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Updated: February 9, 2012 00:29 IST

Medha declines Karnataka award

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Social activist Medha Patkar has declined the Karnataka government's Basava Puraskara 2010 on grounds of “disagreement with certain State policies and inability of the government to deal with mining scam and other scandals.”

The award carries a citation and cash prize worth Rs. 10 lakh.

Ms. Patkar said:

“It would have been an honour to receive the award in the name of revolutionary saint poet, philosopher Shri Basaveshwara of the 12th century, who promoted social change, reform and harmony, but the collective opinion of movements I am associated with suggests that the Karnataka government has not been able to deal with the mining scam and other scandals.

“The Lokayukta controversy is not yet over and there are disagreements with people's movements on certain policies related to farmers, workers, unorganised sector workers, slum dwellers and the [State] government's attempts at privatisation and corporatisation of scarce natural resources — land, water, forests and minerals.”

“I, therefore, would like to state with humility my inability to accept the award, which you may be free to give to any other deserving activist,” she said in a letter to the State government on Tuesday.

Ms. Patkar, who is the founder of the Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance of People's Movements, was chosen for the award for her “contribution towards social change and promotion of the principles which Saint Basaveshwara championed.”

The award was announced by the Department of Kannada and Culture through a government notification dated December 3, 2011.

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Politicians and other malicious People are trying to bury Anna and his
movement alive. Politicians in our country have managed to achieve a
miserable low never achieved before. Rejecting this award is an apt decision that has to be applauded. Activists like Medha and anna are great people working for the nation. Wish we had policy makers and bureaucrats like them.

from:  Shashank Joshi
Posted on: Feb 9, 2012 at 19:53 IST

She is the real activist working for common people. Shame on you corrupt politicians and white corporates. You are looting the resources of the generations to come in our beloved country. Jai Hind.

from:  Majeed
Posted on: Feb 9, 2012 at 16:51 IST

If so, she cannot accept any award from any of the state/central govt in
India.

This is an award given for her work, not given to grease her palm.

from:  Muthu
Posted on: Feb 9, 2012 at 16:26 IST

Really well decided! It will be shameful to accept such awards from tainted hands! Salutes Medhaji!

from:  Remya ramakrishnan
Posted on: Feb 9, 2012 at 14:02 IST

Really appreciate your decision to declines the Karnataka award by a government which is involved in all types of scams.

from:  Tanveer
Posted on: Feb 9, 2012 at 13:01 IST

Salutes to you and your spirit, Medha! This declination is the capital for a better Bharat, for the change we aspire for.

from:  Tarakanta Nayak
Posted on: Feb 9, 2012 at 12:01 IST

What a great soul Medha is! God bless her to live long with courage to help others!

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Feb 9, 2012 at 04:54 IST
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