes of cargo every year. The bulk of this goes through Paradip.
So despite the global economic slowdown, the port has handled all-time record traffic this year.
The port's chairman, K Raghuramaiah says this is mainly due to the location advantage the port enjoys. Being so close to China and the rest of East Asia gives them access to some of the best global markets, he says.
"We are forecasting much more cargo coming our way, so the port's capacity to handle cargo needs to increase," he adds.
"The cargo traffic here has doubled in the past six years. Dredging operations are already taking place to deepen the port and we also plan to add more berths to increase their capacity.
"Since the demand is going up, and we have the ideal infrastructure in place to cater to it - we hope to handle 100 million tonnes of cargo by 2016. We are getting ready for that."