Swaraj India’s one-day symbolic fast in solidarity & support of Narmada valley.
- Swaraj India’s support for the displaced people of Narmada Valley and the struggle of Narmada Bachao Andolan.
- Yogendra Yadav along with volunteers of Swaraj India held a symbolic one-day fast at Jantar Mantar in support of Medha Patkar’s anshan
- In the petition filed against displacement without complete rehabilitation, the Supreme Court has fixed August 8th as the next date of hearing
- As a mark of support for the people of Narmada Valley, volunteers of Swaraj India marked blue imprints of their palm on a 30 feet long basanti cloth. Blue symbolises the colour of Narmada and basanti symbolises Swaraj India’s commitment to cause.
Swaraj India today lent its support to the Narmada Bachao Andolan and demanded justice for the displaced people of Narmada Valley. Along with Party President Yogendra Yadav, various volunteers of Swaraj India observed a one-day symbolic fast at Jantar Mantar in support of the struggle of the displayed people of the Narmada Valley. The fast of Swaraj India’s leaders & volunteers was in the solidarity with the activists who are observing an indefinite fast under the leadership of Medha Patkar. The day-long program was scheduled to be held till the evening and was supposed to culminate in a candle march, but due to heavy rains, the candle march had to be cancelled.
It is noteworthy that 1 city and 244 villages in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra are under the danger of being submerged due to the planned increase in water levels of Sardar Sarovar dam on Narmada river. Along with these villages, 40,000 families with a population of over 2 lakhs, their cattle, their temples & mosques, and millions of trees are on the brink of being submerged. Such a huge massacre is being carried out only because the Narmada Control Authority has decided that the height of Sardar Sarovar dam should be increased from 122 meters to 138.62 meters.
In fact, the government kept changing the number of displaced people from time to time. And even if these figures are to be considered, applications of thousands of families that are eligible for compensation are still pending with the Narmada Valley Development Authority and Grievance Redressal Authority and despite these applications being pending, the Narmada Control Authority has ordered the closure of the gates of Sardar Sarovar Dam.
A writ petition has also been filed in this case in the Supreme Court where August 8 has been fixed as the next date of the hearing. Senior advocate and Swaraj Abhiyan President Prashant Bhushan is also arguing the case for Narmada Bachao Andolan
All set to submerge about 2.4 lakh people, the state and central governments are preparing to ‘celebrate the occasion’ with a ‘Narmada Aarti’ alongwith 2000 pandits on 12th of August.
Swaraj India’s Delhi State President, Anupam said that as a mark of solidarity & support for the people of Narmada Valley, volunteers of Swaraj India marked the imprints of their hands with blue colour on a 30 feet long basanti cloth. Blue symbolising the colour of Narmada and basanti symbolising Swaraj India’s commitment to the cause. The basanti cloth will then be presented to the representatives of the Narmada Bachao Andolan.
Yogendra Yadav, the National President of Swaraj India, said that the fight to save Narmada is the fight of every citizen of this country.
“I salute the spirit of the people who have been fighting this struggle for over 32 years now,” Yogendra Yadav said.
“This fight is not only for the displaced people of Narmada Valley but for the whole humanity. Swaraj India’s alternative politics is to stand firmly against all kinds of injustice without considering any profit/loss or vote-bank. While on one side the country’s political parties are busy practicing petty politics of power, with this occasion at Jantar Mantar, Swaraj India has introduced a politics of conviction for the masses & justice.
Dharmvira Gandhi (MP from Patiala), Ali Anwar (Rajya Sabha MP), Raju Shetty (Lok Sabha MP), Dr. Sunilam from Kisan Sangarsh Samiti, Vimal Bhai Gandhian associated wth Narmada Bachao Andolan, Madhuresh from Narmada Bachao Andolan, social scientist Soumya Dutta, Narmada Bachao Andolan’s Joe Athiyali, Timarpur MLA Pankaj Pushkar, Bhupendra Singh Rawat from National Alliance of People’s Movement, Elongwen from the All India Fishermen Association, Thomas Franco from All India Bank Officers’ Union, Priya Pillai from Greenpeace, Faisal Khan from Khudai Khidmatgar and many other political & social activists also addressed the gathering of Swaraj India volunteers on the struggle of Narmada Bachao Andolan.