Tullow Oil Plc (TLW.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Tullow Oil Plc (TLW.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tullow Oil Plc (TLW.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tullow Oil Plc (TLW.gh) 2013 annual report.Company ProfileTullow Oil Plc is the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in Africa, Europe, South Asia and South America. The company has a portfolio of over 120 licenses spanning 22 countries; including multi-well operations in Ghana and Uganda. Tullow Oil Plc was founded by Aidan Heavey in 1985 in Ireland as a gas exploration business operating in Senegal. Acquisitions of BP’s North Sea Gas Fields in 2000, Energy Africa in 2004 and Hardman Resources in 2007 greatly enhanced the Group’s operations in Africa and Mauritania and added high-impact exploration licenses in South America. The company head office is in London, United Kingdom. Tullow Oil Plc is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
5. Unlike most modern props, Porter can play both tighthead and loosehead. He now specialises at tighthead, although his age-group experience across the scrum means he is a genuine loosehead option at international level.6. Porter was part of the Ireland U20 squad that finished second to England in the 2016 Junior World Championships, scoring two tries for the team. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You could build a shed on Andrew Porter’s back.— Paul Williams (@thepaulwilliams) February 14, 20217. He was selected in Warren Gatland’s initial 37-man British & Irish Lions 2021 touring party, but was ruled out a month before the squad departed for South Africa by a toe injury. He picked up the injury in a Leinster match and was replaced in the squad by Kyle Sinckler.8. Ireland capped him for the first time against the USA in 2017. They won 55-19 in New Jersey, with Jacob Stockdale and James Ryan also making their debuts.Andrew Porter taking part in the captain’s run before his Ireland debut (Sportsfile/Getty Images)9. He has surprising pace – he once scored with a 50m sprint from behind halfway for UCD.10. According to Porter, his max squat is 325kg, making him one of the strongest rugby players in the world. Ireland prop Andrew Porter in action for Leinster (Sportsfile/Getty Images) From economics to gym records, get the lowdown on the Leinster tighthead Who is Andrew Porter: Ten things you should know about the Ireland propAn outstanding scrummager, Andrew Porter has been part of the Ireland front-row mix since his debut in 2017.Here are a few facts about the Leinster front-rower.Ten things you should know about Andrew Porter1. He was born on 16 January 1996 in Dublin, and weighs in at 6ft and 19st. He came from an athletic family, with his parents playing hockey and rugby to a high level.2. Porter attended St Andrew’s College, a Presbyterian school in the suburb of Booterstown. Another notable alumni is Ireland team-mate Jordan Larmour, who was two school years behind him. Fantastic photo. Can you spot the young Lion cub? https://t.co/mlbC4CfYik— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) May 18, 20213. After leaving school he attended University College Dublin, one of the most prestigious universities in the country. He studied economics – but used to only manage to achieve a couple of lectures each month due to training.4. He works as an ambassador for the Irish Cancer Society after losing his mother, Wendy, to breast cancer when he was 12 years old. There is a tattoo on his arm as a tribute, which he designed himself.
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41 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 September 2004 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. CAF launches its first Corporates and Communities Awards There are three main Awards: the Online Reporting Award, the Innovation Award, and the Award for Outstanding CCI Programme.The CCI Online Reporting Award recognises those companies that have worked hard to create and maintain informative, attractive and engaging Web pages. The Innovation Award recognises companies which have implemented a particularly original or resourceful project or campaign during the qualifying period between January 2003 – January 2004.The Outstanding CCI Programme Award is aimed at those companies which can demonstrate a comprehensive CCI programme covering volunteering, payroll giving, matched giving, corporate grantmaking, sponsorship and gifts-in-kind. The winner in each category will receive an engraved, glass trophy, while the overall winner of the Outstanding CCI programme will receive a prize of £25,000 which CAF will distribute on their behalf to the charities of their choice. Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is offering a prize of £25,000 to the UK company with the most effective programme of community investment. The prize is to be spent to support its work with good causes.CAF’s Corporates & Communities Awards 2004 are designed to recognise and reward companies for their community investment. They replace the CAF Hallmark Awards, which were launched in 1999 to encourage greater reporting of CCI programmes on the Internet.The Corporates & Communities Awards 2004 are open to businesses of all sizes across the UK. Andrea Van Sittart, Head of CAF’s Corporate Services, explained: “The competition isn’t just aimed at big business; we want to encourage small and medium-sized companies to enter too. The Awards are not about how much money a company gives to charity, but what they do for the community with the resources they have.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Awards Digital
29 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Christian group persuades cancer charity not to accept donation About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. He was pleased that the charity had been persuaded to reject the donation. “They made the right decision… to honour the Christian faith,” he said, adding “this charity has shone out as a beacon of excellence.”Joining Mr Green on the radio interview was actor David Soul who was the lead performer in the show, which closed on 18 February. He explained that he and his fellow actors had made “an act of goodwill to a charity which is doing fine work in the community around the UK.”He disliked Christian Voice’s tactics with regard to Maggie’s Centres. “What I really resent here is the fact that they would strongarm a charity that is doing this work around the UK”, he said. In particular he objected that the pressure group was “suggesting to them that if they took this tainted money that somehow this could affect their fundraising capabilities in the future.”Mr Green responded by claiming: “we saved this cancer charity from a public relations disaster.”He admitted that his group had threatened to demonstrate outside Maggie’s buildings if they went ahead and accepted the donation. “Absolutely”, he said when asked by the BBC interview. “It would be Christians from all over Scotland and all over London.”David Soul acknowledged that “Christian Voice have every right in the world to protest”, but that “this is strong-arm mob-type tactics”. He added: “this really is un-Christian”. Maggie’s Centres told the BBC: “we consulted internally and decided we would not accept the proceeds. Maggie’s exists to help people with cancer, their families, friends and carers, and to risk causing offence to anyone seemed unnecessary.”Mr Green explained that the source of the donation did matter. “Raising money is a problem and Christian givers are known as amongst the most generous. And for this charity to have taken the 3000 quid, they would have lost an enormous amount of goodwill, in the fact that they would alienate Christian givers, Christian staff and a whole load of cancer patients who draw a great deal of comfort from their Christian faith.”He did not respond to David Soul’s question: “what about those people who are not Christian?”Before the interview ended the BBC interviewer said that they had received an email from an un-named cancer specialist and Chrsitian who asked: “what sort ofChrsitian would blackmail a cancer charity?”Mr Green replied: “we haven’t blackmailed them… If they accepted the money they would alienate supporters. I wish them a great deal of good.”“It’s actually warning people of the consequences of their action and that must be a matter of Christian witness, that’s what we’re commanded to do.”Rebecca Rendle, fundraising director for Maggie’s Centres, told Third Sector magazine: “we recognise that Christian Voice used this to publicise their activities. However, everything has to be guided by the people we provide a service to.”You can listen again to the interview for the next 18 hours or so at the BBC.There is no mention of the rejected donation on Maggie’s Centres website, although Christian Voice have published a news release heralding their good work for the charity’s PR. But there is a link on the Maggie’s Centres site to their online donation page which, given they are £3,000 short, seems a more appropriate link to include here than a link to Christian Voice. Howard Lake | 23 February 2005 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Cancer care charity Maggie’s Centres has rejected a donation of £3,000 after pressure group Christian Voice warned them that it would offend and alienate “tens of thousands” of potential clients and Christians.The money was raised at a charity performance of ‘Jerry Springer – the Opera’ when actors donated their day’s fees to the cancer charity. The charity was planning to accept the donation until it received a phone call from Christian Voice.Christian Voice’s national director Stephen Green explained his approach on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning. He said that he had called the cancer charity and “explained that they were in grave risk of alienating Christian donors and their staff and cancer patients also by accepting money which had been raised from a performance of filth and blasphemy.” Advertisement Tagged with: Events Giving/Philanthropy Recruitment / people
Activists demand justice for Flint, 2016.In April 2014 the city of Flint, Mich., made the fatal decision to switch its water supply from Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the heavily contaminated Flint River. Flint residents have waited almost seven years for the responsible parties — in particular former Governor Rick Snyder — to face criminal charges.That wait has come to an end. However, Flint residents are angry and disappointed over the actual charges brought by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel against Snyder: just two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. Lower-ranking current and former officials face heavier felony charges, including perjury, misconduct in office and involuntary manslaughter. Nine individuals have been charged.“Snyder got a slap on the wrist, and Flint got a slap in the face,” said former Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. “Not only did people lose their lives through Legionnaires’ [disease], we know women who had stillbirths and miscarriages.”As Flint Water Crisis Community Activist Melissa Mays put it, “The fact that here if you’re a rich white man, then it’s not actually a crime to poison Black and Brown bodies and that you can get away with it.” (NBC 25, Jan. 14)Complaints from Flint water consumers began soon after the city disconnected from DWSD. They included brown-colored, foul-smelling and foul-tasting water; skin rashes; and children showing signs of lead poisoning. High lead levels were found in the water due to the cost-cutting decision not to add anticorrosive chemicals to the river water. Yet Gov. Snyder did not “declare a state of emergency and/or disaster when the governor had notice of a threat of a disaster and/or emergency in the city of Flint,” according to the indictment, waiting until January 2016 to issue the declaration. He also failed to “inquire into the performance, condition and administration of the public offices and officers that he appointed and was required to supervise.” Snyder faces a maximum of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.The involuntary manslaughter charges stem from the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that sickened over 90 people and killed 12.The racist “dictator law” and Flint’s water poisoning Beginning in 1990, the Michigan legislature passed a series of bills allowing the governor to impose an “emergency financial manager” — renamed “emergency manager” with broader powers in 2011 — over a city, county or school district deemed to be in financial distress. The successive bills primarily targeted Black-majority cities including Detroit, Flint and Benton Harbor. It gave the EM broad dictatorial powers to break union contracts, sell or privatize community assets and overrule elected city councils, mayors and school boards.There was one stipulation: Principal and interest payments to the banks and bondholders must be paid.Grassroots activists launched a massive grassroots petition drive, putting the hated Public Act 4 on the ballot in 2012. Voters shot down what had been nicknamed “the dictator law.” But rather than respect the democratic will of the people, Michigan’s legislators passed a new EM bill, PA 436, with minor variations.The decision to switch Flint’s water supply was made by EM Darnell Earley and continued by his successor, Gerald Ambrose. Both face felony charges with up to five years imprisonment. But the governor who appointed and retained them — and later assigned Earley to oversee Detroit Public Schools, where lead poisoning has also been a problem — is only charged with misdemeanors!In contrast, the former mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, is serving a 28-year sentence stemming from a corruption scandal that did not sicken or kill anyone. Snyder is white and Kilpatrick is Black. This is blatant racism, the same racism behind the EM law that, at the time of the Flint water crisis, had 50% of Michigan’s Black residents under emergency management compared to 2% of white Michiganians.Charges from the investigation by previous Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette did not even include Snyder. After Nessel — a Democrat and out lesbian elected along with Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2018 — took over, she scrapped Schuette’s investigation and started over. While the charging of Snyder this time around is long overdue; as the highest-ranking official tied to Flint’s suffering, he should actually be facing the most serious charges.Other responsible parties were not charged at all, including the governor-appointed leadership of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. From April 2014 until October 2015, MDEQ insisted Flint water was safe to drink.Corporate criminals off the hookThere are other responsible parties besides elected and appointed officials in the tragedy that befell Flint. While their decisions sent toxic water into the homes of the city’s families, the question remains: Why was the Flint River so badly contaminated? For over a century, corporations dumped industrial waste into the river — in particular, one corporation has been most closely associated with Flint: General Motors. The city has been contaminated with arsenic, chromium, mercury, lead, solvents and other toxins that will take centuries to dissolve. While Flint’s children were being sickened, GM was able to quietly shift its water supplier to a nearby suburb, when the company realized that engine parts were being corroded.This same company, having closed 9 out of 10 plants that once dominated the city’s landscape, has eroded Flint’s tax base — driving the cost-cutting measures that ultimately proved deadly. At the time of the water crisis, Flint had the highest poverty rate of any Michigan city. Another culprit is the huge multinational Veolia/Transdev, which has been involved in privatizing water and transportation departments since the mid-19th century. This company, a notorious union buster, has been blamed for undermining water quality in municipalities all over the world. In 2015 Flint’s emergency manager authorized a $40,000 study of Flint’s water quality issues to be conducted by Veolia. The company’s study failed to mention the risk of lead poisoning and Legionnaires’ and did not recommend switching to another water source, such as DWSD. A state lawsuit against Veolia is still unresolved, even after other parties sued agreed to a $600 million settlement to assist Flint in making its water infrastructure safe.Real justice will mean jail for all of the politicians and corporate heads responsible for poisoning an impoverished Black-majority city. Real justice means full reparations for the people of Flint.See extensive coverage of the Flint Water Crisis from 2015-2016 @ workers.org. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News News News June 8, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF_en Organisation Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa April 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is stunned by a Rabat appeal court’s ruling today to uphold a lower court’s decision in March ordering Rachid Nini, editor of the daily newspaper Al-Masae, to pay a total of 6 million dirhams (550,000 euros) in damages and a fine of 120,000 dirhams (11,000 euros) in a libel case.“We deeply regret this ruling which just confirms the fragility of the gains achieved by the press in Morocco,” Reporters Without Borders said. “A commitment on the part of the state to free expression would require an overhaul of the laws on press offences and training of judges. Only this would enable Morocco’s judicial system to respond in a fair and democratic manner to defamation suits.”The press freedom organisation added: “In this particular case, how can the appeal court judges ignore the fact that their decision is liable to jeopardize the newspaper’s survival? We continue to wonder about the motives of Morocco’s judges, who are very severe towards the country’s independent press.”The lower court ordered the exorbitant damages and fine on 25 March in a libel case brought against the newspaper by four deputy prosecutors in the northern town of Ksar Al-Kébir over an article that said regional officials had attended a supposedly gay marriage ceremony. The officials were not identified.Nini told Reporters Without Borders: “This ruling is very serious because it sets a legal precedent for press cases. Tomorrow, another newspaper could be ordered to pay a similarly astronomic sum. This ruling is a disgrace for my country.”Morocco was ranked 122nd out of 173 countries in the press freedom index which Reporters Without Borders issued on 22 October.On the same subject:26.03.2008 – Record damages award against editor of Morocco’s leading daily Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance to go further October 30, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Astronomic damages award against leading Arabic-language daily upheld on appeal Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Receive email alerts
News Follow the news on Trinidad and Tobago News Reporters without borders (RSF) is concerned to learn that a photographer for Trinidad’s Guardian newspaper was assaulted last Friday while on a reporting assignment in the town of Penal. RSF strongly condemns this act of physical violence against a journalist who was simply doing his job and calls on authorities to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. News to go further September 22, 2017 Photojournalists physically assaulted while reporting in Trinidad and Tobago Image credit: Trinidad Guardian Alert – Radio talk show host shot and killed in Trinidad and Tobago October 26, 2018 Find out more On the afternoon of September 15, Guardian senior photographer Kristian De Silva was seeking to interview Hanif Nazim Baksh, the owner and CEO of private oil company A&V Drilling with his colleague, senior reporter Sascha Wilson. While De Silva took photographs of the company’s main offices from Nazim avenue, a public road, he noticed a car speeding towards him. Though he jumped to avoid being hit, the vehicle accelerated again. The driver of the vehicle then exited and shouted expletives at De Silva, claiming he was on private property.De Silva then identified himself as press and was physically assaulted by the driver. He told RSF “the man continued towards me, pushing and shoving me…caus[ing] my glasses to fall…onto the ground. The man proceeded to physically attack me, punching me…on both sides of my face and bursting my lip. While bracing the attack, I bent down and placed the camera on the ground…[when] another man came from the side of me and hit me on the left side of my head.” The second man who assaulted De Silva then smashed the camera and De Silva’s glasses that had fallen to the ground. When De Silva and his colleague reported the incident at the Penal police station, they learned that the first attacker was Baksh himself, and the second was a Senior police officer, Acting Sergeant Billy Ramsundar, from the Siparia police station in a nearby town. They both claimed that the journalists were trespassing on Baksh’s property. Journalists Phil Britton and Leona Nicholson from TV6 were also attacked on Wednesday September 13 while on assignment in the same area. Cameraman Britton was on a public road taking cover shots outside A&V Oil’s main offices when he heard glass bottles landing on his car. The bottles appeared to come from a house owned by Baksh. A back glass on the cameraman’s vehicle was broken and a door was dented on impact. Britton and Nicholson then reported the incident to the nearby Penal police station. A similar incident of physical violence also took place involving a Newsday photographer who was reporting in the same area last week. “These violent attacks against journalists who were simply covering a story are deplorable, said Margaux Ewen, Advocacy and Communications Director for RSF North America. “We strongly condemn any attempt to bar press coverage of an issue of public interest, especially when such attempts result in physical violence against reporters. We urge the authorities to quickly investigate this matter and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”A&V Drilling is currently implicated in a scandal with state oil company, Petrotrin. It is being alleged that Baksh was paid millions of dollars by company Petrotrin for oil the company never received, as revealed during a recent internal company audit.Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley condemned the attack on September 17 as “wholly unacceptable” and said such incidents “should not be initiated or encouraged by any person, under any circumstances.”In a statement issued on September 18, Baksh offered an apology but claimed that the media workers had entered his property without permission and that the company had a right to defend its property.De Silva had to seek medical attention for injuries resulting from the assault. He told RSF that he is also being treated for anxiety and remains concerned for the safety of himself and his family. Trinidad and Tobago ranks 34 out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts Organisation RSF concerned by certain provisions of Trinidad and Tobago’s Cybercrime Bill Trinidad and TobagoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists PhotoreportageViolence June 13, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Trinidad and Tobago – Parliament considers restrictive amendments to the Freedom of Information Act RSF_en Trinidad and TobagoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists PhotoreportageViolence May 9, 2017 Find out more
Wine Opus Do you want to drink good wine, but don’t know what to buy? Do you know what you like, but want to explore new horizons?The Wine Opus harnesses the talent and opinions of a new generation of young wine writers to help you choose the best wines. Over 30 specialists have selected the 4,000 best wineries in the world and their trophy wines. Read their recommendations, from the Rhône to Rioja, from Napa to New Zealand, and from the Mosel to Mendoza in Argentina, and you will never buy bad wine again.If you enjoy drinking good wine, The Wine Opus gives you the names you need to know and introduces you to the new world of wine. Published by DK publishing house, the Wine Opus will be available from good book stores in September. NZ region feels the pinchREPORTS have filtered through the world of wine that several wineries based in New Zealand’s Marlborough have gone into receivership, with indications that more may follow.Earlier this month, Decanter reported that Cape Campbell Wines and its affiliate companies, Brown Sorensen Vineyards and the Brown Family Trust, went into voluntary receivership, owing creditors millions of dollars.The wine news publishers said that PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has been appointed to manage Cape Campbell’s assets, said the three entities had liabilities totalling between $10m and $12m. He said he was unsure whether the company would continue to trade or be liquidated.Last month, Awatere Vineyard Estates, a large contract grower owned by Auckland-based Barry Sutton, was put into receivership in addition to the Marlborough wine company Gravitas.David Cox, European director of the New Zealand Wine Growers Association, said that growers had been hit hardest by the strong New Zealand dollar.“For some (not all) of those wineries who are exporting Sauvignon Blanc, this has been compounded by the oversupply of Sauvignon Blanc from the large 2008 and 2009 vintages which has had an adverse effect on some export prices”, he added.He added that “the 2010 vintage has come in at a reduced tonnage (263,000 tonnes versus 285,000 tonnes in 2009) and yields were down.“As a result, export prices have already started to rise to more profitable levels and the requirement to deplete excess stock is diminishing quickly.” Wine Kiosks IN OTHER wine world news, Decanter reports that for the first time in the US, Pennsylvania shoppers are buying wine from automated wine kiosks.The kiosks, two of which have been installed in the town of Harrisburg, hold up to 53 different wines under temperature-controlled conditions. With some of the most stringent alcohol purchasing laws in the US, Pennsylvania authorities require that the kiosks verify customer age before purchase. Customers must insert their ID to prove their age and a built-in breathalyser takes instant readings. Until now in Pennsylvania, alcohol has been sold in state-owned wine and spirits shops under the authority of the state’s liquor control board, but kiosks will be installed in regular supermarkets for customer convenience. Advertisement WhatsApp Email This week there’s news of a top tipples, wine kiosks, books and the struggle one wine region faces.Château ReyssonSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE game season is set to kick off in a few weeks and what better things to pair only great food with great wine and Bordeaux wine producer Dourthe produces an ideal match from its Château Reysson estate in the Haut-Médoc using equal amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The magnificent 2005 vintage from this property punches well above its Crus Bourgeois status at a very affordable price.Heady aromas of juicy blackberries and cedar on the nose are complemented with spicy, black cherry flavours on the palate. A silky texture and rich earthy flavours find a perfect partner in game, and grouse in particular.2005 Château Reysson is currently available at Tesco at circa €15.99 a bottle Facebook NewsNews from the world of wineBy admin – July 22, 2010 444 Linkedin Print Previous articleExotic catering for parties at homeNext articleArts news in brief July 24 admin Twitter
ColumnsMazdur : Suspension of Labour Laws Rakesh Dwivedi, Senior Advocate12 May 2020 3:41 AMShare This – xMai mazdur hun. Mere pas mere shram ke alava kuch nhi hai (I am a labourer. Apart from my labour, I don’t have anything else with me). I was born to labour. Labour in fields ; labour in factories ; labour in shops, restaurants, homes, schools, construction works, railways, metro, etc; labour to clean drains, build roads, flyovers, and so many services. Indian economy cannot function without…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginMai mazdur hun. Mere pas mere shram ke alava kuch nhi hai (I am a labourer. Apart from my labour, I don’t have anything else with me). I was born to labour. Labour in fields ; labour in factories ; labour in shops, restaurants, homes, schools, construction works, railways, metro, etc; labour to clean drains, build roads, flyovers, and so many services. Indian economy cannot function without my labour. The country knows this. I am called Vishwakarma. Some say I am Seshnag and the world hinges on my hood. But what are my rights and what is my existence? I stand in a separate social queue and many amongst us are untouchables. My queue is noticed rarely. Perhaps only when I am required to sacrifice my labour for the common good. Though I am deprived and subjected to coercion of all kinds, including lynching, I have little option to selling my labour for subsistence. Even when disease like corona is brought by travelers from abroad, they are the ones whom state prefers to protect and reach them safely home, but though I have lost my job for no fault of mine and I am penniless I cannot go home to my loved ones. I am asked to stay back in shelters on assurance of food. I am told I can spread this deadly disease by going home. But I didn’t bring it to my country. Again no fault, Yet I stayed back much against my wish. Though I had to stand in long queues for hours to get half of the promised food and sometimes I didn’t get at all yet I stayed on. Many like me lost patience and marched back on foot, on cycles and on trucks. Some died on way and some faced lathis of police and were sent back to shelters. It is not corona spread by us that worried the sarkar initially for there were few cases and we could have gone back home by trains and paid for the tickets. None of us had corona and there could be no spread . The truth is that I or my labour is needed to kick start the economy after lifting up of lockdown and the rich and the rest are worried that if I go back the economy cannot start. So it is my energy that is required. I will be asked to stay and sacrifice for the country. As always I will shed my sweat and blood for my country. I will take care of production, and the GDP. I am warrior. I am a patriot. I am an important stakeholder in the economy and society, and my labour input is sanjeevni equal in value to the capital investment. But there will be no call to people to shower petals of rose on me or to clap for me. May not.All I want is some respect ; some dignity ; some fraternity ; some Justice and a little bit of equality and equity which the Constitution of India guarantees to ” We the People” by its Preamble and Art 14, 19 and 21. I want this but I know that I will not get it. I am told you have to sacrifice more and forego the protective and beneficial labour laws as economy faces depression, it has to be resurrected and foreign investors have to be attracted with a “red” carpet to India from China. Ordinance for suspending large number of labour laws have been tailored. Labour reforms is the cry of Capital. So I must bear some more economic lynching. My blood will make the carpet ” red” and that is what suspension of labor laws means. I should be ready for more exploitation. And if I will protest I may be branded anti national and either lathi charged or incarcerated. Capitalists want peaceful environment to profit for capital seeks maximization of returns. State thinks I am meek, an embodiment of suffering and I can bear this pain, but the rich cannot afford to sacrifice as they are not used to bearing loss and pain . They will not be able to bear hardship, deprivation of even a little of their happiness. There will be no restrictions on their earnings, profits and returns. Nay these have to be secured else, as they say, investments will not come in and employments too can’t be generated and protected. Rather packages will be tailored to prevent or minimize their pain. May be all this is true. But I don’t understand this economics which requires the lowliest mazdur to sacrifice for the rich.Some shayar said ” Jis economics (khet) se mazdur (dahkan) ko mayassar na ho roti, us economics( खेत) ke panno ko jala do.” However, public interest show must go on. I will bear some more deprivation. I must seek happiness and salvation in my suffering. May be that is the law of Karma. But the untouchables cannot even get moksh through karma _ Vedas are beyond them, they can’t even listen to Vedas. And if I demand this right to Vedas I fear this demand itself may invite lynching. Oh humanity why I am another human who is always to be lynched, lynched and lynched.Late Sri Surendra Narayan Dwivedi, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India, father of Rakesh Dwivedi, had written a poem years ago on the same topic. मजदूर तुम्हारे छूते ही, जिंदा हो उठती मरी मिले चढता उन्माद जवानी का हंसती खिलखिल कंकाल कलें घन और हथौड़ा की चोटें करतीं लोहा पानी पानी टुकड़े टुकड़े करता कुदाल ढाती पहाड़ की चट्टानी तुमने ही चुन चुन शिलाखन्ड ये भव्य भवन निर्माण किए जो तुम्हें घ्रणा से देख रहे तुमने ही इनको प्राण दिये मोटर जहाज रेलें मिलें मजदूर तुम्हारी ही माया तुमने अपना सब स्वाहा कर दुनिया में वैभव बिखराया चल रहा जगत का कारबार मजदूर तुम्हारे ही बल पर तुम शेषनाग है सधा हुआ संसार तुम्हारे मस्तक पर करवट बदलो फट जायेगा भू का पाषाण वक्ष स्थल सागर मे सांसें लेगा मरु बालू में लहराएगा जल पड़ जाएगी जिस ओर धमक मजदूर तुम्हारे पैरों की धंस जायेगी पाताल धरा हस्ती क्या पूंजीपतियों की जो बांध सके निर्बन्ध जोश जग के संगठित मजदूरों का जो रोक सके मदमत वेग नव इन्कलाब की लहरों का [ कवि ः स्व श्री सुरेंद्र नारायण द्विवेदी Written during Quit India Movement in 1942. He was jailed for participating in the movement. Kept in Naini Central Jail, Allahabad]. Next Story