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Narmada Bachao Andolan: How a 33-Year Old Movement Is Still Far From Over

Dec 22, 2018 07:16 AM IST India India
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The River Narmada is many things to many people in Madhya Pradesh. For some, it is the spiritual anchor of the state, for others it’s a symbol of a raging debate – development vs ecology. For the last 33 years, this struggle between activists from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have been locked in a perpetual tussle against successive governments. On September 17, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the gigantic structure of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada and dedicated it to the nation. For many in Madhya Pradesh, who had to lose their homes for the massive project to take off, grand gestures don’t mean much