NARMADA BACHAO ANDOLAN
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Protest Rally Against Supreme Court Verdict At Badwani On Oct.23
Noted Legal Luminary Jst.Krishna Iyer calls for a Review of Judgment
People in the Narmada valley would hold a protest rally and meeting,
on Monday (October 23) at Badwani (M.P.), against the Supreme Court
judgement allowing the work on the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP).
Apart from hundreds of villagers from all parts of the valley, number
of supporters of the fifteen year long struggle, including noted
author Arundhati Roy, would be present to express their solidarity
with the struggle on that day.
This is the first public response of the people from the valley to
the judgment. NBA has already rejected the judgement as most
illogical, atrocious, anti-democratic and anti-people verdict. There
has been widespread criticism of the verdict by various organizations
and prominent people. Noted human rights activist and former judge
of Supreme Court, V.R. Krishna Iyer opined against the majority
judgement while approving the dissenting judgement by Justice
Bharucha. He said: "I appeal to the judicial conscience of the
highest court and the equity sense of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and
Maharashtra cabinets not to put one stone more on the dam until the
last and the least human who is rendered homeless, consequence on
Narmada dam is given shelter in dignity". He appealed for a review of
the judgement by the Supreme Court also. Number of legal luminaries,
experts, scientists, litterateurs have condemned the verdict as "the
worst judgement in the history of the Supreme Court". Organisations
of Indians residing in the US like "The Friends of River Narmada"
and other progressive organisations also condemned this verdict and
vowed to support Narmada Bachao Andolan in future struggle.
Earlier, in a daylong meeting on October 20th at Badwani, the main
village leaders and activists from Adivasi and non-Adivasi villages,
analyzed the judgement of the Supreme Court and unanimously rejected it.
The people decided to fight against the injustice and grave mistakes,
untruths contained in the majority judgement and not to leave under
the threat of impending submergence. The people made it clear that
the Court has ignored number of facts and realities and made number
of unsubstantiated observations, having serious impact on the lives
and resources of hundreds and thousands of people. They have decided
to launch the vigorous agitation to assert their rights and against
the ill-conceived Supreme Court judgement. As a first step, they will
be holding the Badwani rally against the dam.
The people also have appealed to all the people's organizations,
movements and groups, all the citizens who value the democracy,
justice and truth to oppose the unjust verdict and be with the
people's struggle in he Narmada valley.