Narmada activists appeal for immediate action
The Times of India News Service
RAICHUR: The Narmada Sahayug Yatra, undertaken by supporters of the Narama Bachao Andolan (NBA) (Save Narmada Movement) reached Raichur on Wednesday. The supporters took out a march and appealed to President K.R. Narayanan to intervene in the impending crisis before the onset of monsoons. This would save the lives of 17,000 tribals in 60 villages, they said.
Earlier, the NBA had staged a protest march in April to highlight the plight of affected tribals. But, the Supreme Court's verdict to increase the dam height came as a shock to many NBA activists.
Over 30 people representing various people's movements, student organisations, trade unions and others will be travelling to Delhi from Bangalore on September 20. Groups from Sholapur, Ahmed Nagar, Jaipur, Mumbai and other places will meet this group at Delhi.
Eminent personalities like Arundhathi Roy, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, Justice V.B. Krishna Aiyar, Shabana Azhmi and others have already appealed to the President in this regard.
Earlier, various teachers appealed that the demands of the NBA should not be taken lightly as it represents collective aspirations of the weakest sections in our society. The issue needs to be resolved at the earliest as the very nature of our democracy is in question, they added.