The Case Of The Narmada Bachao Andolan Project

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Everyone wants development. In the case of the Narmada Bachao Andolan project that Balakrishnan Rajagopal writes about, the dams were supposed to be part of the development of the nation. However it also became the reason for the displacement and dissatisfaction of many tribals, whose land were taken away. In the name of development, many are displaced and harmed. What development are we talking of when it is in the expense of many lives? The struggle of the Narmada Bachao Andolan has been a long process, going on since the early 1980s. While it had been successful in certain level, it has also failed at certain levels. While reading Marc Galanter’s “Law and Caste in Modern India”, what stood out most was that even after all the acts and provisions that are formulated against caste discrimination, it is still rampant in many part of India. Communal riots are prevalent in many parts of the country. Even after 60 years of independence, it is hard to believe that untouchability still exists. We live in a country that is believed to be democratic, secular and republic. But at the same time, we find components of communalism among them. The courts are still weak in implementing these acts and provisions. In fact, the courts are still run by the power of the dominant upper castes. Even though 60 years has passed since India got its independence, it seems like the people are still colonized by the ideology of caste. Caste discrimination has become a sort of an ‘unseen’

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