Sunday, October 20, 2013
PHAILIN Cyclone Update - 16th October 2013!
PHAILIN's first murder in an area where it has not reached officially:
Farmer Jadumani Pandey killed himself as PHAILIN induced rainfall destroyed all remaining crops that he could still save from drought. Ironically Pandey belongs to a place where Hirakud dam, for which his forefathers sacrificed their lands, ensures that industries don't suffer a drought of water supply for their productions and profit. He belongs to one of India's heavily mined zones which brings riches to the state. Obviously he is not a first order citizen of this country and I am sure the first thing officials will do is to ensure a report that establishes he didn't die due to crop failure but some other reasons.
Can Odisha govt and the centre treat him at par with other victims of PHAILIN and give him the compensation package declared? Or it would be happy fuelling another round of politics around 'regional discrimination'?
We certainly need answers and actions!