Medha Patkar

Topics: Narmada Bachao Andolan, Madhya Pradesh, Human rights Pages: 3 (893 words) Published: August 4, 2010
Hunger strike
On 28th March, 2006, Medha went on a hunger strike, in protest of the decision taken by the authorities, to increase the height of the Narmada dam. The strike continued for a long period of 20 days and finally came to an end on April 17, 2006. The Supreme Court rejected the plea of Narmada Bachao Andolan to stop the construction of the dam. To know the complete life history of Medha Patkar, read on.

Detainment by Police
On December 2, 2006, Medha was arrested by the police at Singur in West Bengal, for her active involvement in the protest against getting the hold of farmland. She was detained, because the police officers thought that, she might provoke people, thus leading to law and order problem.

Foreign Fund and Anti-National Activities
The Madhya Pradesh Government alleged the Narmada Bachao Andolan of receiving foreign funds and using them for unclear purposes. They claimed that, the money that was obtained was being used by the organization to hamper the rehabilitation process.

During the early nineties Medha Patkar started gaining national and international attention for her efforts in the movement. Awards and Honors
She was a recipient of Right Livelihood Award (1991)
M.A.Thomas National Human Rights Award (1999)
Deena Nath Mangeshkar Award
Mahatma Phule Award
Goldman Environment Prize
Green Ribbon Award
Human Rights Defender's Award
Medha Patkar (Marathi: मेधा पाटकर, born December 1, 1954) is a Indian social activist. She is known for her role in Narmada Bachao Andolan. Medha Patkar is a well known social activist of India. She was born on 1st December in the year 1954 in Mumbai, India to Indu and Vasant Khanolkar, a trade union. [1] She was raised by politically and socially active parents. Her father actively fought in the Indian Independence Movement. Medha's mother was a member of Swadar, an organization setup to help and assist women suffering difficult circumstances arising out of...
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