A Nation wide Quit India Campaign against Coke and Pepsi


On 20th Jan., 2005 thousands of people across India will surround 87 Coke and Pepsi plants with human chain from 12 noon to 1.30 pm and serve a notice to Coke and Pepsi to Quit India on the ground of violating article 21 of the Indian Constitution which guarantees the right to life. Coke and Pepsi are threating the fundamental right to life by mining ground water and creating local water famine. They are also threatening the right to life by selling hazardous soft drinks loaded with toxic chemicals.

 

On 15th of Jan., 2005 the community at Plachimada celebrated 1000 days of resistance against Coca-Cola. For the past year the Coke plant at Plachimada has been closed because of the determined resistance of Advasi women who started anti Coke agitation and the Perumatty Panchayat (Local Government) served notice to the company and went to the High Court.

 

The High Court of Kerala ruled that Coka-cola mining of Ground water was illegal. Ground Water does not belong to Coke or the Government. It belongs to local community and government is merely a trusty of water as a community resource. The government’s duty wound to prevent corporation like Coke from mining Ground water.

 

Coke-Pepsi are also violating our right to health. The report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee following the disclosure of pesticides in soft drinks by the Centre for Science and Environment, as well as recent studies published in a large number of medical journals have clearly indicated that soft drink manufacturers have been using significant quantities of very harmful and toxic chemicals in their drinks in order to make them more attractive and addictive. They have been clearly pushing their sales and profits at the cost of public health. The sustained attempt by the Coke-Pepsi companies to refuse to disclose the contents and ingredients of their drinks, is clear Coke-Pepsi are refusing to abide by the order of the Rajasthan High Court ordering Coke-Pepsi to disclose the contents of their drinks (including pesticides) on Coke-Pepsi labels, and instead resorting to endless review petitions and appeals. In fact the requirement to disclose the ingredients of all packaged food items on their labels has been there in the Prevention of Food Adulteration rules for a long time. The fact that it has not been enforced against you shows how Coke-Pepsi subvert and undermine our national laws.

 

It is now known that most soft drinks contain an extremely toxic brew of chemicals which are now known to be very harmful to human health. Apart from pesticides, the chemicals which are deliberately added include large quantities of phosphoric Acid (added to give them ‘bite’), caffeine (added to make them addictive), large quantities of sugar (to make it extra sweet), ethylene glycol (an extremely toxic anti freeze compound added to allow them to be drunk ‘extra chilled’ at sub zero temperatures) and Carbon Dioxide.                          

 

The response of the soft drinks companies to all this is to employ every stratagem to frustrate any attempt to regulate you in any manner. Coke-Pepsi are not even willing to disclose the harmful chemicals that Coke-Pepsi use in their products. In these circumstances, the time has come to demand that Coke-Pepsi must close down operations and leave the country. The country cannot afford to mortgage our precious water resources and the health of our citizens to Coke-Pepsi super profits and greed. Coke and Pepsi continued crimes against the earth and the people of India compel us to ask the Cola Companies to “Quit India” The National day of action against Coke and Pepsi is being Co-organised by Research Foundation Science, Technology and Ecology and Azadi Bachao Andolan in partnership with self organised local movements at the following plants. According to local coordinators of the mentioned districts the number of participants in each action are:

 

Name of District

Number of Participant in Human Chain

Name of the Convener

Kolkata

Will be organised on 5th March,2005

Sh. Manoj

Goa

5000

Sh. Kalanand Massi

Madurai

1000

Sh. K.M. Natrajan

Erode

1500

Dr. V. Jeevanandham

Coimbatur

2000

 

Ooty

 

 

Mumbai

5000

Sh. Vikas Mahangare/Sh. Atul Mishra

Bhuvneshwar

2500

Sh. Sanjay Sawant Rai

Cuttack

1500

Sh, Ramakant Mandal

Ahmdabad

Will be organised on 29th Jan.,2005

Sh. Mahadev Vidrohi

Thane

1000

Sh. Shyam Khairkar

Nasik

2000

Sh. Vasant Raoji

Kosikala (Mathura)

2000

Sh. P.K. Singh

Chandigarh(at

500

Prof. Vonod Nanda

Panipat

5000

Sh. Mahesh dutt Sharma

Hyderabad

 

Dr. V. Krishna

Trivendrum

Will be organised on 29th Jan,2005

Sh. Gopinathan Nair

Banglore

 

 

Jamshedpur

1500

Sh. Omprakash

Patna

5000

Sh. Gorelal Manishi

Vaishali

3000

Sh. Nishant Gandhi

Balia

5000

Adv. Ranjit Singh

Hathras

4000

Sh. S.K. Singh

Hapur

5000

Sh. Nanak Chandra Sharma

Pune

 

Sh. Suresh Pingle

Raisen

5000

Maharaj Vinay Sagar Ji/Sh. Ramkishor Sharma

Bilaspur

2000

Sh. Jayant Joshi

Palakkad

1500

Sh. P. Sriniwasan

Vishakhapatnam

1000

Sh. K. Jogi Naidu

Obedullaganj

40,000

Maharaj Vinay Sagar ji

Raipur

1000

Prof. Shambhu Dayal Bharti

Jaipur

15000

Sh. Sawai Singh/Sh. Kesar Siraj

Nazibabad

1000

Sh. Darban Singh Negi

 

Local communities everywhere will be joining hands in human chains to assert their fundamental right to water. People courts (Jan Panchayat) will be organised at each plant to serve notice to Cola giants who are stealing water and selling toxic drinks. Thousands of Schools and colleges are also declaring themselves Coke and Pepsi free zones where the toxic will not be sold and consumed. What is at stake the life and health of the Indian people. We are committed to defending our life and freedom. We are committed to a Coke-Pepsi free India.

 

For any further information, please contact :

 

Dr. Vandana Shiva / Mr. Gunjan Mishra (9871202269 – Mobile) Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology (RFSTE) A-60, Hauz Khas, New Delhi – 110 016 Tel : 0091-11-26535422 / 26532561 / 26962989 / 26968077 Fax : 0091-11-26962589 / 26856795 Email : [email protected]

 

Dr. Banwari Lal Sharma Azadi Bachao Andolan Allahabad Tel : 0091-532-2641872

 

 

 

 

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