20 October 2000

Activists, academics, environmentalists and othe concerned people in Oxford University and around the UK unanimously condemn the Indian Supreme courts complete failure to take account of the real issues behind the Sardar Sarovar dam. A spokesperson from the Oxford University's People and Planet Society said that, having visited the Narmada Valley and seen the situation on the ground with his own eyes, it was clear that the judges who had ruled that the dam could go ahead were deciding on the basis of corruption and their political futures, not on the basis of the lives of the hundreds of thousands of innocent people whose lives could be destroyed by this dam. 'The Indian Supreme Court has dealt a deep blow to justice and proved once again that political power needs more urgently than ever before to be given back to the people whose lives it affects. The Narmada Bachao Andolan can be sure that international support for its struggle against Sardar Sarovar from around the world will only increase as a result of this ruling. If the courts are no longer able or willing to ensure that justice is done, it is the responsibility of citizens instead to fight for truth. The world supports Narmada Bachao Andolan.'

In solidarity,

Members of Oxford University People and Planet Society
Members of Oxford Green Action
Members of Linacre College, Oxford University
UK campaign against large dams