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Water politics’ in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: While Maharashtra is engaged in a debate on Ajit Pawar’s irrational, insensitive and irresponsible statement on drought conditions; Gujarat too is witnessing a “water” loo! Opposition congress launched its “Jal Adhikar Yatra” which began from Dwarika and will conclude at Ambaji on 21 April. Accusing the government of apathy and mismanagement the opposition and several NGOs have exposed the tall claims of “development”. Turning the guns against Congress, Narendra Modi holds Congress government at the centre responsible for restraining it from raising the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam. As a counter action it also has launched an agitation against the central government. Amidst allegations and counter allegation, is a report in which dalits are deprived of drinking water from Narmada canals. Dalits of Chitalia village lodged a complaint with district officers alleging that the high caste dabangs are not allowing them to collect drinking water. They insult dalit women whenever they try to go to canal.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2013 on page no. 15

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