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News in February 2001



February 28
Narmada waters for Rajkot by March 31: Officials ; Times of India
Raising of Narmada dam height maybe delayed ; Times of India
Contempt notice, a chance to present our view: Medha ; The Hindu

February 27
Rehabilitation, the people's way; Indian Express
The haunting spectre of water famine; Features, M.S. Menon, The Hindu
SC notice to Arundhati Roy, Medha Patkar; The Hindu
SC issues notice to Medha, Arundhati; Indian Express
SC hauls up Medha, Arundhati; Times of India
SC issues notice to Arundhati Roy, Medha Patkar; The Hindustan Times
SC issues notices to Medha, Arundhati; Deccan herald

February 26
SC issues notices to Medha, Arundhati Rediff on the Net
Quake Diary III: What I thought Dilip D'Souza; Rediff on the Net

February 25
A river runs through it; Times of India

February 22
'Water dispute will be amajor issue in future'; The Hindu

February 21
Eminent persons file PIL on Narmada award; Times of India
Adivasis massacred in Koel Karo: A Preliminary Report; Tehelka.com

February 18
The dynamics of change; Ravinder Kumar; Features; The Hindu

February 15
Questions on downstream impact of SSP: A letter to Sarvodayi friends; Translated from Gujarati; Bhoomiputra; February 1-15, 2001
Stop tampering with nature: Anna Hazare; Deccan Herald

February 14
Aji dam breach in Gujarat terrifies villagers; Deccan Herald

February 13
Relocation should be avoided, says committee; Indian Express
'Government ignored NBA warnings on Gujarat quake'; Times of India
China's leap forward; Riaz Hasan; The Hindu

February 11
Think of the silent majority; Medha Patkar; Opinion; Hindustan Times
Ashok, teri Ganga maili ho gayi; Swaminathan Iyer; Opinion; Times of India

February 9
Big bad things ; Opinion, Rajeev Dhavan , The Hindu

February 7
The conceits of representation ; Opinion, Neera Chandhoke, The Hindu

February 6
Singhal warns against Tehri dam construction ; The Hindu
Battle of the bookwriters Opinion, Brinda Bose, The Telegraph

February 3
Responses to "Scimitars in the Sun"; Letters to the Editor; Frontline: Volume 18 - Issue 03, Feb. 03 - 16, 2001
A presidential intervention; Frontline: Volume 18 - Issue 03, Feb. 03 - 16, 2001
Expert foresees threat to Koyna Indian Express

February 2
Govt to tap 150,000 mw hydro power generation Times of India
Power regulator to assess hydel projects viability Times of India
Impact of quake-related damage to dam areas worries activists Times of India

News in January 2001



January 31
After Shock Letters to the Editor; Times of India
Bangaru blasts President speech The Telegraph

President's speech (note his comments about the Narmada issue), reactions, and media interpretations


January 30
Laxman criticises President's comments Times of India
Lessons from Bhuj Letters to the Editor; The Hindu

January 29
Unequal reaction Editorial; Economic Times

January 28
Experts dispute NBA theory on causes of quake Indian Express
RESPONSE: Clarifications by Sanjay Sangvai (NBA) in a letter to Indian Express
Narmada Dam safe Times of India

January 27
Reminder on Narmada The Telegraph
A True Republican Times of India

January 26
Narayanan concerned over large river valley projects Rediff on the Net
President sounds caution with a snub to PM; Indian Express
President against constitution review, large dams; Economic Times

January 25
The Debate on Big Dams.; V. Venkatesan; Frontline - February 2, 2001
12-member Narmada panel team visits Rajkot; Times of India
CGWB frowns on use of ground water for parks; Times of India
Samiti stance; Indian Express

January 24
Vyas to fight all obstacles in way of SSP Project; Indian Express
Canal work reviewed; Indian Express
State's apathy to water misuse surprises official; Times of India
Problems and trauma of displacement; R Akhileshwari; Deccan Herald
Samata to emerge as third force; Times of India
DMI submits relief agenda to Government; Indian Express

January 23
Medha Patkar files defamation suit; Times of India
Second phase of pipeline project inaugurated; Indian Express
Recharging well in Rajkot; Indian Express
Plight of displaced persons, continuing neglect; N C Gundu Rao; Deccan Herald

January 22
Ex-minister speaks to Dubai NRIs on Narmada; Times of India
States gear up to tackle drought; Times of India

January 21
New scheme won't reduce supply to Rajkot -- Rupani; Indian Express
Draconian Shades; Kalpana Sharma; Opinion; The Hindu

January 20
Mahi or Narmada: Which river would quench Saurashtrians' thirst ; Times of India
'Scimitars in the sun'; Letters to the Editor; Frontline - Volume 18 - Issue 02, Jan. 20 - Feb. 02, 2001
RCCI for no change in water supply scheme; Indian Express
Why they are still waiting to sow in Gujarat; Economic Times
Bahuguna at Kumbh, sounds alarm over damming Ganga; Rediff on the Net

January 19
As the gates of the Narmada dam have been closed, Narmada waters turn salty since past 15 days; Translated from Gujarati; Loksatta

January 16
NBA warns MP against cash compensation; Deccan Herald
NBA warns against cash compensation; Indian Express
CM inaugurates IInd phase of Saurashtra pipeline project; Times of India

January 15
SSP -- Centre and states squabble over legal technicalities; Indian Express

January 12
Supreme Court Constructs a Dam Shiv Visvanathan; Economic and Political Weekly, Nov 25-Dec 1, 2000
Lack of clarity on SSP irks Amarsinh; Times of India
Managing water the Gangotree way; Times of India
Rs 106-cr Saurashtra Pipeline project completed; Economic Times

January 11
The truth behind government platitudes; Ravi Kuchimanchi; Tehelka.com
Construction plan ratified; The Hindu
New victories for dam evictees; Gail Omvedt; Opinion; The Hindu
NCA panel okays action plan for Sarovar project; Times of India
Water everywhere, but not a drop to drink; The Hindustan Times
Surendranagar's barren land turns into goldmine; Indian Express

January 10
NBA activists barge into Digvijay's house; The Hindu
NCA meet to discuss dam issue; The Hindu
Patkar held, released for barging into CM's house; Times of India
Lack of water policy haunts Gujarat; The Hindustan Times

January 09
NBA holds rally against Maheshwar project; The Hindu
The bubble called Enron; Hindustan Times

January 08
Tribals Get Stinking Water As The Gates Of Narmada Project Are Being Closed On Whim And Fancy; Translated from Gujarati; Sandesh
NBA activists question expensive irrigation projects; Times of India
MNC threatening NBA activists: Patkar; Times of India

January 07
Gujarat reacts sharply to State on Narmada panel; Indian Express

January 06
Scimitars in the Sun N.Ram interviews Arundhati Roy; Frontline; Volume 18 - Issue 01, Jan. 06, 2000 - Jan. 19, 2001
RESPONSES:
    'Scimitars in the sun'; Letters to the Editor; Frontline; Volume 18 - Issue 02, Jan. 20 - Feb. 02, 2001
Petition against Medha Patkar in SC; Indian Express
Plea against NBA; Hindustan Times

January 05
Fact-finding panels on SSP to be set up; The Hindu
State govt. agrees to NBA demands; Times of India

January 04
Committee to study dam's effect on tribals; Indian Express
Potato Head Hypothesising; Dilip D'Souza; Rediff on the Net
That sinking feeling; The Week; Issue dated Jan 7th, 2001
Narmada canal labourers deprived of wages; Times of India
CM effects 'temporary' reshuffle; Times of India
Saurashtrians enraged over water crisis; Times of India
Drought situation grim in Banaskantha; Times of India

January 03
State to speed up water projects; The Hindu
Where is the land, question dam-hit people; Times of India
CMs to meet on Jan 10 over Narmada dam; Times of India
Saurashtra ushers in another year with dried-up hopes; Indian Express

January 02
The story of us; Kuldip Nayar; Opinion; Indian Express
Narmada water to Maliya by Dec, says Keshubhai; Indian Express
State to step up work on Narmada dam; Times of India
Karelibaug residents take on drought; Times of India

January 01
Nothing can stop SSP -- CM; Indian Express
Sensitive handling; Letters to the Editor; Hindustan Times

News in December 2000



December 31
Damn You; Editorial; Economic Times
The Unquiet Narmada; Editorial; Economic Times

December 29
The Historian as Gate-Keeper Chittaroopa Palit; Frontline; Volume 17 - Issue 26, Dec. 23, 2000 - Jan. 05, 2001
Dam-Oustees' Movement in South Maharashtra: Innovative Struggle Anant Phadke; Economic and Political Weekly, Nov 18-24, 2000
Rights of Oustees Letters to the Editor; Economic and Political Weekly, Nov 18-24, 2000
Govt determined to develop Saurashtra-Kutch region: CM; Times of India
International Conference postponed; Indian Express
Dam not the issue; Letters to the Editor; Outlook; Issue dated December 25, 2000
Present supply to Rajkot will continue -- Rupani; Indian Express
Power tariff hike forced -- CM; Indian Express

December 27
Jaynarayan to continue fighting anti-dam outfits; Times of India
Chhabildas empathises with Vyas; Times of India

December 26
Saurashtra feels pinch of water shortage; Times of India

December 25
25 Gujarat MPs urge President not to entertain plea of NBA activists; Hindustan Times
Anna Hazare's recipe to prevent drought; The Times of India
SC stops cloud of blackmail from taking root in India; Economic Times

December 24
Gujarat MPs write to President on SSP; The Hindu
A new energy paradigm; Rajni Bakshi; Features; The Hindu
BJP may rope in sacked minister for party work; Times of India
10,000 check dams in state; Asian Age

December 23
Ouster of Jaynarayan Vyas finds favour among Kutchis; Indian Express
Massive offensive planned against globalisation; The Hindu
Medha Patkar lends support to Musi struggle; The Hindu
'Kalapani' beckons blacklisted officials; Times of India

December 22
The sword against the poor: Shift in nature of public interest litigation; Suresh Hosbet; Opinion; Deccan Herald
Boot is on the other foot; Ramaswamy Iyer; Letters to the Editor; The Hindu
Democratisation or Disempowerment; Smita Gupta; Opinion; The Hindu
Dissidence agianst Patel growing; The Hindu
Narmada hero paid for his temper; Times of India

December 21
Don't shoot the messenger; Darryl D'Monte; Tehelka.com
In which Lord Ram gave it those ones; S.Ravi Rajan; Tehelka.com

December 20
Supreme Court and NBA; S.P.Sathe; Economic and Political Weekly; Issue dated November 11, 2000
Globalisation and Narmada People's Struggle; L.S.Aravinda; Economic and Political Weekly; Issue dated November 11, 2000

December 19
The right to differ; Letters to the Editor; The Hindu
NRIs in US propose to raise funds for Narmada dam; The Times of India
Crop loss due to drought put at Rs. 6,400 cr; The Times of India

December 18
The drought of reason; Letters to the Editor; Economic Times
Thirst aid; Letters to the Editor; Hindustan Times

December 17
Perils of Extremism; Ramachandra Guha; Opinion; The Hindu
Arun Shourie of the Left; Letters to the Editor; The Hindu
All related articles on this issue
The Arun Shourie of the left; Ramachandra Guha; Opinion; The Hindu
Reason and Passions; Letters to the Editor; The Hindu; Dec 4
Arun Shourie of the Left; Letters to the Editor; The Hindu; Dec 17
Perils of Extremism; Ramachandra Guha; The Hindu; Dec 17
Don't shoot the messenger; Darryl D'Monte; Tehelka.com; Dec 21
In which Lord Ram gave it those ones; S.Ravi Rajan; Tehelka.com; Dec 21
The Historian as Gate-Keeper Chittaroopa Palit; Frontline; Volume 17 - Issue 26, Dec. 23, 2000 - Jan. 05, 2001
Scimitars in the Sun N.Ram interviews Arundhati Roy; Frontline; Volume 18 - Issue 01, Jan. 06, 2000 - Jan. 19, 2001
World Commission on Dams' report boosts NBA's cause; Times of India
Malady of the developing nations; Deccan Herald

December 16
Medha Patkar files defamation suit; The Hindu
A shift in M.P.stand on Narmada dam; The Hindu
NGOs resent President's comments on Narmada project; The Hindu
Medha Patkar sues daily; The Hindu
Taking dharna to the Supreme Court; The Hindu
US group quits project to construct Indian Dam Financial Times
Abide by Law; Letters to the Editor; Deccan Herald
Sukhi, Dev dams rescue Vadodara from water crisis; The Telegraph

December 15
Medha leads NBA activists into storming environment ministry; Tehelka.com
NBA: Cite reasons for constructing dam; The Hindustan Times
Medha Patkar files defamation case against Indian Express; The Hindustan Times
Revisiting a Controversy; Arun Bapat; Opinion; Indian Express
Gujarat govt throws security ring around dams; Times of India
Pro-dam activists burn copies of news magazine; Times of India
Lawyers move SC seeking action against NBA activists; The Hindu
Talk of the town; The Hindu
President missive sparks threat; The Telegraph

December 14
NBA hails US firm's pull-out from Maheshwar project; Times of India
US energy group withdraws from Maheshwar Project; Times of India
'US agency pulling out of Maheshwar project'; The Hindu
President 'seeks' Cabinet view; The Hindu
Not a balanced report; Letters to the Editor; The Hindu
NBA activists hold demo outside SC; The Hindustan Times
Maheshwar project; The Hindustan Times
President letter lifeline to Narmada; The Telegraph
State allocates Narmada water for Vadodara; Asian Age
Ogden backs out of power project deal; Asian Age
State Loans; Economic Times
Narmada Water; Indian Express
Fresh concerns over safety of Mullaperiyar dam; The Hindu

December 13, 2000
NBA calls of stir; The Hindu
Word Limit; Editorial; The Telegraph

December 12, 2000
The future of dissent; Opinion, Krishna Kumar;The Hindustan Times
The right to differ; Opinion, P.V Indiresan;The Hindu
RESPONSES:
    The right to differ; Letters to the Editor; The Hindu; Dec 19
    Boot is on the other foot; Ramaswamy Iyer; Letters to the Editor; The Hindu; Dec 22
Medha, activists lay seige to NCA office; The Times of India
NBA activists lay seige to NCA office; The Hindu
When the river dries, the wells die; Indian Express
Check dams ineffective -- expert; Indian Express
They're off key; Letters to the editorThe Telegraph
10 Lakh attend Athavale function; Asian Age
NBA protest; Asian Age

December 11, 2000
Beyond pre-emptive obituaries: Revitalizing the Narmada movement; Shiv Visvanathan; Tehelka.com
State Loans; Economic Times
NBA activists lay seige to NCA office; Deccan Herald

December 10, 2000
Not so quiet flows the river; Amit Sengupta; Features; Hindustan Times
President makes a splash; The Telegraph
RESPONSES:
    They're off key; Letters to the editorThe Telegraph, Dec 12
Viva la Resistance!; Green Talk by Bittu Sahgal; Deccan Herald
Narmada activists get President's support; Asian Age
A dam project uproots scores of Indian farmers; Boston Globe
The Errors of Arundhati; Brooke Unger; Opinion; Outlook; Issue dated December 18, 2000
Politics of the Dammed, Part II; Letters to the Editor; Outlook; Issue dated December 18, 2000

December 9, 2000
International meet on water conservation to be held in Jan; Indian Express
Ogden mulls pulling out of S Kumars power arm; Economic Times
Floods were 'dam-made', says Medha; Asian Age

December 8, 2000
Athavale's followers bridge Narmada with boats; Indian Express
Gujarat eyes NRIs to raise funds for Narmada project; Times of India
Rajasthan water for Gujarat; Indian Express
Troubled Waters; Asia Week

December 7, 2000
Koyna dam earthquakes may become more frequent; The Hindu
The Real McCoy and the Temples of doom; Letters to the Editor; Outlook; Issue dated December 11, 2000
Poor are sold down the river; Phil Williams; The Guardian

December 6, 2000
The Supreme Court & human rights; Opinion, Balakrishnan Rajagopal; The Hindu
Gujarat plans to raise Rs 5,000 cr viz bonds; The Economic Times
Ethical superiority of the uninvolved; Letters to the editor;The Economic Times
Anti-dam lobby; Letters to the Editor;The Hindustan Times
Tall order : State asks NCA to reschedule SSP work; Asian Age

December 5, 2000
Maheshwar project achieves financial closure; The Economic Times
Note that the project no longer has financial closure after Ogden's withdrawal from the project. -Friends of River Narmada

December 4, 2000
Reason and Passion; Letters to the Editor; The Hindu

December 3, 2000
Demolition of a dream; L.S.Aravinda; Features; The Hindu
Each crisis an opportunity: Medha; The Telegraph
Damning those big, ambitious dams; Deccan Herald
Managing our Water; Letters to the Editor

December 2, 2000
Reactions to the Supreme Court's go-ahead on the Sardar Sarovar Project; Humanscape India, December 2000
Confrontation over Narmada Project:
Are all others wrong? Need for Positive Involvement; S.N.Chary; Opinion; Deccan Herald
RESPONSES:
    Ethical superiority of the uninvolved; Letters to the editor;Deccan Herald, Dec 6
Resolving the Narmada conflict; Mihir Shah; Opinion; The Hindu
Saying no to Medha; Khushwant Singh; Opinion; The Hindustan Times
Damn not the dam; Goolam E. Vahanvati; Opinion; Asian Age
Floods were 'dam-made', says Medha; Asian Age
The Reincarnation of Rumpelstiltskin; Arundhati Roy; Outlook India

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