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Letters - February 15, 2012

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2012
A farmer’s take

Secretive tribunals, hidden damages

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2012
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) appears to have generated the most number of investor-state treaties and shows that rich countries are as much at risk as developing countries. Would you agree? 

India’s many investment treaties make it vulnerable

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2012
Would it be correct to say that all countries are at risk from BITs and FTAs although the treaties are targeted at developing countries?

Justice league for people’s rights

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2012
What is the Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT)?

Investment terror

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2012
The New Year may not have started cheerily for the claims brigade. An international arbitration panel awarded US oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp just $908 million in compensation for Venezuela’s nationalisation of its assets in 2007, less than 10 per cent of what the behemoth had reportedly sought. It was presumed that Venezuela’s feisty president Hugo Chavez, known for his America-baiting, would be celebrating.

Red alert in Chhattisgarh

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2006

INEVITABLE TRAGEDY

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2004
Newspaper reports show that from January 1, 2004 to May 16, 2004, about 29 farmers in Andhra Pradesh (AP) committed suicide. From May 17, the suicides suddenly increased: the AP Rytu Sangham, the farmers' wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), has compiled reports of 279 suicides by farmers in the state in one month.

On privatising water

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2004
Wherever they exist India's urban elite splash on subsidies B Ashok a regime of pro-rich subsidies have ensured India's urban elites happilly benefit from organised water supply and sewage treatment services, wherever they exist.

In search of the missing

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2003
'One' Pangi Budra is the subject of a land acquisition notice dated 1954. A bit of his life can be reconstructed. The rest is conjecture.

Have India's tribal leaders failed their people?

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2003
India has the largest tribal population in the world. Tribals number 8.6 per cent of its total population. They are also among the country's most marginalised. Why has India's political democracy not given its tribals their due? What is in India's political system that prevents the tribal voice from being heard? Or have tribal representatives in the high echelons of India's politicaldom failed their constituencies? What exactly is wrong?
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