Narmada: Statement of Solidarity

Medha Patkar at a World Bank action organized by the Oakland Institute in 2014 in Washington DC. Medha is a senior activist of the Save Narmada Movement and is on an indefinite fast. Today (August 31, 2019) marks the 7th day of her fast and her health is deteriorating.

August 31, 2019

We, members of the civil society organizations from 12 countries express our deep concern at the growing humanitarian crisis in Narmada valley, in Central India, where thousands of families are evicted without rehabilitation for the Sardar Sarovar (Narmada dam). We are also concerned about the deteriorating health of Medha Patkar, the senior activist, who is into her 7th day of indefinite fast.

The dam, initially financed by the World Bank, has been in the center of controversy for a number of things, including its poor track record of rehabilitation of the affected communities. We learn that flouting all policies and guidelines, nearly 32,000 families are yet to be rehabilitated while the dam construction has been completed and the reservoir is getting filled rapidly.

The Narmada struggle has been an inspiration to a number of organizations world over. Its relentless fight made the World Bank withdraw its financing to the project in the early ’90s, compelled the Bank to institute the Inspection Panel – the first accountability mechanism in any multilateral bank – and continues to inspire struggles world-over with its nonviolent struggle.

We stand in solidarity with the Narmada struggle. We demand the Government of India, and concerned state governments to address the demands of the struggle and avoid a humanitarian crisis.

Signed:

Alliance to Stop Mining, Philippines

Arab Watch Coalition, Egypt

Bank Information Center, USA

Bank Information Centre Europe, The Netherlands

Barbara Bramble, USA

Brent Blackwelder, USA

Centre for Human Rights and Development, Mongolia

Corner House, United Kingdom

David Hunter, American University Washington College of Law, USA

Focus on the Global South, Thailand

Foundation Earth, USA

Gender Action, USA

Gender Action, USA

Inclusive Development International, USA

International Accountability Project, USA

Lumiere Synergie pour le Developpement, Sengal

Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition, Russia

The Oakland Institute, USA

Ulu Foundation, Indonesia

Urgewald, Germany

We, members of the civil society organizations from 12 countries express our deep concern at the growing humanitarian crisis in Narmada valley, in Central India, where thousands of families are evicted without rehabilitation for the Sardar Sarovar (Narmada dam). We are also concerned about the deteriorating health of Medha Patkar, the senior activist, who is into her 7th day of indefinite fast.

The dam, initially financed by the World Bank, has been in the center of controversy for a number of things, including its poor track record of rehabilitation of the affected communities. We learn that flouting all policies and guidelines, nearly 32,000 families are yet to be rehabilitated while the dam construction has been completed and the reservoir is getting filled rapidly.

The Narmada struggle has been an inspiration to a number of organizations world over. Its relentless fight made the World Bank withdraw its financing to the project in the early ’90s, compelled the Bank to institute the Inspection Panel – the first accountability mechanism in any multilateral bank – and continues to inspire struggles world-over with its nonviolent struggle.

We stand in solidarity with the Narmada struggle. We demand the Government of India, and concerned state governments to address the demands of the struggle and avoid a humanitarian crisis.

Signed:

Alliance to Stop Mining, Philippines

Arab Watch Coalition, Egypt

Bank Information Center, USA

Bank Information Centre Europe, The Netherlands

Barbara Bramble, USA

Brent Blackwelder, USA

Centre for Human Rights and Development, Mongolia

Corner House, United Kingdom

David Hunter, American University Washington College of Law, USA

Focus on the Global South, Thailand

Foundation Earth, USA

Gender Action, USA

Gender Action, USA

Inclusive Development International, Cambodia

International Accountability Project, USA

Lumiere Synergie pour le Developpement, Sengal

Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition, Russia

The Oakland Institute, USA

Ulu Foundation, Indonesia

Urgewald, Germany