How Tribal Advisory Council decisions in Andhra Pradesh were disregarded under political pressure

By Dr Palla Trinadha Rao* The Tribal Advisory Council (TAC), a constitutional arm under Fifth Scheduled of the Constitution has been established by the Government of Andhra Pradesh by issuing a Government Order (GO) Ms No 84 ceasing the political and legal question for it. However, a political debate afresh has been raised, rallying around … More How Tribal Advisory Council decisions in Andhra Pradesh were disregarded under political pressure

Successive govts have denied rights of tribals, “legitimised” the cultivations of non-tribals

Dr Palla Trinadha Rao* The proposed Comprehensive Land Survey (CLS) of the State of Telangana   appears to have stirred the hornet’s nest within the context of tribal land rights. It is obvious that since Nizam ruling to till the date  various land policy forms introduced by the successive governments have contributed large scale tribal land … More Successive govts have denied rights of tribals, “legitimised” the cultivations of non-tribals

Lesser known history of struggle against Sardar Sarovar dam, as told by two Adivasi leaders

By Nandini Oza* ‘LaDha Narmadecha’, my book in Marathi, is based on the oral history of two senior Adivasi leaders of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), Keshavbhau Vasave and Kevalsingh Vasave. It has just been published by Rajhans Prakashan, Pune. This oral history consists of long interviews with the senior activists. The oral history of Keshavbhau … More Lesser known history of struggle against Sardar Sarovar dam, as told by two Adivasi leaders

Depeasantisation: A result of uneven structural changes due commoditisation of Adivasi economy

By Goldy M George* In rural Chhattisgarh land is the lone sources of livelihood for both the landed class and landless mass. All economic activity related to land are based on cultivation and crop production. When land is taken for mining or any development project, apparently it is a denial of access to land and … More Depeasantisation: A result of uneven structural changes due commoditisation of Adivasi economy

Schooling of STs: India can learn from Brazilian experience of educating indigenous people

By V Santhakumar* Amarendra Das1 and I have visited a set of schools in the tribal villages of the Gajapati district of Odisha state (in India) early this year. Since these tribal communities speak a different language (namely Soura) (and they don’t speak the main language of the state – Oriya), schools here practice bilingual education in 1-4 … More Schooling of STs: India can learn from Brazilian experience of educating indigenous people

Odisha governor must exercise special powers and overcome anomalies on tribal land rights

Memorandum submitted to the Odisha governor on land grabbing and settlement in favour of outsider non-tribals in the Scheduled Areas of Sundargarh district, Odisha: We the aboriginal Scheduled Tribe & people of Sundargarh district under the banner of Sundargarh Zilla Adivasi Mulvasi Bachao Manch would like to draw your kind attention as follows: That prior … More Odisha governor must exercise special powers and overcome anomalies on tribal land rights