Interview with Medha Patkar


One wonders, what should be left out while introducing Mrs. Medha Patkar?She did her MA in Social Work from TISS, after which she worked with voluntary organisations in Bombay slums. Narmada Bachao Aandolan was established in 1989 by her with the aim of mobilizing tribal people, adivasis, farmers, environmentalists and human rights activists against the Sardar Sarovar Dam being built across the Narmada river, Gujarat, India. Megha tai or Megha didi as she is called is immensely popular amongst the village people she works with. She has received numerous awards, including the Deena Nath Mangeshkar Award, Mahatma Phule Award, Right Livelihood Award, Goldman Environment Prize, Green Ribbon Award for Best International Political Campaigner by BBC, and the Human Rights Defender’s Award from Amnesty International.

In this interview, Mrs. Patkar speaks about herself and the struggle for Narmada which goes on after so many years. She also gets candid about some of the problems which ail our country, and leaves us with a message for the youth. Visit the site ( for more information on how you can help.