"Supreme Court verdict on Narmada fails to deliver justice: We stand in solidarity with the Andolan"

A message of solidarity from the Bay Area chapter of AID

October 31, 2000.

Volunteers of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Association for India's Development (AID-Bay Area) are shocked to learn of the October 18th, 2-1 majority verdict of the Supreme Court of India that allows further construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam.

The chapter volunteers who have been closely studying the various complex issues regarding the Sardar Sarovar Project for over one year are convinced that the project as its stands is unsound on many counts including human rights issues, environmental aspects and cost-benefit analyses. By overlooking the copious evidence on all of these aspects that was presented to the court, the judges of the Supreme Court of India who delivered the majority judgement, have failed to deliver justice to the some of the most marginalized sections of Indian society.


The verdict's naivety shows in at least a couple of its expectations -

The Bay Area chapter of AID, in its September 10th meeting had passed a resolution supporting the Narmada Bachao Andolan's struggle against the Sardar Sarovar Projects and as an expression of solidarity with the people of the Narmada valley, volunteers from the chapter and their friends and family are sending signed messages on the well recognized blue-flag-of-resolve of the NBA. A cloth banner for use in rallies and demonstrations protesting the verdict is also being sent to the NBA. It proclaims "Amu aakha ek se" ("We are all one").

Gokul Janga

President, San Francisco Bay Area chapter

Association for India's Development