Narmada Page

The struggle to save the Narmada Valley is one of the most prominent social movements in India that has emerged in recent years. Spear headed by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save the Narmada Movement), the movement has sought to bring to the attention of the Indian government, and foreign investors, the plight of the people in the valley who are being brutally displaced from their homelands and for whom no adequate resettlement or rehabilitation is being provided. The NBA has also painstakingly identified the flaws in the rationale for the monstrous dam, which promises to displace hundreds of thousands of people and submerge hundreds of kilometers of the richly forested valley, for very dubious and questionable "benefits" to be realized by the people of Gujarat. The NBA's efforts to bring attention to the plight of the Narmada valley have proved successful, to the extent that the construction of large dams, the world over, has now come under serious question. And, Medha Patkar, the charismatic leader of the NBA, is known in activist circles all over the globe.

This page contains links to information about the Narmada Bachao Andolan. We have compiled the information from many sources, and in (just about) all cases the sources are provided. As we find more information we will continue to add to this page. So enjoy and do check back later!

Here is a letter that Medha Patkar wrote to the Non-Resident Indian community when she visited the US in May 1994.

The International Rivers Network, a California based NGO, has supported the NBA for many years. This support has been in the form of disseminating information about the activities of the Andolan, lobbying the US government as well as the major financial institutions to listen to the concerns of the people of the Narmada Valley, as well as generally coordinating activities related to supporting the NBA. Patrick McCully, of the IRN, prepared an overview of the Sardar Sarovar Project, which is the official name of the dam that is being built over the Narmada river, summarizing the problems with the project.

India Alert - Madison, a chapter of India Alert, also prepared an overview of the Sardar Sarovar Project. India Alert is a human rights watch group based in Chicago.

Medha Patkar visited the US in May 1994 to give a series of talks and to participate in a "debate" of the Narmada dam that was organized in Chicago. A report on the proceedings of the debate is included.

Related Pages

A brief chronology of the NBA activities maintained by the International Rivers Network. The IRN also maintains an extensive list of documents on the SSP and the Narmada Bachao Andolan.

Friends of the Earth maintains a page on the World's Bank impact on the Narmada Project.

Here are a couple of pictures I shot in the Narmada valley. The people are residents of the former Manibeli village which was submerged in the 1994 monsoons because the sluice gates of the partially constructed dam were closed. The second picture is a shot of some of the partly submerged dwellings.

Residents of the Former Manibeli - Image Image of Submerged Dwellings

This page is maintained by Rahul De'.

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