Alok Agrawal (IITK89 & NBA) is the AAP Candidate from Khandwa (MP)

 A 1989 Chemical Engineering graduate of IIT Kanpur, Alok Agarwal has devoted the last 25 years of his life towards the Narmada Bachao Andolan and helping the indigenous and indigent people living in and around the basin of that controversial river.

Due to the efforts he was a part of in the 90’s, World Bank undertook an independent study of the project, and eventually came to the conclusion that it fell grossly short of initial guidelines. After that report was publicized, the Government of India decided to terminate their long agreements with the World Bank.

In 2002, Alok, along with the NBA, was instrumental in procuring a compensation of ₹ 10 crore for the families displaced by the Maandam project. In 2005, Alok and his team won a High Court ruling against the state government which prevented the latter from using the police force and bulldozers in the Indira Sagar Dam area for the displacement of people. The Court ruling also granted a compensation amounting to ₹ 11 crore for the displaced people.

Eventually, Alok initiated Jal Satyagraha, a novel form of peaceful resistance where protesters stand in water, to demand proper compensation and rehabilitation of the families displaced by the Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar dam. These protests bore fruit when the Supreme Court of India, in the year 2011-12, ruled in favor of the displaced people and ordered the government to give “land for land”.

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