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EXPOSING COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2010
A “YOUTH FOR JUSTICE” PUBLICATION
Copyright 2010 Kapil Mishra You Are Free To Reproduce, Print, Or Distribute Copies Of This book, Provided You Make No Changes Whatsoever In The Text
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” -Elie Wiesel
I dedicate this book to River Yamuna that flows silently and provide for water and life to vast populations along her banks without complaining about the exploitation and encroachments that we do to her..... I also would like to dedicate this book to farmers and workers who are working day and night under unimaginable conditions to ensure a better tomorrow while struggling for survival in this age of trickle down economics
Acknowledgements First of all, I would like to thank Preety, my wife and partner in all my endeavors, who is always there with me and who is most precious to me. I would also like to thank my family including my mother, my Didi, my sisters and my father who make me what I am. This book was not possible without constant support from “Youth for Justice” core members including Hemraj, Vikram and Devahuti who are backbone of the organization. I also would like to thank all “Youth for Justice” members, supporters and fans who believe in the possibility of change and are always there to fight for right cause. I don't have words to thank Sunil Parbhakar who has stayed at Yamuna Satyagraha site for months and gave me courage and inspiration to raise the voice in Delhi Assembly along with him. I also would like to acknowledge Rajesh Krishnan of Greenpeace who motivated me to give a time frame to the idea of this book. I would also like to thank Diwan Singh, Rajinder Singh, S.A. Naquvi, Prof. Vikram Soni. Kuldeep Nayyar, Rakesh Narwar, Abhijit, Ramanad, Vipul, Puneet, Kamakhya, Prof. V.P. Singh, Kishori, Bhoop Singh, Atrawati, Vinod, Devyani and all those activist and intellectuals who are torch bearers of movement and are busy spreading the voices of Justice across. - Kapil
Contents 1. Shera- The Man Eater 2. Why am I writing this? 3. Games in context of Gandhi's Talisman 4. Commonwealth Games- Myths and realities 5. It's Common V/S Wealth 6. Broken Promises Shattered Dreams 7. CWG-2010: Democracy on hold 8. The Delhi Model- Scandalous Development 9. Tell me Why
10. The Struggle so far...We are the Change
SHERA- THE MAN EATER Shera, mascot of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, is the most visible face of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi. His name comes from the Hindi word Sher – meaning tiger. But this Shera represents the cruel and rare side of Tigerthe Man Eater. He is a killer who likes destroying livelihoods of poor people. An animal that preys upon humans, damages the nation’s ancient ecological heritage, exploits the weaker sections and supports loot of common resources. Shera embodies values that the no nation can be proud of: dishonesty, disrespect and unresponsive. He is also destroying the fragile environment he lives in and showing no responsibility towards the protection of the ecosystem. Today Shera is the symbol of all the wrongs that’s happening to society. He represents worst form of corruption in the history of modern India. He symbolizes dictatorship and exploitation.
Just think of the cries and before-death condition of the poor people as they are displaced, their livelihoods are snatched and as they are slowly being eaten....... and for this Man Eater..its nothing but Just a Game!! SAVE THE TIGER...BUT KILL THIS ONE!!!
Why am I writing this? Because it’s Time to talk about the bloody side of CWG-2010 They are killing animals, 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. And that’s why; anyone who is opposing the exploitation in the name of games is being labeled as anti nation, anti people and anti development. Delhi is hosting Commonwealth Games in October this year. Vision of these games includes “inculcating sports consciousness and culture in every Indian”. As per the official website of CWG 2010, the mission of these games includes “creating sustainable environment and leave behind a lasting legacy” and values include “transparency”. Delhi won the bid in November 2003, in last six and half years whatever has happened in the name of Games completely defies above mentioned vision, mission and values. Already sensitive ecological system of the city including river Yamuna has been destroyed for upcoming “Green Games”. Thousands of trees were cut down. City Government has completely ignored sentiments of people and civil society
against destructive development. Apart from ecological costs, People of this city are forced to bear the economic burden of these games as Government and city authorities have decided to come up with one after another illogical project in name of developing city’s infrastructure before the games. BRT corridor is one such example which has become death corridor for the people of Delhi. Initially the estimated cost of the games was around Rs. 1,899 crores which has already rose to Rs. 30,000 crores and is still increasing. Who will pay this cost? Yes you guessed it right, its you and me – common people of this city who were never consulted before bidding for these games and are still in the dark about what will happen once these games are over. The way these games are being organized in the city, people are forced to pay very heavy social cost also. Thousands of families are forced to move to the outskirts of the city in areas like Bawana where there is no livelihood available. These people were forcibly removed so that Govt. can use land for “developing” venues and infrastructure related to games. In the name of “development” and "beautification", homes of thousands of families were demolished and people were forcibly displaced, homeless people were removed from shelters, some of which have been demolished. Shamelessly authorities have decided to erect Bamboo screens around city slums to separate visitors from the sights of the slums, it further proves that all these efforts are being carried out keeping the twelve days event in mind and it has nothing to do with the welfare of common people of this historic city.
Thousands others have migrated to city as laborers to work in various projects for commonwealth games. WHO is also saying that these games will increase slums and unauthorized colonies in the city. In the name of developing Games infrastructure and sports culture, in reality no playground or facilities were developed for children of common people of this city. We hardly find any playground in city, most of vacant lands that were used by children and youth for weekly cricket matches and other sports activities were now taken by authorities to be developed for the games. Where are the playgrounds for the children? The way all games related project were delayed for last seven years and all concerned officials and authorities kept waiting for the costs to increase till eleventh hour, it raises serious doubts about the intention of people involved. Now you can not raise the question as it is a matter of “national pride”. From buying of DTC buses at higher than market rates to construction of flyover from games villages to games venue, constructing games village saying that it will become university accommodation after the games and then DDA buying it at Rs. 3-4 crores per unit and planning to gift it to MLAs and Govt. officials at throwaway prices, there are hundreds of examples where one can find that people of this city are being cheated and looted in the name of commonwealth games. These games are definitely leaving a lasting legacy but a very bad one and if we fail to register our protest now then tomorrow it will be too late as Delhi being the role model for other states and cities, this model of loot in the name of development will then be applied across nation.
Civil society and concerned individuals need to raise voice against undemocratic manner in which authorities have bid for these games and are spending tax payers’ money without even talking about it in election manifesto. Time to make 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. Transparency and accountability are alien terms to the whole concept of CWG-2010. So people are never taken into confidence. “Youth for Justice” along with several other civil society groups and concerned individuals is talking about these issues for very long. We have protested strongly against construction of Games Village on River bed and cutting of trees in Delhi University and other areas in the name of CWG projects. We have also raised the issue of injustice being done to laborers working at Games Village and violation of labor laws at various Games Project sites. From writing blogs, forming social communities to taking the protest on road and raising the voice inside Delhi Assembly, we have been doing all possible actions to bring the attention of authorities to the gross injustice that is being done to the city and its common resources and common people. In this book, you will find a chapter that deals with Myths and Realities associated with Commonwealth Games. The objective is to make it clear that loving the nation doesn't mean that you have to accept whatever is being done in the name of games and helping the readers understand the game that is being
played in the name of CWG. There is another chapter “Broken Promises, shattered Dreams” that deals with some of the examples of how common people and resources are being exploited and looted in the name of games. It has examples of River Yamuna, cutting of trees, violation of labor laws, souring costs etc. This chapter raises questions on intention of individuals and agencies that are working to make these games a “success”. In this book, I have also tried to talk about these games in context of democratic values and principals. Has the administration asked or even informed people before bidding for these games and before putting the hard earned money of common people on stake? Have they even bothered to mention it in their election manifesto before deciding to organize an event that is nothing but a luxury that we can not afford. Why people were not informed about the financial costs and binding conditions that comes as a package along with games. CWG2010 is an example of how even democratically elected governments can take people for a ride and how powerless and helpless the people are in situations like this. I have also tried to discuss the much debated aspect i.e. delays in the games projects and costs involved. There is clear reason to believe that delay in almost all game related project was intentional and authorities were just waiting for the costs to sour. It also provided them to create an alarming situation and a sense of emergency so that they can spend any amount of money at the eleventh hour justifying it in the name of national prestige. It also provided them freedom to give contracts to anyone and prevented questions on quality and other important aspects.
There is no point in talking about all this without actually identifying the agencies and individuals responsible for this loot. We all blame the system for one thing or another. Yes definitely there are loopholes in the system which allows for leakage. But the kind of loot that has been done in name of CWG-2010 is beyond the “corruption”that we know. Its not about some people taking bribe or keeping some share aside. Its about designing a complete set of new structures and systems of loot and killing of common people and common resources, legitimizing the system and presenting it as role model for “Growth and Development”. I have named it as “The Delhi Model” as it is emerging as role model for other cities in the country. I have tried to identify the faces and naming them in public through this book. I strongly believe that these people and agencies will be brought to justice and will be held accountable for this open loot that has been done in the name of CWG2010. I have also tried to talk about ideas and opportunities to register protest against this model of “Growth and Development”. There is a need for common people, civil society groups, intellectuals and concerned citizens to tell the authorities that we do not approve what has been done in the name of commonwealth games and we protest it. I am writing this because I feel that there is a need to create a debate on whether exploitation of nature and loot of poor and middle class people is justified to fulfill senseless lust of a few political leaders and bureaucrats for more money and power. There is a need to discuss the lessons that we have learned in
last seven years and challenges that are ahead for concerned citizens of this country. While protesting against killing of river in the name of Commonwealth Games, I found that there are people both inside and outside the administration who understand the seriousness of the cause and its impact on the nation in general and on Delhi in particular. There is also a need to immediately stop any attempt to present Delhi as role model for rest of Indian Cities as it will have catastrophic effects on already struggling masses of this country. This book is an attempt to talk about the real side of these Games, none of us is against the sports but Commonwealth Games in the city are lacking the sports spirit and we need to talk about it.
Games in context of Gandhi Ji's Talisman Gandhi Ji has given us a tool to take policy decisions related to people. We all have read his tool in our text books; the tool is famous as “ Gandhi Ji' Talisman”. I am repeating it here to put things in right context: "I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away." It seems an easy and simple solution for all dilemmas that our policy makers and political leadership is going through. It asks us to see from last man's point of view. Can we say that our present political leadership kept this Talisman in mind while taking the decisions like Commonwealth Games?
We find that last man/woman has nothing to gain from these Games. He/She is fast losing the struggle of survival with each passing day. He/She has already lost the control over his own life and destiny to market forces and has become invisible politically. We can easily see that by displacing people and by snatching their livelihood, these Games are using this last man as nothing more than a slave. Its time to ask our policy makers and political leadership to come back to Gandhi Ji. Its time to talk about the last man(woman).
Commonwealth Games- Myths and Realities There are various prevalent myths about upcoming commonwealth games, not only among masses but also among some decision makers and intellectuals. Even while interacting with young students and professionals I have found that most people believe in these myths that were systematically spread using propaganda. From what is Commonwealth to how the city will be affected from these games, from environmental aspects to economic outcomes, there are myths associated with all dimensions of these games. These myths are created over a period of time in a planned manner and with selective approach. The purpose of these myths is to hide the realities of CWG and real beneficiaries and also to avoid any questioning regarding costs and liabilities. These myths have created a sense of euphoria among people and there are attempts to justify all exploitation of common resources and common people behind these myths. Here I have tried to list out common myths about these games. I have also tried to discuss these myths and show the real side of the picture briefly. After reading this chapter, anyone with an open mind and with no vested interest involved can easily see the real side of these games. Myth No. 1 Delhi should be proud that it is hosting Commonwealth Games. It is a matter of national pride and honor.
The Truth Commonwealth Nations are group of countries that were colonized by Britishers and there is nothing to be proud of. Why should any nation be proud of being colonized and why do we need to celebrate that by spending hard earned money of poor masses who are still struggling to recover from the loss and insult caused by Britishers to this great country? Myth No. 2 Commonwealth Games are contest between countries. The Truth Article 5 –Commonwealth Games Federation Constitution says“The Commonwealth Games are contests between athletes and not contests between countries.” Myth No. 3 CWG 2010 is Green Games The Truth More than 50000 Trees have been cut for projects related to Commonwealth Games. The Games Village itself is a case of violation of existing Environmental laws and is situated on ecologically sensitive river bed of Yamuna River. The only thing green about these games is the “money” involved.
Myth No. 4 These Games will benefit people of the City The Truth People of the city have already started paying the price; cost of living in the city is going out of reach for middle class and lower middle class citizen of the city. Livelihood of poor people is being destroyed e.g. Rikshaw, Tongas are not allowed as they don’t look good. Yellow- black Taxis are on their way out (more than 50,000 families are directly dependent on these taxis for their living). The development that is taking place is only for a selected class of people with a particular life style. All Labors laws are being violated and authorities are removing poor people from JJ Clusters and slums in the name of beautification. People of this city will be paying for these games for a very long time to come in form of direct-indirect taxes, in form of souring cost of living in the city, in form of depleting resources, in form of losing the say in governance and administration, in form of rising crime rates etc. There are social, cultural and economic costs involved. Myth No. 5 CWG 2010 will be profit making games The Truth The estimated cost of these games has gone from Rs.
1,899 Crores to Rs. 30,000 Crores and is still increasing. With wrong estimates of tourists, sponsorship etc., there is no way these Games will recover even 50% of the cost and taxpayer will bear the burden of these games. As a matter of fact no games in recent history has been profit making in any country. Myth No. 6 It will help the tourism industry. The Truth In previous Commonwealth Games held in Melborn, Australia around 50,000 tourists came to watch the games. The estimated number of 2,00,000 tourists visiting New Delhi is clearly not realistic and all estimates of boom in tourism industry based on these estimates will fall flat. Instead of filling up the gaps and providing much needed support to tourism industry, authorities are talking about how games can help tourism industry. Its is a short sighted vision with “ready-fire-aim” approach. Myth No. 7 These Games will boost sports culture in the city The Truth Not even one single investment is being made that will help motivate children and youth to join sports. On the
other hand, various local venues and open spaces are encroached by authorities to develop parking and other facilities for CWG. Children in the city hardly have any place left to play and city is facing acute crisis of play grounds and open spaces. These games are in no way promoting the sports or sports culture. The need is to invest at club level and district level and to create spaces and platforms for promoting the culture of sports and providing right infrastructure and support for boys and girls who want to make career in sports. Our players struggle for minimum money to ensure nutritious meals that can keep them fit, there is complete absence of required infrastructure to compete at international forums and no source of motivation that should come from recognition and encouragement. We all have seen how selected individuals are sitting as chairmen of various sports bodies for years and how any attempt to remove them or demand result is backlashed. These individuals who are exploiting the players and eating the talents are now proudly declaring that CWG will boost the sports culture. Myth No. 8 Games are helping city in getting World Class infrastructure The Truth Most of the infrastructure is being developed on the route of players and visitors during the games (Flyover on Barapula Nalah) and it will be of no value to
common masses of the city once the Games are over. Similarly the quality of infrastructure is also very poor and unsustainable. No growth projection for the city are being kept in mind before designing these infrastructures and city will be required to invest again within next 5 years to meet its need. In the name of infrastructure only roads are being built, no investment is being made in health, education, sanitation, water and other important infrastructural needs. The example of delay in Wazirabad Bridge that connects poorest part of the city to rest and attempts of building a Signature Bridge at massive costs instead of building a bridge that meet the need is perfect case. Myth No. 9 Games will provide employment and livelihood to poor The Truth Thousands of people migrated to city during Asian Games and settled here once the Games were over. All those people were forcibly removed and displaced to far away corners of the city to clear land for Commonwealth Games venues. Games projects have increased migration rates and it will increase unauthorized colonies and slums with more people unemployed after these games. Livelihoods of thousands of people were snatched away in the name of games. For almost one year the civic body MCD is not paying pension to lakhs of poor, widows and disabled people to save money for these games.
Myth No. 10 Delhi will be better city after these Games The Truth With lesser trees, no animals, dead river, unemployed work force, sky rocketing cost of living and acute crisis of health, education, water, sewages related infrastructure, Delhi will not be better than a living hell. A perfect case study of how development should not happen, but it will be too late to learn.
It's Common v/s Wealth These games are symbolizing a one sided game. A game where who will win and who will lose is already decided even before the game is started. Its a game for those who have designed it and the ones who will win it in the end but for others it is a struggle for survival, a question of life and death. This other side which is here to lose has never even been asked whether they wish to play this deadly game or not. They are forced to be part of the “game” and will lose whatever little they have. On one side there is common people and common resources and on other side there are section of powerful group of individuals with access and authority over these people and resources. The outcome of these games is designed and decided even before beginning. The rules, regulations, time lines of this game is designed by same set of people who are playing from the side of powerful people and authorities. Even the referees belongs to the same side. On one hand there are people who migrated to cities searching for their dreams of better lives and better future but ended up being removed from their homes and livelihood in the name of beautification and improvement, and on other hand there are people who can encroach upon any piece of land in the name of public interest and then construct their dream homes or earn huge profit by selling the buildings constructed on the same land.
On one hand there are common resources like Yamuna river, age old trees and vacant lands and on other hand there are authorities who can divert, damage or destroy any natural resource that comes in way of realizing their dreams of getting money out of these resources up to their “full potential”. On one hand there are poor migrant laborers who work on various construction sites and struggle to ensure minimum food and livelihood security for themselves and on other there are agencies and contractors who bend and violate all possible labor laws and exploit men, women and children to ensure maximum possible profit out of their work. On one hand there is 70% population of the city who lives in unauthorized colonies and JJ Clusters and who dream of a city with better roads, better education, health infrastructure, better waste management, better energy and water distribution; and on other hand there are civic agencies and companies who delay time lines and provide poor quality infrastructure that too only in selected areas with minimal or no investment on health, education, water or energy related areas. Whatsoever investment is being done, is being done keeping in mind the nine days event and not the need and requirements of people of this city. On one hand there are poor people who belongs to weaker sections like widows, aged people and handicaps who are dependent on monthly pension support from civic body to make their both ends meet and on other hand there are agencies like MCD which are denying this pension amount to thousands of poor people citing the shortage of money for the games. Rules and regulations of this game are not even designed and framed in favor of a particular side but can also be bended and
mended at will. For example, for poor people, living on temporary sheds alongside yamuna river bed is not only environmentally wrong but also a violation of high court directions citing which authorities have forcibly removed thousands of people. But same river bed becomes an ideal location for multi-storey commonwealth games village. Timing of this game is also very much in control of powerful people and authorities that act as agents of these powerful people exploiting the common people and common resources at will. So, for almost sixty years after independence, people are forced to live without infrastructure and so called “global life style” and suddenly one fine day they are told to pay for selected type of infrastructural development in the city that sees development only as construction of roads and flyovers at selected corners of the city that too on such a short notice and hurry that no one gets time to question the intention, quality and costs involved. This deadly game is designed to Kill. To kill the dreams, to kill the aspirations, to kill the livelihoods, to kill the hopes, to kill those who do not match, To kill those who can not kill. This game has to be stopped and it has to be stopped now.
Broken Promises, Shattered Dreams From Delhi bidding for the Games till now, it has been a history of lies and broken promises. Our authorities have not only lied to the World to get these Games but have also shattered the dreams and hopes of common people of the city. The Biggest Lie It is about Commonwealth Games village that is coming up on the river bed of River Yamuna. Following promises were made about Games Village by the authorities while bidding for the games: Games Villages (Source: Select relevant excerpts from the Report of the CG Evaluation Commission for the 2010 Commonwealth Games dated 7 October 2003 by Dick McColgan, Chairman) 1. The DDA (Government) is constructing the Village on a pleasant and high quality site. 2. Delhi has guaranteed that the Games Village will be constructed well in advance of the Games although no specific development schedule has been provided (Village construction timetable is anticipated to be 2 years). 3. The estimated cost of construction of the CG village will be Rs 185.8 crores (USD 38.8 million) 4. Post games the Village will become University accommodation.
5. The Village will feature low to medium rise buildings. 6. The proximity of the Village to the airport, city and the venues is excellent and will allow all athletes to live in one Village. All of above promises are nothing but a bunch of lies. The reality is The village is constructed on seismic, flood prone, ecologically sensitive zone of Yamuna River Bed. Games Village is in form of high rise and high end structures - costing around Rs 1038 crores (Source:-‘ by HRLN) just for the residential accommodation - in the river bed in a site which is next to a high use railway line and a very busy National Highway. It is at least one hour to one and a half hour away from the Airport (IGIA) and It is being sold off to the highest bidder post games
The land is grabbed by authorities in the name of “public interest” and now the flats are sold to highest bidders who will live in these flats post games. “Public Interest” is converted into private profit. Games village is just one example. This is an unending series of lies, broken promises and shattered dreams. Organizing commonwealth games have become only priority for the city authorities and real priority areas like drinking water and electricity are put on back burner. City of Delhi which is facing acute water shortage will continue to feel the thirst with increasing population and drying ground water table. The only
reliable source of ground water recharge in the city i.e. river Yamuna is being killed to built games village. More than 50,000 families were displaced to make city cleaner before the games.27000 families are displaced only from Yamuna Pushta area. Most of these families came to Delhi to work for projects related to Asian Games. These families are displaced to remote corners of the city where there are no livelihood opportunities available for them. Health and education facilities are a distant dream for these families. Economically weak and politically invisible people are forced to sacrifice to save the city from embarrassment of its poor population. Several drinking water projects, electricity grid projects, education and health related projects are put on hold and funds are diverted to projects related to commonwealth games. More than 60% of city population lives in unauthorized colonies and J.J. clusters. These unauthorized colonies and JJ Clusters have no sewage system, no supply piped drinking water. No roads, very few schools, no toilets, few primary health centers. Before the last assembly election, residents of all these colonies were promised basic amenities and regularization. Supreme Court of India has also directed the city authorities to ensure basic amenities in these areas. But a 12 day event remained the only priority for the authorities and 60% of city population is still waiting for the games to get over and hoping that their turn will come. It is not that remaining 40% citizen living in regularized colonies are anyway better. Electricity and Drinking water is a struggle for them also.
Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has already declared that it is running short of funds. State Government is also requesting Central Government for more funds so that projects related to these games can be completed in time. But none of these authorities are bothered about common people of the city. Games at what cost? Poor and destitute people of this city have already started paying for these games. One example is pension support scheme for old age people, widows and disabled people. Due to lack of funds with MCD, thousands of poor people are not getting their pensions on time. For most of them, the pension of Rs. 1000/- per month is the only source of income and only hope to survive. Since last November, MCD has stopped giving pension to these people without any reason. On asking, civic agency told people that they are rechecking the records. The reality is all the fund has been diverted for “project related to commonwealth games”. People are not priority, Games are. Games projects are also affecting business community of the city. Thousands of shops are closed and thousands other are unapproachable due to unplanned construction and renovation work in the name of games. Traders in age old traditional markets like sadar bazaar and khari baoli are asked to relocate in the name of beautification. Even in prestigious Connaught Place area, shopkeepers are forced to run on losses due to unplanned beautification work being done by NDMC. Broken promises and shattered dreams is the cost that people of Delhi are paying for commonwealth games and worst part is that this is just the beginning.
It is said that city of Delhi was built and destroyed seven times in the past but this is first time when city was being destroyed by its own rulers and that too in the name of development. Its not pick pocketing, its loot Taxpayer of the city has already started feeling the heat of the games, but this inflation, higher taxes and talks of imposing professional taxes is just a glimpse of what future holds in for common people of this city. Bureaucrats, Politicians and Contractors nexus is all ready sucking the last few drops of blood of the common Delhi wala. For example, the cost of works related to commonwealth games has gone 2160% (HLRN) higher in last seven years. India’s bid document for the Commonwealth Games in 2003 estimated the cost of hosting the event at Rs 1,899 crores. After several revisions the estimates now range from an official figure of Rs 10,000 crores to an astounding assessment of Rs 30,000 crores by independent experts. As per the ‘The 2010 commonwealth games: whose wealth? Whose commons?”- a report released by Housing and Land Rights Network prepared by Chief Justice A.P. Shah: A look at the funds spent for the construction and upgrade of stadiums and training venues indicates that the Games are proving to be an expensive affair. The works saw a cost escalation of 2160% over seven years — from a meager Rs 150 crore to a whopping Rs 3,431.4 crore. The fact sheet on infrastructure and beautification projects for the Games released by Housing and Land Rights Network
shows that India’s bid document for the Games budgeted Rs 7.5 crore for beautification. But now even one beautification project is costing more than Rs 7.5 crore. For instance in August 2009, NDMC announced plans of planting 10 lakh saplings at a cost of Rs 23.2 crore to add colour to the Games venues. Beautification is not only incurring financial cost but also a human cost. ‘‘Slums are being demolished without any rehabilitation plan. Homeless are being evicted and beggars arrested. Livelihoods of hawkers and vendors have been taken away. The public has been inconvenienced due to digging of the streets and pavements,’’ the report points. While beautification has cost the government a huge amount, work at non-competition venues to is proving to be costly. ‘‘The Commonwealth Games Village is being constructed by Emaar MGF at a cost of Rs 1038 crore. In May 2009, the DDA announced a Rs 700crore bailout package for Emaar MGF, the first such bailout for a realty company,’’ the reports adds. Add to it the rent CWG Organising Committee pays for its headquarters in central Delhi to NDMC. ‘‘The budget for rent for the OC Headquarters — Rs 5.6 crore per month — which was not accounted for initially, is reported to be Rs 175 crore,’’ the factsheet states. ‘‘Initially, Rs 770 crore was earmarked for development of infrastructure. The state, however, allocated a Rs 1189 crore to enhance, expand and upgrade city infrastructure. A CAG report in 2009 estimated the cost of creating venues and infrastructure and operational expenses at Rs 12,888 crore,’’ the fact sheet states.
Releasing the report, former Delhi high court chief Justice AP Shah said: ‘‘Delhi, of late, has seen a spate of demolitions and evictions. In some cases, evictions have been carried out in the name of beautification projects. The urban poor are being deprived of their rights.’’ Citing the example of demolition of a night shelter in Pusa Road, he said: ‘‘Leaving people to die in open sky on a cold night is the grossest violation of human rights. The right to shelter is as important as the right to livelihood.’ (Source: Times of India, May14, 2010) All this is happening when Govt. is denying all investment in core sectors like health, education, even for pension schemes for only one reason- lack of financial resources for the upcoming commonwealth games. The loot doesn’t stop here, everyone who can take something from this open loot, is busy looting the city, its people and its resources. Take the example of new low floor buses that are being bought by Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). As per the report by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India- The decision to purchase the buses over and above the justified rates would burden the exchequer by Rs 244.30 crores, and another Rs. 833.30 crore as maintenance charges over the next 12 years. Further, making the fun of hard earned money of taxpayer, MCD has decided to buy Bomb Proof Dustbins at unit price of Rs. 50,000. The important point to remember here is that MCD area in the city (around 80% of the city) is at poor 168th position in the country in terms of sanitation.
The shameless loot has not stopped here; Rs 265 crore from the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (Special Component Plan) for Delhi has been diverted to the CWG fund in the year 2009-10. From Games village, to venues, street beautification to transport, security arrangements to media management, authorities are spending money with both hands. But the question here is, ultimately who will bear the burden? Is it these authorities or the games organizing committee? No, it is the common man of this city who is at the receiving end. The city where scores of girls dies in rampage in their school because school is overcrowded and there are no other school nearby, the city where family committing suicide together due to economic burden is a common news, the city where women are forced to deliver on road as hospitals beds are full, the city where deaths due to malnutrition and hunger is not an alien phenomenon, the city where on an average 8-10 people die on road everyday, the city where 60% population has no access to piped water supply, the city where toilet in household is a luxury not afforded by 40% population, the city where deaths due to dengue, malaria is an annual event, spending thousands of crores of rupees on something like commonwealth games and expecting the tax payer to bear the burden, is nothing but a crime, an open loot. Yamuna: Murdering a River to built her tomb The construction of games village on river Yamuna is one of the biggest scandal of Independent India. Here is a government forcibly removing people citing a high court order that no permanent or temporary structure should be allowed on river
bed and then building a huge multistory games village at the same river bed. Here is a government, snatching lands from farmers ignoring a 99 year lease agreement justifying it as a step in public interest and then giving the same land to a private builder almost free to build games village that is sold at Rs. 3-4 crores per unit to the officials, politicians and other influential people who want to own these flats after the games. As if this was not enough, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has given a Rs. 700 crore bailout package to the private builder to ensure the construction on time. Yamuna is not just a river but it is life line of Delhi. On one hand it is providing drinking water to most of the city and at the same time on the other hand it is the only source of ground water recharge in the city. Indian Express, New Delhi, November 03, 2008: “It is fear and anxiety that makes me pen these lines,” begins Justice Rekha Sharma in a crisp four-page verdict that says the river is “gasping for breath”. Supplementing a formal 45-page judgment from Justice A K Sikri, is the four page judgment from his “sister Justice Rekha Sharma”, who says the entire project of building on the Yamuna riverbed is a “sad story of men fiddling with major issues and resultantly playing havoc”. “This judgment,” she observes, “relates to a river which once flowed majestically but is now gasping for breath. If this continues, time is not far off when this gift of Gods will die an unnatural death buried under layers of silt.” She pits the oft-mooted contention of “development” with the environmentalists’ cry of “save the river”, and concludes that Yamuna is more important of the two. “The significance and importance of the Commonwealth Games is not lost on anyone
(but) the impact of building on the Yamuna, its environment, ecology and the long-term damage is, as the petitioners (environmentalists) say, pregnant with disaster,” the judge notes. “If no urgent measures are taken, the Yamuna may exist only in books.” Justice Sharma also notes: “No doubt is left that the site in question is on the river bed.” In his separate judgment, Justice Sikri considers the issue a “disputed question” that needs to be looked into by an expert committee. But Justice Sharma goes a step further to add that even if the construction is not on the riverbed, “urbanisation and colossal construction underway may yet adversely affect the environment, the river and the ecology”. She also lashes out at the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute for unexpectedly changing its stand to favour urbanization. Justice Sharma concludes with a parting shot that neither the government, DDA or the NEERI have been “fair” to the river. Workers don't have a right here Yamuna is not the only victim of these Games. Laborers who came to the city from far off places like West Bengal, Bihar, Orrissa, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh with dream of a better quality of life and security are finding them trapped in medieval working conditions at various Games project sites. What can be more disgusting than the fact that working and living condition of workers who are building stadiums, games village, roads, flyovers, etc. to make these Games a success is pathetic and authorities do not even want to talk about it. From simple issues like identity cards, working hours and
minimum wages to living conditions, medical facilities, child care, compensation, safety, welfare etc., violations of laws has become common feature of Commonwealth Games Village. A group of “Youth for Justice” activists including the writer of this book have camped outside the construction site of Games village to get the information on working conditions of workers as there were rumors of deaths due to poor working and living conditions at the site. What we found out was horrific. There was talks of deaths, workers were not given any identity cards, holding of payment was a routine issue. Laborers told us that working and living conditions are not “human” from any angel. We decided to protest. On 9th March 2008, we organized a day long Hunger Strike outside the site. Things were improved a bit after that but only the living conditions were changed but other forms of exploitation remained some or even worse in some cases. So while the city is busy preparing for upcoming Commonwealth Games to celebrate its “newly developed” status, there are people who are paying a huge cost for it. Who are these people? They are the ones who came to Delhi chasing their dreams of a better future and wishing to get away from vicious cycle of poverty by sweating their blood. They believed in possibility of heaven on earth. They are reaching heaven literally while city is gearing for its biggest show of wealth and prosperity. Trees: barrier to development Thousands of trees are being cut down to prepare Delhi for upcoming Games.
These are just one of the losses that has been caused to the environment and ecology of the city, all in the name of Games. Here one need to understand that a full grown tree is simply an irreplaceable ecosystem in itself. Authorities are talking about planting saplings against the number of trees cut. First of all it is not a solution, secondly the saplings are being plant as part of beautification drive along side roads. So these small bush-type plants will never replace the trees that are cut for “development”. The river, the trees, the workers, the displaced people, the rising cost of living in the city, the decreasing quality of life for most sections is the outcome of these Games. But these are just some glimpses of things to come, if this model of growth and development is accepted as role model for the cities and urban India, it will only led to mass urban suicides like what is already happening in rural India in form of farmers suicides. This is time to ask questions, this is time to demand justice, this is time to fix accountability and bring the culprits to justice so that no one can ever take common people and common resources for granted.
CWG 2010- Democracy on hold All the principles and traditions of democratic governance were compromised in order to organize commonwealth games in the city. From deciding to bid for the games to last minute changes with huge bearing on tax payers income, nothing was ever discussed in public domain and people came to know about all this only when things are finalized and in some situation people are still in dark about the impact that these games will have on our life. Violation of principles and values of Democracy is an unwritten norm here. “Equality before law” is one basic principle on which democracy is founded. But here we see that for some people living on Yamuna banks is illegal and it become sufficient reason for authorities to remove these people and push them away from their homes and livelihoods. However same Yamuna River bed becomes the ideal location when it comes to building multistory games village which is sold to elites at unimaginable prices. Similarly authorities decide to put in people's money on roads and flyovers at selected areas while wast section of population still have no access to basic amenities like drinking water and sewage system. Here again people have no say on where the money should be spent. People of the city were never discussed or even told about the big plans of putting the tax payers money for organization of games. Authorities have decided to even stop the pension support for marginal sections in order to ensure funds for games. Can you call it democratic?
The biggest thing missing from the whole planning and implementation process of CWG 2010 is the people. So the decisions about common people are being taken without taking them in confidence. And these are not small decisions, these are decisions that have long term impact on the way we live in this city. The “Delhi Model” which is being presented as role model for other cities also, these decisions will affect all of us living in any corner of this country. On one one hand we have incidences of poverty worse than even sub Sahara Africa both in terms of severity and number of people affected and on other we have a Government that waits for costs to increase so that they could get larger share from a luxurious event that has no direct relation with needs and aspirations of people of this country. Participation of people is still a distant dream
THE DELHI MODEL- SCANDALOUS DEVELOPMENT "Through clever and constant application of propaganda people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise." -Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1923 The new developmental approach that is being imposed upon and promoted as role model is the “scandalous development”. The organization of commonwealth games is a pilot run for this model. What is scandalous development? This is the new approach where authorities, agencies led by elected representatives announce big projects and plans of development and link these project and plans to issues of national prestige, pride or some other emotional connect which is difficult to challenge or even talk about. Again the plans are made huge and enough space for corruption and leakages are provided within the plans. Then the money is arranged in form of loans, PPP, higher taxes, inflation etc. and burden is passed on to the common man. Plans are made in such a way that ensures maximum exploitation and loot of common people, resources etc. So at the end of the day, common man who is fighting a daily battle for survival and don't have time to stop and ponder, feels that some new things like roads, flyovers are coming up and he believes that “development” is taking place for his/her good. Few people stop and ask then why quality of life or struggles of my survival is not getting any better for me.
At the end of it, we have more unemployed people, higher cost of living, poorer quality of life, higher crime rates, etc. and we still believe that some kind of development has taken place because at selected corners of the city, we see brighter roads, happier people and shiny facts and figures of how things are improving. For the Politician-bureaucrats-contractors nexus this is a winwin situation but for common people its disastrous. The Delhi Model The Delhi Model is the model of “Development” that is based on loot of common people and common resources and justifying the same by creating some emotional connect. This model which is now being tried in Delhi, is being promoted as the role model for rest of country especially for cities and metros. The model is simple: Plan Big Create a myth around your plans Give an emotional connect Get Big loans or tax the people Delay and wait for cost to increase Create panic Bend rules and regulations Justify violations with emotional connect and panic situation Displace people and destroy common resources Loot and put up a big show Pass on the burden to tax payer and common people
I have tried to identify and name the people and agencies who are directly responsible for the loot of common people and common resources in the name of commonwealth games. The objective is to seek explanation and fix accountability. Who are responsible for biggest scandal of modern India? 1. Indian Olympic Association- Headed by Suresh Kalmadi and Randhir Singh, this organization and these individuals are directly responsible for designing and planning the loot in the names of commonwealth games, sticking on the chairs for years without being responsible and accountable to anyone. 2. Commonwealth Games organizing committee- It consists of people from cross section of groups and stakeholders and it is amazing to see all of them silently witnessing and being part of biggest scandal that is taking place in the capital city of Delhi 3. Delhi Government- Headed by Shiela Dixit, it has created new heights of corruption and anti people development. The worst example of how a democratically elected government can actually surpass people's ambition and aspiration and organize a loot of common people and common resources. Never bothered to seek public opinion about games and passing on a huge burden to the tax payers of the city. Also for last five years, all the departments have almost stopped working for people as Games have emerged as the only priority that the government has. 4. Municipal Corporation of Delhi- This civic agency has never thought twice before stopping the pension
support to thousands of poor widows, handicapped people and aged people and diverted the funds for Games related projects. Also completely ignored the primary education and primary health related needs and requirements of the people. 5. Government of India- It gave green signal for games and even allotted huge budgetary support for games and related projects. No long term planing was done and it was done in ad hoc manner keeping open the scope of large scale corruption. It need to explain to the people of this country why it went ahead with such a huge investment in something luxurious like commonwealth games when most of our population live under very poor and stressful conditions, when we are far behind ensuring minimum basic amenities to most of our population, when more than 200000 farmers have committed suicides, when hunger deaths and deaths due to malnutrition is a common phenomenon....so Govt. of India has completely blinded its eyes and ignored its masses and their needs while going ahead with something luxurious like these games. It is nothing but adding insult to injury. 6. Delhi Development Authority (DDA)- Bypassed all laws, regulations, court directions while choosing site for games village, never cared to keep a check on contracts guidelines, decided to pay Rs. 700 crore bailout package to Emmar MGF without justifying it, broken the promises made to people of India and to International community regarding games village. 7. Labor Welfare Department of Govt. of Delhi- Totally lost its purpose as there are rampant violation of labor
laws across all games related projects, from simple maintenance of workers' records to minimum payment to working hours, working conditions, living conditions, child care, insurance, health and compensation, at all levels the department and its officials have kept their eyes closed throughout. 8. Other departments and agencies – all other departments and agencies including the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt of India which failed to fulfill their responsibilities to ensure proper permissions, to keep an eye or to fix accountability.
Tell me why? 1. Why the decision of organizing games in the city was taken? 2. What was the motive and pushing factors behind the decision? 3. Do you believe in democracy? If yes, then why the decision of such a huge misuse of taxpayers money which has direct implications on lives and destiny of lakhs of people has been taken without even informing the people at large? 4. Who is responsible for delay in all the Games related projects which has caused a big difference in the cost and which is turning out as a big burden on common man's pocket? 5. What actions are taken against those leaders and officials who have caused these delays? 6. Why no probe has ever been ordered to look into this obvious scandal involving huge amount of taxpayers money? 7. Why the Yamuna river bed has been chosen as location for Games Village? 8. What were other alternatives options available for Games village and why none of those were found suitable? 9. Why the promise made to the people of this country and
to international community that “Games Village will be converted into University accommodation” has been broken and village is put to sale even before the Games are started? 10. Why DDA has given bailout package of Rs. 700 crores to the builder of Games Village when the builder is already selling these flats at astonishing costs? 11. Why the money related to social welfare and support like pension schemes, SC/ST welfare fund etc. has been diverted to Games projects and what was the priority concerns while taking such anti people decisions? 12. Why state authorities have taken no action against open violation of labor laws across all Games project sites? 13. Why hundreds of trees have been allowed to cut down? 14. Why the Tongas are banned and what has been done to rehabilitate the affected families? 15. Why Games has become only priority for the Government and no improvement is visible in areas like health, education, traffic management etc.? 16. Why authorities are not taking any action against poor quality of work that has been done in most Games related project? 17. Why most of the Games related contracts (subcontracts) has been awarded to select few contractors only?
There are thousands of such questions and people should be given the answer. The culprits of biggest scandal in the history of modern India should be brought to justice. Time for us to ask “WHY”?
“We are the change” It has been more than 1000 days since we have decided to protest the exploitation of common people and common resources in the name of games. These 1000 days have witnessed a remarkable change in the way we perceive ourselves. We studied the impact of Games on people and resources, we have filed RTIs and met people across various levels of administration, we have written letters, filed petitions, organized street protests, mobilized people through on line and on ground campaigning and did whatever we could. This book is in fact in continuation of that process. In Feb. 2006, we started as a small group of students of Delhi School of Social Work decided to come out on road against the unfair judicial pronouncement favoring the rich and powerful; by mobilizing concerned citizens and making the invisible disquiet a visible one (Jessica Lal case). The success of people's action in above mentioned issue furthered our involvement by opining on the Reservation Bill in institutions of higher education, realizing the importance of accountability we used RTI as a tool to make Government more responsible to its citizens. Then our constant quest for equitable justice and accountability required that we seek answers on the issue of Farmers Suicides in India and on Loot and Killing of Common people and Common resources in the name of Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Chronology of Protest against Loot of Common People and Common Resources by YOUTH FOR JUSTICE 2nd Aug to 15th August 2007 Youth for Justice, farmers of Yamuna khaddar joins Yamuna Satyagraha. The farmers admirably took responsibility to maintain the Satyagraha sthal led by Sunil Parbhakar. Youth for Justice provided the much needed youth energy for the movement. Press conferences, folk songs, inviting people/NGOs/politicians from Delhi and outside to sit on satyagraha. Foreign media too troops in. On 15th august, we staged a march to the stream of Yamuna to hoist tri-colour. Yamuna was in good flow but devoid of its flood plains. Unable to meander like a river and recharge the flood plain aquifers. 18th Aug 2007- "YOUTH FOR YAMUNA" was launched with students from DELHI SCHOOL OF SOCIALWORK 19 August 2007 Satyagrahis barricaded inside the games village site, pressured to move out. In protest, Sunil Parbhakar(25 years) get down in an abandoned dry well and resumes his satyagraha inside the well, with a chameleon and a snake as his co satyagrahis. Medha patkar, Ch. Ramkaran solanki( head of 360 villages of Delhi), Govindacharya, C.V.Rajagopal and others gather at the satyagraha sthal.
18th September 2007 STALLING PROCEEDINGS OF DELHI ASSEMBLY – History of Bhagat Singh revived: Sunil Parbhakar and Kapil Mishra along with Preety, Aparajita, Pankaj from Youth for Justice and Diwan Singh from Natural Heritage First enter Delhi assembly and stall the proceedings, demanding discussion on Yamuna. Boys taken into police custody. Then there were long discussions on Yamuna in Assembly 27th September 2007 Yamuna satyagraha co-organises a function along with Shahid Bhagat Singh Brigade at Sur Ghat near Wazirabad. The function was organized on birth day of Shahid Bhagat Singh. 2nd October 2007 300 people marched from Yamuna Satyagraha sthal to Raj Ghat. 10th October 2007 March to Supreme Court- students of Aravalli Inst. Of Management, Jal Biradari, Youth for Justice, NHF and others totaling more than 200 marches to supreme Court to demand justice for the river. Outnumbered and surrounded by police. 24th October 2007 24 hours Yamuna satyagraha starts at NH-8, opposite hotel raddison at Mahipal Pur. Harvinder Rana , a local youth volunteer and his friends take the initiative. Youth for Justice organizes a huge aarti samaroh for Yamuna at Wazirabad with more than 500 people joining it on the bank of river Yamuna at Sonia Vihar.
12th November A delegation led by Shri Kuldeep Nayar including Dr. Vikram Soni and Diwan singh from NHF meets the Group of Ministers. 18th November 2007 Candle march organized by Youth for Justice at Central Park in Cannaught Place, warning the government against turning Yamuna Flood plains into another Nandigram. 22nd November 2007 TEMPORARY MORATORIUM – Dr. Vikram Soni and his team’s efforts tastes success. At a meeting of YRDA attended by 40 technical experts from various fields, the LG declares temporary moratorium on further constructions on Yamuna Flood Plains subject to further studies. CGWB commissioned to do further studies and directed to work with Dr Soni’s team. 1 Dec to 9th Dec 2007 Yamuna Bhujal Bachao Yatra organized in all the villages and colonies along both banks in Delhi. Led by Rajender Singh, NGOs and farmers join hands to spread awareness about the significance of Yamuna for ground water recharge. December 2007 Message to save flood plains displayed at the back of more than 125 Auto Rickshaws with the help of NyayaBhoomi. We can still find these. NHF and Youth for Justice and farmers of Yamuna Khadar protests the dissection of yamuna Flood plains by building slip roads in a wrong manner at Vikas Marg.
21 Feb. 2008 Panel discussion at Indian Women Press Corps(IWPC), co organized by NHF, attended by Kuldeep Singh( former Justice, SC), Kuldeep Nayar, Rajender Singh, Dr. Vikram Soni, Vandana Shiva, M.C.Mehta and Bhure Lal. The topic was preservation of natural resources in Delhi. March 2008 We could not afford to stand mute witness to laborers’ death at Games Village site. Youth for Justice and NHF raised the issue, agitated against unhygienic conditions at the construction site. With support from media, we managed to force the authorities to clean the site and make it hygienic and the deaths stopped. 21 March 2008 Activists burn effigy of Shiela Dixit on occasion of Holi to protest construction of Games village at flood Plains. Dr. Soni meets Shri Kapil Sibal, heading the ministry of Science and Technology to seek his support for protection of natural resources of the city. 5 June 2008 7 day Yamuna Yatra from Delhi to Agra launched. Organized by Youth for Justice with support from farmers, and NHF, the yatris did overnight stay in the villages or towns along the Yamuna and enjoyed hospitality of local people. It helped in lot of sensitization and awareness raising. Crucial for future campaigns. July 2008 Security guards at Games Village not paid salary. Again an
instance of injustice right next to us. The poor youth who had come from far away villages in country to serve as security guard at the Games village were subject to exploitation. We again agitated, went to Police etc. Finally, the guards got their salary. Meeting sports minister Mr.M.S.Gill. Shri Kuldeep Nayar used his good offices to arrange this meeting. NHF has completes a video film on the water recharge potential of Yamuna Flood Plains and the’ PRESERVE and USE’ scheme proposed. The film is shown to the LG August 2008 Candle marchs and protests in Central Park organized by Youth for Justice and Aryan Foundation against apathy of judiciary towards the Yamuna cause. 1 Sept 2008 George Fernandez visits Yamuna Satyagraha sthal and admits mistake of NDA in permitting Akshardham Mandir on the flood plains 11 Sept 2008 March to PM’s address venue at Vigyan Bhavan- satyagrahis taken into custody. Youth for Justice, NHF, and farmers stage protest march to Vigyan Bhavan, the venue of Ground water Congress addressed by Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh. The marchers taken into police custody for through out the day. 23rd September 2008 MORATORIUM SEALED- At the concluding meeting of YRDA, CGWB presented conclusions of its study in response to the study by Dr. Soni’s team. CGWB accepts the water
recharge potential of flood plains. The Lt. Governor announces sealing the moratorium. 28th September 2008 Diwan Singh represents Yamuna Satyagraha on World Rivers’day at a function held at Budwani in M.P, organized by Narmada Bachao Andolan. 6th October 2008 At a function held at IIC, Lodhi Road, the LG once again announces his commitment to preserve the yamuna Flood Plains for water recharge and biodiversity and lauds the role played by Dr. Soni and his team. Onwards... Since then our activities have mainly been confined to a passive mode. The farmers along with satyagrahis have been maintaining the satyaraha sthal and continuing with relay hunger strike to demand stop to work on Common Wealth Games village. During last 1000 days, hundreds of letter have been written to the authorities, scores of protests were organized and we have reached to thousands of people with our message for the River Yamuna. and the struggle continues....
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Parliament and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the individuals who pervert the Constitution.” -Abraham Lincoln
About the Author Kapil is an activist and social entrepreneur. As co-founder and coordinator of “Youth for Justice”- a New Delhi based youth action group that works on spontaneous issues that need cognizance, he has led the youth protest on various socio-economic issues including Jessical Lal murder trial, issues of Farmers suicides in various parts of country, reservation in higher education, encroachment on Yamuna river bed and various other issues that directly or indirectly affect our common future. 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. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org +91-9818066041 blog- http://aamaadmispeaks.wordpress.com Twitter- Youth4Justice Facebook- Youthforjustice upcoming books- An eye opener on farmers' suicides (untitled)
What these have to say about CWG-2010 “Games Village on Yamuna river bed is a model of destruction.” Jairam Ramesh Minister of Environment and Forest Govt. of India “Commonwealth Games is a waste of money” Mani Shankar Ayyar Member of Parliament (Rajyasabha)
“The Games are a luxury that we can not afford” Kuldeep Nayyar Journalist
“ This is not sport, this is loot in the name of Games” Rajender Singh Megsaysay Awardee “ Allowing construction on yamuna river bed was a mistake” George Fernandese Ex- Defense Minister, Govt. of India
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