The Hindu, Oct 19 2015, Hyderabad: Displacing farmers for developing the capital city is not the right way of fostering development in Andhra Pradesh, said social activist Medha Patkar, who is also the founding member of Narmada Bachao Andolan and national convener, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM).
AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s core focus is industrial boom, she pointed out on the second day of the three-day meet organised to discuss NAPM strategies to counter contemporary social, economic and political problems.
“Capital city issue is still being studied. Neither Mr. Naidu nor Mr. Modi has anything to be proud of inaugurating a capital city spending crores of rupees,” she said.
The NAPM meet, which had the participation of activists from 15 States, discussed in detail the strategies to oppose communal forces in India. The country is facing a great crisis as its secular fabric is being attacked by fascist tendencies, Ms. Patkar said. Fascist elements are opposing diversity of culture, religion and right to expression, she said. “NAPM and its allied social movements will work towards a counter operation against communalist, casteist and divisive forces,” she said, adding NAPM will also organise a campaign against the Centre’s pro-capitalist approach.
The nation-wide NAPM campaign from November 25 to December 6 is aimed at saving the Constitution, natural resources, democracy and secularism. Both socialist and Ambedkarite leaders will work with NAPM, Ms. Patkar said.
“When agrarian crisis is deepening in the country, the Prime Minister is travelling across the world sharing profits with multi national corporations,” she said, adding NAPM supports reservation policies in the country. BJP-led Union Government is declining to fight against communal forces that are dividing our social fabric, she said, adding NAPM will support the writers who returned their Sahitya Academy Awards.