Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Abstract of National Green Tribunal Verdict  

      The numerous violations of law and irregularities in according Environmental Clearance (EC) to the Project by the MoEF( Ministry of Environment and Forest) was brought to the notice of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and after a close scrutiny, the Tribunal set aside the Environmental Clearance and restrained the proponent from carrying out any works in the site
Some of the observations and the final directions of the National Green Tribunal are:
·        ‘Even a cursory scrutiny of the impugned EC would reveal the mechanical mindset and total lack of application of mind on the part of the authorities issuing such an important document of utmost sanctity’ (p.210).

·        ‘We are of the considered view that the “conditions” cited above are typical examples of the (in)famous “Copy and Paste” from the list of conditions appended to the EC of some other project(s), without any application of mind and ‘non-verification’ of the document before placing the same for signature by the authorized signatory. We direct the MoEF to take steps to restore the sanctity of important documents such as the EC’ (p.212).

·        ‘the Tribunal is able to notice a thorough failure on the part of the EAC( Environmental Appraisal Committee) in performing its duty of proper consideration and evaluation of the project by making a detailed scrutiny before approving the same’ (p. 215).
185. It is not as if the Tribunal is unmindful of its duty that a balance has to be struck between ecology and development in order to uphold the principles of sustainable development and precautionary principle as envisaged under section 20 of the NGT Act, 2010. Needless to say, striking a balance between the ecology and development is a difficult task. But, at the same time, it cannot be forgotten that for one’s sake other should not be sacrificed. A balance has to be struck whereby a compromise is made in order to achieve the development without causing environmental degradation and damaging ecology. Ordinarily, the contention put forth by the learned counsel for the appellants that if not the environmental issues and concerns were not considered, the conditions specified in respect of the particular project would not have been attached to the EC. But, in the instant case, all mandatory principles and guidelines as envisaged by the EIA( Environment Impact Assessment)  Notification, 2006 have been violated by (1) Form I along with the application for EC. (2) incompetency of the consultant who prepared the EIA which is the basis for the grant of EC, (3) public hearing and public consultation and (4) non-application of mind and lack of due diligence.
186. In a democracy like ours, all natural resources are wealth of the country and in the custody of the State as a Trustee. They are all meant for public use and enjoyment and the public at large is the beneficiary of the same. The State as a Trustee is under legal obligation to protect them. We hope that the recommending body EAC and the regulatory agency MoEF are aware of the above concept of public trust and issue clearance for the development projects in tune with this concept.
187. Under such circumstances, the Tribunal is of the considered opinion that there is no option but to scrap the impugned EC granted by the MoEF to the 3rd respondent/project proponent for setting up the Aranmula airport.
188. In the result, the appeal Nos. 172-174 of 2013 (SZ) and 1 and 19 of 2014 (SZ) are allowed granting only the following reliefs.
189. It is declared:
1. That the 5th respondent, Consultant namely, M/s. Enviro Care India Pvt. Ltd., was not competent to prepare the EIA or appear before the EAC in respect of the proposed Aranmula Airport Project.
2. That the public hearing conducted for the proposed Aranmula Airport Project is in violation of the mandatory provisions of the EIA Notification, 2006 and it is vitiated.
3. That the recommendation of the EIA made by EAC for the grant of EC in respect of the proposed Aranmula Airport Project as invalid.
4. The EC granted by the 1st respondent/MoEF in F.No. 10-51/2010-IA.III dated 28.11.2013 is set aside and consequently, the 3rd respondent/Project Proponent namely, KGS Aranmula International Airport Ltd., is restrained from carrying out any activities either constructional or otherwise in respect of the Aranmula Airport Project on the strength of the above environmental clearance.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Painting for Nature, Artists Move In

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As children swam in the waters of the river Pampa down below, the lone boat man ferrying people across the river sang a song. On the banks it was a group of eminent artists giving forms to formless feelings, fears and the pain of seeing a bruised nature. At the tent erected on the lawns of the ancient inn, the historic Aranmula Sathram, were some of the well known artists of Kerala, also the young ones. They were here joining hands with the villagers of Aranmula struggling against an airport project. It was a three day camp when artists from across Kerala came together and camped at Aranmula. It was a passion that drove them, young and old, famous and not so famous, a passion for nature, heritage. They painted the river, the boat, wounded mother nature, hills sliced and eaten, the pathos of the farmers and farm laborer. Aptly named 'Aranmulayude Nirakkoottu', the Aranmula Collage, land of the snake boat pageantry was in to a new chapter. Many poets, writers and film artists had come, this time it was the artists and it became a historic occasion for Kerala art scene.   

In the evenings as the brush strokes made magic on canvas the river banks echoed with the chants of folk songs, sung by those with their placenta ties to mother nature. They sang of how they planted seedlings, harvested, the agonies of oppression, there were also songs about how god created the world, how it shall be repaired.  And then the paint brushes were down and the artists danced, it was a rare scene unfolding at Aranmula. Earthy songs and earthy artists were in fusion. Some of the artists did draw with fine clay, taken from the fields that once were fertile, paddy growing in plenty. It was the water and clay of the threatened temple village famous for the boat pageantry, what looked like an ancient fertility cult, what is nature but the woman principle. And one of the artists in the camp Sajitha Shankar was pretty courageous in painting the narrow strip of Kerala as womanly. With the nature and womanhood used as metaphors in India this was an image that stood out, naturally endowed Kerala could very well stake that claim. Indeed history has left stories that it was a women centred culture that Kerala once had, before the patriarchal models took over.

The Artists Camp 'Aranmulayude Nirakoottu'  was the first of its kind with the doyen of Kerala art scene Kanayi Kunjiraman taking the key role. It was also a bold step as the artist community in Kerala have so far not involved themselves in environmental issues, keeping a safe distance. This time it was different and in the words of N N Rimson, another lead figure in Kerala with a global presence, the avoidance of such crucial issues has also alienated arts from the mainstream. These are, apart from being existential issues of every one, including the artist, it is for the artist an organic part of his larger self. Not acknowledging that bottom line, the responsibility to the nature around was part of Kerala art scene for the last half a century, as he said, a aberration. Visual Art thus has come to have no more a space that the common people related to. This is a corrective step. Even in the big historic agitations to protect nature artists were not visible except as isolated individual cases in stray cases. Landscape art has perhaps failed in making the Malayali conscientious about the priceless reality around. Presently terrible violence is being inflicted all over Kerala, the forest hills, rivers, paddy fields, rock formations, are all under attack. Caught in canvas works by Swiss artists like Jacques Laurent Agasse must have influenced policy changes in Switzerland where today aesthetic violation in nature are offenses as the participant artists felt. Artists, just as farmers and others, cannot remain witnesses to the wrong doings around and that will be to their peril too. Many of the senior artists present like T A S Menon, expressed the need for active involvement of artists, also more focus on the damage to the beautiful landscape of Kerala.

A good majority of the big names in the Kerala art scene graced the occasion and it was obviously a bold statement, of aligning with those struggling for the beautiful nature, with heritage and the colourful native idiom of culture and faith. As some of the artists said, self alienation, disowning whatever is one's own, perhaps a post-colonial strategy of recolonization,  had caused havoc in Kerala.  In the rainy evenings on the banks as nature wove magic designs in the horizon the Pampa banks echoed with the chants from the temple. Further east the Sathyagraha was on, people from Pattambi, Palakkad and Trissur were in Aranmula these days. When the folk songs were sung the artists jumped in with their own regional folk songs.  For poet and folk song expert Mohan and team it was a moment of jubilation, many of the youth, many of them Bob Marley fans, here was a native breed of Bobs and as potent songs. All lying undiscovered.  And then then they sang in a chorus, a rare scene was unfolding at Aranmula. The earthy folk songs and earthy artists were in fusion. It was also a war cry of sorts, powerful, subdued though and reinventing the own idiom.

The folk songs were of celebration, of agony and oppression, of small joys and hurts of everyday life, more than all it was all addressed to the elements around. It was also the theme of the paintings taking shape, here was a silent communion. The river, hills and trees, birds and animals and for the singers they were all part of their being. They called out at the reigning Lord of Aramula who had guarded all these for all these years, why are you not not seeing all the violence now. The river Pampa, daughter of the Sahya mountains, fed breast milk by the hills, now  as a maiden she is bruised and is weeping, crying aloud that she is being violated. With the fast drum beats and cymbal clangs the prayers seemed being heard by the Pampa down below, newly charged by the recent rains.

Perhaps it was also the place and its energy, a big stock of wonderful works were completed by
the participating artists. More than fifty in all, by the most eminent to the lesser known, even children who came visiting took to the brush. Some of them were seen being guided by well known artists, Sajitha Shankar, a star attraction with her big bindi and unconventional ways for a temple town, was seen asked by naive visitors if it was her daughter. Fired with earthy energy Kanayi Kunjiraman waqs seen echoing the mood of the people, when he said that the first people, their nature worshiping culture, rituals ought to get their place in the scheme of things, what was lost interim. The barren paddy fields, now threatened with high rise malls and an airport, were silently listening nearby. It was time for asking pardon, for taking things for granted, for neglecting, Mother Nature. And the canvases told what people thought about. The lone naked man clinging on to a dead tree, a work done by young artist Sourav Kesar, had that message eloquently said. N N Rimson used only black color in his work, it was an artist's way of telling the enemies what he felt. It was also what the
people had to say. It was a fragmented world, going to pieces, a black mask hiding those behind, evil, threatening from above. A disturbing work, of the huge pillar of India's identity breaking down, conveyed the deep rooted fear of every Malayali. The inroads they are making in to the most intimate spaces of the Malayali culture and belief are not going without notice, this work seemed to tell. The image of dragon flies, as representing the ecosystem, was seen in many canvases. This made huge and opposing an airplane, reduced to the size of a toy. The immense possibilities of human effort, what the villagers of Aranmula were doing in real life, so big was the size of the enemy as the clever made it, when presented, but that did not work. Simple people became bigger and it may become bigger still. The artist as if in a magic reflected the pulse. The protesters had organized various programs here one of these was Pampa Arathy, what is ritually done at the upper reaches of the river for the Sabarimala Ayyapa temple festival.  Poets, intellectuals, cine artists have all come to Aranmula and this time it was the artists.

Nemom Pushparaj made a quick work, bold in theme, camels and grey deserts taking over the space of native green valleys and snake boats, locally called the chundan vallams, boats with a beak.   The household farm implements able to shovel away airplanes gave a powerful visual statement, of simple people's resolve. Speaking at the event Tensing Joseph said that it is their duty to the land that they stand for the nature, support those in the struggle at Aranmula.  Tesing Joseph, T A S Menon, Karakkamadapam Vijaya Kumar, K V Jyothilal   and others gave enormous energy to the large number of new generation artists. This was the first time that an Artists camp was being organized with the support of a village, in a 
village where an agitation was going on, said Parthasarathy Varma, from the family lineage of the legendary Raja Ravi Varma, who was also a Coordinator of the Camp. The general mood of most canvases was gloomy, it reflected the Kerala nature, mind of the nature loving Malayali, under kind of alien attack. The green hills being sliced like
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birthday cakes, as the farmer women look on, trees ambushed across, the dark bulls from the devastated ecosystems trying to reach out to the last remaining green lands, the themes were vast and the portrayal pretty sharp, that at a small span of time, just two days, the ceremonies took up the rest of three days. Those from the native school of mural arts, the Aranmula temple has in its sanctum mural works, it was a mad rush to finish as they said. Murals, with intricate details and an Indian way of depicting unlike the western portrayal, take several months to make. Satheesh Kumar, a mural artist from Adoor, wanted some more time, was seen working day and night. 

Satheesh had filled in in the biodiversity of Kerala, trees, monkeys, elephants, tigers, in to his canvas, all in harmony, what is only possible for mural artists.   The list of those who participated reads like a who is who of contemporary Kerala art scene and it was also a consolidation of the saner minds of the land. What should give great support to the ongoing movement to protect the nature and native culture of Kerala. With the increasingly senseless and commercialized socio-political order indeed the artists are also under threat. The paintings are to be taken around the Kerala cities as the chief Coordinator Kanayi Kunjiraman said, later kept at a  museum that is to be established for heritage. There shall also be a Camp for sculptures in the coming days as he said. Kanayi, whose land mark works in Kerala like the Yakshi at Malampuzha gardens, Jala Kanyaka at Thiruvananthapuram beach, and many others besides, is one who always helped bring art to the common man. And these are the small spaces for the  conservative Kerala society with its hesitations and taboos about the human body to breathe.

It will be a landmark event in Kerala art scene said most of them who participated, what was also echoed by N N Rimson. For the land of the boat pageantry, one of the most priced symbols of Kerala and now under threat by the lumpen groups, it was an occasion to celebrate and the large number of villagers who came to see the artists in the creative work it was a rare treat. For usually remaining in cities these are not accessible to ordinary villagers.  Some of the other participants were R Prakash, Ajithkumar, Saju Mannatthoor, R Satheesh, Devadas Thankappan, T R Sunil Lal, Muralikrishnan, Pramod Kurampala, M S Vinod, Sreeji Eezhezha, K G Anilkumar, Vinu Baby, Suresh Kootthuparambu, and others. Kummanam Rajasekharan, spear heading the protests at the temple village, welcomed the artists and Pradeep Ayroor offered the vote of thanks.  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Aranmula: Women to the Fore

Dr. T N Seema, MP, Addressing a Sathyagraha of House Wives
It is an unusual scene in Aranmula where the womenfolk are in the lead. Those used to work in the farms sing harvest songs, as the men folk sing boat songs. For the others, home makers all, they have taken to the new roles like fish to water. Shouting slogans, holding the banners and marching around they are bold, a new empowerment that. A village with more of the middle class, with their own values and culture, it is not normal for them to take to
Harvest Song in Progress at the Venue
demonstrations. It is not just the farmers and farm workers who are active, one can say with confidence, things have changed since, their huge turn out is amble evidence. And for the region there are folk sayings that say that the women of Aranmula are indeed strong. It is a village that has kept alive activities like the boat pageantry, more than a visual delight it also means mighty moves possible only for strong men. 

It is a culture that withstood many efforts to undo the subtle nuances, since ages. This must not be the first struggle, only the forms of resistance must have changed. For most of Kerala has lost their rich cultural attributes, in the interim phases. And women who stand up are not normally vulnerable.  And once again they have taken up the task, where the mother nature is under attack and on the banks of the river Pampa they mean business. It is common to see women going alone almost at all times of the day and night at Aranmula, no more seen elsewhere, where the mad progress has crept in as fear and insecurity. No one values that as such, but Aranmula seems to do.   
A News Paper Report about the Women in Lead

Lead by the Aranmula born poet activist Sugathakumari, never one to shy away from injustice, the agitation against the ill-conceived airport project has seen many other stalwarts of Kerala pour in. There were legendary names like K Ajitha, famous as a Maoist and guerrilla war warrior of yester years, there was also Sara Joseph, writer and
Tribal activist Dayabhai 
crusader for human rights and far too many others. The fire brand new age leaders like T N Seema, also a member of Parliament from the Communist Party (Marxist), Sobha Surendran of the Bharateeya Janatha Party, among others arriving, with their no nonsense speeches. The famous nun turned tribal activist Dayabhai, though Malayali now settled in the forests of  Madhya Pradesh, came with a freedom and vigor that drove passions high.  

K Ajitha, Social Activist 
Sugathakumari was her motherly self when she said that the coming together of various interest groups, in this particularly the otherwise warring political formations like Communist Party and Hindutwa groups, was a dream come true for any Kerala mother. For the clashes routinely damage a huge population for decades now. The presence of women in large numbers also means
Sara Joseph, Writer
an amount of merry making and the sessions are interspersed with folk songs and plays. Just as they are carrying a grave determination the resolve does not show in the appearances. Women in leadership roles indeed have their positives, time Kerala looked that way, the message is loud and clear. It is a highly politicized state. 
Said Sara Joseph, the fire brand writer and part feminist who often takes up crusades on behalf of the socially affected weak groups,  'the main drive in huge projects remains invariably the lure for money, bigger the project bigger the graft. And in all this the women are affected most, for shortage of food and drinking water tells on women first'. No one disagrees on that.

Sobha Surendran, BJP
K Ajitha was disturbed to see a huge complex with star hotels and malls come with an international airport at Aranmula, a cradle of civilization in this part of the region. The tangible and intangible heritages of Aranmula shall cease to exist once this mad plan is implemented, she added. Ajitha also runs a women only home for those deserted, isolated at Kozhikkode. She has seen the gory details of commercial tourism and its victims, and they want to sell tourism at Aranmula. The devastation shall be total she said, it should never be allowed. We don't want such tragedies here. 

Aysha Potti MLA, CPIM
For the women cadres of the Communist Party of India, different factions, the agitations are not new and they have vowed to see the end of the illegal project and they mince no words in their resolve. Singing folk songs that they once sung, when the rice people were in the golden era, the sense of nostalgia was evident. Nearby the partly barren paddy fields seemed to grieve as they sang the lullaby like songs. No paddy seed ling to hear it now, it once had, were nurtured by the songs. With the women folk to the fore, in the land of mighty men wielding oars,  the Aranmula agitation is also seeing an amount of empowerment, a fallout of the anti-airport protest, but something the enemies shall increasingly see menacing.  

Poet Sugathakumari, helping Light the Fire of Courage in a New Generation 
And for Sugathakumari, the Mother Figure of Malayalam, it is a mission beyond the now, she is igniting the young minds. Breaking down walls. As she wrote, I want a new generation of courage, courage in their convictions.   Artists and street play groups that came all the way from Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi, some of them as cycle rallies, had dynamic women who sang and danced in abandon. The dancing culture of Kerala, lost in the days of colonization is also showing a sign of return, no wonder the counter culture is defiant. Obviously the days ahead gives hope, in an otherwise bleak scene, for these are all young people who mean what they say. Only the elders have to give them space, who knows if Kerala, once famous for legendary women warrior sis seeing a revival. For nature is considered a women, Goddess, in Hindu mythology.               


Sunday, February 23, 2014

അമരക്കാരന് വള്ളം കളിയുടെ നാട്ടില്‍ സ്നേഹോഷ്മളമായ വരവേല്‍പ്പ്

മലയാളക്കരയുടെആത്മാഭിമാനത്തിന്റെ കൊടിയടയാളംആയി മാറിക്കഴിഞ്ഞ ആറന്മുളയില്‍ എത്തിയ ആര്‍ എസ് എസ് സംസ്ഥാന അദ്ധ്യക്ഷന്‍ പി ഇ ബി മേനോന് ഹൃദ്യമായ വരവേല്‍പ്പ്. സംസ്ഥാനത്തിന്റെ അങ്ങോളം ഇങ്ങോളം നിന്ന് ആറന്മുളയില്‍തങ്ങി പ്രവര്‍ത്തനങ്ങളുടെ ചുക്കാന്‍ പിടിക്കുന്ന നേതാക്കളുമായി അദ്ദേഹം ഭാവി പരിപാടികളെ പറ്റി കൂടിയാലോചനകള്‍ നടത്തി. എത്രയോ കാലങ്ങളായി കടുത്ത വെല്ലുവിളികള്‍ നേരിട്ട് യുദ്ധരംഗത്തുള്ള പ്രവര്‍ത്തകരുമായി ആര്‍ എസ് എസ് അമരക്കാരന്‍ വിവിധ മേഖലകളെപറ്റി സംവദിച്ചപ്പോള്‍ അവര്‍ക്ക് അത് ആവേശമായി. സായാഹ്നത്തില്‍ വിമാന താവള വിരുദ്ധ ഏകോപന സമിതിയുടെ നേതൃത്വത്തില്‍ നടക്കുന്ന സത്യാഗ്രഹസമരത്തില്‍ പങ്കുകൊണ്ട അദ്ദേഹം സമാപനസമ്മേളനത്തിന്റെ അദ്ധ്യക്ഷതവഹിച്ചു.

സത്യാഗ്രഹത്തിന്റെ പതിമൂന്നാം ദിവസംവീട്ടമ്മമാരുടെതായിരുന്നു സമരം. പന്തലില്‍ നിറഞ്ഞുകവിഞ്ഞ ഭൂരിപക്ഷം സ്ത്രീകളുടെകൂട്ടായ്മയില്‍ ജാതിമതരാഷ്ട്രീയ വേര്‍തിരിവുകള്‍ക്കൊക്കെ അതീതമായി ഒരു പൈതൃകഗ്രാമംനടത്തുന്ന ഈ സമരത്തില്‍ കേരളം മുഴുവന്‍ ഒരു മനസ്സോടെ ഒത്തു ചേരുകയാണ് എന്നദ്ദേഹം പറഞ്ഞു. ആറന്മുളയുടെ സന്ദേശം കണ്ടില്ലെന്നു നടിക്കുന്നത് ദൂരവ്യാപകം ആയ പ്രത്യാഘാതങ്ങള്‍ ഉണ്ടാക്കും എന്നദ്ദേഹം തുടര്‍ന്നുപറഞ്ഞു. ഇതൊരു പ്രാദേശിക പ്രശ്നമായി മാത്രം കാണാന്‍ ആവില്ല എന്നും അദ്ദേഹം ഓര്‍മ്മിപ്പിച്ചു. നിശ്ചയദാര്‍ട്യത്തിന്റെ, സ്ത്രീ ശക്തിയുടെ മുന്നില്‍ സര്‍ക്കാര്‍തോല്‍വി സമ്മതിക്കേണ്ടി വരുമെന്ന്, അതിനു സമയംസമാഗതം ആയി കഴിഞ്ഞു എന്ന് അദ്ദേഹം പറഞ്ഞു. 

ആറന്മുളയില്‍ രംഗത്തുള്ളത് എല്ലാ പാര്‍ട്ടികളുടെ ഒരു വിപുലശ്രേണി സംഘടനകളുടെയും, വ്യക്തികളുടെയും കൂടായ്മ ആണ് അതില്‍ സി പി എം, ആര്‍ എസ് എസ് എന്നീ സംഘടനകള്‍ ഒന്നിച്ചു ഉണ്ടെന്നത് മറുഭാഗം ഓര്‍ക്കണം എന്ന് സി പി എം നേതാവും സമിതി സംയോജകനും ആയ എ പദ്മകുമാറിന്റെ സ്വാഗത പ്രസംഗത്തിലെ വാക്കുകളെ അദ്ദേഹം പിന്തുണച്ചു. രാഷ്ട്രീയ കേരളം പ്രതീക്ഷയോടെ കാണുന്ന യുവ നേതൃനിര, സി പി എം നേതാവും എം പി യും ആയ ഡോ. ടി എന്‍ സീമ, ബി ജെ പി നേതാവ് ശോഭ സുരേന്ദ്രന്‍, സി പി എം സംസ്ഥാന കമ്മിറ്റി അംഗം ആര്‍ ഉണ്ണികൃഷ്ണപിള്ള, ആര്‍ എസ് എസ് സേവ പ്രമുഖ് കെ കൃഷ്ണന്‍കുട്ടി, തുടങ്ങിയവര്‍ പങ്കെടുത്ത സമാപന യോഗത്തില്‍ മുഴുവന്‍ സമയം പങ്കെടുത്തശേഷം ആണ് പി ഇ ബി മേനോന്‍ വേദിവിട്ടത്.

നിയമ ലംഘനങ്ങളുടെ പരമ്പരയാണ് ആറന്മുള വിമാനത്താവള പദ്ധതി - കടന്നപ്പള്ളി രാമചന്ദ്രന്‍

നിയമ ലംഘനങ്ങളുടെ പരമ്പരയാണ് ആറന്മുള വിമാനത്താവള പദ്ധതിയുടെ പശ്ചാത്തലം പരിശോധിക്കുമ്പോള്‍  കാണുന്നത്. ഭക്ഷണവും, കുടിവെള്ളവും, കിടപ്പാടങ്ങളുമാണ് ഒരു ജനതയുടെ അടിസ്ഥാന ആവശ്യമെന്നും വികസനത്തിന്‍റെ പേരില്‍ ജീവിതം ഇല്ലായ്മ ചെയ്യുന്ന സമീപനം എതിര്‍ത്തു തോല്പ്പിക്കുമെന്നും സമരം ഉദ്ഘാടനം ചെയ്തു
കൊണ്ട് മുന്‍മന്ത്രി ശ്രീ കടന്നപ്പള്ളി രാമചന്ദ്രന്‍ സംസാരിച്ചു.

ബി.ജെ.പി യുടെ ആറന്മുള നിയോജക മണ്ഡലം പ്രസിഡണ്ട്‌ അശോകന്‍ കുളനട ആദ്യക്ഷത വഹിച്ചു. അഡ്വ. ആര്‍ ശരത്ചന്ദ്ര കുമാര്‍ സ്വാഗതം പറഞ്ഞു. ബിജെപി യുടെ സംസ്ഥാന സെക്രട്ടറി അഡ്വ.
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പ്രശസ്ത രാഷ്ട്രീയ നിരൂപകനും പത്രപ്രവര്‍ത്തകനും ഇന്ത്യന്‍ അസോസിയേഷന്‍ ഓഫ്‌ ലോയേര്‍സ് പ്രസിഡണ്ടും ആയ അഡ്വ. എ ജയശങ്കര്‍ മുഖ്യ പ്രഭാഷണവും നടത്തി

വികസനം എന്നത് വിമാനത്താവളത്തിന്‍റെയും ഗോള്‍ഫ് കോഴ്സുകളുടെയും രൂപത്തിലാണ് ഇപ്പോള്‍  നടക്കുന്നത്. ആശാസ്ത്രീയമായ വികസന സങ്കല്പങ്ങള്‍ ആണ് ഇവിടെ ഉള്ളത്. താക്കോല്‍ സ്ഥാനത്ത് ഇരിക്കുന്ന ആളുകളാണ് ജനപ്രധിനിധികളെ പറഞ്ഞു പറ്റിക്കുന്നതെന്നും ആറന്മുളയില്‍ ജനങ്ങളെ വഞ്ചിക്കുകയാണ് എന്നും മുഖ്യ പ്രഭാഷണത്തില്‍ അദ്ദേഹം ചൂണ്ടിക്കാട്ടി. ഇത്
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