Celebrating 20 years of Resistance
Against the Narmada Dam!
Over 150,000 tribal people and farmers already displaced by the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP), 7,000 hectares of prime forest already submerged, and still thousands of families continue to be pushed off their ancestral lands without adequate compensation or alternative land to turn to for their livelihood.
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF RESISTANCE
Thanks to huge international support for the last 20 years, the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) became one of the first peoples’ movements to take on the mighty World Bank and make it conduct a thorough independent review of one of its projects. Following a damning review published in 1992, which stated that the project was flawed, the World Bank was forced to pull out of the project.
Following this, the Indian government continues to build the dam with taxpayers’ money. It has been only through the NBA's 20 years of struggle that the government has been pressured to rehabilitate about 10,000 families with land. This is the first project in the country where land-based rehabilitation has been carried out.
HOWEVER, IN THE LAST FEW YEARS THE DAM CONSTRUCTION HAS ACCELERATED and it is clear that the Governments want to complete the dam at any cost, without rehabilitating the families affected, without evaluating whether or not the dam is producing the much-publicised benefits. Against this situation, the struggle of the people in the Narmada Valley continues, and they are responding with even more determined and innovative strategies to resist this incredible breach of law and justice.
There is so much still to fight for! Still so much of the Valley to save!
AT THIS VITAL STAGE, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT MORE THAN EVER!
STOP THE HOMICIDE OF AN ENTIRE VALLEY!
To coincide with the 20-year celebrations of resistance here in the valley, we appeal for SOLIDARITY ACTIONS 23-27TH NOVEMBER 2005
PROTEST at Indian Embassies- Protests planned at Indian Embassies across the globe: Is your city involved yet?
Find the Indian embassy nearest to you: http://meaindia.nic.in
Why not publicize the campaign and current situation by screening the Narmada films such as ‘Drowned Out’, ‘Words on Water’ and ‘Narmada Diary’? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All your support is appreciated so please let us know of your solidarity actions by emailing email@example.com
We also warmly welcome internationals to join us between 23rd-27th November 2005 for our 20-year commemoration program to celebrate people’s struggles and resistance to large dams across the world. Please see www.narmada.org for the full program or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. If you can’t make it to the Valley at such short notice, do visit us anytime to show your support.
We would also like to take this opportunity to give our warmest thanks for all the support and actions over the last 20 years. We hope you will continue to stand with us for as long as it takes to get justice for the people of the Narmada Valley! As we say in the Valley, “Ammu akkha, ek se!” (We are all one!). “Ladenge! Jeetenge!” (We will fight, we will win!)
With your help, we will continue to fight.
Narmada Bachao Andolan
(Save the Narmada Movement)