Caught between junglewale and judumwale, adivasis migrants are now in search of a peaceful life

By Purusottam Thakur* Adivasis from Chhattisgarh who have for long migrated to Andhra Pradesh as farm labourers, or were driven across the border by the militant-militia violence, have begun to return. But several stay on in their new homes where they feel safe, despite a lack of basic amenities and an officialdom that misspells their … More Caught between junglewale and judumwale, adivasis migrants are now in search of a peaceful life

90% of mining in India is illegal: Deprived of basic rights, tribals treated as untouchables in their lands

A delegation* of the mines, mineral and People (mm&P) from across eight states recently met Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram and Minister of State for Steel and Mines Vishnu Deo Sai, as also parliamentarians of various political parties, to  submit a memorandum insisting on the need to implement the concerns of children in the … More 90% of mining in India is illegal: Deprived of basic rights, tribals treated as untouchables in their lands

Compensatory afforestation scheme may lead to conflicts, seriously affecting tribals’ livelihood

By Manohar* The State Chapter of the Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD), which struggled for the enactment of Forest Rights Act, 2006 across the country, has opposed the Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Act, 2016, enacted by the BJP government. CSD called this Act as anti-tribal and anti-forest dwellers. CSD is of the view that … More Compensatory afforestation scheme may lead to conflicts, seriously affecting tribals’ livelihood

Compensatory afforestation activities must be done with tribals’ free, prior and informed consent

A note on the National Consultation on Compensatory Afforestation and Rights of Forest-Dwelling Communities, held recently in Delhi: SSince in its enactment in 2016 the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAF) Act, 2016, also known as CAMPA, has seen protests by tribals and forest dwellers, civil society organizations and citizens’ groups across the … More Compensatory afforestation activities must be done with tribals’ free, prior and informed consent

We consider Narmada Bhagvan’s daughter. Sarkar doesn’t seem to respect or care for our Bhagvan

Surban is from Kakarana village, a very respected people’s representative among the tribals of Alirajpur district in the Narmada Valley. He raises some pertinent questions on the soul less ‘developmental model’ that has ruthlessly uprooted people, cultures and degraded nature and its resources. He compares the urban ‘educated’, ‘individualistic’ civilization with the communitarian tribal/individual societies … More We consider Narmada Bhagvan’s daughter. Sarkar doesn’t seem to respect or care for our Bhagvan

Honour 2012 Gram Sabha resolution, return 2,700 acres land for betel cultivation, stop steel project

Recent media reports say that 2,700 acres of land in Odisha’s Paradip Area is again sought to be handed to a private player  for a port. Statement by the POSCO Pratirodh  Sangram Samiti (PPSS) opposing the move, which has begun with that the construction a wall around the land: It was the sustained and peaceful … More Honour 2012 Gram Sabha resolution, return 2,700 acres land for betel cultivation, stop steel project