Not only that, scores of people affected by the Sardar Sarovar dam project on River Narmada are holding indefinite agitation under the banner of Narmada Bachao Andolan
Protests against this state gigantism and its use of national icons has come, over the medium to longer term, from celebrities including Arundhati Roy and Aamir Khan, and especially the Narmada Bachao Andolan
- an Adivasi movement that has co-opted human rights activists.
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(NBA), against big dams began to gather critical momentum, nba Docs/Documentaries (5)--from the pioneering Raise Jeebo Re!
As the BJP government in Gujarat plans a big bash to celebrate Modi's birthday at SSD when he will dedicate the dam to the nation, "Patkar, with 30 women and seven men, continue to stand in neck-deep water in the Chota Barda village in MP to protest against the government's failure in fully rehabilitating or paying compensation to the dam-affected families," said Bilal Khan, an activist of the Narmada Bachao Andolan
In her address, Narmada Bachao Andolan
convenor Medha Patkar questioned the silence of the prime minister on the matter and accused him of "destroying the unity, diversity and the constitution." Human rights activist Teesta Setalvad said no "majoritarian fascist force" can take away the pluralism and secularism deeply embedded in the society.
Meanwhile, the members Executive Committee Members of the Bar Association, held a meeting with the members of Indian Civil Society comprising of Medha Patkar of Narmada Bachao Andolan
, Kavita Krishnan, S.P.
On the eastern (Maharashtra) side of the creek is the village of Manibeli, a focus of resistance to the project where the Narmada Bachao Andolan
(NBA -- Save the Narmada Movement) maintains an office.
As Medha Patkar, well-known for her Narmada Bachao Andolan
, says, "The new ordinance on land acquisition will allow land-grabbers to deprive millions, destroy agriculture, horticulture, rivers, forests, tree cover and mangroves to extract minerals as well as ground water, without replenishment at a pace that will not leave anything for the next generation."
Medha Patkar, the leader of Narmada Bachao Andolan
[NBA, the Save the Narmada Movement], estimates a figure of 100 million today, given the sudden spurt of mammoth development and infrastructure projects since the 1990s.
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, the SCI held that, 'a person seeking relief in public interest should approach the Court of Equity, not only with clean hands but also with a clean mind'.
A founder member of Narmada Bachao Andolan
known for her fierce opposition to the Narmada dam in Gujarat, Medha said every nation must account for environmental degradation and ensure justice and fairness to families and communities affected by development.
They are not even able to use 20 per cent of the water already available to them at the current height." Pointing out that the relief and rehabilitation of the dam oustees was not yet complete, Narmada Bachao Andolan
leader Medha Patkar said, "The ministry concerned should come together and assess the ground situation first." The NCA had allowed raising of the height to 121 metres in 2006 and it is expected that at the full level of 138 metres, the Narmada waters would irrigate an additional 6.8 lakh hectares and an extra 40 per cent power generation, besides more drinking water supply.