Despite the bad publicity (and sternly worded blog posts from me, here and here), the UK-owned corporation Vedanta Resourcesand the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests show no signs of backing down from this polluting project. I also haven’t heard whether James Cameron has taken up the tribe’s plea for assistance. I guess he’s pretty busy at the Oscar’s tonight, but wouldn’t it be great if he said something about this at the awards ceremony?
Hindus all over the world are preparing to celebrate Holi, the festival which celebrates the victory of good over evil. Prahalad, the human rights defender prevailed over the Hiranyakashipu (his father), the human rights violator.
Hiranyakashipu uses his more or less omnipotent powers to violate the human rights of Prahalad by attempting to poison Prahalad, trample Prahalad with elephants, placed Prahalad in a room full of hungry, poisonous snakes and made to sit in a funeral pyre with his evil sister. All these efforts to squash the freedom to practice Prahalad’s religious beliefs failed and Hiranyakashipu was eventually brought to book by Narasimha, the reincarnation of Vishnu (although Amnesty International would rightly condemn the lack of a fair trial for Hiranyakashipu).