[Assam] New Towns Around Guwahati and Medha Patkar
Alpana B. Sarangapani
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Thu Jun 21 23:05:26 EDT 2007
"The participants have also demanded Forest village land settlement and rehabilitation of evicted people and the families displaced by floods and erosion. They also called for immediate declaration of rehabilitation and resettlement policies by the NE states."
"Over 2,000 participants from all over the NE region and other parts of the country took part in the dialogue, which was also attended by Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar." ("People's consent must for development projects". AT report, June 19)
The first paragraph above has all valid points.
>She made jokes about Vajpayee's(actuallyTata/Volvo/OilCo's) "PET PROJECT" -6 -lane motorway
While she is all concerned about the poor people, I also read that she was involved in activities like obstructing rehablitation of the same poor people. Is she aware that those people won't get an award or a grant even if they don't accept the government help and just STARVE to death?
Is she against technology then?
“In order to make spiritual progress you must be patient like a tree and humble like a blade of grass”
From: mikemahant at hotmail.comTo: xourov at yahoo.com; assam at assamnet.orgDate: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 08:14:55 +0530Subject: Re: [Assam] New Towns Around Guwahati and Medha Patkar
I was there -the 2nd day.I found Medha -A thinker for all people ,all India. Expressive ,Selfless,Honest,Fearless,ace in fluent oratory in flawless Hindi or English: -Totally aware of MeaningfulTechnology,Progress,Development - Totally informed of all that is going on in Assam and So-Called-By-Some NE - And witty to the coreShe made jokes about Vajpayee's(actuallyTata/Volvo/OilCo's) "PET PROJECT" -6 -lane motorwayShe felt there should be 100 cities in Assam where all residents work and produce-not SELL.She said "Look East" Policy is actually "Loot East" She asked Assam and "NE" to aid India fight out the grasp of the sellout facade Brigade Mittal-Ambani-Tata- and all the Ballyhoo of Navaratnas. I really thought she was the right material to become the NEXT Indian PM.I hope India grows up to recruit her to lead. mm ADate: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 09:58:53 -0700> From: xourov at yahoo.com> To: assam at assamnet.org; dilipdeka at yahoo.com> Subject: [Assam] New Towns Around Guwahati and Medha Patkar> > Dilip-da,> > You had written:> > > The shallowness in the thought process of social > > activist critic Medha Patkar > > is so apparent in the paragraph, "Referring to the > > proposed creation of three > > more towns to expand the Guwahati metropolitan area,> > > she said that shopping > > malls and highways should not be the yardstick to > > measure development. The > > development approach should also take into > > consideration the issues like how > > many people are going to be displaced and how many > > people are getting their > > livelihood affected by such projects."> > Why do you think this displays a shallowness of medha> Patkar's thought process? Are you disputing her> contention that shopping malls are not good indicators> of development?> > You probably know that this was made in the context> planned development programs in Assam and not just in> the context of the Guwahati Master plan. The> experience with these projects have been that many> people were displaced, without adequate compensation. > If a dam is constructed on the Pagladia river in> Kamrup, for instance, many Assamese farmers will be> displaced.> > A resolution in the meeting is given below. Do you> have any objections to it?> (http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/details.asp?id=jun2007/at05)> > GUWAHATI, June 19 – Participants of the two-day> national dialogue on environment and sustainable> development that ended at the BKB Auditorium of> Gauhati University yesterday, resolved to reject all> development policies and programmes if free, prior and> informed consent to them is not obtained from the> indigenous peoples of the region.> > x > > > ------------------------------------------------> > Anyone who visited Guwahati in recent times knows> how > > congested Guwahati has > > become. Spreading the population to three more urban> > > areas would surely improve > > the quality of life. Shopping malls and highways are> > > not the primary reasons > > for the new plan, Guwahatians know well. As a part> of > > the redistribution of > > people and enterprise, if such facilities are> needed, > > they will definitely > > emerge as the secondary need. > > > Does Ms. Patkar know how to make an omelette without> > > breaking an egg?> > > > > ____________________________________________________________________________________> Pinpoint customers who are looking for what you sell. > http://searchmarketing.yahoo.com/> > _______________________________________________> assam mailing list> assam at assamnet.org> http://assamnet.org/mailman/listinfo/assam_assamnet.org
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