Jharkhand HC Finds Prima Facie Case Of Sedition Against Tribals Who Supported ‘Pathalgadi’ Movement In Facebook [Read Judgment]

Live Law News Network | August 09, 2019

The Court said that the Facebook posts evidenced a prima facie intention to commit sedition.

The High Court of Jharkhand has refused to quash a First Information Report registered against four members of tribal community for allegedly posting seditious posts in Facebook supporting ‘Pathalgadi’ movement of Munda tribal community.

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The disappearance of India’s Aravali Hills

dw.com | July 25, 2019

New Delhi construction is fueling the devastation of India’s ancient Aravali Hills, impacting water, desertification and air pollution.

Stretching for some 800 kilometers (430 miles) from Delhi across the Indian states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana, the Aravali Hills are believed to date back 350 million years, making them even older than the Himalayas. Read more

Court battles underline complexity of India’s myriad land laws

Reuters | July 10, 2019

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Recent court rulings have underlined the complexity of India’s numerous land laws, which have sparked conflicts and made it harder for poor farmers and indigenous people to access justice, analysts and lawyers said.

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that indigenous people in Meghalaya state owned their land and its resources, and that only they could permit mining, after years of illegal mining devastated the environment and their livelihoods. Read more

Constitutional validity of FRA: Protest in states on July 22, rally likely in Delhi in Nov

The Indian Express | Kavitha Iyer | July 10, 2019

On February 13, the SC had ordered the eviction of lakhs of tribals and other traditional forest dwellers whose claims under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, had been rejected following a three-tier process.

With two weeks to go before the next Supreme Court hearing in a writ petition pertaining to the constitutional validity of the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006, various organisations representing tribals and forest-dwellers will hold demonstrations on July 22 in at least 12 to 15 states at the district and taluka levels. Read more

10 Lakh Adivasis Face Eviction From Their Land – It All Hinges On One SC Order

Huffpost | July 03, 2019

Over 200 land rights and Adivasi activists met in New Delhi this week to discuss two key legislations that could impact India’s Adivasis in the near future. All eyes now on the hearing in SC on July 24.

NEW DELHI—The wrinkles on Balkeshwar Singh’s forehead sharpen as he emphasises his words. As the sun overhead beats down unforgivingly in Delhi’s summer, the Adivasi activist from Bihar speaks without a halt. Read more

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