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Posted: April 23, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. ~Clarence W. Hall

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http://endosulphanvictims.org/resources.htm
Yet another struggle in the history of people’s movement to protect Human’s right to survive. Join the movement to demand the Agriculture Ministry in India to BAN this KILLER pesticide. Every LIFE is precious and has RIGHT to LIVE.
This article has been taken from edosulphanvictims.org.

“Make every mother and Child count” says the theme slogan of the world Health day. But in Kasaragod every mother and child DO NOT COUNT, only ENDOSULFAN COUNTS!!!
The Endosulfan tragedy in Kasaragod in Kerala (India) has given us a jolt, again after Bhopal, etc and the struggle has gained momentum. This is a struggle not to merely eliminate a few pesticides but a struggle for survival, a struggle for peace and harmony and a struggle for the continuity of life on this earth.

Please Join Hand in Hand in the struggle for the continuity of life of Endosulfan victims. In Kasaragod, you can see hundreds of people many congenital anomalies, many mentally challenged, many laying like vegetables, many mothers with disabled children. These are the plights of the living.
Various reports and other features reveals that there has been an Endosulfan tragedy in Kasaragod.
Kasaragod is the northern most district in Kerala (India). The district had cashew plantations extends to about 5600 acres, spreading through habitations, water bodies and hills in about 11 village panchayaths. The plantations have been aerially spraying with the chemical pesticide Endosulfan since 1976, regularly till 2001. Following public out cry and the intervention from some courts and governments, Endosulfan spraying was stopped from 2003.
But the Health and Environmental hazards’ suffering by the people and nature due to the use of Endosulfan in Kasaragod District is a burning issue for the past few years and is still above. Hundreds of deaths and disorders reported. Alarmingly high levels of Endosulfan residues have been detected in the blood and breast milk of villagers in these area. In the affected areas, it is observed that birds and butterflies disappeared, fish and frogs in the ponds and streams found die. Wide spread ailments and serious health problems were reported.
Since 1996, popular agitations in the affected areas erupted against the apathy towards the victims of Endosulfan. These protests drew the attention of media and research and environmental organizations within the country and abroad. As a result of this popular uproar against the disasters, about various enquiry commissions were appointed by both State and Central Government to study the subject.
The Muncif Court of Hosdurg issued a stay on aerial spraying of the pesticide in Cashew Plantation area on a case filed by Smt. Leelakumari Amma a victim of this tragedy. The case was later taken to the Kerala High Court. These series of interventions culminated in the ban of the spraying of Endosulfan by Kerala High Court in 2002. By this time, saw some remarkable public efforts were made to address and highlight the issue. Major political parties and their senior leaders and NGOs were involved in the issue. Thus the Government of Kerala was forced to impose a ban on the use of Endosulfan in 2004. Consequently the Government of India banned the sale and use of Endosulfan in Kerala from December 2005.
At the sametime,on the other side, the Kasaragod District Panchayth (A Local Self Govt. Institution)made significant efforts to give a breath to the Endosulfan victims. District Panchayath provided relief and remedial measures,took leadership of public agitation and played the role as an organisational mediator to Compell the governments to involve in the issue. As an outbreak of these efforts, the Govt. Kerala appointed a special wing – Endosulfan Victims Relief and Remediation Cell – as recommended by the Kasaragod District Panchayat and alloted Rs.50 lakhs in its annual budget 2006-07. Also the and Govt. distributed another Rs.89 lakhs to the dependents of 178 deceased persons of Endosulfan tragedy. This amount is being spent by the Cell and District Panchayat for providing relief measures to the victims.
Now the Endosulfan Victims Relief & Remediation Cell and the District Panchayath brought out a vision document for a comprehensive relief and rebahiliation system for the Endosulfan affected community in Kasaragod. We request your esteemed co-operation to fullfill the proposals of this vision document.
Endosulfan, a highly toxic organochlorine pesticide was sprayed in the cashew plantations in Kasaragod District sine 1976, till 2001 regularly three times every year. The aerial spraying of Endosulfan was allegedly undertaken to contain the menace of the tea mosquito bug. Just after three years, the ill effects of Endosulfan spraying came to notice. As early as 1979, stunted growth and deformed limbs were noticed among new born calves. By 1990s health disorders of very serious nature among the human population came to the lime light. Children were found to be the worst affected with congenital anomalies, mental retardation, physical deformities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, hydrocephalus etc. Men and women were also affected with various chronic ailments, many irreversible and difficult to treat. There is a high incidence of disorders of the central nerves system, Cancer and reproductive disorders. The National Institute Occupational Health (Indian Council of Medical Research) says that after studying various aetiological factors responsible for health problem was aerial spraying of Endosulfan.

DO you hate your job and feel that you get paid much less than you deserve? Is there a subject you totally despise and hate studying? Is there someone who’s being rude and nasty to you all the time? And have you been wondering why it’s all that way? Maybe you should hear the story of the evil monster and the little boy.

The story goes that long, long ago there lived a monster in a tiny village. The villagers were all terrified of him, and felt their village was cursed to have such a creature living in their midst. Several men tried to fight the monster. One man attacked the monster with a sharp sword.

The monster grabbed the sword and almost magically pulled out another sword, twice as large, twice as sharp and cut the man into half. Another time, a villager set off with a large wooden club to hit the monster. The monster responded by slamming the man with a wooden club, twice as large as the one that the villager had. On another occasion, a villager tried to set the monster on fire. But the monster opened his mouth and spewed huge flames – that roasted the poor man.

Scared by these events the village folks gave up trying to fight the monster. They felt this was their lot, and they had to learn to live with it. And then one day a little boy said he would go and vanquish the monster. People were surprised, and despite their disbelief, went along to see the little boy take on the monster.

As the boy looked up at the giant, the monster just flared his nostrils and glared back. The little boy then took out an apple and offered it to the monster. The monster grabbed it, held it to his mouth, and then thrust his clenched fist in front of the boy. Bang! As the fist slowly opened, the people were astonished to see two delicious apples there. Twice as red and twice as large as the apple that the boy had offered.

The boy then took out a little earthen pot with some water and gave it to the monster. And the monster took that and responded by placing in front of the boy two urns made of gold, filled with delicious juice. The people were ecstatic. They suddenly realised that the monster was not a curse – but a boon to the village. The little boy smiled. And the giant just smiled back. While the story is centuries old, the monster is still around. In colleges, in the office, and in our lives. And it’s a good idea to remember the lessons from that story. Most of our problems appear that way because of the way we look at them. You get back what you give. Twice as much!

Is someone being rude to you? Maybe you need to change the way you behave with them. And no, don’t wait for them to change; you need to change first! At work too, if you go in to work, hating every moment, it’s unlikely that you’ll do a great job. If you don’t contribute, don’t expect to get paid a fat salary. You get what you give. Resolve today then to change. Love your job and give it everything you have. Be nice to the “Ms Nasty” in college. Look at Maths as a cool, fun subject. And you’ll discover that the evil monster is in fact a benevolent giant.

It’s significant that it took a little child to discover the true colours of the monster. Children don’t have preconceived notions. They believe the world is a wonderful place. It’s only as they grow up that the optimism vanishes, and negative conditioning sets in. Go on. Let the child in you take over. Look at everything you dread with fresh eyes – be it rude friends, tough subjects or lousy jobs. Maybe the monster is really a nice guy. Change the way you look at him. And see the difference!