Articles by: Prem Verma

People waiting to get registered at Motihari District Government Hospital in East Champaran, Bihar. With so few doctors employed to work in the public sector of healthcare in India, this scene is typical.

Free Universal Healthcare for All in India

“Swasthya seva hamara adhikar  Ise      degi      hamari      Sarkar” The spread of Corona Virus in India and the subsequent misery of the Migrant population has exposed the underbelly of dismal healthcare in our country. There is a daily outcry of shortage of hospital beds, doctors, nurses, ICU’S, absence of functioning rural healthcare centres, etc. It is a great pity that while[Read More…]

June 25, 2020 India
Fight against Commercial Mining of Coal in Jharkhand

Fight against Commercial Mining of Coal in Jharkhand

To fight against the commercial mining of coal in Jharkhand, we have to recall how the battle against bauxite mining by mighty Corporate Vedanta was fought and won by the tribal community in the Niyamgiri mountains in Orissa. The news of the Supreme Court approving the Posco and Vedanta Projects in Orissa came as a thunder-blow to all the movements[Read More…]

June 23, 2020 India
Privatisation of coal mining must be opposed

Privatisation of coal mining must be opposed

The Central Government through its Finance Minister announced on 16th of May opening the mining sector to private parties both Indian and foreign and allowing the selling of the product in open market. In fact Jharkhand Government is already counting the incoming revenue of Rs. 2,500 crores from auction of 22 coal blocs and employment of 50,000 workmen. Jharkhand is[Read More…]

June 19, 2020 India
Photo by John Vetterli

People’s Manifesto for India’s Future

In India since March 2020 we are experiencing unusual events that have shaken our faith in ourselves and made us wonder whether a new chapter is opening for humanity. The sudden spread of Corona Virus all across the world has also engulfed India and challenged our notion of invincibility. We have suddenly been made to feel helpless in spite of[Read More…]

June 6, 2020 India
Privatisation of coal and mineral mining and corporatization of farming

Privatisation of coal and mineral mining and corporatization of farming

The Central Government through its Finance Minister announced on 16th of May what it calls major structural changes which they claim will catapult India on the world stage and thanked Covid-19 for giving them this opportunity to make India a self-sufficient world economic power. Firstly, commercial mining of coal and minerals will now be open to all private parties which[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 India
Great Opportunity to Promote REVERSE Migration to Villages

Great Opportunity to Promote REVERSE Migration to Villages

It would be pertinent to remember in these turbulent times what Mahatma Gandhi had suggested in the 1940’s for making the rural India as the centerpiece of planning and growth. “I am convinced that if India is to attain true freedom and through India the world also, then sooner or later the fact must be recognized that people will have[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 India
Inhuman treatment of our vital Migrant Population

Inhuman treatment of our vital Migrant Population

It seems from the treatment meted out to the migrants that they are mere numbers without a human face. They are being talked about and being herded as if they were cattle who should accept what little is being doled out to them without any complaints and be grateful to the authorities for mercy done. That such a large migrant[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 India
COVID-19 Cure Should Not Become Worse Than The Disease

COVID-19 Cure Should Not Become Worse Than The Disease

Letter to the Prime Minister of India The Covid-19 pandemic, and the government’s response to it in the form of a hastily implemented national lockdown, has created an unprecedented crisis for the people of India. As the lockdown now enters its fifth week, from the perspective of the urban and rural poor who form the overwhelming majority of our population,[Read More…]

April 26, 2020 India
After the 21-day Lockdown

After the 21-day Lockdown

It is imperative that once the 21-day lockdown is lifted on 14th April, every effort should be made by the Central and State Governments to bring back stranded labourers, daily wage earners, poor village folk, etc. to their respective village locations in respective states. This is top priority before we start any action to alleviate the so-called suffering of the[Read More…]

April 3, 2020 India
Lockdown And The Mass Exodus

Lockdown And The Mass Exodus

No one will question why Lockdown was imposed on this country for 21 days. The idea was to distance people so that the corona virus would not spread due to community contact. The step was taken to keep people separate so that the virus would not spread like it has spread in Italy and Spain with disastrous consequences. What we[Read More…]

April 1, 2020 India