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  Project Name


Saathiship - Nityanand Jayaraman



AID Chennai









Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved


Rs 180000


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators



Bay Area










Nityanand Jayaraman a.k.a Nity is a Chennai-based writer and researcher who specialises in investigating and reporting on the environmental and human rights track record of corporations. After his undergraduate degree in electronics engineering, he spent two years in the US, getting a masters degree in journalism, hitchhiking in the US and working in the salmon fisheries in Alaska. He returned to India in 1994, and was a travelling journalist, during which time he travelled to most parts of the country specialising in investigating industrial pollution and related human rights violations. He has been associated with the campaign for justice in Bhopal since the time he visited Bhopal to do a story on water contamination in 1996. He has also worked with Greenpeace India and Corpwatch India

Nity is a part of a voluntary collective called Corporate Accountability Desk which is a coming together of close friends who extend technical, logistics, legal and strategic support to communities that are fighting corporate crime and globalisation in any form. Learning from their experiences where organisations take up democratic space rather than create it for communities, one of the principal organising principles is to let communities speak for themselves. Currently, the collective is involved in a fledgling effort to consolidate public opinion against water privatisation in Tamilnadu, in promoting wastewater recycling, in supporting pollution-impacted communities in Mettur, Cuddalore and Gummidipoondi, and to a lesser extent in Kodaikanal.

Some of Nitys writings

1. Vedanta Undermines Indian Communities - http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=12783
2. Corporate Exploitation of Water - http://www.spectrezine.org/global/Water.htm
3. Stolen for Steel: Tata Takes Tribal Lands in India - http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=13620





* Conducted investigation on hazardous waste and hazardous chemicals exports by Japan to US, and released a report to challenge the ongoing closed-door negotiations on Indo-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement. * Co-convened the Environment session at the Independent People''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s Tribunal on World Bank in September 2007 in JNU, New Delhi. * Campaigned for divestment of Vedanta/Sterlite shares by Norwegian pension fund by providing evidence of legal, environmental and human rights violations by Vedanta-subsidiary Sterlite in Tuticorin and Mettur. Based on the data, Norwegian Government has divested out of Vedanta





Through the Desk, wed like to expand our work in Chennai to focus on more youth by creating awareness and fellowship, and providing creative and interesting ways for them to engage in, learn from and contribute to social issues surrounding them. Also, through the Desk, we hope to increase our capacity to provide legal, technical, strategic and logistical support to communities fighting pollution and/or corporate globalization.



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