Greenpeace campaigner Priya Pillai ‘offloaded’at Delhi from flight

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    Greenpeace campaigner Priya Pillai offloaded at airport

    A Greenpeace senior campaigner was stopped on Sunday morning from boarding a flight to London where she was to brief British MPs on the rights of forest-dwelling communities affected by coal mining.

    A statement from Greenpeace said that Ms. Pillai had a valid business visa for six months to visit London where she was scheduled to address British Parliamentarians on January 14. She was invited by the British MPs to talk about her campaigning with local communities in Mahan, Madhya Pradesh, where a proposed coal mining project led by Essar, a London-based company, threatens to uproot the lives and livelihoods of the forest community which lives there.

    Coming a few months after the blocking of funds to Greenpeace by the ministry of home affairs the NGO has reacted with shock. Ms. Pillai expressed her disappointment over the government riding roughshod over people working to protect democratic rights in the country. She added that her right to freedom of movement has been infringed and there was an attempt to treat her like a criminal.

    Ms Pillai was told by the airport authorities that she is now banned from leaving India, even though she has no criminal convictions against her. Her passport has been stamped with the word: OFFLOAD, according to the statement.

    The immigration officials told her they are not opposed to her travelling, but they are just following orders from the Indian government.

    This is not the first time a Greenpeace campaigner has had problems. In September 2014, Ben Hargreaves – a UK national was refused entry to India, despite having a valid visa.

    Greenpeace India’s Executive Director, Samit Aich in the statement said, “The government’s intentions are clear — they are trying to intimidate and bully Greenpeace and its employees but I would only reiterate that such acts only make us more resolute to continue our campaigns on protecting Indian people and India’s environment. We will not shy away from asking tough questions to the highest authorities. Such systematic excesses by the government are a shame and cause of worry for the Indian civil society. At a time when the whole world is making a strong pitch to safeguard freedom of speech and democratic rights, this action by the world’s largest democracy is problematic.”

    Greenpeace India has written to the Ministry of Home and External Affairs and to the Airport Authority of India asking the government to explain the legal basis for the ban on Ms. Pillai leaving the country.

    Greenpeace campaigner Priya Pillai offloaded at airport - The Hindu
     
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    Greenpeace campaigner Priya Pillai ‘offloaded’ at Delhi from flight headed to London
    A Greenpeace senior campaigner was “offloaded” at Delhi airport from a flight to London where she was scheduled to make a presentation before British MPs regarding alleged human rights violation at Mahan in Madhya Pradesh.

    Priya Pillai of Greenpeace was stopped by immigration officials early Sunday morning. “I was told by the immigration officer that I couldn’t fly out of the country, even though I had a valid six-month visa. When I asked him why, he refused to give me a reason. Upon insisting, he took me to his senior officer, who in turn told me that I was on a database issued by the Government of India of individuals who can’t fly out of the country,” Pillai said.

    She said she was scheduled to make a presentation to the Indo-British All-Party Parliamentary Group regarding her campaign with local communities in Mahan.

    “I was supposed to make the presentation on January 14. The group is headed by Labour Party MP Virendra Kumar Sharma and I was told that members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tribal Peoples would also be coming,” she said.

    “I want to know about this list that I am on. Who else is on it? On what criteria? Have I been clubbed together with drug peddlers and smugglers? This government can’t treat people who disagree with their viewpoint like this. I believe that decentralized renewable energy is the way forward for development. But I can’t be targeted by the government like this,” Pillai said.

    She claimed she was one of many environmental activists who had been detained by the police after protesting in January 2014. “We had been granted bail and the case is going on at Mumbai. But I was not told about any condition to the bail regarding restrictions of movement,” she said.

    Pillai said she was told by airport authorities that she was now banned from leaving India and her passport has been stamped with the word: Offload. She said this wasn’t the first time a Greenpeace campaigner has had problems and recalled that in September 2014, Ben Hargreaves, a UK national was refused entry to India, despite having a valid visa. “He had a valid work visa and he was in charge of social media. But after he arrived in India, he was deported and made to take the next plane back,” she said.

    The incident comes a few months after the blocking of funds to Greenpeace by the Home Ministry. Greenpeace India’s Executive Director, Samit Aich in the statement said,
    “The government’s intentions are clear. They are trying to intimidate and bully Greenpeace and its employees but I would only reiterate that such acts only make us more resolute to continue our campaigns on protecting Indian people and India’s environment. We will not shy away from asking tough questions to the highest authorities.”

    - See more at: Greenpeace campaigner Priya Pillai ‘offloaded’ at Delhi from flight headed to London | The Indian Express
     
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    IB report to PMO: Greenpeace is a threat to national economic security -

    An Intelligence Bureau report on foreign-funded NGOs “negatively impacting economic development” in India has called Greenpeace “a threat to national economic security”, citing activities ranging from protests against nuclear and coal plants and funding of “sympathetic” research, to allegedly helping out an Aam Aadmi Party candidate in the recent Lok Sabha elections.


    The allegations are part of the IB’s report, dated June 3, submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office. As reported first by The Indian Express, the IB claims the negative impact of the NGOs’ role on GDP growth to be “2-3 per cent per annum”.

    The report, signed by IB Joint Director S A Rizvi, accuses Greenpeace of contravening laws to “change the dynamics of India’s energy mix”. The bureau says Greenpeace’s ‘superior network’ of numerous pan-India organisations has helped conduct anti-nuclear agitations and mounted “massive efforts to take down India’s coal fired power plants and coal mining activity”. Greenpeace will take on India’s IT sector over e-waste among other “next targets”, the report says.

    While several NGOs are named in the IB’s 21-page report, that lists seven sectors/projects that got stalled because of NGO-created agitations against nuclear power plants, uranium mines, coal-fired power plants, farm biotechnology, mega industrial projects, hydroelectric plants and extractive industries, the main international one singled out for criticism is Greenpeace.

    Throughout, the IB report sees Greenpeace as the prime mover of mass-based movements against development projects. “It is assessed to be posing a potential threat to national economic security… growing exponentially in terms of reach, impact, volunteers and media influence,” it notes. The efforts are focused on “ways to create obstacles in India’s energy plans” and to “pressure India to use only renewable energy”.

    The report also accuses Greenpeace, “actively aided and led by foreign activists visiting India”, of violating the provisions of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act of 2010 (FCRA), and financing “sympathetic studies” at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and at IIT-Delhi.


    While FCRA provisions debar organisations getting foreign funding from political activity, former Greenpeace consultant Pankaj Singh stood as an Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Sidhi Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh in the recent general elections. Mahan coal mines, against which Greenpeace has been protesting, fall under this constituency.

    The IB report says that Singh’s organisation Mahan Sangharsh Samiti, which is leading the agitation in Singrauli district against both public and private sector coal mines, received regular funding from Greenpeace. Singh is the Samiti’s co-founder.

    Singh, however, denied any truck with Greenpeace. “I do not know who is telling you this, but we have no connection with them.”
    - See more at: IB report to PMO: Greenpeace is a threat to national economic security | The Indian Express
     
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    Throughout its history, the policies and objectives of the non-governmental environmental protection and conservation organization Greenpeace have been criticized by a number of groups, including national governments, members of industry, former Greenpeace members, scientists, and political groups. The organization's methods, such as the use of direct action, have also led to controversy.
    Criticism of Greenpeace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    IB probe into foreign funding of NGOs had begun during UPA rule
    NEW DELHI: The Intelligence Bureau (IB) report claiming foreign-funded NGOs acted in concert to fuel agitations against nuclear and coal-based power projects is the result of a probe initiated by UPA into the protests against Kudankulam nuclear power plant.

    Though submitted on June 3, shortly after the Narendra Modi government assumed office, the IB probe into the NGOs began when protests against the Russian-built Kudankulam nuclear plant were at their height in 2012.

    The UPA government had, on the basis of local reports, suspected that foreign funds were being channelled into whipping up the stir against the operationalisation of two 1,000 mw reactors in the wake of the March 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan.

    The home ministry had then suspected a diversion of foreign donations to sustain an agitation led by anti-nuclear NGOs that had allied with church groups to rally the local fishing community against the power plant.

    Sources in intelligence agencies indicated the investigation into possible foreign funding behind the anti-Kudankulam stir, spearheaded by S P Udayakumar-led People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), began during P Chidambaram's tenure in the Union home ministry.

    Udayakumar contested the recent Lok Sabha election from Kanyakumari as an Aam Aadmi Party candidate and finished sixth with 15,000-odd votes.

    With time, the scope of the study was widened to cover agitations against coal-fired projects, genetically modified food and extractive industries in other parts of the country.

    The IB report, which has NGOs and environmentalists up in arms, has led the home ministry to mull sending a questionnaire on precise use of foreign donations to the FCRA-registered organisations named in the report.

    IB probe into foreign funding of NGOs had begun during UPA rule - The Times of India
     
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    u mean last couple of years of upa rule,when election preparations starts.
     
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    why british mp's are interested in welfare of 'forest dwelling' communities of india.:confused::hmm:
    shouldn't they be worry about their own country and its communities,they are mp's of britain and not india.:laugh:
     
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    :D
    Yeah, they gotta do 'something' to write in the election manifesto..Right?

    No. They are more worried about problems elsewhere; though their own country is falling apart. :D.

    Three anti-India UK organizations that meddle in India’s internal affairs


    1) Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)
    Christian Solidarity Worldwide is a human rights organization based in New Malden, Surrey, specializing in religious freedom. The organization started operations in 1979 as the UK branch of the Swiss based organization Christian Solidarity International. It adopted the name Christian Solidarity Worldwide in 1997. Christian Solidarity Worldwide has sponsored UK members of parliament and other officials to attend meetings and conferences of the Christian Democrats Union.

    Since 1998, the CSW developed a tactical link with the All India Christian Council. In 2006, it lobbied in favour of one of its board members, the Labor MP Andy Reed to campaign against Indian laws that prohibit fraudulent conversions. In 2007 CSW released a documentary titled India’s Hidden Slavery which misrepresented India’s “caste system anomaly” as a form of human slavery.

    In 2008, CSW persuaded Human Rights Watch to condemn the Government of India for the Kandhamal Violence, while ignoring mention of the fact that an 80-year old Hindu monk was brutally killed by Evangelical forces.

    The CSW’s influence can be underscored by the fact that they were quoted as relevant sources by the UN Working Group of Human Rights Commission.

    2. Dalit Solidarity Network UK
    Dalit Solidarity Network UK is part of a UK and Ireland based Christian organisation called Christian Aid. Christian Aid provides funding for anti-Hindu groups like Voice of Dalit International. Christian Aid also supports a number of organisations that claim to focus on the empowerment of Dalit communities. They include Activists for Social Alternatives (ASA) in Tamil Nadu and Prajwala (‘society to enlighten’) in Andhra Pradesh. Most of its supporters and donors are hardline Evangelicals.

    In 2007, the DSN along with certain US-based Evangelical groups conducted an important conference where they declared that only Christianity can save the Dalits from the tormenting grip of Hinduism.

    Two of their most significant members are Jeremy Corbyn and Rob Morris, both British MPs and influential members of the parliamentary committee dealing with foreign investments.

    Both these MPs have showed support to Indian separatist groups like the Babbar Khalsa and other terror groups like the LTTE.

    Over the years, the DSN lobbied hard to get a Bill tabled in the British Parliament to recognize caste as a social evil and ran relentless campaigns and rallies to the effect. Ironically, Indians turned up as the greatest numerical group in support of this Bill. The DSN’s efforts finally succeeded when in April 2013, the British Parliament outlawed caste discrimination. Here is how the DSN gloats about their “victory” and a report on this development subtitles it as: Eleventh hour change from the Government turned 1000 protesters into 1000 partygoers.

    That is not all. More dangerously, here is how the UK Government characterizes the so-called anti-caste discrimination Bill:

    Amendments tabled by Business Secretary Vince Cable in the House of Commons today state that the Equality Act will “provide for caste to be an aspect of race”.

    In other words, the same colonial and racist constructs about Hindu society invented as the Aryan Invasion Theory has now officially re-entered Britain through the same agents as before—Christian Missionaries.

    The key objection that needs to be raised by the Indian Government as well as Hindu groups in the UK is this: the issue of caste is completely internal to India and the Hindu society. The UK, much less its Government has no business poking its nose in matters that does not concern it.

    3. London institute of South Asia (LISA)
    LISA shall campaign for human rights of all communities and individuals wherever they be with primary focus on South Asia. We are determined to expose discriminatory policies and actions of any nation that is directed against other nations or against its own people. We are committed to support all genuine freedom struggles. We are a campaigning organisation; it’s what we do. More specifically we are committed to the following:-

    We are against military occupation of any nation.
    We are against terrorism in all forms including state terrorism.
    We are committed to support all genuine freedom struggles that have moral, historical and political legitimacy.
    We support and respect the sovereignty of nations.
    We support equal rights for all nations/people big or small, weak or powerful, rich or poor.
    We support the rights of all indigenous people of nations.

    All the aforementioned objectives are targeted towards India as one of its allegations states:

    The Indian Armed Forces are brutally suppressing at least seventeen freedom movements, killing hundreds of thousands in Jammu and Kashmir, the Punjab (Sikhs), and the states of Assam…….Even today when the non-Hindu majority in India is gaining self-confidence under the leadership of regional and caste-based political parties, the Hindu minority is still able to impose its anti-Islam and pro-Zionist agenda on India.

    One of the fonder directors of LISA, Usman Khalid was a retired brigadier of the Pakistan army :facepalm:, which explains LISA’s sympathies with Indian separatists as well as calling Indian leaders pro-Zionist.


    Three anti-India UK organizations that meddle in India’s internal affairs | IndiaFacts

    UKistan trying hard to beat Pakistan in stupidity.

    There are reports that the Christian missionaries were the ones who were supporting the protestors in Hongkong against China.
     
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    The IB is empowered by law to act against persons inimical to India's interest.

    The foreign countries have meddled in India from time immemorial as if it was their own backyard.

    Good thing that India is telling them now where to get off and buzz off.

    The Indian 'agents' have to be told that they cannot have a field day serving foreign interest as servile paid servants.
     
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    Well, India was under a benign foreign turned Indian satrap.

    She, under the cover of populist and compassionate schemes promoted naturally by her Christian upbringing that cares for mankind, led the ruination of India, through what was acclaimed as the doctor who turned around India's economic outlook.

    She cast a spell on this docile doctor to doctor India into a tail spin from the days of the glory brought in by the Doctor under the visionary called Narashimha Rao.
     
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    Just because a foreign NGO member plays victim to the media and makes it appear that she is being victimized without any rhyme or reason doesn't make it actually make so.

    It actually shows that IB is doing it's job.

    And from the comments received on this incident across various news sites, it is encouraging to see very few NGO sympathizers. :india:
     
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    Just offloaded?

    Throw these NGO Terrorists in jail.
     
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    No one is getting fooled by this bullshit.

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    What's the cost of standing up for fundamental rights in India?
    Blogpost by Priya Pillai - January 13, 2015 at 16:57

    Sunday marked yet another black day for fundamental rights in India. Though these charter of rights are enshrined in our constituion, my experience on Sunday morning at the Delhi airport show that these are not equally accessible to all citizens.

    I’ve been working in Mahan since 2011. Mahan is one of the oldest and largest sal forests in Asia. The local communities are dependent on the forest for their livelihoods and the forest is also home to several rare and endangered species. A portion of this reserve was earmarked for open cast mining. Not only would this displace the forest community, but also impact the livelihoods of thousands more who depend on forest produce; and impact the wildlife, water and air in the region. Community members in Mahan formed the Mahan Sangharsh Samiti to protect their forests and rights under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (FRA) Act, 2006. The block had been allocated to Mahan Coal (a joint venture of Hindalco and Essar). Essar is a British company based out of London. I was invited by a British parliamentary panel to talk about my work with forest communities in Mahan. We have equally engaged with all major parties and relevant politicians and administrators in India on this issue, and continue to do so. 



    The act of engaging all relevant stakeholders is part and parcel of my work as a member of Greenpeace and indeed the responsibility of any vibrant civil society in any functional democracy. Is my profession the reason I was singled out? Surely not, since that would be totally unconstitutional. In this case, the British parliamentary panel were stakeholders as much as the Indian political parties and parliamentarians we engage with. They have the right to be informed of the actions of a British company abroad, and I have the right to supply that information and present the social and environmental impacts of the project – otherwise known as freedom of speech. The act was neither an attack on the Indian Government, nor a violation of the laws of our country. Then why was I debarred from leaving the country? The media has reported that my name was on a “lookout circular”.

    A lookout circular is normally issued when a person is wanted in a case but is absconding; or a red corner notice is pending against him or a person is suspect in a criminal case and is feared to flee the country or has restraining orders from a court against him. I am a mother of a 9 year old son and i have spent the last 3 years away from my family with the community in Mahan to save their forest which they call home. Instead of issuing a look out notice they need to visit Mahan and speak to the community themselves. Is working with forest communities a criminal activity? Is my fighting to protect fundamental rights the reason behind the Government’s action? In that case can we really call ourselves a democracy? Surely these cannot be the reason, since they go against the spirit of our Constitution completely.

    I continue to look for the reason of this arbitrary display of power. The government continues its media inquisition and we have not heard directly from them. I have written to the Ministry of External Affairs and the Home Ministry. The totally baseless allegations that social organisations are affecting the GDP of our country also continue unabated with the Government offering no insight on how we managed to achieve this extraordinary feat, far beyond our powers in my opinion. A veil of silence seems to have descended and responsibility continues to be deflected, while ministry officials continue to assert they are oblivious.


    I continue to be steadfast in my convictions and will continue my work to support rights, equality and freedom. This is not the first roadblock we have faced, and it won't be the last. We are facing a struggle with forces much larger and much more powerful, and the immense support I have received gives me the resilience to carry on.

    Onwards! Zindabad!

    Priya Pillai is a Forest Rights Campaigner with Greenpeace India.
     
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    I am sorry, but what wrong did this lady commit? She was only trying to save the forest community. We live in a globalized world where free interaction between locals and foreigners are inevitable. We can't cry 'internal matter' every time some injustice has been questioned. Do we say taliban is afghan problem and no foreign power should intervene to save women from them? Of course not, since human problem is a common problem.

    Let's therefore be more liberal and progressive in our outlook.
     
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    What she doesnt understand or is trying to deflect is the amount of intel the IB has on a person to refer him/her on the '"No Fly" list. Govt agencies cant screw up when such moves get into the court. So they would have solid and ample proof before they STOP a citizens freedom of movement- A fundamental right.
    Who is she trying to fool with her rants?

    Thats some conviction for the foreign funding recieved.
     
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    If you are comparing the liberal way the Pak Govt acts on its NGOS who fund terror and the GoI who is acting on inputs recived about its NGOS, you wont be hyped.
     
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