She was inaugurating Janakeeya Samara Sangamam at Jawahar Balabhavan in the city yesterday. She said that people’s movement has gained significance in the wake of encroachments on their resources of livelihood, culture, economic and political space.
“The unprotected labour class, including farm workers, which is forming the major section of society is poorly represented in the governance,” Medha Patkar said.
She said people’s movements are emerging out of this conflict and growing stronger even as the governments are trying to suppress them.
People’s movement should be considered one of the four pillars of democracy, Medha Patkar said.
To a query on the prime minister’s statement on Kudunkulam that Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) receive support from abroad in leading protests against the Kudankulam nuclear plant, she said Manmohan Singh should withdraw his remarks on NGOs who are supporting the people’s movement against the Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu. His views are distorted, she added,
Medha Patkar said state institutions are receiving technologies and materials from foreign countries, and then why NGOs are prevented from receiving support from abroad.
Governments have no moral right to question NGOs regarding foreign funds, she said adding that Narmada Bachao Andolan and National Alliance of People’s Movements do not receive foreign funds.