Jhatkaa in the news

The News Minute: Army violates ban on burning of waste in open spaces, Bengaluru residents fume

Jhatkaa, Bengaluru-based multi-issue campaigning organisation, has taken several steps to raise awareness about the menace. Speaking to TNM, Avijit Michael, Executive Director of Jhatkaa, says, “The BBMP is not taking very strict actions against violators. The fines and penalties are not enforced at all. Under the Karnataka Municipal Corporations (Amendment) Act 2013, the amount of fine is very low – Rs. 100 for the first offence and Rs 200 for repeat offenders."

The News Minute: Telcos forcing you to link Aadhaar? This petition is urging TRAI to pull them up

The Jhatkaa petition urges people to come together to urge TRAI to pull up telecom companies and stand against the telcos who force customers to provide Aadhaar details to recharge their phones, get a new SIM and so on.

Deccan Chronicle: New forest policy draws citizens’ ire

With the last date to submit objections to the draft National Forest Policy 2018 soon approaching, the citizen groups and organisations have upped the ante gathering signatures and views from the citizens. Jhatkaa.org, a campaigning organisation has gathered 500 signatures and is in the process of taking suggestions to have robust National Forest Policy.

Deccan Chronicle: Garbage burning: 'Jhatkaa' for BBMP zonal commissioners!

Jhatkaa, an organisation that takes up pro-people campaigns in the city, has served the four zonal commissioners of the BBMP with the orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to put a blanket ban on garbage burning, as the organisation failed to find any evidence of the civic agency complying with the orders.

The News Minute: How toxic is Bengaluru’s air? This installation shows you

An initiative by Jhatkaa, a campaigning organisation, this structure was installed on January 29, 2018. The lungs are made out of HEPA filters, which is also the material used in face masks, Avijit Michael, Managing Trustee of Jhatkaa, tells TNM. They also have exhaust fans inside them to pull the air in from outside.

Deccan Chronicle: Jhatkaa! Air pollution very high in Bengaluru

In order to raise awareness about rising air pollution in the city, Jhatkaa, a campaigning organisation, had installed lung-shaped air quality monitoring instrument outside Sampurna Montfort college at Old Madras Road.

The New Indian Express: #Killbill bigger than #steelflyoverbeda?

In addition to the petition of Heritage Beku, another online petition was launched by Jhatkaa.org, a campaigns and petition platform that has also joined hands with Heritage Beku to oppose the amendment of the KPT Act. The platform also launched an initiative whereby citizens who want to support the campaign merely give a missed call on a number specified by the org to show their support.

Bengaluru Citizen Matters: Here’s where you can get air quality data for Bengaluru

Campaigning against air pollution and campaigning for clean air quality in the city has been the focus of Jhatkaa.org for three years. Avijit Michael, Director of the group, says that his organisation has launched pilot projects to monitor air quality at two places – Koramangala and Indiranagar at Old Madras Road.

Deccan Chronicle: Enough of compost plant stink, say protesting HSR residents

12 Feb, 2018
Over 6,123 citizens have signed an online petition with Jhatkaa on their air alert website demanding the shifting of the plant.

The Logical Indian: #SaveAarey: Metro III Depot – An Excuse To Develop Real Estate In Aarey?

5 Feb, 2108
The call campaign started by members of the Aarey Conservation Group (ACG) and Jhatkaa.org has brought the Aarey controversy to the foreground yet again.

Times of India: When art helps drive home a critical message

2 Feb, 2018
"...We wanted people to see what this means to be exposed to bad air all the time. So, we worked with artists, who used the filter material to make giant lungs, which we placed on the air quality index monitor, which shows in real-time what the pollution levels are. Collaborating with Avril was a natural progression, since she had already done this earlier," says Avijit Michael, director, Jhatkaa.org.

The New Indian Express: City NGO, artiste want Bengaluru to breathe easy

31 Jan, 2018
Avijit Michael, executive director of Jhatkaa.org, says that they’ve been working on this particular campaign for some time now, and what they found was that not too many people are aware of just how harmful air pollution can be.

Mid-Day: Mumbai: Hello, Mr CM, Please Don't Build Metro Shed In Aarey, Say Citizens

Jan 20
The Aarey Conservation Group (ACG) called for this telephone campaign in collaboration with the online petition platform, Jhatka.org.

Hindustan Times: Campaign to save Aarey from Metro car shed construction gets 2 lakh Mumbaiites’ support

Jan 16
A fresh campaign started by the Aarey conservation group in Mumbai has got around two lakh missed calls from citizens within four days. The campaign initiated on January 12 asks citizens to give a missed call to seek alternate sites for the Metro car shed proposed in Aarey.

NewsX: Green vs Growth: Forest dwellers demand scrapping of project

Jan 14
The battle to save Mumbai's last green cover continues with environmentalists taking the fight against the govt head on against the ambitious metro car shed project on 33 hectares of Aarey forest land in Mumbai's Goregaon. After much delay the NGT will finally take up the matter on January 16.

IndiaSpend: Why India’s Deadly Coal-Power Plants Will Continue Polluting

Dec 21, 2017
A series of right to information (RTI) applications filed by Jhatkaa, an advocacy, revealed that thermal power plants did very little over the two years granted to check their emissions.

Times of India: Winter pollution levels in city highest early in the morning

Dec 13, 2017
Four thousand people who live, work and study in Koramangala have been receiving these and other such updates from the organization on a daily basis, informing them of the pollution levels, health advisories and do's and don'ts during poor air quality days.

Asia Times: Industry’s policy on new Indian pollution curbs: ignore them

Dec 12, 2017
“Power plants have failed to act on a warning that’s two years old and now want even more time to install the necessary emission reduction technology,” said Avijit Michael from the campaigning group Jhatkaa, which received shocking Right To Information (RTI) responses from power producers showing that they haven’t even begun the groundwork called for by the new rules.

Deccan Chronicle: Breathing clean air or poison?

Dec 12, 2017
As many as 4000 people from Koramangala alone have joined a campaign platform "airalert" that focuses on air pollution in the city , reflecting the growing concern of Bengalureans about the quality of the air they are breathing.

Deccan Chronicle: These campaigners give Jhatkaa to govt agencies to work harder

Dec 11, 2017
This group of 12 volunteers do not believe in status quo and definitely not about things they feel passionately for. They are the brain behind jhatkaa.org, an online platform which aims to bring the government's attention to issues that matter and ail the common man.

News18: As Thermal Power Plants Miss Clean Up Deadline, Environment Ministry Mulls Over New Time Frame

Dec 10, 2017
A series of RTIs filed by civil society groups, Jhatka, found TPPs to be woefully under-equipped to cut down their emissions.

The Hindu: Activists call for action against coal plants

Dec 8, 2017
To mark the emission deadline day, a group of citizens, volunteers and activists from Greenpeace India, Help Delhi Breathe, My Right to Breathe, Jhatkaa and many other groups representing people across India, gathered outside the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change “to remind the Minister about the expiring deadline tonight [on Thursday], and claiming their right to life and clean air”.

Economic Times: Coal-based power units flouting emission control norms: Report

Dec 8, 2017
"Out of the 90 power plants that we asked information from, we got responses from 17. Most of these plants have technologies in place for PM but none for SO2 or NOx," said the report released by the volunteers and activists from Greenpeace India, Help Delhi Breathe, My Right to Breathe, Jhatkaa, The Climate Agenda and URJA.

DNA: 300 coal power plants throw pollution norms to wind

Dec 8, 2017
Avijit Michael from Jhatkaa.org said, "It is disappointing to note that power plants have not taken sufficient action in the past 2 years, and are now requesting even more time to install the necessary emission reduction technology. Thousands of Indians have petitioned Dr Harshvardhan. The MoEFCC must penalise defaulters to clearly demonstrate that they consider the health of Indian citizens as a priority. "

Mid-day: Pune Bus Service Not Too Fussy About Environment

Nov 30, 2017
Since July, they have been throwing their support behind the initiative of no-diesel buses by signing an online petition on Air A!ert, a digital campaigning platform for air pollution. The campaign has over 900 supporters.

Noah D'Mello, a senior campai­gner, said, "Punek­ars have a chance to avoid years of poor air quality by prioritising cleaner public transport options. We hope our voices will be heard."

Financial Express: Click for change: When social media became the face of protest

Nov 12, 2017
Then there are portals like Avaaz, Jhatkaa, GetCloser and BitGiving. These platforms provide space for e-protests by raising an issue, spreading awareness, generating opinion and, in some cases, collecting funds.

The Manila Times: CNG buses pushed in Indian city

Nov 2, 2017
Civic activists and various organisations including Parisar and Jhatkaa.org, on behalf of Pune citizens, have written to PMPML and Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad mayors asking them to reconsider this decision.

Hindustan Times: Don’t buy 400 diesel buses, buy CNG: Pune citizens write to PMPML

31 Oct, 2017
On September 27, Parisar, a civil society organisation working on transport and sustainable development, and Jhatkaa, a digital advocacy organisation, wrote to Mundhe and the mayors on behalf of these supporters, asking them to reconsider their decision of buying these highly polluting buses.

Deccan Herald: Increase in noise levels reported during Deepavali

Oct 22, 2017
Jhatkaa.org, an NGO, recently installed an air monitoring system in Koramangala to check on the air quality. NGO member Noah D’Mello says that they chose the area as there is no government installed monitoring system there to check on the pollution levels.

The New Indian Express: Bengaluru breathes easier this diwali

Oct 21, 2017
A monitoring device stationed at Koramangala by an NGO Jhatkaa.org showed an alarming increase in pollution levels on Thursday. While the permissible level of PM2.5 for India is 60 µg/m3, levels of PM2.5 touched 566 at 10 pm on Thursday - over 9 times the permissible level.

The News Minute: Centre yields to citizens’ voice, scraps controversial environmental draft notification

Aug 25, 2017
Facing opposition from citizens, the Centre has scrapped a draft notification which allowed businesses to run without obtaining prior environmental clearance by just paying a fine.

The New Indian Express: Residents restart campaign against compost plant

Aug 19, 2017
An online petition has been started, which has got over 3,500 signatures till now. The petition is addressed to the Chief Minister and BBMP officials. The petition states that while the plant was meant to process 70 tonnes of waste, it currently receives about 300 tonnes.

Deccan Chronicle: Chipko: HAL residents hug trees

Aug 14, 2017
CM Siddaramaiah’s convoy passed through the protests and sloganeering by nearby residents, who are determined to save the 60 trees which have been marked by the civic authorities to be chopped.

Mr Avijit Michael from an online campaigning organisation, Jhatkaa, said that the government is hardly concerned about environmental issues.

The New Indian Express: Residents join hands to save trees

Aug 14, 2017
Avijit Michael, executive director of the NGO ‘Jhatkaa’, said about 384 people joined the human chain. Michael said, “As per Supreme Court order, if the government wants to axe more than 50 trees, it has to consult residents. While they have cut 46 trees until now, they have marked more trees to be cut. We have filed an RTI to get to know the exact process.”

The Hindu: Over 3,000 sign petition against KCDC plant

Aug 11, 2017
Mr. Banyal said civic officials have often claimed only a few people are protesting against the plant. The signature campaign is proof this is not the case. “The campaign was launched on Tuesday. We managed to get 3,000 votes in three days. This shows how widespread the problem is,” he said.

Times of India: PMPML mulls procuring 400 brand new CNG-run buses

Aug 10
An online campaign was started recently where PMPML CMD Tukaram Mundhe has been requested to introduce more CNG-run buses rather than the diesel-run ones due to pollution concerns.
The campaign on act.airalert.in titled 'Pune needs CNG buses: Do not buy polluting diesel buses for our city', had received over 530 signatures by the time this report was filed.

Raiplay: Mondo Nuovo

Translated version: In India, we follow a group of young people who promote a campaign against deforestation in some areas by using innovative forms of communication.

NDTV: Air Pollution: Going the Delhi Way?

Bhavik Lathia, Campaigns Manager, Jhatkaa.org: "We have a long way to go when it comes to public awareness, but I'm really optimistic. Jhatkaa is a public mobilization group and people are increasingly on mobile phones. We launches a platform called Air A!ert where anyone can start a campaign on air pollution."

Deccan Herald: Not enough green cover for people in the city, says expert

‘Mara Habba’ was organised to create awareness among citizens about the depleting green cover in the city and how they could get involved in increasing the number of trees. Jhatkaa has asked people to join a signature campaign on its website www.jhatkaa.org or give a missed call to 7676022555 to ask the BBMP to form greening committees across the city to monitor the green cover.

The News Indian Express: Under Cubbon Park canopy, citizens gather for trees

Hundreds of citizens of Bengaluru along with members of few NGOs assembled under the trees at Cubbon Park for ‘Mara Habba’, an event organised by Jhatkaa to get Bengalureans to understand the dangers that come with the depletion of tree cover in the city.

The New Indian Express: Trick or tree? Bengaluru's greening caught in a muddle

A recent online petition by Jhatkaa.org, a city-based campaigning organisation, urges citizens to put pressure on the BBMP to set up these committees. And while the petition is new - just about a week old - the cause isn’t.

India Today: Bangalore-based startup Jhatkaa.org sets up new platform to demand cleaner air

12 May, 2017
Bangalore-based campaigning startup Jhatkaa.org has set up a dedicated people-powered platform Air A!ert to push the fight against air pollution.

The Huffington Post: Digital activism comes of age: technology is creating new space for marginalized voices

In Kondaikanal, India, hundreds of workers were affected by mercury exposure at what used to be the Hindustan Unilever thermometer factory. Jhatkaa, a non-partisan group that uses digital technology to mobilise Indian citizens to hold decision makers accountable, decided to take on Unilever—a corporation worth billions.

Deccan Herald: RTI query belies BBMP claim on green panels

To a query filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by a city-based campaigning organisation Jhatkaa.org, BBMP public information officer (PIO) has replied that the two-tier committees created by BBMP for monitoring the greening of the city — the Greening Committee for Bengaluru North and South and Samanvay (Co-ordination) committee — do not exist.

Bangalore Mirror: Treeson on Jayamahal

Now RTI queries by Jhatkaa.org, a local organization, has revealed that the no feasibility studies of any kind was conducted on the proposed axing of 112 trees on that road.

The New Indian Express: No study done on decision to axe 112 trees on Jayamahal Road

Avijit Michael, Executive Director of Jhatkaa.org said, “The RTI responses reveal BBMP’s lackadaisical approach to tree felling. They have stated that there was no other choice. But how do they know they do not have a choice without even conducting any research, surveys or studies to come up with alternative proposals?”

The News Minute: Does BBMP care about Bengaluru's trees? According to its RTI replies, not really

It has now emerged that the two committees responsible for monitoring the city’s tree cover and the environmental cost of such projects (the Greening Committee for Bengaluru North and the Co-ordination/Samnvay committee) have remained non-existent for the past two years. This admission has been made by the Public Information Officer of the BBMP Commissioner’s office in a Right to Information reply to NGO Jhatkaa.

Bangalore Mirror: Citizens’ watch = Perfect Timing

Feb 24, 2017
The Steel Flyover Beda campaign has “almost entirely been fuelled by social media, volunteer meetings and WhatsApp -- the almost exponential growth for each milestone — the human chain had 8,500 people joining in, change.org petition had 60,000 people signing it and the Jhatkaa call in crossed a lakh.

Bangalore Mirror: 500 messages in a day: Bengalureans won’t let BBMP get away with murder

Feb 8, 2017
Tania Devaiah, who works as a campaigner for Jhatka.org, said the construction of the steel flyover on Jayamahal Road has already faced immense amount of public backlash and legal restrictions.
"How can they cut down so many trees for a project which has not been sanctioned? We are happy because the media supported us and helped us reach more and more people. If the BBMP supports us, we can help the people of Bengaluru from not coming on the streets again," she said.

Feminism in India: iPill, uPill, We Would All Kill For An iPill In Chennai

Dec 16, 2016
Jhatkaa’s petitioning has led to the DDC to submit a proposal that will reinstate the sale of ECPs as over-the-counter drugs that do not require a prescription. However, the struggle for women in Chennai for reproductive freedom is not over until the proposal is officially passed.

The Better India: MY STORY: Why I Started a Petition against a Ban on Emergency Contraceptive Pills in Tamil Nadu

Together with Jhatkaa, a Bangalore based organisation, I was able to gather wider attention to this issue through an online petition. After we had collected over 2,000 signatures supporting the petition to lift the ban on emergency contraceptive pills, we got in touch with S. Abdul Khader, Director of Drugs Control.

The Hindu: Drugs body backs sale of emergency contraceptive pills over the counter

In September, film-maker activist Vaishnavi Sundar in association with Rachita Taneja of Jhatkaa, a campaigning organisation, started an online petition to make the pills available in Tamil Nadu. The petition has so far garnered over 2,800 signatures.

The News Minute: 10 years since emergency contraceptives disappeared from TN, voices rise against the ban

Oct 7, 2016
Recently, an online petition was started by Jhatkaa.org, a Bengaluru based organization, asking the Tamil Nadu Director of Drugs Control, S Abdul Khader, to lift the ban on ECPs stating that the ban was not based on any legal grounds. The petition has got over 1,500 signatures.

Bangalore Mirror: Missed call to say ‘No’ to flyover

An NGO called Jhatkaa.org is running a campaign to save the city’s greenery from multiple infrastructure projects, including the steel flyover.

Live Mint: Protests intensify against Bengaluru’s proposed flyover project

A campaign by a non-government agency, Jhatka, to collect what are called ‘missed calls,’ where the caller hangs up before anybody answers the phone, is also underway. Messages inviting missed calls to protest the proposed tree cutting for the project were circulating on various social media fora, such as instant messaging platform WhatsApp.

Deccan Herald: Steel flyover: Citizens petition governor, seek his intervention to stop project

Oct 22, 2016
It also states that 35,000 people have signed the online petition against the steel flyover and over one lakh tree lovers have opposed the project through the ‘missed call movement’ conducted by Jhatkaa. A public voting on the steel flyover is also being conducted by over 200 volunteers across the city.

The Hindu: BDA takes steel flyover above and parallel to Hebbal flyover

Jhatkaa.org had given out a mobile number asking people to give a missed call if they are opposed to the felling of trees. The post went viral on social media and social messenger apps. “We will plan the next course of action with those who have responded with the aim of influencing the decision makers in the city,” said a statement from the organisation.

The News Minute: Online campaign against Bengaluru steel flyover goes viral, SteelflyoverBeda spreads across city

A month since starting an online petition against the flyover that requires felling of 812 trees, the petition by Jhatkaa.org has since gone viral, with over a lakh signatories.

The Times of India: Bengaluru's steel flyover: Bengaluru residents raise pitch of protest, to form human chain

To draw the attention of Bengalureans to the rampant felling of trees in the city to pave way for infrastructure projects, Jhatkaa.org launched a missed call campaign on September 21. Started in the wake of the Karnataka High Court order, which stated that a pending road-widening project on Ballari Road be implemented, the campaign has demanded that no trees be harmed along the stretch till alternatives were explored, and public consultations held.It has already garnered 8,000 signatures.

The Huffington Post: WATCH: Unilever Needs To Clean Mercury Mess In Kodaikanal, Says Raptivist Sofia Ashraf

Raptivist Sofia Ashraf is out with a new video on mercury poisoning in Unilever's Kodaikanal plant, but this time, she wants to talk hard science. The Chennai-based rapper's five-minute video is very different from her previous 'Kodaikanal Won't' clip, which went viral last year and helped push the British-Dutch multinational goods company to a settlement with the affected workers.

Indiatimes: The 'Kodaikanal Won't' Girl Is Back Challenging Unilever To Clear The Mercury Mess!

A year after taking an undisguised jab at the global giant Hindustan Unilever for dumping toxic mercury in its Kodaikanal plant in Tamil Nadu, through her epic rap battle titled 'Kodaikanal Won't', Tamil activist-rapper Sofia Ashraf is back once again hitting out at the consumer goods company for its response to mercury waste and its claims to address all the problems raised by Sofia.

ScoopWhoop: The ‘Kodaikanal Won’t’ Girl Returns With A Response To Unilever's Claims & It's Gloriously Kickass

Hindustan Unilever had to come up with a reply addressing all the problems raised by Sofia Ashraf. Well, Sofia has now come up with the perfect reply about the same.

Times of India: Kodaikanal ‘still’ won’t: Chennai rapper Sofia Ashraf takes on Unilever, again

Sofia Ashraf is back with a new video, and guess what she wants to talk to you about? That’s right, she’s still got her bete noire Hindustan Unilever in her cross-hairs.

Scroll.in: Watch: Sofia Ashraf's new video protests against mercury dumping in Kodaikanal in a brand new way

Activist-rapper Sofia Ashraf is back. And she's taking the story forward from her Kodaikonal Won't video, which went viral with its sassy way of questioning Hindustan Unilever's practices with mercury waste.

Now she explains "Why Kodaikanal Still Won't".

The Quint: Kodaikanal STILL Won’t: Sofia Ashraf Calls Out Unilever, Again

Multinational companies thinking that they can get away with their callous actions without any consequences, should think again.

Sofia Ashraf, of the Kodaikanal Won’t video song that went viral last year, is back telling Unilever that the mercury mess their factory has made in Kodaikanal wouldn’t just vanish without the company cleaning it up.

FirstPost India: Watch: Kodaikanal Won't rapper Sofia Ashraf serves some facts to Unilever's Paul Polman

Unilever's lacklustre treatment of the ecology in Kodaikanal motivated Sofia to post another video, this time without rapping, to give Polman 'the facts' that he didn't seem to get the memo about.

The Indian Express : VIDEO: Clear the Mercury mess, says Sofia Ashraf to Unilever in her latest video

In association with Jhatkaa.org, a campaigning organisation, Ashraf has released a new video, this time against the numerous misleading statements HUL has been making all these years.

The New Indian Express : Trash burns, corporators muck about

Organisers of Bangalore is Burning, a campaign advocating the scientific disposal of garbage in the city, has found that most trash was set on fire in Indiranagar.


Around 40 photographs from Indiranagar were received by Jhatkaa.org, which launched this initiative of online mapping two months ago. The photographs were received mainly from the residential areas of Indiranagar.

The Hindu: A burning problem

In an attempt to put pressure on civic agencies to realise the seriousness and scale of the problem, civic activist group Jhatkaa has launched an online interactive map where residents can mark the locations where garbage us burnt and send pictures.


Garbage burning is not only hazardous to the environment but it also affects health. Yet civic agencies have conveniently ignored the issue. To make people aware of the issue, an NGO called Jhatkaa.org had started the online mapping of garbage burning in the city on May 28.

Times of India: Fumes from burning garbage more harmful than vehicle emissions

Every time we walk past a pile of burning garbage, we are inhaling all sorts of toxic substances, which can wreak havoc on our health," adds Divya, who is also a campaigner with Jhatkaa.org, which, as part of their campaigns related to air pollution , has started an online petition to highlight the issue and spread awareness.

OneIndia: Relive the song Kodaikanal Won’t, the anthem for workers and activists

On March 9, former mercury workers of Kodaikanal, who have been fighting a 15-year-old battle against Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), were in a celebratory mood.

ET Brand Equity: Kodaikanal Won: HUL and former employees at the factory sign settlement

In August last year, the city of Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu had the world's spotlight on it. A rap video 'Kodaikanal Won't' by singer Sofia Ashraf and the NGO Jhatkaa.org brought to the forefront the plight of ex-employees affected by mercury contamination at Hindustan Unilever Limited's (HUL) thermometer factory in the hill station.

India.com: Kodaikanal mercury poisoning: Hindustan Unilever pays workers affected

The long pending dispute between Hindustan Unliever (HUL) and former workers of its thermometer manufacturing unit at Kodaikanal today ended after the company announced a settlement on “humanitarian considerations” for 591 workers who would be paid ex-gratia and will be given other support measures.

DNA India: HUL signs settlement with ex-employees over mercury poisoning in Kodaikanal

Hindustan Unilever has settled with 591 former workers from its
thermometer factory in Kodaikanal after a 15-year-campaign by workers and supporters, according to a press release on kodaimercury.com. The company has signed a settlement with Pond's HLL ex-Mercury Employees Welfare Association, representing the former employees thermometer factory, HUL said in a statement.

Business Standard: HUL settles dispute with Kodaikanal unit staff

Hindustan Unilever(HUL) and the Pond’s HLL ex-Mercury Employees Welfare Association, representing workers at the multinational’s now-closed thermometerfactory in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, both announced the signing of a agreement to settle a long-running dispute on the union’s demand for compensation and rehabilitation.

The Wall Street Journal: Unilever Compensates Workers in Dispute Over Alleged Mercury Poisoning at Plant

Unilever PLC said that it has agreed to compensate hundreds of workers of a now-closed production facility in southern India, ending a decade-old dispute over alleged mercury poisoning and corporate negligence in India

Business Standard: How rap drew attention to the HUL-Kodaikanal issue

In a communique, Jhatkaa said, "People power works. That’s the key lesson we’re drawing from today’s big announcement. We’ll continue to lift up the hundreds of thousands of voices who have joined this campaign since last July to ensure that Unilever now cleans up its mercury mess in Kodaikanal."

Live Mint: HUL settles with Kodaikanal workers affected by mercury factory

The children of Kodaikanal, who have lived with mercury-laden soil, for decades now, since Hindustan Unilever’s thermometer factory opened here in 1987, may finally get some respite from the toxic metal that causes muscle atrophy, kidney failure, dermatological reactions and respiratory disease.

Counterview: Mercury contamination: Rejoicing victory over Unilver, activists say Kodaikanal cleanup norm "3 times lower"

In a move that has cheered activists fighting against mercury contamination in the southern tip of India, Hindustan Unilever (HUL) has been “forced” to agree to provide ex gratia payments to 591 former workers/association members and their families towards livelihood enhancement projects and skill enhancement programmes.

India Today: Kodaikanal mercury contamination: Why Unilever is paying settlement to its 591 workers

Why did the workers of Unilever's thermometer factory in Kodaikanal campaign for 15 years and what is the settlement all about?

Youth Ki Awaaz: How We Took On A Multi-Billion Dollar Corporation To Show That “People Power Works”

How do you tell the story of a victory? Do you focus on the victors or the villains? The underdogs or the favorites? The game changers or the spoilers? The long race or the finish line?

The Aerogram: An Open Internet Isn’t A First World Privilege — Why Our Homelands Deserve Net Neutrality

We stand against the implementation of Free Basics, because an open Internet isn’t a first world privilege. Indian Internet activist groups like SaveTheInternet.in and Jhatkaa.org have been mobilizing millions of Indians against Facebook’s PR campaign, arguing that Free Basics violates the tenets of an open and equal Internet by creating a discriminatory, two-tiered Internet under the guise of “charity.”

DNA: Bangalore's Jhatkaa, NGO behind 'Kodaikanal Won't', is about the less fortunate being heard

Last year, rap video 'Kodaikanal Won't' swept across platforms, putting the spotlight on an issue which many were not even aware about. Behind this viral video was Bangalore-based NGO. The belief in the power of grassroot channeling and public democracy is what led to the formation of organization called ‘Jhatkaa’ in 2015.

The Economic Times: Jhatkaa launches 'Repeal Section 377' campaign

A team of eight people in Bengaluru has launched an online campaign to revive a social conversation about the relevance of IPC Section 377 - the archaic provision of law that criminalises homosexuality even in this day and age.

DNA: Mark Zuckerberg presents his case on Net neutrality, all IITians not amused

Pahwa said that Facebook's assertion that there can be no web access for the poor without Free Basics is wrong. Both he and Rachita Taneja, a campaigner for non-profit organisation Jhatka, campaigning for net neutrality, and speaking out against Facebook on notreallyinternet.org, said that alternatives do exist.

DNA: Online campaign asks citizens to write to MoEF on Western Ghats

In this backdrop, the Jhatkaa campaign has appealed citizens to send at least 2,000 responses to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change by November 3 when the notification expires.

AFAQS!: Jhatkaa.org urges people to pledge #WontBuyUnilever

The public mobilisation group is urging consumers to boycott Unilever products in order to put pressure on the MNC to clean up the alleged mercury contamination in Kodaikanal.

Zee News: Indian rapper goes viral with toxic waste gibes at Unilever

An Indian rapper has gone viral with a music video calling on consumer products giant Unilever to clean up alleged toxic waste from a forested southern hill station.

Live Mint: NGO raises voice against HUL for dumping mercury in Kodaikanal

A Chennai-based woman rapper has taken on Anglo-Dutch packaged consumer goods maker Unilever and its chief executive officer (CEO) Paul Polman with a video set to the beat of the Nicki Minaj hit Anaconda and posted on YouTube and social media sites.

The Alternative.in: Why we need to make World Environment Day the Western Ghats Day

Today is the World Environment Day (WED), and one of the themes of WED is to “Think globally, act locally”. We need to make sure that our Western Ghats survive. So lets turn WED into WGD (Western Ghats Day).

The Alternative.in: Varanasi 2014: Who will really clean up the Ganga?

Varanasi’s elections are heating up – but so far it’s been a triumph of spin over substance.

The Free Press Journal: Bengaluru-based portal gets timeline from Home Ministry on Bezbaruah report to curb racial violence

Bengaluru-based wb portal Jhatkaa.org delivered thousands of petition signatures to the Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday demanding a timeline for the implementation of the Bezbaruah Report to curb racial violence.

Deccan Chronicle: New wave of social change

Activist Deepa Gupta and team have successfully campaigned to get the center to allocate a budget to clean river Ganga.

Youth Ki Awaaz: 825 Crore Litres Sewage Flows In The Ganga Daily: Do Political Parties Plan To Change This?

This week brings the curtains down on the dramatic electoral process of the world’s largest democracy. And, as the country’s most keenly-watched, high-profile political showdown of 2014 peaks in Varanasi, not only has it attracted political party workers and the media in droves, it also sees the country’s environment-conscious taking a stand for a clean river basin in the Ganges heartland.

Scroll.in: Why the boatmen of Banaras nearly decided to vote NOTA

The boatmen, farmers and fishermen who live along and on the Ganga have become disillusioned with the frontrunners in the race, despite every candidate paying lip service to their needs.

Youth Ki Awaaz: Varanasi 2014, Ganga And A Decade Of Empty Promises

Eight hundred and twenty five crore litres of sewage flows into the Ganga and its tributaries every day. A shameful fact given that for the 20 million people living near its banks, this is their drinking water supply. The river also fuels irrigation, industry, and power plants across five states and ‘Maa Ganga’ is revered as holy for the vast Hindu population of the country. The Ganga basin constitutes 26 percent of the country’s landmass and is the lifeblood of 43 percent of its population.

The Times of India: Now a campaign against craters

The pothole problem in the city, which is posing a threat to the lives of commuters, has prompted an NGO to kickstart a campaign against the craters. Jhatka, a city-based NGO, has launched a campaign where citizens can leave a missed call to 9243511888, which will be registered as a signature demanding that BBMP fix the roads.

Mid Day: Give the government a jhatka, virtually

We can’t just complain and expect things to change, we must be ready to put in the hard work that is required to transform our lives and our country,” says Deepa Gupta. And the 25-year-old, who plans to dedicate her life to the campaigning website Jhatkaa.org she recently set up, really does put her money where her mouth is.

Cherwell: OUP urged to drop Delhi University lawsuit

Oxford University Press is facing renewed opposition from students in both India and the UK as a prolonged legal battle against the University of Delhi enters its second phase.

OxStu: OUP continues to pursue copyright case against Delhi Uni

Deepa Gupta, director of campaign group Jhatkaa, stated: “If OUP/CUP win the case the most likely scenario is that they make sure Delhi University signs onto a licencing agreement under the IRRO which would increase the cost of all the course packs by 50% and add significant pressure to lower income background students.

Varsity: Cambridge copyright claim threatens Indian students

Jhatkaa.org, a recently formed campaigning group, has created a campaign, the goal of which is to force the universities to drop their lawsuit. Delhi University and Rameshwari Photocopy service, the other named party in the lawsuit, photocopy CUP and OUP textbooks in order to create affordable course packs for students. Many students cannot afford original textbooks and so are reliant on the course packs to continue their studies.

The New Indian Express: Now, give a missed call when you see a pothole

If the number of potholes in the city has you worried about the state of your back or even for your safety, pick up your phone and give a missed call. That is all it takes to register your displeasure with the authorities. A new campaign by Jhatkaa.org, an NGO, has led to around 4,000 missed calls being registered in the past few days.

The Times of India: Battle rages on for DU’s right to photocopy

The Association of Students for Equitable Access to Knowledge (ASEAK) on Tuesday defended the students' interest in the Delhi High Court in the matter of copyright infringement lawsuit filed by publishing houses against Delhi University and it's local photocopy shop. This year in March, ASEAK became the third party defender in the case, the first being Rameshwari photocopy centre and DU the second. The next hearing is on October 21.

Bloomberg: Oxford, Cambridge Publishers Urged to Drop Indian Copyright Suit

Jhatkaa, an Indian advocacy organization focusing on development and governmental accountability, has begun a petition drive asking academic publishers to drop a copyright suit related to photocopying textbooks.
Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Informa Plc’s Taylor & Francis unit are suing Delhi University and a local photocopying service over the creation and sale of photocopied course packs.