Senior Activists Begin Three Day Fast
Satyagraha Gathering Strength
Senior Gandhians, social activists and representatives of various dams in
the Narmada Valley have started a three day fast in front of the
Collector office in Badwani today. The 13 Upavas-Satyagrahis include,
octogenarian Gandhian Siddharaj Daddha, Amarnathbhai, former Member of
Parliament, Surendra Mohan, senior NBA activist Alok
Agrawal, Budhiben Govind, Narmada Nagar village (Sardar Sarovar Project
affected), Sushilabai, Mardana village (Maheshwar dam affected), Chander
Singh, Khedi Balwari (Maan dam affected), social activist from Kerala,
Geo Jose and others.
In a signed statement they declared that, "We, through this fast, would
like to bring the attention of the whole nation and the world to the
Narmada Valley, pathetic condition of crores of people who are displaced
and to be displaced from their water, forest, land and other natural
They also said that the people of Narmada Valley, especially Sardar
Sarovar Dam affected are denied of justice by all institutions of the
State. They also opined that the people's struggle, along with the
support from different parts of the country and abroad, would surely win
over adharma (injustice).
Earlier in the morning a few hundred people gathered in front of the
Collector office and held a meeting. It was addressed by few village
representatives, including Rukminikaki (Badada), Noorji Padvi and others.
Medha Patkar in her address appealed others to stand by the people of
Narmada Valley in this quest for truth and justice.
Supporters from Kerala, Belgaum, Tamilnadu, Pune, Mumbai and
representatives of Bargi too were present.
The three day fast, till July 13th morning, will be observed by all 13
representatives, while teams observing fast for a day in solidarity will
also join them in all these 3 days. Supporters from Kolhapur
(Maharashtra) Desai, Ganpat Patil and Jamil Inamdar are on one day fast
This is a part of the monsoon Satyagraha inaugurated Domkhedi, Jalsindhi
and Kasaravad, near Baba Amte's place.
Satyagraha at Domkhedi and Jalsindhi, started on the 5th July, are going
on in full swing, with hundreds of people taking part in it.