Category Archives: Narmada

States along the Narmada river’s course (source to Arabian Sea):
Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra & Gujarat
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“Study at Narmada Basin is important because of its geographical location which is very strategic for migration of animal population from North to South and East to West. It is not only rich in fossils and archaeological sites, but it has a long history of human occupation and this region is facing submergence due to dam construction” – Parth Chauhan (Co-director, Stone Age Institute, Narmada Basin Paleoanthropology Project NBPA) on efforts to collect all the paleoanthropological evidence within the last two million years; quoted in “Was Narmada valley the centre of human evolution?” (Times of India, 14 August 2012)
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/vadodara/Was-Narmada-valley-the-centre-of-human-evolution/articleshow/15485975.cms
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“The social characteristics of those displaced by the Sardar Sarovar Dam are not unique, either to India or to the rest of the world. Of the 200,000 to 250,000 who have been displaced by the Sardar Sarovar Dam, 60–70 per cent, are the Scheduled Tribe populations, i.e., those defined by the Indian Constitution to live primarily by pastoralism, subsistence-oriented slash and burn agriculture, and/or hunting and gathering. […] Those displaced, who are the Scheduled Tribes, belong to the Bhil, Bhilala, Pavra, Tadvi, and Vassawa ethnic groups and are located at the boundaries between the three states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra. Their rates of education and literacy are low by the all-India standards. Although Scheduled Tribes make up 8 per cent of India’s population, they constitute between 40–50 per cent of those whose lands have faced submergence in the post-Independence period. Reliable estimates of the numbers displaced in India are between 20–38 million people of whom, nearly half belong to the Scheduled Tribes.” – Judy Whitehead (University of Lethbridge) in “Development and Dispossession in the Narmada Valley” (Pearson, New Delhi 2010), pp. 6-7
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“The Narmada and its 30 big dams, the Sardar Sarovar in particular, have for long been a matter of prestige for the government [even though] increasing the height will affect villages in Madhya Pradesh more than the other States.” – Lyla Bavadam in “Height of controversy” (Frontline Magazine, 19 September 2014)
https://www.frontline.in/the-nation/height-of-controversy/article6364780.ece
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“[O]ver the last three decades, successive governments in the state have pushed the Narmada dam as a lifeline for the drought-prone areas of Kachchh, Saurashtra and North Gujarat. In practice, however, these regions are given the lowest priority. They receive only the residual water after the requirements of urban areas, industries, and farmers in central Gujarat are met. […] The programmes of well-charging and check dams adopted in the past must be revived.” – Namita Waikar quoting Himanshu Thakkar of the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (2018 report titled “Gujarat’s water crisis rooted in years of misplaced priorities”) in “Counting sheep as grasslands shrink in Gujarat”
https://ruralindiaonline.org/articles/counting-sheep-as-grasslands-shrink-in-gujarat/
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Success stories voiced at the international “Samvaad” conclave of young tribal leaders: Workshops on legal rights, livelihood, culture, peace-building, environment and education – Jharkhand

Tribal leaders from across the globe speak up at a conclave in Jamshedpur Comment by Sarita Brara, The Hindu (Businessline), December 1, 2017 | Read the full story here >> With depleting forests, no source of livelihood and lack of basic amenities, … Continue reading

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A new anthropological museum in Kolkata: New light on hunter-gatherers and modern India’s cultural and linguistic diversity – West Bengal

Shiv Sahay Singh, The Hindu, Kolkata, February 20, 2017 | To read the full article, click here >> A new museum in Kolkata tells the tale of how modern humans in the Indian subcontinent evolved from ancestors who arrived about 12.3 million … Continue reading

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A Climate Conscious Diwali: Solar electricity system installed in the Rani Kajal Jeevan Shala school (Kakrana) – Madhya Pradesh

Rahul Banerjee, Sunday, October 30, 2016 A Climate Conscious Diwali | To read the full post and view more images, click here >> The festival of lights is here to ward off darkness of all kinds but these days the kind … Continue reading

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Setting up a digital classroom on the banks of the Narmada river – Madhya Pradesh

Witness the setting up of a internet facility for staff and students at the Rani Kajal Jeevan Shala school at Kakrana, by Open Solutions Architect Arjun Venkatraman | View the slideshow here >> Related posts Childhood and children Community facilities Internet Kakrana … Continue reading

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Spreading innovative technology in rural areas: Internet comes to Kakrana – Madhya Pradesh

Photo courtesy Shri Ninga Solanki, Headmaster of the Kakrana school using the community internet facility installed by Arjun Venkatraman (http://hackergram.org) Report and photographs by courtesy Rahul Banerjee (Indore), Friday, August 5, 2016 | To view more photos and read the full article, … Continue reading

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