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the himachal pradesh government made the decision at cabinet level to cancel entirely the proposed 1MW hydro project at jogini falls.

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Villagers of Vashisht are happy & relieved today Mayday 2012 (1st May 2012). The Himachal Pradesh Government made the decision at Cabinet Level to cancel entirely the proposed 1MW hydro project at Jogini Falls. Celebrations are being held in honour of the Goddess (Jogini Devi “Ma Mai”).

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This happened because Village Vashisht rose up & fought the 'Water Millers' company (Bhuntar); a committee of three was formed to organise resistance (Krishna Thakur, Anup Thakur & Thakur); opposition to the project had been determined but sporadic until the middle of 2011 when a small demonstration marched from Vashisht Village square to deliver a protest to the police & civil authorities in Manali (11 June 2011).

The tide begn to turn when a massive protest, beautifully organised, on 25th July 2012, gathered together women & men from all over the Upper Kullu valley. Through a network of women's associations called 'Mahila Mandals' an estimated ten thousand, largely women, gathered together at Vashisht Village square & marched in noisy protest to the Manali Police Station & the District Collector's office.

INTERNAL LINKS

First Jogini Anti-Hydro Demo (video)  raw video footage (length 33:50) shot while accompanying the demonstrators from their assembly in Vashisht Village, to their arrival at Manali Police station & later when they reached the Jogini Falls, had darshan, ate a meal & retired home.

Jogini Falls - The Flower Raj Encyclopaedia  wiki entry relating the importance of Jogini Devi to Vashisht Village & chronicling their fight to stop the 1MW Chhor Naala hydro project.

Jogini Falls - The Flower Raj Photos  photo albums series 2011 & 2012 (ongoing).

EXTERNAL LINKS

What is the role of Mahila mandal? "Mahila Mandalas are voluntary service organizations which work for the betterment of the women in the villages of India. These rural women are interested in working together with the help of Gram Sevikas, Mukhya Sevikas, Supervisor, and Program Officer"...

Mahila Mandals in Gender Politics "Mahila mandals, the traditional local women's organisations, have tremendous potential to address women's strategic gender needs. In rural areas they are increasingly acting as vehicles of resistance that enable women to enter the public domain".


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