`Narmada yatra' reaches Mangalore
The Times of India News Service
MANGALORE: Members of the Narmada Sahayoga Yatra (NSY) on Wednesday, called for the President's intervention against the Sardar Sarovar dam. They alleged that the Supreme Court had been misled by proponents of the project.
They blamed the state governments of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh for the verdict. The members said the governments had given false statements in sworn affidavits regarding the rehabilitation package. They had also misrepresented facts on the danger to human life, flora, fauna, extent of submersion and the resultant damage. The three governments should be hauled up in court, they said. The SC should relook into the judgement it had delivered recently, they added.
The Narmada Sahayoga Yatra, which started its journey from Kanyakumari, reached Mangalore on Wednesday. The team consisted of 15 members from Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Leaders of the troupe, George Vadakancheri and Anitha said, in the last two months, instances of atrocities on dalits, adivasis were warning signs for organisations fighting for their rights.
Unless the fight was intensified, the governments would stamp out their resistance like they had done in case of other mega projects, they said.
The adivasis had been alienated from the development process. Politicians and industrialists were trying to build a nation on the graves of the poor and downtrodden, they alleged. They related this to the prevailing political structure and said there was need to mobilise opinion against the belief that dalits were a bane for the economy.
The yatra, which commenced from Chennai, Kanyakumari, Kolkota and Jaipur, will culminate at Delhi end of September.
Members of the yatra raised slogans against the court's verdict. They asked, ``What will you give compensation for? For the river which is like our mother,for our forest, for our fields or for our lives? How will you compensate and how much do you think the value is?''
The yatra was welcomed by Dakshina Kannada Parisarasktha Okkoota, Parisarasktha Krishikara Vedike, Roshni Nilaya, School of Social Work and St Agnes College.