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10 DECEMBER 2000
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NARMADA ACTIVISTS GET PRESIDENT’S SUPPORT
By Shubhabrata Bhattacharya
The President’s speech, delivered on December 6, while presenting the Ambedkar award for social change to Baba Amte, in no uncertain words voiced support for those who are opposing the damming of rivers, especially in tribal areas.
The speech was delivered in Rashtrapati Bhavan, in the presence of the Prime Minister and other members of New Delhi’s official glitterati.
The following are snatches from the speech: “For Baba Amte, the environmental movement is not merely to save the trees, the mountains and rivers, but the human lives that these nurture — tribals and the poorest of poor of the land."
Baba Amte described the Narmada Bachao movement as a new battlefront for youth action terming it “an outburst of Gandhian courage and concern for antyodaya.”
"I recall that during our Independence struggle the late Shri V.K. Krishna Menon, directed his verbal missiles at British audiences, declaring that the British imperialists had gone around the world ‘damming rivers and damning peoples’. Let us, now that imperialism is gone, take every possible care to see that the impact of the dams we build is not ruinous to the lives of our tribal brothers and sisters inhabiting our forests and river valleys.”
Mr Narayanan quoted Dr B.R. Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi on the concept of social ownership of land and its use for the betterment of dalits and tribals.
Mr Narayanan said, “let us try to make our forests and river valleys, forests and valleys of joy, and not of human misery and deprivation.”
It may be recalled that following the Supreme Court verdict, which restarted the raising of the height of the Narmada dam, activists of the Narmada Bachao Andolan had appealed to the President of India and sought his intervention. T
he President cannot suo moto act on a matter, without the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers. Mr Narayanan’s speech at the Ambedkar function, therefore has come as music to the ears of the NBA and other environmentalists.
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