Hey if the Jain tradition of santhara is illegal, what Medha is doing is not very different.the only difference is that Medha does not compleate the task
bullshit, this female if she is so much concerned about the pple then why not raise the voice against terrorism, . if she thinks why is she not ready tod= die due to fast i mean why the hell is that drama of fasts. i mean fasts for few days.
BHITADA (JHABUA), APRIL 30
Of the 48 families on whose behalf the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) petitioned the Supreme Court in February saying they have not been rehabilitated, at least nine families have used money provided under the Madhya Pradesh governments Special Rehabilitation Package (SRP) to buy land of their choice. And now these families say they are being told by the NBA not to relocate and ask for more.
Torn between years of loyalty to the NBA and a surer life elsewhere, the families cant decide: Dono acche hain (both are good). By dono, they mean the NBA which made them aware of their rights and the state government which, under pressure from the NBA and the court, kept upgrading its rehabilitation package to make it more appealing.
The Indian Express tracked down the families of Nirbhaysingh, Mohansingh, Andisingh alias Ansingh, Shankarsingh, Sayasingh, Ramiyasingh, Revsingh, Bhagiyasingh, (they are all brothers, sons of Gulsingh) and Dhulsingh Kulariya to Bhitada in Alirajpur tehsil of Jhabua district.
They confirmed they had purchased land in Chikalda in Kukshi taluka of neighbouring Dhar district and these deals had even been registered on April 13.
Others in the village said they too were tempted to opt for the same package and would wait for word on what happens in the Supreme Court before deciding. Tomorrow, the Supreme Court is scheduled to take up NBAs petition, seeking directions to stop the construction to raise the Sardar Sarovar dam height.
We liked the land and purchased it, said Sayasingh, admitting that the government helped them in sealing the deals. All the nine families had always sided with the NBA which first taught them never to relocate, later told them only to settle for land for land in MP.
They saw merit in the government argument that purchasing land of their choice in MP meets their original demand. We saw no reason not to accept the package, said Sayasingh, admitting that the NBA advised villagers against it.
They were all set to shift after the lands were registered in their names but stopped because Medha Patkar was holding a rally nearby. The NBA even had a volunteer staying in the village to dissuade them from relocating.
We were told to demand more... We too want irrigation facility, bulls, bullock-carts and pucca houses, a package similar to Gujarat, said Mohansingh. Wahan bhi (Gujarat) sarkar deti hai to yahan (MP) bhi sarkar de. Sarkar to ek hi hai, said Shankarsingh.
The villagers have also been told to get ready for another petition, demanding similar package for all who are 18 years of age. None in the village is sure of his or her age but none is willing to let this chance go.
There are so many of us, said one who looked a lot younger than 18.
Government officials say others in village are weighing their options, realising they could buy land of their choice.
They want to accept the SRP but are under the NBAs influence. They will decide once the court decides, an official said.
All their legitimate demands have been met, we are not bound to give anything more, said Commissioner (Rehabilitation) Vinod Kumar, adding that the NBA was trying to create hurdles.
Source : http://www.indianexpress.com/printerFriendly/3548.html
Patkar's people no saints, say 228 FIRs
Battered officials, labourers register their plight against NBA's bully boys and girls----- For an organisation that claims to spearhead a peaceful movement to help rehabilitate persons displaced by the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) on the Narmada river, the track record of the NBA is far from flattering.
In addition to a Gujarat High Court directive to the Centre seeking a ban on the NBA for running 'anti-national' activities to roadblock SSP, the Medha Patkar-led outfit is facing more than 200 criminal cases in Madhya Pradesh.
Police records reveal that in eight years, 228 FIRs were filed against the NBA activists for indulging in violent activities and terror tactics to stop the SSP construction.
The obstructive activities of the NBA are also part of the affidavit filed by the Madhya Pradesh Government in the Supreme Court, MP's vigilance department records and Devas police investigations. State Government officials lodged 52 FIRs alleging assault and obstruction at work by NBA activists.
The latest FIR lodged against NBA activists was on April 19, after the visit of the Central team led by Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz.
According to the FIR lodged at Dharampur under Dhar district, nearly two dozen activists invaded a rehabilitation centre, manhandled senior Government officials and pelted stones on the labourers.
Ten days before this incident, another FIR was filed against the activists on April 6 at Nisarpur in Dhar district in connection with the beating up of three senior Government officials who visited Bajrikheda village for survey work. NBA activists also shred their clothes.
Even as NBA leaders are beating their chests over the plight of the oustees, the FIRs shows that they made determined attempt to scuttle the rehabilitation exercise. In many cases, officials and workers of the rehabilitation centres were beaten, abused and terrorised. In other cases, Government.
The families of two of India's best known authors, Arundhati Roy and Vikram Seth, have been issued notices by a local Madhya Pradesh court for allegedly encroaching on a tribal's land.
Forest officials Nishikant Jadhav and JC Sharma are the other two parties in the case who have allegedly built cottages on land belonging to Vijay Singh Desh in Hoshangabad's Pipariya district, 200 km from Bhopal.
Acting on a complaint, the local tehsildar court in Pipariya on Friday issued notices to all four occupants and asked them to remove the encroachments by July 7.
According to the complaint, all four are said to have built their cottages on Desh's land despite his objection.
Later, they also got a road constructed on another portion of the land with the result that the tribal was left with only that bit on which his house was standing.
"First, they constructed their houses on my land and then the road. When we pointed out that the place they were using for constructing their house and road was ours, they didn't pay any attention because we are poor people," said Vijay Singh's wife Sukhdevi.
Having unsuccessfully pleaded to all four several times to vacate his land, Vijay Singh finally complained to Sub Divisional Magistrate Niaz Ahmad Khan in May this year.
On investigating the matter, Niaz Ahmad found the complaint to be correct and forwarded the case to the court of Tehsildar ML Solanki.
Solanki said: "Action will be taken against all the four if they fail to comply with the court orders... The cottages were constructed despite objections by the up naib tehsildar (local official)."
Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1681245.cms
Why Mainstream media is not reposrting this issue ?
Has anybody read the Algebra of Infinite Justice by Arundhati Roy? A very good book that talks about dams their effects and also has the NBA thrown in. Is the book biased? I dont know. She supports her statements with facts. Are these facts the gospel truth? Again, I dont know. But the book was interesting because i learnt something from it. When I was in school, a Christian Brothers boarding school, i met a couple of Brothers there, who had been to Gujarat and had seen the rehabilitation process. They had mentioned that despite the rehabilitation being generous, more often than not, it was delivered very late. Then the land allotted wasnt fit for cultivation. And asking them to give up their roots and go settle some place else could hardly be deemed fair now would it? Also, instead of the dam and the money spent on it, other irrigation projects could have been completed in the time and at lesser cost that would have given all the benefits that are supposed to be given by the dam.Neo, have you ever come across the phrase 'selective highlighting of facts to support a belief?'
Any idea why the World Bank has withdrawn from the project? And why do we not hear about dams being constructed elsewhere or drawing so much criticism.
Apurv, dont you think you are being overly harsh on the NBA activists. Sure some people are trying to take advantage of the 5 acre thingy but what about the rest? Those that wont benefit? And Arundhati Roy hardly needs the money now does she?
You sure have read a lot of Arundhati/heard anecdotes. But I don't know how many government/Narmada Control Authority books or literature about Sardar Sarovar you have read. The truth is, if you do listen to the other side, you will find 20 convincing reasons in support of the dam and your opinion might sway the other way. Maybe the govt needs to hire emotionally compelling writers to forward their cause. Anyways, without having read the other side, aren't you being too harsh on the Dam? It can be argued both ways.
But all this is not important. The sad part is that in India, we listen to professional doctors on medical issues, to pro brokers on market issues, to archaeologists on hostorical issues, but when it comes to hydrology, we instead prefer believing in what emotive Booker authors and Bollywood actors say. Strange.
Another thing. I am not saying that Narmada R&R; has been absolutely flawless. At one point of time, more than 20 yrs ago, when the first stay on Sardar Sarovar was brought, their R&R; was pathetic. But things are not the same anymore. Deveopment always has a price, whether it is about displacing submerged ppl or displacing shopkeepers to build a flyover in your city to reduce the unbearable traffic congestion. No development comes with zero suffering. But when you talk about moving ppl from their roots, have you looked at it subjectively? For eg, the tribals that Medha talks abt are people who burn forests to cultivate and move from one area to another. They are the hotbed of epidemics and lose huge populations every year due to Malaria and Cholera and other deadly diseases and if you read the Hindi press, you will find news items of deaths on this every day between April and September. It is this disconnection with the realities of modern life that NBA is fighting for.
But yes, if you look at the issue objectively and be very idealistic about it, then sure, Sardar Sarovar is a mighty unfair deal. But I don't think you;re being fair to the matter.
Abt the World Bank withdrawal: The issue of large dams is a very very complex one and from my personal experience you cannot understand it by nitpicking on objective facts and data drawn largely from the Media. Such stuff only serves the purpose of achieving short term results on online and offline debates but none of us ends up understanding the issue well. As for other world large dam controversies, just Google and you will find plenty, USA and Latin America being the hotbeds. Sardar Sarovar is nothing before the controversies that have taken place in Brazil.
But consider this. NBA activists have been drawing salaries from NBA for the last 20 yrs now, which has been coming from various international funding sources. We humans are but prisoners of our pasts and the things we have done. If Medha and her close group of top NBA brass gives up the cause today, her activists have no other means of bread and butter to go to. What recourse does she have but to keep opposing the Dam and organizing more and more activists for it?
Amir khan has taken the stand against sardar sarovar bandh (and in favour of poor farmers).
Well then what about coke ??
He is publishing for coke and coke botteling plan is draining millions of gallons of water and poor farmers are not getting water (not even for drinking ... just forget about farming) due to their plants (see Frontline's latest issue to know more about the water problems of india !!).
If he really cares for poor farmers .... then first of all he must not to the advertisements of coke !!!
And this sardar sarowar yojana is gonna provide water to millions of ppl of various states (exactly opposite of what coke is doing) .... yeah its true that rehabilitation work is not going on smoothly and u should protest for it (even I m in favour of that) but u should not try to stop the construction of the dam (the interest of the borrowed money is Rs 70 crore/month !!!).
So Mr Amir .... well don't try to be showman ... and if u really care ... then don't work for coke also.
Saw in today's TOI.. there was something like a demand of rehabilitation work to be done in quotas.. With SC,ST n OBC taking major chunk of all the rehabilitation work..
I wonder what is tht..
No more excuses
The Supreme Court's latest directions on the contentious issues surrounding the Sardar Sarovar dam have cleared all residual doubt about the Prime Minister's authority to act in the matter. He now has no excuse to put off examining closely and impartially whether rehabilitation has been in compliance with the two Supreme Court rulings of 2000 and 2005 and the Narmada Waters Dispute Tribunal Award (NWDTA). The report of the Group of Ministers (GoM) relating to Madhya Pradesh has highlighted the shocking lack of compliance with what the legal and human situation demands in terms of resettling families affected by submergence. The Grievance Redressal Authority (GRA), instituted to ensure that the displaced get a fair hearing, is inaccessible. It has more than 5,000 pending cases; its members have not visited the Narmada valley for years; and its Chairman sits in Bhopal, far away from those seeking redress. The GoM report also makes it abundantly clear that the Madhya Pradesh Government has violated both the NWDTA and the Supreme Court's rulings that `oustees' losing agricultural land should be compensated with land. Families are being given cash compensation in clear violation of these orders. There is abundant evidence of failure and breach of trust in the resettlement process in Madhya Pradesh even at the current height of the dam.
The political challenge before the Central Government is this. Will it use the three-month window allowed it by the Supreme Court to prevaricate? Or will it break with the past and intervene earnestly to ensure justice to the affected families? The apex court can demand accountability from the four States Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan that must report to it by May 1 on the status of rehabilitation. But it is the Prime Minister who must now ensure that the reports on rehabilitation are not just fictional "paperwork," as exposed by the GoM. If Madhya Pradesh has not succeeded in resettling all those affected by the dam at its current height, it is hard to imagine how it will meet the Supreme Court's deadline of three months to complete the task. Another worry is that in three months, given the frenetic pace of construction at Sardar Sarovar, the dam will have reached a height at which even if further construction is halted, the practical effect will be meaningless. This is precisely why the Narmada Bachao Andolan demanded that work be stopped at the current height until these issues are resolved. This is why the correct decision by the Supreme Court would have been to order such a course. The one positive outcome of these tense three weeks is that the question of just rehabilitation from such projects is now in the public domain, thanks to the NBA's campaign and the media coverage. In a democracy, all developmental policy must go through this kind of vigorous and informed public debate to ensure that the voices of those most affected are heard.
Apurv, I have not been to the region like you have been, and that probably gives you the right to discredit my opinion, but I think your remark about NBA being in it for money is a bit immature. It would take a lot more than an invitation to some unknown international conference in some unknown part of the world to make someone struggle for 20 long years like NBA has.
I oh so agree with you!!