The NCHRO’ seminar was held on Saturday, 14-May-2016 on the topic “Corporate State v/s Human Rights”.
Welcome Address presented by Mohammad Kakkinje, NCHRO State Committee Member.
The Seminar was prepared and presented by:-
1. Rangaswamy, Editor Barukolu Fortnightly, Mysore.
2. Dr. B.P. Mahesh Chandra Guru, Professor of Journalism, Mysore University.
3. Adv. S. Balan, Senior Advocate, Karnataka High Court.
4. Prof. Shabbir Mustafa.
5. Prof Nagaragere Ramesh, Retd. Principal, National College Bangalore.
Shoaib Bangalore proposed a vote of thanks.
With over 75 representatives participated, the Seminar addressed corporate state and its adverse effect on Human Rights. Speakers insisted that the Corporate State lays claim to rule in the economic field no less than in others; it makes its action felt throughout the length and breadth of the country by means of its corporate, social, and educational institutions, and all the political, economic, and spiritual forces of the nation.
The seminar looked at various aspects of Corporate State and Human Rights and saw lot of similarities that our country is heading towards a Corporate State in which Human Rights always neglected. Here is the Transcript:-
Profit :- In a system of government based on democracy, its function is to ensure the welfare and security of all its citizens without prejudice But the Corporate State, focuses on extracting the maximum amount of profit from the citizenry, and from the environment, natural resources for the benefit of tiny elite.
In September,2015 the governor of India’s central bank, Raghuram Rajan, made a speech in Mumbai expressing his anxieties about corporate money eroding the integrity of parliament: “Even as our democracy and our economy have become more vibrant,” he said, “an important issue in the recent election was whether we had substituted the crony socialism of the past with crony capitalism, where the rich and the influential are alleged to have received land, natural resources and spectrum in return for payoffs to venal politicians.
By killing transparency and competition, crony capitalism is harmful to free enterprise, and economic growth. And by substituting special interests for the public.
Simultaneously, the influence of money in Indian politics rose, along with the number of industrialists in parliament, interlocking politics and business in unprecedented ways.
Growth:- The corporate state is predatory and its survival depends of constant and rapid "growth." As the citizenry and the environment are squeezed to their limits, the corporate state is forced to strip the citizenry of constitutional rights, the social safety net, and other benefits previous generations struggle to attain.
The basic problem is that the rural poor know only too well that one authority they can least trust to give them fair compensation for their land and livelihood is the government. More often than not, it represents the interests of industry. From ‘Garibi Hatao’ which coined in the early-’70s has now turned to ‘Garib Hatao’.
The estimated number of displaced and project-affected people between 1947 and 2000 ranges between 21 million and 60 million for the country as a whole. The very fact that this is such a huge variance conclusively demonstrates that the poor do not figure in official statistics.
Many state who have the highest amount of foreign direct investment, despite they having a huge tribal population living in utter poverty. There are no prizes for guessing that this inflow is due to the huge mining and other industrial projects which crushed the poor as well the nature.
More than 165 million people in India continue to be subject to discrimination, exploitation and violence simply because of their caste. In India’s “hidden apartheid,” untouchability relegates Dalits throughout the country to a lifetime of segregation and abuse. Caste-based divisions continue to dominate in housing, marriage, employment and general social interaction—divisions that are reinforced through economic boycotts and physical violence. The shadow of caste and its stigma follows an individual from birth till death, affecting all aspects of life from education, housing, work, access to justice, and political participation. The practice of manual scavenging, officially banned since decades in India, continues with impunity in several States and the workers are from Dalit Community. The latest Socio-Economic Caste Census data released on July 3, 2015 reveals that officially 1, 80, 657 households are still engaged in this degrading work for a livelihood.
Rise of media conglomerates:- Country witness the rise of media conglomerates and opinionated journalism. Media fails to report both sides of the story and not uncover hard evidence, not reporting the facts. Post-liberalisation, the country's media came to project industrialists as inspirational creators of wealth, heaping on them laudatory coverage, with a near absence of scrutiny of the ways in which they were making their wealth.
Allmost all interviews are generated not by the reporter actively uncovering the truth, but by the interviewee's PR adviser actively making news to sell a policy or product". Fabricating pseudo incidents on rise .These forces also founded a myriad of think tanks and public relations which purpose was to construct a the narrative that would be fed to the mainstream media conglomerates, with the final objective of controlling and manipulating the populace into accepting those narratives--a form of mind control, or brainwashing at a massive level.
Open discrimination & Ideologically motivated Violence:- Open discrimination against large parts of citizenry and even religious persecution are on the rise. Despite the country’s deeply diverse religious demographic and a robust civil society, India finds itself in the throes of fundamentalism and violence against minorities. The Pew Research Center’s 2015 Religious Restrictions Report has found that India scores in the High category for government restrictions and in the Very High category for social hostilities—the highest category on the Pew scale.
Incidents of ideologically motivated violence are mounting. These include the lynching of a Muslim man by an angry mob on 28 September 2015 and killing of MM Kalburgi, Pansare, Dhabolkar and many such incidents. Later in the year were artists, writers and scientists returning national honours to protest against the climate of intolerance shows the shabby state of the country.
The Seminar discussed the following topics too:-
· The suppression of organized labor and Rise of Contractual labor.
· Governmental Corruption and Fake Nationalism.
· Control of the media and Propaganda.
· Disdain for intellectuals and the Arts.
· Flawed Justice and Extra Legal Activities.
· Cultural Cleansing.
· NIA’s new Malegaon script that given Clean chit to Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Others that fudged the investigation of Hemanth Karkare.