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Open letter to all Speakers at #THiNK2013, Goa, actually the #STiNK2013

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Dear Speaker 
We understand that you are scheduled to speak at the ‘Think ‘13 Festival’ being organized by Tehelka at the Grand Hyatt, Bambolim, Goa from 8th to 10th November 2013.
 
We bring to your kind attention the following brief facts regarding the said event:
 
  1. Most of the sponsors are alleged to be involved in major illegal activities such as illegal mining scams, telecom scam, Radiatapes, Sponsorship of Salwa Judum, environmental destruction and displacement of indigenous communities.
  2. The organizer of the event is collaborating with the illegal acts of these corporations. The refusal to expose illegal mining in Goa, in spite of having a story researched by one of their own journalists much before it became Public knowledge, amounts to covering up the illegal mining and allowing the wanton destruction (done by the same corporations who are sponsoring the event now).
  3. The venue is a construction in violation of CRZ laws.
  4. The event is for the very rich only, as is evident from the entry charges.
 
It is very clear that holding this event is only an attempt to create a clean image for the same corporations who are alleged to be involved in massive scams, environmental destruction and displacement of indigenous communities.
 
We therefore request you to kindly boycott the event, or, announce your disapproval of, or, non-association with, the tainted corporations and their anti-people acts.
 
Thanking you,
Members of the Goan Society, including John Fernandes, Benaulim; Zarina Da Cunha, Nuvem; Abhijit Prabhudesai, Curtorim; Sidharth Karapurkar, Navelim; Rony Dias, Cuncolim; Fr. Victor Ferrao, Rachol; Cassian Furtado, Varca and many others

 

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE- Tehelka Not Welcome In Goa- THinkfest 2013 is STiNKfest 2013

Tehelka Not Welcome In Goa

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Tehelka, the organisers of the THiNK ‘13 Festival, have been declared to be unwelcome in Goa by Goenchea Xetkarancho Ekvott (GXE) who are outraged by the fact that the THiNK Festival offers a platform to, and acts and collaborates with corporations with a blemished record of working and acting against the interests of the peoples of India.

These same corporations sponsoring the Festival have been involved in major illegal activities such as illegal mining, the telecom scam, the Radia tapes exposure, sponsorship of the Salwa Judum, innumerable environmental violations, and displacing indigenous communities.

Teheleka magazine, who brings Goa this festival, spiked a story by one of its own journalists that would have exposed the illegal mining taking place in Goa. The journalist’s investigation was later confirmed by the Shah Commission, that accused the mining industry, in collusion with politicians and government officials, of illegal mining to the tune of Rs 35,000 crores.

Till date, Tehelka has remained silent on the matter.

The price to register for the festival – Rs 35,000 – reflects the audience that the Festival expects to attract: the rich and the powerful.

It is not an inclusive but an exclusive club even though participation  in previous festivals has been thin.

We call on speakers attending to rethink their presence at this festival. To take part in this STiNKFEST is to commit yourself to the supporting those sponsors and supporters of this so-called intellectual forum that exploits the people of this country.

ISSUED- BY—- Members of the Goan Society, including John Fernandes, Benaulim; Zarina Da Cunha, Nuvem; Abhijit Prabhudesai, Curtorim; Sidharth Karapurkar, Navelim; Rony Dias, Cuncolim; Fr. Victor Ferrao, Rachol; Cassian Furtado, Varca and many others

 

 

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