In a few days from now, the Narmada Bachao Andolan volition reverberate on the 25 years of struggle ‘questioning displacement, assertion of Earth as well as wood rights, correct to fisheries, correct to nutrient as well as health, livelihood security, exposure of corruption as well as navnirman (reconstruction) through the Jeevanshalas (life schools), micro-hydel projects, as well as solar projects.‘ The struggle that began inwards 1985 questions the flawed policies inwards the elevate of evolution as well as economical growth. Growth for whom as well as what cost?
According to the NBA, rallies as well as populace meetings at both the places — Dhadgaon inwards district Nandurbar inwards Maharashtra, as well as Badwani inwards district Badwani inwards Madhya Pradesh on October 22 as well as 23, respectively — amidst adivasis of Nandurbar, Alirajpur as well as farmers from the plains of Nimad would live on reinforced with presence of some of the well-wishers from outside. Some months back, after I returned from the Narmada valley, I had written an analysis: Over 200,000 Narmada Dam oustees nonetheless to live on rehabilitated; a offense that goes unpunished for 25 years.
In that article I had non touched on the number of structure of the proposed canal systems leading to devastation of irrigated lands. I don’t know how the planners tin justify the need for canals inwards an expanse which is already irrigated by pipes as well as H2O bodies beingness saturated yesteryear H2O from the Narmada river. The dichotomy is brought out clearly in a missive of the alphabet to the Minister for Environment & Forests by a grouping of respected citizens. You must read the missive of the alphabet to know how evolution is flawed, as well as how it aims at only helping usurping Earth from the command of miserable tribal.
“The Earth beingness acquired for the canals are the best of fertile agricultural lands on the banks of the Narmada as well as nearby; which are already receiving pipeline irrigation render from the river itself as well as thence produce non require canals to feed them. it is absolutely irrational to convey inwards river H2O through a canal yesteryear destroying the best of Earth — as well as livelihoods — when the same H2O is already irrigating hamlet land. The already irrigated Earth for to a greater extent than than 50 per cent of the proposed command expanse to live on irrigated,” the missive of the alphabet says. It has been signed with others yesteryear L C Jain, Upendra Baxi, as well as Kuldeep Nayyar.
The battle for Earth is non only confined to the Narmada valley. In the yesteryear few years, the authorities is trying to larn agricultural Earth across the province nether 1 pretext of the other. In 1 of my weblog posts, I had written: Pitched battles are beingness fought across the province yesteryear the miserable as well as deprived, who fearfulness farther marginalisation when their Earth is literally grabbed yesteryear the authorities on behalf of the industry. Over the years agriculture has been deliberately turned into a losing proffer every bit a number of which farmers, inwards most places, are corking to motion out provided they larn a meliorate cost for their land. [You tin read the article at ]
In Madhya Pradesh alone, inwards primal India, every bit per the information released yesteryear the Home Department and tabled inwards the State Assembly, the number of rural protests had soared from 67 inwards 2005 to 252 inwards 2009. To dispel the populace protests, police line acted acted 35 times, using tear gas 17 times as well as firing bullets on viii occasions. As per the official statistics, most of the rural protests were yesteryear farmers against Earth acquisitions.
As rural Republic of Republic of India rises inwards protestation against Earth acquisitions, a department of the English linguistic communication media has been telling us that the nation has to depict a lesson from PRC where land acquisitions pick out transformed the country and is projecting it on the path to high economical growth. Somehow the impression beingness given is that it is every bit if the rural people inwards PRC are voluntarily giving upward their Earth for the sake of country’s economical growth. Nothing tin live on farther from truth. Rural PRC likewise knows that the forcible Earth
acquisitions is aimed at snatching away from them their final promise of economical security.