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25 Years of Struggle and Reconstruction in Narmada Valley

Robin Wyatt
February 26, 2011
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The photos in this album document the work of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activists during 21st to 23rd October 2010, as the movement and its supporters from all over India gathered in the Narmada Valley to mark 25 years of struggle against repeated flooding and submergence by the Government of India, and efforts at reconstruction and rehabilitation in its wake.

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1). A farmer squats on a ridge that abruptly truncates his farmland, which now ends immediately to the right of the shot. On his other side, the freshly dug feeder canal runs in place of the land that once contributed in large part to his livelihood.

2). This man has led his village’s legal fight against the canal that has been dug across the land its inhabitants farm. He has pursued the case all the way to the Indian Supreme Court so far, but still awaits justice.

3). Adivasi boys stage a traditional dance for the thousands of visitors to the town of Dhadgaon by the Narmada River.

4). Medha Patkar, social activist and founder of Narmada Bachao Andolan, addresses journalists.

5). Adivasi women listen, entranced, as social activist Dayamani Barla delivers fiery rhetoric to activists and affected villagers.

6). Boats purchased for displaced adivasi villagers using funds from Arundhati Roy’s Booker Prize win carry activists down the bloated Narmada River…

7). ... passing a solitary woman, precariously navigating the waters, on the way.

8). Women symbolically carry earthenware pots of water on their heads through the streets of Barwani as part of a rally that has drawn activists in solidarity from people’s movements from all over India.

9). An activist leader from Rajasthan greets a well-wisher.

10). An adivasi man thoughtfully sips on his chai as leaders of multiple people’s movements deliver speeches to the faithful.

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