Why BJP leaders, brahminical press like Dinamalar and Bhakts bat for the killer corporate Sterlite?
There is a lot at stake for them. Sterlite’s owner Anil Agarwal and his company Vedanta have close ties with Modi and BJP government.
Vedanta earns super profits by plundering natural resources in Zambia, Australia and Goa, Odisha in India as well as by running the killer Copper plant in Thoothukudi. A small fraction of that money is used to serve Modi and his BJP government. For the 30 pieces of silver they receive, they send police to brutally kill Indian citizens . BJP leaders shamelessly defend the killing and vilify the protesters.
The following excerpts are from an article published by the wire online news magazine:
- A month after the 2014 general election, Agarwal told reporters that the “entire world” was “looking forward to the Modi government”.
- [Vedanta] gave political contributions to the Congress and BJP – donations that were held to be in violation of India’s Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act by the Delhi high court.
- In October 2014, the mining boss announced that the company’s ‘Maryadaa’ campaign would join Modi’s call for ‘Swachh Bharat’ – all the company’s townships and employees would join in a cleanliness drive – and that group firm Hindustan Zinc was already in the process of constructing 30,000 toilets in rural Rajasthan in collaboration with the state government.
- When the prime minister visited [London] in 2015, Vedanta took out front-page advertisements welcoming Modi and  reportedly proved no different. A day after Modi’s on-stage ‘interview’ with movie censor chief Prasoon Joshi, Agarwal also went on to be an integral part of the India-UK CEO meet that was attended by both Modi and UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
Agarwal tweeted: “Pleasure to listen to #PMInLondon. He [Modi] said 1 lakh villages have got optical fibre connectivity in the last four years. Proud that @SterliteTech, one of our companies, is leading the Digital India vision. #BharatKiBaat”.
- Vedanta has its fingers in nearly every pie: In partnership with the women and child development ministry, it plans to modernise 4,000 anganwadis as “nand ghars” and focus on children health, education and skilling of women.
- Agarwal has also taken personal interest in other projects seen as near and dear to India’s prime minister. In late 2017, in London, transport minister Nitin Gadkari disclosed that Agarwal had “taken responsibility” for beautifying the Ganga river front in Patna.
Gadkari at the time noted that he was looking for wealthy Indian businessmen in the UK with sentimental links to the Ganga and India.
- The mining boss, according to industry sources, is a key person for the Modi government in London when it comes to industry promotion in the country.
- In May 2017, Vedanta became among the first organisations in the United Kingdom to adopt the Modi government’s pet Ujala scheme, which involves replacing all old lamps with energy-saving LED bulbs.
Coal minister Piyush Goyal, who was in UK at the time, at the time presented Vedanta and the Indian high commission in London with a set of LED bulbs at a launch programme.
Courtesy : thewire.in
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