A Narmada Diary

General Information

Author/Creator
Patwardhan, Anand, director.
Language
English, Hindi.
Subtitles
English
Published
India, 1995.
Physical Description
DVD-ROM (117 min.)

Contents/Summary

Summary
The Sardar Sarover Dam in western India, lynch-pin of a mammoth development project on the river Narmada's banks, has been criticized as uneconomical and unjust for it would benefit urban India at a cost borne by the rural poor. When completed, the dam would drown 37,000 hectares of fertile land, displace over 200,000 adivasis - the area's indigenous people -, and cost up to 400 billion rupees. Ecological, cultural, and human costs - as often is the case with "mega" projects - are rarely estimated. “A Narmada Diary” introduces the Narmada Bachao Andolan (the Save Narmada Movement) which has spearheaded the agitation against the dam. As government resettlement programs proved inadequate, the Narmada Bachao Andolan emerged as one of the most dynamic struggles in India. With non-violent protests and a determination to drown rather than to leave their homes and land, the people of the Narmada valley became symbols of a global struggle against irresponsible economic developments.

Subjects

Genre
Documentary films

Bibliographic Information

Note
Verzio Film Festival Submission

Holdings

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