Does Raising Questions on the Rights of Adivasis Make Me a ‘Deshdrohi’?

This short note was written by Fr Stan Swamy after the Jharkhand authorities filed a case of sedition against him for supporting the adivasi Pathalgadi movement.

Over the last two decades, I have identified myself with the adivasi people and their struggle for a life of dignity and self respect. As a writer, I have tried to analyse the different issues they face. In this process, I have clearly expressed my dissent over several policies and laws enacted by the government in the light of the Indian constitution. I have questioned the validity, legality and justness of several steps taken by the government and the ruling class. Read more

Courtesy: The Wire

NALCO revives bauxite mining proposal

Public sector National Aluminium Company (NALCO), which has bauxite mines and alumina refinery and smelter in neighbouring Odisha, has revived its proposal for bauxite mining and investment on aluminium complex in Visakhapatnam district generating a lot of interest among various circles. Read more

Courtesy: The Hindu

पत्थलगड़ी आंदोलन का उभार राजभवनों की निष्क्रियता का परिणाम है

कुछेक अपवाद छोड़ दिए जाएं तो संविधान लागू होने के बाद से आज तक किसी भी राज्य के राज्यपाल ने पांचवीं अनुसूची के तहत मिले अपने अधिकारों और दायित्वों का निर्वहन आदिवासियों के पक्ष में करने में कोई रुचि नहीं दिखाई है.

झारखंड के ‘खूंटी क्षेत्र’ से मोदी युग की मीडिया में सुर्खियों में आया पत्थलगड़ी का आंदोलन पांचवीं अनुसूची यानी आदिवासी बाहुल्य क्षेत्रों में तेजी से पनप रही परिघटना है. इसके ऐतिहासिक संदर्भ और अलग-अलग तरह के सांस्कृतिक आयाम हैं जिन पर बात किए बगैर आज के संदर्भों में इसे समझना मुश्किल होगा. Read more

Courtesy: The Wire

Sundargarh Tribals Organised Public Meeting, Marched in a Protest Rally and Gheraoed District Collector demanding Implementation of 5th Scheduled, PESA Act 1996 and FRA, 2006

Sundargarh: Thousands of tribals coming across the district today organized a public meeting at Bhawani playground ,marched in a protest rally around the Sundargarh city and gheroaed the district Collector office demanding implementation of 5th Scheduled, PESA Act 1996 and FRA, 2006 under the banner of Adivasi Mulniwasi Adhikar Surakshya Manch(AMASM) and Adivasi Mulabsi Bachao Manch, Sundargah(AMBM). They gave slogan like “Gram Sabha Sarkar Zindabad”, “Hamara Gaaon me Ham Sarkar”, “Jo Jamin Sarkari Hai Wo Zamin Hamari Hai”, “Ladenge Zitenge” etc. Read more

Courtesy: Orissadiary.com

Mutiny sown in opium farms

Social activist Md Nayeemuddin may not be far-fetched when he says the tribal pathalgadi movement – erecting stone slabs to apparently establish self-rule by gram sabha and overthrow the government and its agencies – has the potential to turn Khunti into a mini-Afghanistan.

Nayeemuddin was reacting to Sunday’s pathalgadi ritual in six Khunti villages on Sunday, the biggest of them all in rebel-hit Kochang, where opium farms flourish. Read more

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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