Bullet train project: Japanese agency ready to meet farmers opposing land acquisition, claims lawyer

Officials of Japan International Cooperation Agency, which is partially funding the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, have agreed to meet farmers opposing land acquisition, reported PTI. Anand Yagnik, a lawyer representing the protesting farmers, on Wednesday said, “The JICA today formally acknowledged in a written communication that it has received the petition, and stated that soon it will arrange a meeting between JICA officials and farmers.” Read more

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Why Jharkhand’s Pathalgadi movement is worrying the state government

Merely 40 km away from the Jharkhand’s state capital Ranchi, Khunti, a newly-carved out district is in the limelight across the national media.

Dominated by CPI Maoist and its splinter rebel group PLFI and surrounded by rich flora and fauna, this district is now at the centre stage for its new kind of political movement popularly known as the Pathalgadi. While moving across the area one can see green, stone plaques standing at the entry point of the villages written Bharat ka Samvidhan on its top in Hindi language and listing constitutional provisions and tribal’s rights in white lettering. Read more

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Odisha govt lures industries via land banks, alienates people from commons

Life has never been easy for the residents of Gurjanga village in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district. The only motorable road to the village ends five kilometres from it. After that, a muddy trail along a thick forest of kendu, mahua and karanja to access the village. So last year, when forest officials offered to build the road, residents of the 70-household village were overwhelmed. “In return, they wanted us to give up our village forest so that the department can set up a teak plantation,” recounts Arun Shamal. “It was a difficult decision because most of us depend on forest produce for a living. Our livestock also graze here,” says Kirtan Pradhan, another resident. Last year, he earned Rs 15,000 selling mahua flowers and kendu leaf plates. The officials, claim the residents, particularly persuaded Shamal and Pradhan whose 0.3 ha of private land was surrounded by the forest. “They felled the entire forest and trees on our plots soon after receiving our consent and have planted 6,000 teak and 400 gambhiri saplings,” says Shamal, adding they have not received any written document or compensation for forgoing their land. Read more

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अधिकारों पर चर्चा के लिए जुटे देश भर के आदिवासी संगठन

संयुक्त राष्ट्र संघ द्वारा घोषित विश्व आदिवासी अधिकार दिवस का जश्न गुरुवार को रांची में देखने को मिला। आदिवासी समन्वय समिति के तत्वाधान में आयोजित इस महासम्मेलन में देश के 13 राज्यों का प्रतिनिधित्व दर्ज हुआ। हरमू मैदान में पूरे दिन के लिए यह कार्यक्रम चला जिसमें आदिवासी हित से जुड़े विभिन्न मुद्दों पर बात हुई। अन्य राज्यों से आए लोगों ने अपन राज्यों में आदिवासियों की स्थिति का वर्णन किया और उनकी उम्मीदों व मांगो को सबके सामने रखा। Read more

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देश में आदिवासी लड़ रहे अस्तित्व की लड़ाई, सभी दलों ने छला

यूएनओ द्वारा 13 सितंबर को घोषणा पत्र दिवस को विश्व आदिवासी अधिकार घोषणा दिवस के रूप में मनाया गया। आदिवासी समन्वय मंच, भारत द्वारा इस बार रांची के हरमू मैदान में इस कार्यक्रम का आयोजन किया गया, जिसमें झारखंड, नेपाल समेत देश के कुल 13 जनजातीय समुदायों ने हिस्सा लिया। कार्यक्रम के माध्यम से कहा गया कि आज पूरे देश में पांचवीं अनुसूची की अवहेलना हो रही है। आदिवासी संघर्षरत हैं। विगत 70 वर्षों में सभी दलों ने आदिवासियों को छलने का काम किया। ऐसे में देश में निवास करने वाले 10 करोड़ 39 लाख आदिवासियों को एकजुट होने की जरूरत है। Read more

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