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Sunday, August 1, 1999 Published at 12:06 GMT 13:06 UK


World: South Asia

'Rally for the Valley'



Best-selling novelist Arundhati Roy has catapulted the 15-year struggle against the building of the Narmada dam in western India to a high-profile campaign. As the waters of the Narmada river begin to rise, she joins a mass "Rally for the Valley."


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Women from Maheshwar village threaten to commit suicide in the Narmada river. A government project to raise the height of the massive Sardar Sarovar Dam threatens to submerge 60 villages along the river.


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Arundhati Roy is showered with petals. She has called for alternative ways of achieving the government's goals, such as rain water storage, building irrigation canals and finding other power-generating sources.


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Critics says the building of the dam will displace about 250,000 people, many of them tribal groups.


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Villagers in Domkhedi - one of the tribal villages that will be submerged by rising waters in the coming monsoon season.


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Arundhati Roy jumps from boat to boat during the "Rally for the Valley" march to the Narmada Dam.


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