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Social actvist Medha Patkar arrives to meet farmers, who are agitating against Centre's farm reform laws at Ghazipur border, in New Delhi.

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Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar along with contractual employees of BSNL shouts slogans during an agitation against the Central Government, in Kolkata.

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Social activist Medha Patkar along with others stage a protest in support of farmers' agitation against the Centre's agri-laws, at Azad Maidan in Mumbai.

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Social activist Medha Patkar addresses as farmers block Rajasthan-Haryana border during their protest against the new farm laws, at National Highway 48 in Rewari district.

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Social activist Medha Patkar addresses farmers during their protest against the new farm laws, at Ghazipur border in New Delhi.

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Social activists Medha Patkar takes part in farmers' agitation against the Center's new farm laws, near Ghazipur border in New Delhi.

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Social activists Medha Patkar takes part in farmers' agitation against the Center's new farm laws, at Singhu border in New Delhi.

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Social activist Medha Patkar with Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait, during the farmers' protest against new farm reform laws, at Ghazipur border in New Delhi.

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Social activist Medha Patkar interacts with farmers during their 'Delhi Chalo' protest march against the Centre's new farm laws, at Singhu border in New Delhi.

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Social activist Medha Patkar at Singhu border as farmers protest during their 'Delhi Chalo' march against the Centre's farm reform laws, in New Delhi. The farmers decided to continue demonstrating there even after being offered a site in north Delhi to hold their protest.

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Social activist Medha Patkar addresses a press conference ahead of the national convention of river valleys, in Bhopal.

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CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar (C) meets social activist Medha Patkar (L) and Mahatma Gandhi's great grandson Tushar Gandhi (R), during Nagrikta Bachao, Desh Bachao’ rally against CAA and NRC, at Gandhi Maidan in Patna.

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Social activist Medha Patkar (L) speaks as Magsaysay Award winner and human rights activist Sandeep Pandey (R) looks on, during an interactive session on Anti CAA movement organised by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, in Guwahati.

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Social activist Medha Patkar interacts with the Muslim women during a protest against CAA and NRC, in Mumbai.

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Social Activist Medha Patkar (C), AIMSS President Chhaya Mukherjee (L), AIMSS Secretary Keya Dey (R) during All India Womens Conference, in Kolkata.

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Social activist Medha Patkar addresses a protest against CAA/NRC at Delhi University's North Campus, in New Delhi.

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Social activist Medha Patkar addresses a convention against NRC-CAA-NPR, in Hyderabad.

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Social activist Yogendra Yadav and Medha Patkar interact with media during a press conference in Mumbai

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Social activist Medha Patkar along with villagers and dam oustees of Sardar Sarovar dam from Nimad region of Madhya Pradesh protests on the second consecutive day in front of Narmada Valley Development Authority office, in Bhopal. They are demanding proper compensation and rehabilitation after their houses were submerged in Narmada water.

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Social activist and NBA leader Medha Patkar leads a dharna of villagers and dam oustees of Sardar Sarovar dam from Nimad region, in front of the office of Narmada Valley Development Authority demanding proper compensation and rehabilitation, in Bhopal

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Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) founder Medha Patkar with waterlogging victims of Rajendra Nagar area during a protest, in Patna

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Congress Women General Secretary Sonal Patel with social activist Medha Patkar during Swabhimani Shetkari's candidate Vishal Patil's campaign rally for ahead of Lok Sabha election, in Sangli

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Medha Patkar is a social activist associated with the Narmada Bachao ­Andolan and the National Alliance of People’s Movements

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Swaraj India President Yogendra Yadav and social activist Medha Patkar raise slogans during a farmer protest over the hike in MSP (Minimum Support Price) of certain crops, in New Delhi.

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Swaraj India President Yogendra Yadav and social activist Medha Patkar raise slogans during a farmer protest over the hike in MSP (Minimum Support Price) of certain crops, in New Delhi.

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Social activist Medha Patkar raise slogans during a farmer protest over the hike in MSP (Minimum Support Price) of certain crops, in New Delhi.

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Social activist Medha Patkar and others participate in a rally to protest against Maharashtra government for shifting people to polluted Mahul area, in Mumbai.

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Social activist Medha Patkar addresses a press conference to draw attention towards conservation of river Narmada and farmers’ issue during a Jan Adalat, in Bhopal.

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Social activist Medha Patkar and Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav at the Kisan Mukti Sansad, in New Delhi.

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Social activist Medha Patkar during a ‘Kisan Mukti Sansad’ or mock parliament session to present two bills – on freedom from debt and remunerative prices for farm produce.

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Social activist Medha Patkar during a protest by the farmers from across India to press demands for fair crop prices and loan waivers, returning the spotlight to prevailing agrarian distress, in New Delhi.

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Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar addressing people during a protest against the alleged corruptions in the rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar Dam oustees, in Bhopal.

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Social activist Medha Patkar with CPM leader Sitaram Yechuri at a rally against the assassination of slain journalist Gauri Lankesh at central college ground in Bengaluru.

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Social activist Medha Patkar and Senior CPM leader Sitaram Yechuri with other writers and activists at a rally against the assassination of journalist Gauri Lankesh at central college ground in Bengaluru.

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Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar addressing a press conference in connection with the rehabilitation of Sardar Sarovar Dam oustees, in Bhopal.

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Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar during her indefinite fast seeking proper rehabilitation of the families which would be displaced following closing of the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada at Chidhalda village in Dhar district.

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NBA leader Medha Patkar participating in the kisan mukti sansad in New Delhi.

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Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav, NAPM’s Medha Patkar and others take party in Kisan Mukti Yatra in Mandsaur, a month after the police firing that killed 5 farmers.

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Social activist and Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar with Wang Marathwadi dam project affected villagers before rehabilitation meeting with government officers in Karad, Maharashtra.

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Social activist Medha Patkar along with supporters during the start of the 2nd phase of their 'Nasha Mukt Bharat Andolan Rashtriya Yatra' at Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram, in Ahmedabad. The Yatra will come to an end with commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary at Rajghat, Delhi on 30th January, 2017.

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Bihar Chief Minsirer Nitish Kumar at Barwani near Indore with Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar.

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Bihar Chief Minsirer Nitish Kumar at Barwani near Indore with Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Megha Patkar.

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Social activist Medha Patkar with other residents during a Jal Satyagrah to save Pipliyahana Lake in Indore.

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Medha Patkar The Cause Narmada Bachao has been a 30-year andolan for her now. Besides, she’s part of other movements on land rights. The Effect The dam height is to be raised by 17 metres, so Medha’s fight continues apace. A model case spoken of the world over.

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Social activist Medha Patkar addresses the crowd as CPI leader Sitharam Yachuri (2nd L) and former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav (R) look on with other leaders at the CPI's state farmers association, Dalits Sangarsha Samiti and many other organisation's joint protest against the land acquisition bill in Bengaluru.

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Social activists Anna Hazare and Medha Patkar during an agitation against land acquisition ordinance, in New Delhi.

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal with Anna Hazare and Medha Patkar at the second day of protest against the land ordinance, in New Delhi.

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Anna Hazare with Medha Patkar, MDMK chief Vaiko and other supporters of IAC at the second day of the protest against land ordinance, in New Delhi.

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Social activist Medha Patkar addresses media at a press meet at Press Club in Kolkata

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Social activist Medha Patkar addresses a press conference in Bhubaneswar.

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Activist Medha Patekar and CPI(M) Politburo member Brinda Karat during the Narmada Bachao Andolan protest against Gujarat government's recent order to raise the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam, during a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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Medha Patekar and supporters of the Narmada Bachao Andolan protesting the Gujarat government's recent decision to raise the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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AAP Party candidates Medha Patkar pays tribute to B R Ambedkar on the occasion of his birth anniversary at Chaitya Bhumi in Mumbai.

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal with party leaders Medha Patekar and Mayank Gandhi, during a road show in Mumbai.

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AAP candidate from Mumbai Northeast constituency, Medha Patkar addressing a press conference in Bhopal.

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Medha Patkar and Aam Adami Party members protesting against NCP in Mumbai.

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Social activists Anna Hazare, Medha Patkar and founder of the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana, MP Rjau Shetti (R) during a protest at Azad Maidan in Mumbai to save the co-operative sugar factories in Maharashtra from falling into the hands of politicians.

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Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare addresses the media flanked by aides Kiran Bedi and Medha Patkar, left, in New Delhi. Hazare held the conference to introduce his new team that will help take forward the "apolitical" anti-corruption battle.

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Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, second left, shouts slogans at the end of a press conference, flanked by aides Kiran Bedi and Medha Patkar, left, in New Delhi. Hazare held the conference to introduce his new team that will help take forward the "apolitical" anti-corruption battle.

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Indian social activist Medha Patkar, left, looks on as a relative of a missing Kashmiri youth displays documents and shouts, slogans against India during a protest rally in Srinagar. Patkar along with other Indian and Kashmiri social activists started a protest rally from Srinagar to north eastern town Imphal demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which gives the military powers such as the right to arrest suspected militants without a warrant and to shoot anyone suspected of being a rebel.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and social activist Medha Patkar after a meeting at Writers Building in Kolkata.

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Civil society members Medha Patkar, Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal address the media after their core committee meeting in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmadnagar.

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Social activist Medha Patkar along with supporters take out a rally in support of Anna Hazare's movement against corruption in Bhopal.

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Social activist Medha Patkar addresss a protest rally organised by India Against Corruption in Mumbai.

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Social activist Medha Patkar and Civil rights activist Binayak Sen at a protest against forced displacement people from their lands in New Delhi.

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Social activist Medha Patkar shouting slogans with villagers protest against Posco in Jagatsinghpur.

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Social activist Medha Patkar being arrested by the UP police when she tried to visit Bhatta Parsaul village in Greater Noida. She was released later.

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Social activist Medha Patekar consoles Omvati who lost her husband during the bloody clash between police and farmers, at Bhatta Parsaul village in Noida.

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Social activist Anna Hazare with Medha Patkar after breaking his fast at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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Social activist Anna Hazare with Medha Patkar (R) and Kiran Bedi (L) during the 4th day of his indefinite fast for "Jan Lokpal Bill", in New Delhi.

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Social activist Medha Patkar drinks water during a sit-in dharna with the representatives of the villages affected by the Sardar Sarovar project, at Environment Ministry in New Delhi.

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Social activist Medha Patkar addressing the representatives of the villages affected by the Sardar Sarovar project during a sit-in dharna at Environment Ministry in New Delhi.

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Social activist Medha Patkar releases a book 'Civil Disobedience' by L C Jain (unseen) as filmmaker Shyam Benegal and actress Shabana Azmi applaud during a function in Mumbai.

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Film maker Aparna Sen, social worker Medha Patkar and others take part in a rally demanding unconditional release of Binayak Sen in Kolkata.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan along with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and State Minister Chhagan Bhujbal meets social workers Anna Hazare and Medha Patkar in Nagpur.

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Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, right, and social activist Medha Patkar talk during a public rally in the Maoist held area of Lalgarh in West Midnapore district of West Bengal. Banerjee directly addressed the Maoists during the rally and urged for peace talks with them immediately.

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Kolkata: Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar and social activist Swami Agnivesh, who is playing the role of a mediator between the Centre and the Maoists, during a press conference in Kolkata to protest the killing, allegedly in a fake encounter, of Maoist spokesperson Azad (Cherukuri Rajkumar) and journalist Hem Pandey

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Environmental activist Medha Patkar joins the activists of the National Alliance of People's Movements protesting against the proposed bills to amend land acquisition and rehabilitation laws, in New Delhi.

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Medha Patkar, Activist Her deeds define her as a satyagrahi. Tempestuous, insouciant, never short of opinions—as a Gandhian ought to be. She’s faced lathis, starvation, even prison walls for 20 years while leading the Narmada Bachao Andolan (nba) against one of the world’s largest river projects, the Sardar Sarovar Dam. A project that would displace 3,20,000 tribals and submerge over 37,000 hectares of land. The nba made the World Bank reconsider its funding. In 1991, she won The Right Livelihood award (the alternative Nobel Peace prize). Indefatigable at 50, Medha continues to make the globe pay heed to the voices from the Narmada valley.

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Medha Patkar addresses participants at a demonstration by activists of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) in New Delhi. The demonstrators were protesting against the World Bank sponsored Sardar Sarovar dam which has flooded hectares of farmland and displaced thousands of people.

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POSCO project supporters protest against social activist Medha Patkar (seen at the front) at the entry gate of Nuagaon village of Jagatsinghpur on Wednesday. Patkar visited Jagatsinghpur area to call upon the people to agitate against the land acquisition for the proposed POSCO project where she has again been cold shouldered by the villagers, after she faced a similar treatment at Govindapur, Patana and Noliasahi, where the villagers refused to meet her. The villagers were warned by project supporters that anyone talking to her would be fined Rs 5,000 each or so she alleged, adding that the Naveen Patnaik government, POSCO-India and local MLA Damodar Rout had joined hands to snatch fertile land from the poor people, mostly farmers.

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Finally, some relief. Nearly eight months after 14 people were killed in police firing and violence in Nandigram, the West Bengal government today announced a cash compensation of Rs two lakh for the families of the dead and agreed to take action against the police officers responsible. Social activist Medha Patkar claimed that she had been assaulted, allegedly by CPI(M) activists, at Kapaseberia in East Midnapore district on her way to the strife-torn Nandigram village. "There were CPI(M) men carrying red flags who blocked my car and some other vehicles which were going along with mine to Nandigram. I was hit on the face and they tried to pull my hair and was about to drag me out of the car," Patkar said. The CPM predictably denies all knowledge of the incident.

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Social activist Medha Patkar, center, gestures during a demonstration against the world's third-largest steelmaker POSCO and mining company Vedanta, in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Citing the examples of Singur and Nandigram in West Bengal, the Narmada Bacchao Andolan leader once again attacked the state's Left Front government saying it is working for the interests of industrial houses and this is totally opposed to the basic principles of Leftist ideology. She also blamed the Central government for allowing the use of farm land to set up special economic zones, adding "we will fight against the government that works against the interests of the people, particularly farmers"

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Thursday 7 December
'Strange Bedfellows; is what CPI(M)'s mouthpiece called the coming together of Medha Patkar, Rajnath Singh, Mamata Baneerjee and some of the Congress leaders to oppose the Singur acquisition of land for Tatas' small car project. But they were not the only ones. Eminent writer Mahasweta Devi and Arundhati Roy too joined in, demanding a national debate on land use policy in Left-ruled West Bengal. And the criticism was pointed: 'double standards'. They were, they said, "amazed to see that party which opposes SEZ in Maharashtra and the Kolamvaram dam project in Andhra Pradesh because of displacement of farmers, is trying to dislodge them and take away their fertile land to serve corporate interest at Singur". Sitaram Yechury of the CPI (M) was quick to respond, accusing Medha Patkar of being part of the "opportunist combine" While Medha Patkar was later arrested for participating in a march in Kolkata, Mamata Banerjee has been on a fast for over a week. CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose, meanwhile, says Mamta is "an MP, who never submits her views on issues of development and instead makes unreasonbable statements and has been acting just like an adamant little girl" and that Medha Patkar "has involved herself in politics in West Bengal in the name of social activities".

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Sunday 15 October
Social activist Medha Patkar and other activists protest in front of the residence of Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaikat Bhubaneswar. The anti-Posco agitation in the state took a violent turn when nearly 100 activists led by Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar broke the security cordon and tried to force their way into Chief Minister's residence. The 20 day hunger strike against the South Korean steel firm has been on since the last three weeks in the city. Patkar met the agitators on Saturday and extended her support to their demand for a debate with the government on the Posco project, and has also vowed to build up a peoples' movement against Special Economic Zones, saying the SEZ policy was designed to help corporate houses at the expense of the poor.

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Monday 19 June
Policemen detain Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar during a protest outside the residence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi. Criticizing the government for not taking adequate steps to rehabilitate the displaced people, around 50 NBA activists staged a sit-in outside 10, Janpath and shouted slogans against the Centre. Police took the protestors into preventive detention after they refused to move away from the high-security Akbar Road and took them to Parliament Street Police Station. Earlier, Patkar had said she has some "serious concerns" on the functioning of the V K Shunglu committee constituted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to report on rehabilitation of Narmada dam-displaced families.

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Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar holds a placard during a protest in New Delhi against the Supreme Court ruling on the construction of the Sardar Sarovar dam on the Narmada river. Terming the apex court's judgement rejecting the plea for stopping construction work as "shocking", Patkar vowed to continue her campaign against the "injustice" meted out to the people displaced due to the dam. The NBA leader, alongwith a number of activists including noted writer Arundhati Roy, organised a sit-in before the Supreme Court to mark her protest against the decision. She accused the Centre of "making a mockery of its role with regard to rehabilitation of the project affected families, especially adivasis".

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Monday 8 May
In a major blow to the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), the Supreme Court has declined its plea to stop the ongoing construction work to raise the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam from the existing 110 metres to 121.92 m at this stage. The order was passed by a Bench headed by Chief Justice Y K Sabharwal after Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanian submitted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has constituted a three-member committee to look into the relief and rehabilitation work for project-affected families in Madhya Pradesh and the committee was likely to submit its report by June to him. The court also expressed the hope that all the parties concerned would fully cooperate and not cause any obstruction in the work of survey teams constituted by the group.

Monday 3 April
Does nobody care for human lives any more? The government did have to act, though, once Medha Patkar's situation worsened after seven days of hunger-strike, and the committed activist did not budge despite three union ministers personally visiting and imploring her to break her fast. The picture shows an altercation between her supporters and union minister for water resources Saif-u-din Soz, when Soz visited Patkar. The Narmada Bachao Andolan leader has turned down Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's request to her to end her indefinite hunger strike, and insists she would continue to protest till the government makes public its report on the rehabilitation of the families affected by the Sardar Sarovar Project.

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