Day 14: Jeevan Adhikar Satyagraha
People’s Movements announce National Bhu Adikar Jan Vikas Yatra
15 states decide intensive support actions: Country rallies for Narmada
Stop Installation of SSP Gates: Review Sardar Sarovar
25th August, 2015: Support and solidarity kept soaring for the Narmada valley on the 14th day of the Jeevan Adhikar Satyagraha, a mass action by the Sardar Sarovar dam-affected oustees, demanding stoppage of installation of dam gates, until rehabilitation of the 2.5 lakh oustees and a comprehensive review of the costs and benefits of the Project. Adding strength to the demand of the oustees was the voice and vision of numerous senior representatives of people’s movements and social organizations across the country who committed to carry the message from the valley to the four corners of the country and the world outside and shake the power centres in Delhi, Bhopal, Mumbai and other places.
They said that the SSP Scam is much bigger than the Vyapam scam in many respects and the Modi-Shivraj nexus would be fully exposed by them in each state and city. The participants decided to hold state level meetings, actions, write thousands of letters to the authorities and the Supreme Court as well, hold press conferences, post card campaign, supportive jal satyagrahs demanding justice for the people and a dialogue with the Satyagrahis. Numerous Convenors of the National Alliance of People’s Movements who were also present at the Satyagraha, as part of the Convention on Land, Livelihood and Housing Rights, announced that the NAPM would embark on amonth-long yatra in November, 2015 and would appeal to all like-minded networks and movements across the country to challenge to current paradigm of corporate loot, anti-people development and communalism and link every struggle. A three day “Chintan Shibar” from 17th to 19th Oct, 2015 has also been planned to reflect on the challenges facing our democracy today and plan effective strategies to combat the same.
A joint mass action by thousands of people from the valley and other supportive organizations would be held on the 28th, September, marking the Harsud Day. “Satya can face trouble, but will never be defeated, we shall continue with increased spirit, said fish worker Sava from Pichhodi and she dared Mr. Modi to submerge the valley. She said that the oustees not leave the battle field of Rajghat now, without obtaining their demands. Hundreds of oustees stayed put even today from villages Piplud, Dhanora, Sondul, Bhavaria, Khaparkheda, Gopalpura, along with the tank and canal-affected villagers of Indira Sagar and Omkareshwar, Jobat Dam affected villagers as also the hilly villagers of Alirajpur.
Senior human rights activist, Manav Kamble from Maharashtra said that 15 months of Modi has demonstrated that if there is one person in the country who is the most serious threat, it is the Prime Minister. It is time that thejanta of this country to turn the tables and show the PM his place. Avinash Patil from the anti-superstition campaign expressed full support to the satyagraha and assured that all district chapters of his campaign in Maharashtra and thousands of volunteers would carry the message from the satyagraha demanding justice to Narmada. Raj Kumar from Bargi said even as we challenge the State, its institutions and its undemocratic decisions such as the SSP dam, we also need to strive for values of social justice and equality. “The struggle against domestic violence and Dam-induced violence is the same and we must fight unitedly against all state and societal evils”, he said. Maruti Bhapkar, recalled the strong history of the movement and expressed courage that the people of the valley, who are owners of their lands and houses will emerge victors in this difficult phase as well and the entire country that has benefitted from the rich contributions of Narmada shall “Rally for the Valley”, he said.
Senior leaders including Dr. Sandeep Pandey (Uttar Pradesh), Kailash Meena (Rajasthan), Dr. Sunilam (M.P.) Amitav Mitra (West Bengal), C.K. Janu (Kerala), Rama Krishnam Raju (Andhra Pradesh), Gabriele (Tamil Nadu), Kamayani (Bihar), Mahendra (Jharkhand), Sanjeev Kumar (Delhi), Harsing bhai, JADS, Badwani and many other condemned the Narendra Modi Governments decisions on Narmada and stated that the struggle across the country shall intensify and national campaign against installation of SSP gates and seeking review of SSP shall be take up with full strength in the interests of the lakhs of farmers, landless and fisher people of the valley.
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