Sunday, March 23, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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People must have right to use of natural 
resources: Medha Patkar
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, March 22
Noted social activist Medha Patkar today pleaded that people should have the freedom to decide about the use of the natural resources like water, land, jungles and subterranean wealth failing which their very existence is likely to be in jeopardy like that of the displaced and ruined fishermen suffering due to mechanised trawling.

Speaking at a symposium organised by Maharshi Dayanand University Teachers Association (MDUTA) on ‘Development, its directions and modes’ here today, she said that in the name of so-called development, people have been marginalised to the point of committing suicide. It is seen as a conspiracy of deliberate mismanagement and usurpation of natural and human resources.

Setting the tone for the symposium, the MDUTA secretary, Dr Himmat Singh Ratnoo, highlighted the growing authoritarian restructuring of education in the country and its implications for development. The speakers in the symposium underlined that even education is the target of the national and multinational capitalists who want to keep the people ignorant to achieve their designs.

The speakers also expressed disappointment with the role of judiciary in the state set-up as it is too ready to cooperate with the powerful and ignore their crime against people.

Advocating the inalienable control of resources by the people, the participants described the barbaric attack on Iraq by the USA and its allies as a fight for securing the oil wealth.

The speakers cautioned against the well-thought conspiracy to weaken the tradition of simple living, common heritage, tolerance as well as the unity in diversity to usher in the reign of displacement, disparity and destruction in the name of development.

The symposium evoked keen interest as manifested in the volley of questions showered at the speakers who, while fielding them, elaborated the basic premises postulated during their discourses.

The symposium was attended by teachers, students and different sections of the intelligentsia and was addressed among others by Yogendra Yadav and Sanjay

Mangla Gopal of the National Alliance of People’s Movement and who are currently on a ‘Save the nation, Build the nation’ campaign.



Prem Singh Atri re-elected Bar Council president
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, March 22
Prem Singh Atri has been re-elected president of the Sonepat District Bar Council. He defeated Anoop Singh Dahiya in a direct contest by a margin of 58 votes. Mr Atri polled 184 votes against his rival’s 126 votes in the election held here today on the court premises.

For the post of vice-president, Manjit Singh overcame stiff opposition and was declared elected by 162 votes to Nafe Singh’s 148 votes.

In a close triangular contest for the post of secretary, Virender Tyagi won by securing 110 votes. His rivals Yashpal Malik and Pawan Rawal polled 102 and 100 votes respectively.

Advocate Sripal Jain was the returning officer of the elections.

It may be recalled that following the withdrawal of nomination by Narender Bhardwaj, Rajiv Kuhar was declared elected unopposed on March 20 to the post of treasurer.

There will be a re-poll for the post of co-secretary, as all three candidates - Rajiv Tyagi, Jitender Pawar and Jitender Dahiya - had withdrawn their nominations earlier.


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