Saturday, May 24, 2008

Ratan is about to see the light

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Today, we're taking the fight directly to Ratan Tata.
Here's how you can join.
Dear friend,

Your campaign to protect the highly-endangered Olive Ridley Turtles is finally showing results.

As of this morning, over 70,000 Tata customers just like you have written to Ratan Tata, telling him the destructive port in Orissa must stop.

Over the past three days and nights, Greenpeace activists have taken your messages directly to Tata in Mumbai, and used high-powered projectors to display them on Tata offices.

Turtles projectionMeanwhile, every day, seven new blogs mention their support for this campaign. And the media is taking note of all this. As are Tata's partners.

In a big blow to the project, banking giant BNP Paribas has said -- following an independent assessment of the Dhamra port's environmental impacts -- that it's no longer thinking about financing it.

This is fantastic work, and proof that your efforts are working.

But it's not the end. Later today, for every message you send us, Greenpeace activists will personally deliver a lit candle to Ratan Tata.

There are 70,000 Tata customers that want the port to stop. We're hoping to light a candle on behalf of each of them, so Ratan can feel the heat of public pressure, and see the light of common sense.

Seventy thousand candles for the Olive Ridley Turtles. Click here to light yours.

Ashish Fernandes
Greenpeace Campigner for the Oceans

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bindu said...

This world belongs to every one
human being, animals, birds, plants...
and every creature has an important role to play
and each of them have full right this earth

hence human beings dont have any right
to do any such offensive act.

Gazal said...

didn't expect this from TATA'S at least

Manasi said...

O guru!!! where art thou :o)

Tys on Ice said...

man, u need to write more...i have green peace poring outta my ears now

Shruti said...

hey.. everything ok at ur end? Been away quite long..
very long. :-?

Guruprasad said...

@ manasi : i'm back :)

@ tys-on-ice : yes boss... i'm back and at your service sir :P

deeksha said...


I strongly agree to the point that Environmental clearance has been given by the government and after closely observing the actions used by Greenpeace, I feel something fishy about this NGO organization.

1. When there is a distance of about 25 Kms. there shouldn't be any harm for the mating of turtles. Then what is the problem with Greenpeace?

2. Is this so called "Globally recognized NGO" trying to stop the developments of the Orissa state?

3. Does it have something to do with the competitors of TATA?

4. Are they trying to be in media all the time and grab attention of public and other businessmen? or

5. Through this issue, do they have something to do with the politicians or the Government?

There are many such questions rolling around my mind but, there is one basic truth existing. If Greenpeace succeeds in stopping the port construction, the local people of the Orissa are the losers. They have been dreaming about earning some good money and living good life if the port comes into existence. I wish may their dreams come true and let Orissa cherish with prosperity saving turtles causing no harm to them.

shilpa said...

Some people thrive on having something to protest. It's a compulsion that makes them feel alive and useful. Their opinions are usually based on a mixed bag of rationalization, idealism, ideology, fantasy, and a smattering of fact. We saw them protesting the Viet Nam war, corporate profits, and now environmental issues. They're all the same crowd, and they still don't really stand for anything--they're just against some things.

A more productive way to live is to propose and implement solutions to problems--solutions that can be realistically and economically implemented.

TATA is constructing the dhamraport which is going to help the people of orissa by way of economy infracture and tourism,and they have taken necessary clearance from the concerned authorities,
greenpeace should not object of constructing the dhamra port,since the port is coming 25 kms from the breeding place ,it is not going to affect the breeding ,so green peace should settle the matter amicably to safeguard the human value as well as the turtles i sincerly support the dhamraport

Anonymous said...

Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory.Greenpeace is adopting the pressure tactics to stop the construction of dhamra port to get political mileage,they are not making any sincere effort to negotiate and settle the matter amicably ,they should understand that this dhamra port is going to help the people of orissa to a larger extent ,it will provide tourism, employment,and good infrastructure ,this is boon to the people of orissa ,so i fully support the dhamra port.

lovelena said...

The two false premises, this, the "finite resource" and, the "pristine nature" from your 'Climate Change Delusion', when taught to an individual with an altruistic moral code, will cause an evasion or result in mental problems in the person who tries to apply principles to life.
No human being can develop an intact ego holding a believe, that their every action is harmful to their fellow man. The guilt is simply too corrosive and inevitably such a person will hate themselves for destroying other or hate all others for destroying their quality of life.
I think that is why the leaders of the environmental movement tend to be both criminal and irrational. It is their only defense as, if they became honest they would have to kill themselves and if they became rational they drop environmentalism.
greenpeace should understand that dhamra,they port is going to help poverty stricken orissa to greater extent. they should sit with tata settle the matter amically about the turtles,instead of making so much hue and cry,i want everyone to standup,and support dhamraport for the people of orissa

vadivel said...

The fundamental rights of [humanity] are, first: the right of habitation; second, the right to move freely; third, the right to the soil and subsoil, and to the use of it; fourth, the right of freedom of labor and of exchange; fifth, the right to justice; sixth, the right to live within a natural national organization; and seventh, the right to peace should understand that human value is as important as turtles,TATA as taken necessary clearance from the concerned authority for construction of the dhamra port ,since the distance is 25kms from the breeding place it wont affect the breeding of the turtles,so we all should stand up and support the construction of dhamra port.

Anonymous said...

Society's double behavioral standard for women and for men is, in fact, a more effective deterrent than economic discrimination because it is more insidious, less tangible. Economic disadvantages involve ascertainable amounts, but the very nature of societal value judgments makes them harder to define, their effects harder to relate,GREENPEACE which has head office in bangalore does not make any comments are protests when there is felling of trees in bangalore,because no body is paying them to protest,but at the same time there is dhamraport coming in orissa they are making all out effort in saving the turtles even though they know that the port is coming 25 kms away from the breeding place and it is no way going to affect the breeding, and also greenpeace does not take any money from the corporates but they take the money from the foundation run by the corporates,no doubt that 40 members of parliament wanted green peace to be banned,people of double standard never experience happiness all there falsified effort will go the drains

Varun said...

I sturdily shore up for the construction of dharma port since it is not harming turtles or
not crafting any other tribulations as mentioned by Green Peace, I sense it as a cunning trick of GP to attain its triumph by holding back the development of Indian industry, God knows, why it has taken such an absurd mission of corrupting public and indirectly our country.

Gouri shankar said...

Dhamra Port construction is not a matter of just conflicting and discontinuing without any precise reason behind the struggle or dispute; I don’t understand why Green Peace is not coming with true facts and figures. It is of no meaning just to gripe against any big company without proper point or reason, if it so stable on its decision, it should let the public know about the real intension behind its struggle.

Raghuram said...

"Orissa strongly wants this construction of port, so by bearing in mind the need of upgrading of fishermen and also Orissa the venture should go on. At any time if some good development or projects has to be started, there will be lot many disputes and objections from different ends, but when the project makers are confident on what they are doing, they should not agonize about these kind of storms..........."

srinivasan said...

Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal.TATA is doing the great job by building the dhamra port for the poverty stricken orissa ,since it is following the guidelines strictly imposed by the government to protect enviorment and other aspects,and also dpcl is committed to enhance the rural improvement,.GREENPEACE approach towards the dhamraport is disgusting and pathetic.since the dhamra port construction is coming 25 kms away from the breeding place , i dont think dhamraport is going to affect the breeding of turtles.therefore greenpeace should sit with the tata and and concerned authorities settle the matter amicabally, to safe guard the turtles and more importantly people of orissa.we should support the TATA for the construction of dhamra port.

Anonymous said...

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.TATA is exactly doing the same. its withstanding all the unjust resistance given by greenpeace.tata should stand on the obligation to construct the dhamra port for the people od orissa .since it is following necessary guidelines imposed by the enviormental board and the government of india,its is well known fact that the port is coming 30kms away from the breeding place,its not going to affect the breeding in any way,green peace should understanding that the human life is as precious as turtles,it should sit and settle the matter with the necessary authorities and and should not be a hinderance to dhamra port.Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

sushmita said...

The right to development is the measure of the respect of all other human rights.That should be our aim: a situation in which all individuals are enabled to maximize their potential, and to contribute to the evolution of society as a whole.TATA has gone to all the norms and regulations required to built the port ,it will defnitely provide good infrastructure and also will provide employment,since tata is a prestigious company it wont work against the enviorment and the construction is going to be 25 kms away from the breeding place and i am sure that it wont affect the breeding of the turtles ,i fully support the dhamra project

pooja said...

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.TATA should go with the dhamra port ,not to bothered about the ngos ,since the tata is showing the sincere effort to safeguard the turtles ,it is following all the norms and regulations and with the necessary guidance from the dpcl it wont have any problem for the breeding of the turtles.we all should support dhamra port for the people of orissa.

Ashok said...

Gahirmatha is utterly distant from the place of Dhamra port construction. Turtles will be safe and sound even after the port construction. Green peace is trying to drag the public in erroneous path. I vote for Tata & construction of port.

Ganesh said...

Green peace is using the Olive Ridly Turtles as their weapon to succeed in their immoral plan.
Because if we study the facts of this dispute, Turtles cannot at all be involved in this issue as they are no where harmed by the construction of Dhamra port. Green peace which is recognized as an international organization should not make these kind of cheap tricks.

veena said...

I strongly shore up for the construction of Dhamra port, which helps for the expansion of Orissa State. The construction gives employment for the fisherman and other people.
And on the otherside, turtles are not at all concerned to this issue.

mohit said...

Our people should focus on the expansion of our country rather than believing the self-centered catchphrases of NGO’s like Greenpeace.
These kind of NGO’s are corrupting people by fake evidence, which will lead our public in immoral pathway.

rashmi said...

I request our people to understand the real intension of Green peace which is forcing everyone to oppose Dhamra port construction, and our youth should support the establishment of Orissa and our country.

richa said...

We all know that human rights cannot just be transplanted as external principles into individuals or their communities. Human rights principles must be internalized by each individual, women and men, and must be absorbed and expressed in their own ways and within the positive aspects of their cultural values and beliefs. In order for this to happen, we must believe that these rights will protect them and not expose them in a battle against the society. They do weigh the social costs of entering into conflict as opposed to the benefits coming from the status quo.
taking into the context of the matter of dhamraport,GREENPEACE should not make such a hue and cry infact they should work with the TATA to safe guard the turtles amd more than anything else the people of orissa.i concur and support the dhamra port,

shruti said...

Olive Ridley turtles are coming every year to Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary for nesting in the warm eastern sand. In the same way they came this year and nested between March 21st to March 24th. Already this year’s nesting has been completed . Even now why this Greenpeace is dragging this issue with the same reason of turtles

patrick said...

However TATA has made an effort to solve this issue amicably and called Greenpeace for the conversation. But it seems Greenpeace is not ready to unravel this issue. They are heaving the issue for no reasons.
Tata should now carry on with its project of construction.

tejas said...

Its high time now, Tata should not wait because of Green peace.
If Tata group is confident in its path, it should just go on with its construction work.
I shore up for Tata and Dhamra port construction.

pracheta said...

After knowing all the facts & figures of this issue, I am seriously worried about our Nation. Foreign Organizations like Green peace are planning to suppress the development of our country. Our people should understand this and should support to improve our country.

nithin said...

Even now people support NGO’s believing that they work for some genuine reasons or to protect our planet. But NGO’s like Greenpeace are making a fuss of standards of these NGO’s. I really feel sad for that. Any how it should not be successful in the issue of Dharma port construction

sapna said...

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.TATA should go with the construction of dhamra port,since it is the infrastructure project critical for the development of orissa ,and since so many people are involved to safeguard the marine lifes and breeding of theturtles ,GREENPEACE should also work with government and the tatas to develop the port,human lives is as important as the life of turtles.i support the dhamra port.

divya said...

By constructing the Dhamra port, lot many Fishermen will dig up with the employment for their life which helps to save the fishes and also turtles, otherwise the fishing trawlers continue to sail even, during the time of nesting
So the best way to save these creatures is supporting the construction of port

mansi said...

Greenpeace is not having any intensions to save the turtles, it is just pretending in front of public to save turtles, or else it would not have stopped the development of orissa by the name of Turtles which are not at all harmed by the port construction

Anonymous said...

In life, many thoughts are born in the course of a moment, an hour, a day. Some are dreams, some visions. Often, we are unable to distinguish between them. To some, they are the same; however, not all dreams are visions. Much energy is lost in fanciful dreams that never bear fruit. But visions are messages from the Great Spirit, each for a different purpose in life. Consequently, one person's vision may not be that of another. To have a vision, one must be prepared to receive it, and when it comes, to accept it. Thus when these inner urges become reality, only then can visions be fulfilled. The spiritual side of life knows everyone's heart and who to trust. How could a vision ever be given to someone to harbor if that person could not be trusted to carry it out. The message is simple: commitment precedes vision.TATA has a vision to built the dhamra port,for the people of orissa,greenpeace who is objecting to the port that they should balance between enviorment and development since the port is going to be handed over to the government once when it is completed,green peace should work with the government of orissa and solve the problem with proper negotations,instead of making so much fuss.we fully support the dhamra port.