It is clear that this is not a development model that will bring about the greatest good to the most number of people.
The Bhadbhut weir project on the Narmada river, which the prime minister inaugurated, will ruin their livelihood, the fisherman say.
Water is still not reaching those who need it, while people are being forced to give up their homes and livelihoods linked to the Narmada.
For people living by the Narmada in Madhya Pradesh’s Nimar, Modi’s birthday is being seen as a death day for their homes and livelihoods.
In Madhya Pradesh, where the scale of displacement is highest, the government has gone back on its previous promises of adequate rehabilitation.
Resettlement and rehabilitation packages are being provided in an exclusionary and ham-handed manner, leaving out those who need it the most.
For those who have fought over the years, it is not just about the dam, but about the violence and the injustice, and the development paradigm debate – development for whom and at what cost – that makes the issue valid even today.