Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Book Release coverage:

Development model promoted in the name of Games flayed

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A book titled “It's Common V/S Wealth” exposing the “myths and realities” of the Commonwealth Games was released at Gandhi Peace Foundation here on Friday.
The book penned by Kapil Mishra, an activist and social entrepreneur, details the development model promoted in the name of the Games, raises questions on accountability and transparency, and assesses the Games in context of democratic values and principles. The book also poses questions for the Delhi Government and Organising Committee.
Those who spoke at the occasion include BJP national general secretary Vijay Goel, veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar, Magsaysay Award winner Rajendra Singh and Ram Karan Solanki, Pradhan of 307 Khap, Palam village.
‘Take responsibility'
Mr. Goel demanded that Sheila Dikshit and Suresh Kalmadi step down from their respective positions, taking responsibility for the ills plaguing the Games works.
He said the budget for the Games has overshot the outlay that the then BJP Government at the Centre had in mind when it bid for the Commonwealth Games.
Rajendra Singh and Kuldeep Nayar said the Games were imposed on the people without taking them into confidence. Mr. Nayar said that corruption was just one aspect of the Games-related issues. He noted that issues like loot of resources and the leaving out of Delhi residents from the Games preparation have not been discussed enough.
Mr. Singh warned that the development model used to push through various infrastructure projects for the Games will now be replicated across the rest of the country.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Book Release

Book Release
It's Common V/S Wealth
Exposing Commonwealth Games 2010

Releasing on
6th Aug. 2010 at 2:30 pm
Gandhi Peace Foundation, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg
New Delhi

Chief Guest:
Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar, MP, Rajyasabha
Key dignitaries:
Shri Kuldeep Nayar, Senior Journalist
Shri Rajendra Singh Megsasay Awardee
Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Megsaysay Awardee
Shri Prashant Bhushan, Senior Advocate
Shri Vijay Goel, Ex-Union Minister
Sokhender Tomar- Arjun Awardee, CWG Gold Medalist 2002
representatives from various civil society groups will be present
Why this book?
Because it’s Time to talk about the real side of CWG-2010
They are cutting trees, they are displacing people, snatching livelihoods, destroying river, looting the taxpayers, violating all possible labor laws, increasing cost of living to unimaginable heights, asking students to vacate hostels, destroying heritage of this age old city and all this in the name of Green Games.
Yes as a matter of fact the only thing green about upcoming Commonwealth Games in the city is “the money” involved in it.
This book reveals Myths and Realities of Commonwealth Games, Exposes scandalous development model that is being promoted in the name of Games, raises questions on accountability and transparency, assesses the Games in context of democratic values and principles, asks questions and demands Justice. Book makes it clear that one can still love this city and love this nation and hate the loot in the name of commonwealth games. Commonwealth games are in no way a matter of national pride.About the author- Kapil Mishra is an activist and social entrepreneur. For last three years, He is spreading voice against the anti people development approach that is being practiced by authorities in the name of Commonwealth Games in the city. He has raised the voice inside Delhi Assembly against exploitation of Yamuna in the the name of Commonwealth Games and got detained for the action. He has initiated and participated in several protests against exploitation of common people and common resources in the name of “Growth and Development”. He has also prepared a report as Citizen Journalist for CNN-IBN on encroachment on river Yamuna and also has exposed the issues of violation of labor laws at Games sites by camping outside Games village along with other members of “Youth for Justice”
A Masters in Social Work from Delhi School of Social Work, Kapil is presently doing M.B.A. (P.T.) from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) University of Delhi. Currently he is working with Greenpeace India as Policy Officer.
From:- Youth For Justice
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