Adivasis launch ‘Jala Deeksha’ అక్టోబర్ 21, 2012Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, biodiversity, Congress, corruption, Culture, ecology, Godavari, heritage, Identity, indigenous, Khammam, Koya, Polavaram, ST, struggle, Telangana, YSR.
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Adivasis launch ‘Jala Deeksha’
Staff reporter, The Hindu, Khammam, October 19, 2012
Standing in waist-deep water near Kunavaram, the protesters raise slogans against Polavaram project
Adivasis from areas facing submergence from the Polavaram project on Thursday launched a relay “Jala Deeksha” at the confluence point of the Sabari and the Godavari near Kunavaram.
The Adivasis launched the agitation under the aegis of the “People Against Polavaram Project” (PAPP), an inter-State committee comprising various tribal organisations of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Ordisha. Adivasis from Malkangiri district in Odisha and Sukma district in Chhattisgarh participated in the stir on the first day.
Standing in waist-deep water at the confluence point, the protesters, including women, raised slogans against the project. PAPP general secretary and Adivasi Sankshema Parishad leader Sunnam Venkataramana led the agitation.
“We have launched the stir in a symbolic protest against the project, which poses a serious threat to the interests of thousands of Adivasis, large tracts of forestland and above all the rich biodiversity of the tribal areas spread in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Orissa,” said Nehru, coordinator of the PAPP.
Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Nehru said the Polavaram project, if constructed, would not only displace thousands of Adivasis but also cause irreparable damage to their centuries-old traditions.
“If the State government is really committed to protecting the interests of Adivasis and the biodiversity of the tribal areas, it should immediately shelve the project,” he said.