Thursday, January 28, 2010

National Day of Fast - Mahatma Gandhiji's anniversary

Bangalore activity

Date - 30th Jan 2010

Venue - Mahatma Gandhi statue on MG Road opp Cubbon Park. Police permissions have been granted, thanks to Green Peace.

Most of us gather from concerned consumers, youth, farmers, and more station ourselves there. Please download and wear badges attached.

Timings - 3.30pm to 6.30pm

Message - FAST, a peaceful silent protest and we ensure the seriousness of a fast.

Green Peace will carry a few masks of ears and eyes that relays the message "we are listening and we are watching" we will not be subjected to toxic food!

Power to heal our Planet is with us. Victory of safeguarding this diverse heritage is ours. Come join in - Let us show our solidarity.

For those who cannot attend may i request you all to wear the badges, take photographs in your own environments schools, offices etc or wherever and send it to

Can anyone organise a shaminana??? Please revert urgently. Banners, posters can be displayed so that onlooking passers get the message too.

Please do not hesitate to contact anyone of us for further information.
Sangita Sharma - - 9448068347

Pavitra prasan - My Right to Safe Food - 9632680564

Bhakti - Green Peace - 9663655664

Krishna Prasad - (Sahaja Samrudha)9880862058

Mr Babu & Gayathri -Icra - - 080 - 25283370

Mr Jayaram - Era Organics - 9900911777

Manjunath - Samvada - 080 27276090
We look forward to seeing many of you

In solidarity

Sangita Sharma

------------------------------------------------------------------------ - Only 717 names appear on the website here whereas we know that many more are joining the fast, when we circulated this to a wide network, The interest shown by so many does not seem to reflect the same. We seem to have all lost the fire but please remember this is our last chance to protect our food sovereignty and let us unite and make the best of it.

Please forward it to your friends and circulate widely in all lists.

Sign up for fast or to light a candle | Why Save Brinjal | Why the National Day of Fast? | | Locations for Jan 30 Fast

Thousands of people all over India and the world are joining the National Day of Fast on Jan 30th - Gandhiji's anniversary. From Kerala to Delhi and Bengal to Gujarat in Inda, and Baton Rouge to Boston in the US (see list of events/locations below), they are opposing the introduction of genetically modified (GM) Bt Brinjal into the Indian markets. GM foods like Bt brinjal pose a large threat to health, agriculture and environment, and they need to be strongly opposed in order to preserve farmers' self-reliance and control over seeds and agriculture, and protect the consumers' access to safe healthy food.

You can take part in the National Day of Fast from wherever you are, from home or office or street! Please click on to sign up for the fast or lighting a candle.

More than 500 people have already joined online, in addition to the thousands who cannot access the web but plan to join on the street. Consumers, scientists, medical community, public servants, and even government agencies are joning at this historic juncture. It is your turn to join the effort to protect all our food.

Bt Brinjal is made by inserting a toxin-producing gene from the Bt bacteria into the brinjal plant. India is the first country where the seed companies are trying to introduce Bt brinjal, and indeed the first time a directly consumed vegetable is being modified. Animals grazing in Bt cotton fields have died or faced serious illnesses, and introducing this technology into our own food is very risky for health, bio-safety and environment.

Groups organizing fasts and candle light vigils to Stop Bt Brinjal in various towns and cities have sent us their locations that are appended below. If you plan to organize a gathering on jan 30 please send an email to aidsite@gmail .com to be listed on the site with the rest of the locations.

The site is carrying daily updates of the evolving response to BT Brinjal through National Consultations and actions prior to Jan 30 as well. Several state governments representing the bulk of the brinjal growing states have already decided to say no to Bt Brinjal.

Sign up for fast or to light a candle | Why Save Brinjal | Why the National Day of Fast?

Locations for Jan 30 Fast
Last updated on Jan 25, 2010, 5:30 PM IST

[We have received interest in solidarity fast/vigil actions from International locations; we highly encourage the same and request all International locations to send details about their vigils].


Fast in public places in following cities -- VADODARA, AHMEDABAD, RAJKOT, BHAVANAGAR AND BHUJ
CONTACT Kapil Shah at Jatan Trust Phone: 0091-265-2371429 E-MAIL:

Andhra Pradesh:

Farmers and pastoralists who are members of the Mahila Brathukuderuvu Sangham and Mekala-Gorrela Pempakadharlu Sangham of Medak District - will be fasting on 30th Jan 2010- at Narsapur and Narayankhed Taluka. (They will join the ongoing relay-hunger strike in Telangana region with the additional issue of saying "We do not want Bt Brinjal" in Telangana, and the rest of the country).
Farmers and Pastoralists will be fasting on 30th Jan 2010 at Kalahasthi, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh.
Adivasi Aikya VEdika- a platform for Adivasi Peoples organisations in Telangana and Andhra regions- will be fasting on 30th Jan 2010 at the following regions: Adilabad, Khammam, East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam
Contact for above: Sagari R Ramdas E-mail:

Run against BT Brinjal on Jan 30 at NTR Gardens and Necklace Rd in Hyderabad.

12 districts will observe the National day of Fast: Baripada, Sundargarh, Malkangiri, Phulbani, Koraput, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Bargad, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam, Sambalpur, and Kendrapada. Dr Damodar Rout, State Agriculture Minister, has agreed to join in the fast in Bhubaneswar. The organizers of the two day National Convention on Peace , Non Violence and Communal Harmony on the 30th and 31st January at BBSR are seriously thinking to give a call their delegates to participate in this fast .

Contact: Jagannath at Phone: 0674-2430176


Jantar Mantar/Raj Ghat

Contact: Selva 9891358457 Arun Raj: 099-109-08774.

Maharashtra, the fast will include a very significant place:

Bapu Kuti, Sewagram, Wardha - the contact person is Nitin Mate - 093-721-56005

Madhya Pradesh:

Polytechnic Chowk, Near Gandhi Bhavan (Syamala Hills), Bhopal.

The contact persons would be Garima Verma: 099-813-04669 and Nilesh Desai: 094-253-29222

Bihar, the fast venues are:

Patna: Near Gandhi statue, Gandhi maidan,Patna
Muzaffarpur: Shahid Khudi Ram Bose smarak Campus,Company Bagh,Muzaffarpur

Contact person: Pankaj Bhushan - 094-702-30999


At Sulthan Battery, Wayanad and in Thrissur

Also at Trivandrum, where environmentalist and farmers organisations, and people from all sector will join for the fast. In solidarity there will be fasts in other districts as well.

To know more, please contact Sridhar R - 09995358205, Usha S - 09447022775 /

Uttar Pradesh:

Fast is going to be organized in 5 districts , Lucknow, Sidhharth nagar, Gorakhpur, Fateh Pur and Jalaun with Hamara Beej Abhiyan.To know more, please contact

Utkarsh Kumar Sinha - CSR/ INSAF, I nd floor, /205,Vivek Khand Gomti Nagar, Lucknow 226010
+91 99357 36877 -

West Bengal:
At the Kolkata Book Fair, Hall Number 1, Stall No. 20 (The Earthcare Books Stall). The Kolkata Book Fair (Boi Mela) will be at the Milan Mela ground opposite Science City in Kolkata. Contact:


In Thiruvaroor, Farmers, expectedly about 2000 mainly from the districts of Tanjavur, Thiruvaroor and Nagapattinam, would join on a Fast led by Dr Nammalvar. There would also be a call given to all families in the district to undertake a solidarity fast, wherever they are.

Contact : R Jayaraman, CREATE :09443320954

Sheelu Francis of TN Women's Collective and FEDCOT (federation of consumers organisations) are together organising the hunger fast in the following districts: Chennai, Kancheepuram, Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Salem, Madurai, Theni / Dindhugal, Tutucorin, Thirunelveli, Kanyakumari. Apart from joining these events, SFA is organising a relay rally across Chennai city. (The current plan is to carry brinjals on push carts / bamboo baskets / cycles (with signs) in the rally from several points across the city all ending at the beach where we plan to have some kind of a culminating event. The plan is still evolving and we wil post more information when plans firm up.)
Contact: Sangeetha

If you or your group is organizing a fast please inform to be listed here.



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