Lecture on ACT protest against hydel projects at IIT Delhi

Gangtok, 24 Apr:

Founder Member, Affected Citizens of Teesta [ACT],Tseten Lepcha gave a lecture at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),New Delhi, on the occasion of Earth Day on 22 April at the Lecture Hall Complex, IIT. His lecture was on ‘Hydro Powers on River Teesta in Himalayan Sikkim and the Environmental Activism of youth’, a press release informs.

The programme was moderated and organized by Professor (Dr)VibhaArora, who has done extensive studies on Sikkim.The lecture was attended by faculty and students of IIT.

The program was also attended by faculty members of Jamia Milla Islamia University, PhD scholars from Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU), PhD scholars, lawyers, senior social activists and members of Delhi Lepcha Association.

Mr Lepcha focused on the ACT movement against Mega Hydro Electric Power Projects in Dzongu and other parts of Sikkim.Special reference was given to the role of youth, women and spiritual leaders like the Monks, Muns, Bongthings and Nature worshippers.

This was followed by an interactive session wherein Mr Lepcha fielded questions from the audience.

Issues discussed included the effectiveness of Dzumsa system in stopping megahydel projectsin comparison to Panchayati Raj, role of women in the Teesta movement, inability of activists to prevent land owners from selling their land to the Power Project, role of national & international agencies in support of the movement, etc.