Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2005
This description of Pratibha Shinde's work was prepared when Pratibha Shinde was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
In recent years, India’s government has built many dam projects, blocking rivers to create massive reservoirs, in the hope that this will solve the country’s water and electricity problems. The people who live in areas flooded by the swelling reservoirs, however, are all but ignored. Policies for helping refugees differ markedly across state borders, making it easy to fall through the cracks. In addition, when refugees do receive assistance, it is rarely anything beyond being assigned to new land. Pratibha Shinde campaigns for a uniform national rehabilitation policy to provide actual practical assistance to displaced people. She wants the government to do more than just give official permission to people to settle on some random new piece of land; she wants the government to ensure that these people have the opportunity to prosper in their new homes.
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