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

Tussle Between Farmers and Forest Officials in Telangana

News Click | July 03, 2019

The incidents throw light on the controversies surrounding the implementation of Forest Rights Act (FRA) ahead of a Supreme Court hearing next week.

Between 30 June and 1 July, at least two incidents of violence have been reported between farmers, mainly from Tribal communities and Forest Department officials in Telangana. The conflict between the two sides is land—while the forest officials claim the land in question to be forest land, the farmers accuse that the officials are forcefully taking over their land. Read more

SC order renders lakhs of Indian tribals homeless

The CSR Journal | By Kasmin Fernandes – July 2, 2019

The order of the Supreme Court issued on February 13, 2019 with respect to the claims of forest-dwelling peoples in India — the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers — is a case of the Supreme Court speaking against itself.

In effect, the court has ordered the eviction of lakhs of people whose claims as forest dwellers have been rejected under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, or FRA. As a matter of fact, this order negates the claims of citizens under special protection of the Constitution, viz. the Scheduled Tribes and other vulnerable communities, who are already pushed by neglect precariously to the edge. Read more

Pathalgadi movement back to haunt Jharkhand again

Hindustan Times | June 20, 2019

Members of the Pathalgadi movement are seizing ration, voter and Aadhaar cards from the villagers and allegedly forcing them to not to take benefits of any government schemes, officials confirmed on Wednesday.

Pathalgadi movement is once again back to haunt Jharkhand. Around 13 villages of three panchayats under Bandgaon Block in West Singhbhum district of the state have seen the movement getting active again, being led by Yusuf Purty alias Joseph Purty and Mudhu Soy.

Activists of the movement are seizing ration, voter and Aadhaar cards from the villagers and allegedly forcing them to not to take benefits of any government schemes, officials confirmed on Wednesday. Read more

Language gap in policy making needs bridging

Down to Earth | Bijayashree Satpathy, Sruthy Bharathan | June 04, 2019

For active participation of tribal communities in policy dialogues, subaltern language are indispensable

India is a land of multiplicities and the formulation of policies in the country has a long history. Time and again there have been changes in the objective of various policies from regulation to community participation to sustainability. In this, language plays an important role.

The policies and legislations are made available to the public in English and Hindi. And, some states have these documents in their respective regional languages. These standardised regional languages are used in every level of administrative, business and social intercourse. Read more

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