India: Industrial Corridors Swallow Hundreds of Fish Species in Gujarat

by Damayantee Dhar

The Wire | May 23, 2018

Industrial Corridors Swallow Hundreds of Fish Species in Gujarat

A fisherman holds up a dead catch in Ahmedabad. Credit: PTI files

Ahmedabad: Gujarat has the longest coastline in the country, running into 1,660 kilometres. Its coast is home to 549 villages with a population of more than 30 million. Fishing is the primary source of income for the majority of this population, who are dependent on it either directly or indirectly.

There were once more than 300 species of fish along this coastline owing to the diversity of habitat with salt marshes, mangroves and sea grass.Read More »

What Gujarat govt calls ‘historic’, could be catastrophic for 1,00,000 villagers

by Jitendra

Down To Earth | June 19, 2017

                    Protests gather pace across Narmada Valley after the Supreme Court allows the Sardar Sarovar Dam
to operate at its full capacity and asks the government to relocate all affected families by July 31 (Courtesy: Narmada bachao andolan)
 Protests gather pace across Narmada Valley after the Supreme Court allows the Sardar Sarovar Dam to operate at its full capacity and asks the government to relocate all affected families by July 31 (Courtesy: Narmada bachao andolan)

Down to Earth Editor’s Note: Fifty-six years after the foundation stone for the Sardar Sarovar dam on the River Narmada was laid the Gujarat government got permission from the Centre to shut its gates. While 30 gates of the dam have been closed, it will open the gates of misery for more than 100,000 people, whose houses and land are likely to get submerged. Down To Earth visited villages near the dam to find out their concerns.

Utter chaos reigns over at least 176 villages and Dharampuri town in Narmada Valley. Every day, revenue officials, accompanied by platoons of police and armed with a Supreme Court order, visit these places in  and Dhar districts of Madhya Pradesh and ask the residents to vacate their houses, shops, farmland, pasture land and places of worship by July 31. “Some officials even threaten that they would unleash water from the Sardar Sarovar Dam on our villages if we do not relocate by the said date,” says Vijay Marola of Nasirpur village in Dhar.

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Gujarat Police Bruatality Against Narmada Bachao Andolan

National Alliance of People’s Movements | June 09, 2017


Badwani | June 09, 2017: The statement issued and published today by the Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Nitin Patel, followed the totally undemocratic and unexpected arrest and attack on the children participating in the peaceful rally of Sardar Sarovar oustees with supporters from across the country, on the border of MP and Gujrat (on 7th June 2017). One may say, it is either to be totally ignored or blasted. However, it is an indicator of Gujarat‘s plan with the support from the centre, getting ready with its statutory force, to stop and supress people’s power. The same state, on the other hand, seems to be expressing its cowardice by raising a false alarm that NBA is out to create a stir in Gujarat since they are opposed to Sardar Sarovar and Gujarat’s development!Read More »

Teesta and the Struggle for Justice for the Victims of the Gujarat Carnage

by Vasanthi Raman

Frontier | Autumn Number, Vol. 48, No. 14 – 17, Oct 11 – Nov 7, 2015

The battle that is being waged today by Teesta Setalwad, Javed Anand and her colleagues is an extremely important one, with far-reaching implications for the future of the Indian Republic and the rights of all its citizens.

India’s contemporary post-independent history has been marked by a series of ‘riots’, communal violence which have targeted the minorities in general and the Muslims in particular. The scores of enquiry commissions that have been instituted have invariably pointed to the role of the administration and the police in these commissions of enquiry and the various errors of omission and commission. Very rarely has anyone been really punished. The late Nirmal Mukarji in an article titled “Who will guard the guards” written in the 1990s drew attention to the communalisation of the administration and its serious implications for democracy in the country. These questions continue to haunt progressives and democrats. And this is the crucial question that is at issue in the present fight for justice.Read More »