Friday, April 07, 2006

"Narmada Bachao Andolan" Se Bachao


Minister trying to placate.....unsuccessfully


The Narmada Bachao Andolan has been agitating since 1986 to stall the Narmada River Project, a project initiated as early as 1961 and approved after careful deliberations over a long period. The agitational approach of the Andolan has been allowed to continue for far too long and it is high time that not only the Government but also the people of India at large, demonstrate that the country’s development activities cannot be allowed to be held to ransom by such organizations.

The Delhi Police did well to arrest Medha Patkar and other Narmada Bachao Andolan activists and to take Medha Patkar to the Hospital. Although the activists tried to portray the police action as brutal, the police in this instance were simply dealing with the matter firmly in order to avert a law and order situation from developing. In fact, the farcical and unjustified fast and agitation should have been dealt with firmly a few days earlier, before Medha Patkar’s condition became serious enough to cause concern and enabling her to gain sympathies from the gullible public.

Instead of handling the situation properly soon enough, three Union Ministers were sent to placate Medha Patkar to end her fast. Perhaps, the Government deliberately did this to show that the lady was not willing to listen to reason. However, the Union Minister for Water Resources stating that he was not satisfied by the Rehabilitation efforts for the Project Affected Families complicated the situation indirectly lending encouragement to the lady in question.

The news media, especially the visual media, has also done its bit by needlessly giving high profile to pseudo activists like Arundhati Roy and others trying to project before the public that the agitation was justified and that police were brutal in dealing with the agitators. One lady in particular, in a discussion on a TV channel (CNN-ibn), did not allow eminent lawyer Harish Salve, who was involved in the matter, to present his reasoned responses and kept on interrupting with emotional outbursts till the programme ran out of time.

It is a pity that those who feel that Medha Patkar and her ilk have a just cause and a right to blackmail the Central and State Governments into changing their decisions, are either not fully aware or ignore the background of the entire issue.


A perspective on the events

The Narmada project has a long history dating back prior to Independence when in 1946, the then Governments of Bombay as well as CP & Berar had requested the Central Waterways, Irrigation and Navigation Commission to investigate the Narmada river system for basin-wise development. The first study commenced in 1947. After considerable background work, first stage of the Narmada project was inaugurated by Pandit Nehru in 1961.

In furtherance of the project, the Khosla Committee submitted a detailed Master Plan in 1965, which however, could not be implemented because of an Interstate dispute that was referred to Narmada Water Dispute Tribunal in 1968. After a compromise agreement between the States in 1974, the Tribunal finally declared its Award in 1978 and final order in 1979. The Award and Order were given by the Tribunal after consideration of available technical literature, comprehensive and thorough examination, and extensive studies on specific aspects by Irrigation Commission, Draught Research Unit and Meteorological Department. The Award specifically considered Relief and Rehabilitation aspects apart from dealing with the technical aspects of height, geological and seismic aspects, allocation of waters etc. The Tribunal also directed the constitution of an Inter-state authority, the Narmada Control Authority, as well as a Review Committee. In turn the NCA constituted various sub-committees to specifically deal with various aspects like Relief and Rehabilitation and Environment.

As far as the Environment aspects are concerned, the clearance was given by the Government in 1987 after a lot of discussions, and subject to several conditions to be observed. An independent machinery was created by NCA for monitoring and implementation of environmental activities, to ensure planning and implementation of environmental safeguards.

As far as relief and rehabilitation were concerned, the Supreme Court, based upon a private Writ Petition in 1991, gave a direction to Constitute a committee to monitor rehabilitation aspects of Sardar Sarovar Project.

Narmada Bachao Andolan

This organization is known to be an anti-dam organization in existence since 1986, and is opposed to the construction of the high dam. The construction of the dam was undertaken after the environmental clearance was given in 1987 and thereafter hundreds of crores were already invested in the project. The Andolan chose to file a Writ Petition in the Supreme Court in 1994, a full seven years after the final clearance was given and after detailed steps were taken by the Governments to establish proper mechanisms to ensure that environmental aspects as well as relief and rehabilitation aspects were properly addressed.

Since 1986, the NBA has been resorting to various approaches, including public agitations, to oppose the dam and stop the project and at its instance, the government even constituted a Five Member Group. However, its efforts failed to change the decisions taken after careful consideration of various aspects over a period of three decades and more.

The Supreme Court found that considering the long delay in filing, the Petition suffered from laches (neglecting to do what should or could, have been done to assert a claim or right for an unreasonable and unjustified time causing disadvantage to another). The Hon’ble Court rightly observed (see here):

“When such projects are undertaken and hundreds of crores of public money is spent, individual or organisations in the garb of PIL cannot be permitted to challenge the policy decision taken after a lapse of time. It is against the national interest and contrary to the established principles of law that decisions to undertake developmental projects are permitted to be challenged after a number of years during which period public money has been spent in the execution of the project.”

It is interesting to note that the Supreme Court decided to entertain the petition only to satisfy itself that there was proper implementation of the relief and rehabilitation measures at least to the extent ordered by the Tribunal Award i.e. to satisfy itself that rights of the affected families under Article 21 of the Constitution were protected.

In spite of the fact that it was not necessary for the Court to examine other issues raised by the Andolan, it did deal with some of the issues raised. Pertinently, in its reasoned Judgement , the Court did not find merit in any of the several contentions raised by the Andolan, considering the facts.

As regards relief and rehabilitation, detailed and exhaustive plans have been drawn by the States. The conditions of rehabilitation are such that the affected families are to be offered choices that should, in fact, make the quality of their lives better than the conditions they encountered in their original inhabitations. Elaborate mechanisms have also been established to monitor and ensure compliance and even a Grievances Redressal Mechanism has been put in place.

A detailed perusal of the Judgement of the Supreme Court (see here or here) should convince skeptics that all the Governments and Authorities involved in this project have taken proper steps not only to ensure optimization of benefits from this project but at the same time, taken more than adequate care to protect the interests of the oustees.

The Supreme Court itself, while disposing of the Petition in October 2000, gave a set of 10 directions covering not only environment and relief and rehabilitation aspects, but also for completing the project as expeditiously as possible.

Therefore, if the interests of any affected persons are not protected in terms of the approved mechanism, they certainly have the right to approach appropriate authorities or even the Supreme Court in case its directions are not complied with. Indeed, the Andolan did approach the Supreme Court with regard to certain issues on relief and rehabilitation related to the State of Madhya Pradesh and the appropriate directions were given by the Court in its Judgement dated 15th March 2005. (see here)

It also neeeds to be highlighted that the matter is once again coming up before the Supreme Court in this regard on 17th April, 2006. Not satisfied with this, it has simultaneously started the agitation in the form of dramatic fasts and dharna only with a view to gain support of gullible public and put undue pressure on the Government.

In resorting to such tactics, the Narmada Bachao Andolan is making a mockery not only of its approach to the Judiciary but also of the freedoms of assembly, speech and expression granted under the Constitution to suit its own ends, using the innocent oustees as their shields. It is hard to believe that the agitation is designed to serve the cause of the simple folk who are going to be affected and whose interests not only the State and Union Governments but also the Supreme Court are taking great care to protect.

If at this stage, instead of waiting for the matter to be heard by the Supreme Court to whom the Andolan has already approached, it still chooses persist with the agitational stunts, it can only mean that it is doing so either to satisfy the egos or for personal aggrandisement of those who are spearheading the same or simply to sabotage development work considered to be of great national interest. Any further delay due to such obstructionist activities will result in further cost escalations in this much delayed project. The cost, direct and indirect due to delayed realisation of benefits, will naturally be borne by the people.

46 Comments:

At April 07, 2006, Anonymous karuna said...

It is a mystery why the government is so weak and indecisive

 
At April 08, 2006, Anonymous Lalwani said...

When such obstinate people like Patkar are making unreasonable demands, one has to be firm. Unfortunately, the govt. is not sure that the public will support the govt.

 
At April 08, 2006, Anonymous confused said...

Yoho I agree buddy.

I think the only lasting contribution of Gandhi was to establish this idiotic habit of going on fast. So anyone, who has a grievance and can assemble a few media people goes on a fast.

Good job for calling off their bluff

regards

 
At April 12, 2006, Anonymous Manchanda, Delhi said...

One of the ill-informed self-styled activists(she appeared not to be interested in getting informed), who had earlier shrieked and screamed on cnn-ibn once again behaved hysterically on NDTV on the 12th and did not allow Mr.Jaynarayan Vyas former Minister in Gujarat to present logic and facts.

She even had the temerity to say that " we might get some result if there is some humanity left in the Supreme Court."

Government should firmly deal with such elements as the NBA and the other 'activists' who apparently have no faith in the consitutional process or authorities.

Even the news channels are guilty of allowing such elements to vitiate the atmosphere on national tv.

 
At April 12, 2006, Anonymous Lakshmi K. said...

I fully agree with Manchanda. Such people should be held in contempt and not shown mercy. They behave as if they are the only saviors of the downtrodden.

 
At April 12, 2006, Blogger Siddhartha Shome said...

A very good background of the whole issue. Thanks!! I have linked your post to my own blog post, in which I try to throw some light on resettlement and rehabilitation issues relating to the SSP. See here.

 
At April 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Left parties led by Brinda Karat are surprisingly jumping onto the bandwagon.
They are becoming a pain for the Government.

 
At April 13, 2006, Anonymous Kuldeep said...

see here about shady activities of Medha Patkar & Co.

 
At April 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of you, whether supporting "Medha" or opposing her, are wrong. The person on fast near Jantar Mantar for some days, and now shifted to AIIMS, can NOT be Medha Patkar.

It is well known that Medha Patkar has taken Jal Samadhi in the risign waters of Narmada many years ago. And she has taken this Jal Samadhi not just once but several times.

Somewhere on the net there is even a photo - I am not able to get that link now - that shows Medha executing one of her several Jal Samadhis - Medha standing in chin-deep water with a solemn expression on her face, and a poster on the wall behind that reads "Mate Narmade".

Obviously, the person on fast now is only a look-alike of Medha.

 
At April 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous II said...

Anonymous has really hit the nail on the right head!!

 
At April 14, 2006, Anonymous anon. said...

see also

www.nvda.nic.in/statistics.htm

 
At April 15, 2006, Anonymous sujata b. said...

I strongly think that the TV media and the newsmedia are bigger culprits than politricians.

The media are themselves guilty of playing politics when they suggest that the centre and the states are playing politics on the issue.

The fact is that the issue is one of development and the unjustified obstruction to development by NBA which is beyond the limits of acceptable dissent.

When the States rightly resist the Central Government's submitting meekly to such demands, they are speaking not only for their own states but also for people of India.

The reporters and presenters particularly of TV media while speaking extempore, make irresponsible comments that mislead and confuse the people.

 
At April 15, 2006, Blogger Ashish Gupta said...

While post summarizes history of NBA and directives of Court and Govt, no where you do provide arguments why NBA or Medha Patekar is wrong. I am not pro- or anti-NBA, I am trying to be in one camp. Discrepency between Govt. and Supreme Court orders and implementation in field is hardly new to this policy or India itself. So despite good intentions everywhere in the Govt, your post hardly makes a point that NBA can be wrong.

 
At April 16, 2006, Blogger Atlantean said...

Thank you. You must have taken a lot of pain to produce such a well researched article.

I think the problem with this issue is that it has a long history. People, especially the young, do not have a proper grasp of the history of this issue. Therefore, carried away by emotion, they tend to make quick conclusions based on what may have been told to them by others who are equally misinformed or by people who spread false information.

This weakness is exactly what is being exploited by Medha Patkar now as she's performing her fast. The media also is helping her do this in a big way, inadvertently or otherwise, and this is bad.

Well, maybe we shouldnt put too much blame on the media. After all, they're doing their job in that they're just covering an issue but to what extent are they doing their job? I feel they're not asking some questions they ought to ask.

Prema Iyer pointed out, "It is high time the TV channels who are always so zealous about exposes, expose such NGOs." Instead, the TV channels only seem to take a sympathetic stand towards them.

 
At April 16, 2006, Anonymous Kuldeep said...

If anyone believes that NBA is not wrong, that belief can only be based on inadequate information of the background and the lies and half truths NBA has tried to spread over the years.

Amongst those who have carefully studied the issue over the years, including the Supreme Court's comments on NBA in its October 2000 judgement, it is well recognised that NBA is just trying to use the affected families as a front to stop this project. It is also recognised that they are indeed discouraging affected families from accepting rehabilitation packages and generally putting spokes in the wheel. Only when one goes through the full background can one realise what's wrong with them.

The very fact that inspite of Supreme Court's clear directions that any problems with rehabilitation have to be addressed by the Grievancce Redressal Authority failing which even the Supreme Court itself, the NBA are taking recourse to public dharna AT THE SAME TIME THAT THEY ARE KNOCKING ATHE DOORS OF THE SUPREME COURT.

They are making use of media, judiciary, government, people, whoever, just to get the project to stop. They are completely abusing the system.

It is a pity that people are getting carried away with their propoganda and at the end of the day they are not even held accountable for the enormous delays, cost increases and even delay in rehabilitation.

 
At April 18, 2006, Anonymous Dr. J.C.Dutt said...

It is time for everyone to realize true colors of NBA, and call the bluff of their phony supporters.
1. Over the last few weeks, they have been repeating the same arguments against big dams etc. all of which have been dealt with at the Government since 1986 and the Supreme Court since 1994 and comprehensively rejected. Still, by repeating the same, they managed to find sympathizers who do not have an idea of events so far.
2. It is their habit to try and drown the voice of reason as was found when one of the activists in an interview on tv channel did not allow a senior advocate to speak by her hysterical interruptions.
3. Arundhati Rao said that since an advertisement was released showing support of distinguished industrialists, the project was meant for the rich and not for the poor!
4. Another activist, Himanshu Thakkar in another tv interview, besides repeating old rejected arguments, said that the project would only benefit rich farmers!! This was in spite of the fact that over 95% of the farmers are holders of small plots.
5. Medha Patkar stated that the Gujarat CM was responsible for the post Godhra riots and was communal. It is clear that this was just a calumny which has nothing to do with the development project of Narmada.
6. NBA have been known to be instigating the affected persons not to accept rehabilitation.
7. The newest supporter of NBA, one Aamir Khan with a bloated ego, grandly declared:“Along with Supreme Court, I will also keep a watch on the rehab programme for the next three months”. It appears that he is trying to become a super protector of the people.
8. Medha went on fast when an application to Supreme Court was already made. Hoping to get a favourable order, her lawyers asked for early hearing but this was denied and the Court maintained the date of 17th April. This upset her calculations forcing her to continue fast for much longer. Ultimately, she gave up even when the Court did not stop work immediately.
9. In a brazen attenpt to pressurize the Court and the PM, their lawyer Bhushan publicly expressed disappointment with the Court order and Arundhati said that Court and PM were not taking the right decision.
10. Arundhati even used profanity in front of the tv camera, which had to be blocked by the channel.

Many who have experience of NBA realize that they are ready to adopt any tactics including abusing constitutional authorities to achieve their goal and are bringing a bad name to bona fide NGOs.

 
At April 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aamir had finally a sensible word: He asked Medha to co-operate instead of agitating.

 
At April 19, 2006, Blogger Hitendra said...

भारत में हर एक जो विकास का समर्थक है
वो आज कम से कम तीन लोगों से घृणा करता है:
आमिर खान, अरूंधति राय, मेधा पाट्कर

Whoever is supporter of development in India hates atleast three people:
Amir Khan, Arundhati Roy, Medha Patkar.

 
At April 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

reference comments of hitendra, as regards arundhati and medha, it is actually the other way round: It is they who hate development, at least large dams.
(aamir has just jumped into the fray without knowing head or tail of the matter so he should be ignored)
Arundhati, Medha and party hate:
Narendra Modi - because he is not for development because he is communal
Manmohan Singh - because he does not want work to stop on the project
Sonia Gandhi - because she is not telling Manmohan to order stoppage of work
Supreme Court - because it is not stopping the project altogether or immediately

One really wonders whether behind this concern for adivasis, they have some deeper agenda
(remember the 'foreign hand' Indira Gandhi used to warn us about?)

 
At April 20, 2006, Anonymous Suhas said...

IndiaTV showed today (20th April)in Breaking News, some details and visuals of how NBA is
trying to sabotgae R&R work.

Someone needs to really look at their affairs. IndiaTV also said that in 2004 the Gujarat High Court had asked govt. to look into their activities but nothing seems to have been done.

Does anyone have details of this?

 
At April 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gandhi chose to bring the society and the nation together with his famous hunger strikes. Medha is doing just for her own sake now. I've seen this nonsense going on for decades now (since my teens and I'm into my late thirties at present). Had she been honest to her cause, the issue might have been resolved years ago. It's an important issue. We must have a fair policy about development and the social cost that we have to pay as a result. The concept of Narmada Bachao Andolan is relevant, but Medha's antics are not. A hell lot of time has been wasted, the matter has been sub-judice and is being guided by the top judicial authority in India,...yet she continues with her threats to die of hunger.

Many in Gujarat and around - who have been a witness to this bizarre drama since its inception - wouldn't mind if she was allowed to carry out that threat now!

Pankaj Mohan
Ahmedabad

 
At April 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Pankaj above.
What she is doing is bizzare and perverse abuse of all democratic norms

 
At April 27, 2006, Anonymous Partho said...

Good article. Keep it up.

 
At April 27, 2006, Anonymous Chitra said...

I agree with Ashishg.
hitendra you talk nonsense. hate aamir hate medha hte arundhati too much of hate clouds your vision
Of course the dam should be left alone but NBA's antics including the fast helped expose gap between govt promise and action in terms of rehabilitation in MP so said the venerable SC too.
Suhas all u do is watch India TV news wich noone sensible cares to watch
Atlantean you are just 22 so stop repeating everywhere that young people know less on Narmada issue
post gives good background and summarises it for the uninitiated. Bravo! good work.
Somebody tell the govt to put their house in order so the NBA doesn't get it surmerged in Narmada water.
Lakshmi what is with don't show mercy to NBA? you want a fire squad dude?
Kuldeep your link is a stupid letter to editor I can give back 10 supporting NBA.
Anonymous I liked the jal samadhii bit.
Confused u really are confused. Medha fasting is good she will die and NBA will become the true people's movement fastings good unto death better.
Use word verification to stay clear of unwanted spam.
Goodbye Goodpost!

 
At April 27, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done chitra you some it all so well

 
At April 27, 2006, Blogger tanvi said...

An excellent well researched article. Gives a very comprehensive background on the whole issue.
I don't agree with anti-dam views of Medha. But its important as chitra says the govt to put its house in order. Rehabilitation has not been adequate in MP as proves both the ministers report as well as the SC verdict given.
This time the govt was caught in a wrong footing because the earlier verdict had stated the dam height to be raised after providing adequate rehabilitation. This was violated. So a protest was inevitable.
Medha can be despised for dragging the issue but her fast did help refocus attention on poor rehabilitation.
Btw I think fasting is a better way to protest than calling bandhs or damaging public property.
The dam is a reality and the NBA should accept it and stop taking a confrontationalist stand on it a large sum has been invested and its time to get benefits however displaced citizens are not collateral damage and if denied rightful rehabilitation they will protest and they should protest.

 
At April 28, 2006, Anonymous Adv. M. Deshpande said...

I agree to both that dam has to be completed and r&r has to be done. The only issue that is bothering people is that time and again NBA has been showing lack of faith in the democratic system and that's why even as their own matter was to be heard by Supreme Court, they started these fasts etc.

For a change, they can start talking constructively with the governments concerned instead of taking confrontation all the time. That may let the government focus on its responsibilities and also create a less negative impression in the minds of people about NBA and its agenda.

 
At April 28, 2006, Blogger tanvi said...

I agree with Adv.m.deshpande rather then demonising NBA or the DAM current focus should be on constructive engagement between the authorities and the people who have been displaced and are yet to be rehabilitated. The dam of course needs to be completed and the people need to be resettled in a fair manner.

 
At April 28, 2006, Blogger Lok-adhikar said...

Comments of readers expressing appreciation of the article are noted with thanks.

It is only hoped that this much-delayed project finally gets expedited along with completion of R&R in a manner that is acceptable to those directly affected.

 
At April 29, 2006, Blogger Sujai said...

Its a very nice article. Good Work. All those who believe in the betterment of this nation will support the construction of the dam. I have my opinions posted on this subject at

http://sujaiblog.blogspot.com/2006/04/medha-patkar-and-dam.html

http://sujaiblog.blogspot.com/2006/04/on-arundhati-roy.html

Sujai

 
At April 29, 2006, Anonymous Sujata b. said...

Sujai's articles above make for interesting reading.

If anyone has still thoughts about these ladies working in the interest of the nation or the displaced persons, that person surely deserves to be credited with a mind blocked with a boulder.

 
At April 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sujata its you who has a mind blocked by a boulder intolerant of dissent and disagreement. For Sujoy his stuff is at best a passionate but random outburst motivated by nothing but boredom and illusions.

 
At May 01, 2006, Anonymous ivan said...

Plz read this & then think about aamir's action, If he is serious about the issue then he must first stop endorsing Coke because Coke is causing demage to farmers in Kerala & their situaltion is same like the people who need rehabilitation

Visit :www.countercurrents.org/glo-coke250703.htm

Shahul Hameed, the farmer who owns the modest smallholding, could coax only five sacks of rice from the land, and a meagre 200 coconuts. His irrigation wells have run dry. Meanwhile, the huge factory extracts up to 1.5 million litres of water a day from the deep wells it has drilled into the aquifer to produce Coke, Fanta, Sprite and the drink the locals call, without irony, Thumbs-Up.

But the cruellest twist is that the plant bottles a brand of mineral water while local people - who could never afford it - have to walk up to six miles twice a day to fetch water. The turbid, brackish water which remains at the bottom of their wells is now too high in dissolved salts to be healthy to drink, cook with or even wash in. Some claim it made them ill.

As the summer and the water crisis intensifies, the hardship of the local people is worsening. So is the row between them and the company whose name is for many a synonym for the global power of transnational capitalism. For the past 459 days, there has been a daily picket of the factory. There have been street demonstrations and rallies, and spontaneous blackening of Coca-Cola hoardings. More than 300 people have been arrested

 
At May 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

for ivan's suggestion, we should send arundhati for fast because she was trying to make aamir into a scapegoat for protesting against coke.

 
At May 01, 2006, Anonymous Sonia Kalra said...

very good article which should make people see the other side of the protests in perspective.

I also liked your earlier articles particularly on FDI,health ministry initiatives, Office of profit, food for oil etc.

 
At May 03, 2006, Anonymous Atlantean said...

Chitra, the very reason I say young people dont know much about this issue is because I'm 22. Few of my mates and few people of my age are well informed about this issue. I've seen it.

 
At May 04, 2006, Anonymous Chitra said...

cool no offence was meant :-)

 
At May 05, 2006, Anonymous Atlantean said...

Yes, it was taken well.

 
At July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey guys!!! i am astiunded that all of u here agree with the gentleman!!! for all of us here sitting on this side of the fence or rather on the fence itz easy to say that nba is nothing but a farce!! well if it was the case of resrrvations all of us would have blindly supposrted the docs!! nothing but hypocrisy! well let me tell u one thing-- the same supreme court which gave a go ahead to the dam had given an interim stay for goddamn 6 years! in law, apparently, interim stays arent given if there isnt a prima facie case! the sc 6 years later realised that there wasnt any! atleast all of us here are not as naive to belive that judges sitting there are greek gods!!

then--one of u said--n that the fast was beyond permissible limits of accepted dissent!!!?? what ??? then what abt the ant-quota protests?? then by that logic "buddy" there must be no place 4 such prorests at all. these ppl fasting were hurting themselves 9if some of u call it emotional black mail , so be it!!), but the anti-quota guys by their protest, their so called dissent were hurting millions--infact killing a lot!!
i would just like to end this belated post by just saying lets not live in the old era--of just beliveing what the govt or the media is saying. like all of us here--the elite ones--they also have their self intetest at stake. well by ur logic the elites are justified in safeguarding their life and property but the poor adivasis arent. that doesnt mean that they stay at subsistence levels--but at teh same time development doesnt mean u throw them into an alien land altogether. well the R&R the gujrat govt may seem to be generous-- for just a second imagine urself being thrown into myanmar or cuba!! and then we will continue this discussion!

 
At October 07, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

one-sided. biased. ill-informed crap!

 
At October 07, 2009, Anonymous anonymous II said...

anonymous comment dt. 7.10.09 is obviously someone who has no understanding of the issues.

 
At July 12, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what were the steps taken agaist the sardar sarovar dam project

 
At April 01, 2011, Blogger SuzieDsouza said...

I have been working on the college project regarding Narmada Bachao Andolan. Medha Pathkar is an true inspiration and an example of dedication and sincerity she has shown towards the people who will be suffering due to the number of dams. Even the celebrities like Aamir Khan understood the importance of non-violence and supporting such an noble cause. I will be glad when I will win a price for such an live and great project.

 
At October 13, 2011, Blogger rituraj roy said...

People who are in favour of Narmada Dam Project be ready for the natural calamities like Japan .And they and their child ,nearest & dearest will must pay for it.Mother Nature will never forgive you.Toatal south Indian plate very near will under Indian ocean.

 
At April 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

its not about the government being indecisive or the demands being unjust for that matter. (Let people decide for themselves who are pseudo activists, we can just state events and ideas, commenting on people is very unbecoming). Every citizen has the right to question the government's decision because its a democracy and not a 'pseudo democracy'! Please read about the misery of the displaced people, relocated but not rehabilitated. Read about how dams never grant the promised benefits, only a small percentage of it. Not everyone can come on roads and retaliate against tyranny until unless it directed towards you. At least commend the people who dare to. I'm a college student and even the maximum i can do is be informed , have a view of the big picture, that i do have. Words are powerful, use them well dear friend.

 
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