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Kids join activists with paint brush

The Protest by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) got a boost when around 300 students from different schools visited the activists at Jantar Mantar, on Friday to express solidarity.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 16:23 IST
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The Protest by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) got a boost when around 300 students from different schools visited the activists at Jantar Mantar, on Friday to express solidarity.

The students belonged to Carmel Convent, St Columbus and Convent of Jesus & Mary. The students will highlight the issue through their paintings. Deepti Bhatnagar, a member of NBA, said, “These children will make paintings on the protest and the Sardar Sarovar dam and we have decided to put them up at the Jantar Mantar where some protestors are on hunger strike.”

NBA activists started their protest after the March 8 decision to increase the height of the dam from 110 metres to 121 metres. They allege the decision violated the Narmada Water Dispute Tribunal Award and a Supreme Court judgement.

Bhatnagar said the hunger strike and protest would continue and more people would join if the government did not stop the construction of the dam and rehabilitated affected people according to the directions of the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, doctors have said Medha’s condition has improved, but she is still weak.

SMART BOX
Justice denied
• The struggle against large dams began in the Narmada Valley in 1985-86
• Thousands were displaced to make way for big dams
• Of the 30 big dams proposed, Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) and Narmada
  Sagar Project are mega dams
• Medha Patkar is on an indefinite strike to protest against the decision to raise
  the height of SSP without rehabilitating the displaced
• The decision violates SC rulings of March 2005