NAPM Press Note

October 27, 2000

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One Day Fast in Protest Against Supreme Court Verdict in Sardar Sarovar Case and in Support of Narmada Bachao Andolan

The supreme court judgement handed down on 18th Oct. in Sardar Sarovar case has been a subject of vehement criticism all over India. Hundreds of peoples organisations representing the down trodden, tribals, working class, women and the displaced have sharply criticised the anti poor and antipeople verdict of the court and have expressed solidarity with the Narmada Bachao Andolan.

The Supreme Court verdict is full of contradictions. Till now the people of the first village MOKHDI displaced in Gujrat have not been properly resettled. The cost-benefit analysis of the Sardar Sarovar Project as well as its environmental impacts have been part of a long debate in the course of the proceedings in Supreme Court and yet all of these were ignored in the judgement. The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh was on more than one occasion explicitly stated that there is no land for resettling the people. The Narmada Award also makes it explicit that unless the people are rehabilitated as a community, the submergence should not take place.

Around 20 organisations in Delhi with more than 150 representatives gathered today behind the Supreme Court in the park with the statue of Lok Manya Tilak in the Background, to express their anguish and anger at the Supreme Court verdict and solidarity with the Andolan. Present among them were veteran socialists like Shri Surendra Mohan, Yogendra Yadav, Nirmala Sharma, Fr.Ambrose Pinto, G.N. Sai Baba and Vimalbhai. Jagriti Mahila Samiti, Vidya Jyoti, Kislaya, AIPRF, PUDR, Nirman Majdoor Panchayat Sangam were among the prominent peoples organisations who participated in the one-day fast.

Nirmala Sharma