First of all, do not be defensive. Ask her, is she anti-hindu? If not, then why is she sending you to a link that is still harping on Godhra? Yes, the burning alive of the 59 innocents was ghastly and even more ghastly was the riots that followed. And in any case, she should look at *Indians* dying and not Hindus-Muslims and given the SC/SIT verdicts you are putting it behind and you trust the SC/SIT more than any 2-bit leftist organization.
That brings to the 2-point :- that this is a leftist organization. And you can point her to what leftists do in China/Bengal and Nandigram. Tell her to find it herself and say it is better to put trust in anybody other than mass murderers like the leftist organization.
The above site is discredited., putting any credit in that site is just plain criminal.
Now coming to the point by point rebuttal above., take this:
For you (and others) this is coming from a person whose Brother-in-law worked for the sardar sarovar project., way back in 1980s and this is as authorative it gets on this forum (other forumites - feel free to make it my famous last words
) and definitely far (far more) authorative than what that crap of the site does.
From the article:
NaMo wrote:Even after so many years of Independence, water is taken to the soldiers on camel backs. Around 800 camels are reserved for this purpose. When I visited the soldiers, I saw their pain with my own eyes and friends, I ensured that a 700km long pipeline was made from the east of Gujarat till the Indo-Pak border in the west of Gujarat and pure Narmada water for drinking purposes was supplied. This happened because of my respect and feelings for the soldiers who are stationed at the border
Fascist interpretation wrote:The claim he makes is that because of his love and respect for the army men and due to his emotional attachment with them, he had himself ensured the laying down of the 700 km pipeline to bring water of Narmada to the Indo-Pak Border.
The reality is completely otherwise since the Kutch drinking water pipeline is part of a much bigger project called Sardar Sarovar Canal and Mahi Pipeline based drinking water supply plan which was in works as far back as 1999 when Modi was not even in contention to be Gujarat’s CM.
The SSP was envisaged in 1960s. The dream of taking Narmada water to the parched lands of kutch existed even before the dawn of independence. A true-blue Gujju will take a oath on Narmada and is a pilgrimage for Saurashtra and Kutchis. Of course modern day culture has destroyed or frayed those connections. The real project started not in 1999 as mentioned, but way before that in 1980s - and the real fun was started in 1990s. The delays forced by Medha and Dhotis actually increased the cost.
The point is NaMo is not a superman who has initiated the idea of SSP and taking the water's to Kutch. However NaMo is the CM that made it happen in the last 12 years. Here is what NaMo did:
* In March 2004, the Authority allowed a 15 m (49 ft) height increase to 110 m (360 ft).
* In March 2006, the Narmada Control Authority gave clearance for the height of the dam to increased from 110.64 m (363.0 ft) to 121.92 m (400.0 ft). This came after 2003 when the Supreme Court of India refused allow the height of the dam to increase again.
And currently NaMo is fighting hard to have the gates installed. The gates are ordered, are manufactured and are at the site but cannot be installed because the Central government has *NOT* given permission. NaMos point is install the gates (takes 3-4 years) and after installation keep it open till SC's decision comes based on hearings about increasing the lake area.
Point is each subsequent raising increased the capacity which allowed the Narmada canal to be extended all the way to Rajasthan.
The Narmada Canal brings water North from the Sardar Sarovar Dam 460 kilometres (290 mi) in Gujarat and 74 kilometres (46 mi) in Rajasthan.
Inaugurated on 24 April 2008, the The Narmada Canal comes as a blessing for the farmers and residents of Jalore District and Barmer Districts. These Zone of Rajasthan has High Saline water ( Khaara Paani)[\b] Hence the agricultural output was very poor. These zones have very poor monsoon, and the agricultural productivity was very poor. More than 65% of lands were Barren and could grown only thorny trees. The blessing of Narmada River has given happiness to the farmers of Rajasthan, the farms of Sanchore Teshil are having lush green crops of Bajri. This year the farmers are expecting a bumper crop and output of more than 45–60% higher than last year. Narmda Canal enter Rajasthan at Silu Village – 8 km from Sanchore city. The Silu Dam was inaugurates by Vasundra Raje the then Hon Chief Minister of Rajasthan.
Narmda Canal Main Canal in Rajasthan – is 74 km long and has 9 major distributries. The total length of Main Canal, Major Distributries and Secondary Distributries covers a huge area of 1477 km and spreads happiness and prosperity to 124 villages in Jalore and Barmer District.
BTW, the joys Narmada is bringing to Raj, is paid by the Gujaratis. This is to do with Guj. taking over the financing after WB refused thanks to Medha/Dhotis (now you should know the hatred people have in Guj. for the Medha/Dhotis)
Coming to parched state, if your friend bring up "environmental issues"., just tell them that you wish for their children to die a slow death due to skelatal fluorisis https://www.google.com/search?q=skeletal+fluorosis&espv=210&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=5VwEU577K4zpoAT61YCADA&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1600&bih=775
. Send her the above link and tell her, does she wish it on her own kids (now or future?) and if not., how can she wish it on others? It is imperative that the fresh waters of Narmada rich the parched lands North Guj. and Raj (sorry, I cannot show any emotion or empathy to your friend)
Coming to the point of NaMo and the site., the site twists what NaMo said. NaMo said - please reserve a separate canal of some length specifically to address border areas. He made it happen via an executive decision. Nothing wrong in claiming credit where it is due. Anyway the canal was being built and instead of taking it some place else, he takes it to the border areas.
So the article goes on twisting it saying that the pipeline to kutch was already planned. Yes, in the general plan, the main pipe was to touch important centeres in kutch., but who took a branch from there to BSF? NaMo.
The article rubs it in as follows:
[b]The pipeline drinking water reached the Indo-Pak Border on 16th August, 2013 and that too intermittently and the distance between Rapar in Kutch and the Indo-Pak border is around 100 kms. This part of the drinking water pipeline was also a part of the Rapar project but it took ten long years for such a small stretch of pipeline to be laid.
It takes a while to get over the condescending attitude, the point is that even an intermittent 2 hour every 2 day drinking water supply is preferable over anything that gives skeletal fluorisis. And BTW, that is the same amount of drinking water which average citizens of Delhi gets - Thank You #aaptards of Kejri!!
Now why is the water intermittent? And why the "10 years" to the border? First of all you cannot just build branches and mains when you do not have water to supply and for that to happen, you have to monitor how much is the inflow from catchment and come up with advanced modelling and sometimes you just have to wait for the height to be raised and wait for the water level to rise before you can take the water further by extending the canals.
So the article twists and twists and twists to reach its own condescending conclusion just because they are anti-modi. Now coming back to your friend, just ask her - does she believe all that trash because she is anti-hindu? I will leave it up on how you want to play it., in case you want to have your friend - maybe you do not attack but just point out what you believe in.
Namely, under NaMos watch
1. The water *has* reached Raj
2. That BSF is getting water
3. There *is* agriculture and more value added agriculture in Kutch. The people of kutch are putting more store in NaMo (and the people of Gujarat too - electing him four times and 3 times as CM). So either the 2/3rd voters of Guj. are fools or the article writers are telling a lie somewhere else.
On a personal note, I have personally watched kutchis and south Raj's taking their cows and migrating south in Summer - to save their cattle herds and living dirt poor, near to subsistence life., and now they grow crops.
At any day, I would prefer to sink 400 sq. km of area under water if I can achieve this:
irrigate 17,920 km2 (6,920 sq mi) of land spread over 12 districts, 62 talukas, and 3,393 villages (75% of which is drought-prone areas) in Gujarat and 730 km2 (280 sq mi) in the arid areas of Barmer and Jalore districts of Rajasthan.
[Forget the additional benefits of drinking water to parched villages]
And while you are at it, sink her in information like following:http://www.sunedison.com/wps/wcm/connect/b16fe5ba-78b4-4f1a-a733-21bd056dfe7e/Case_Study_Narmada-FINAL.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=b16fe5ba-78b4-4f1a-a733-21bd056dfe7e