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Category Archives: tribal Issues
Framing of the Sixth Schedule law involved insightful discussions and reflects how concerned the Constitution makers were about the feelings and sentiments of the tribal population of the North East living in the colonial “Excluded” and “Partially Excluded” areas. The Sixth Schedule effectively eliminated their fear of exploitation by non-tribal outsiders and allowed Constitutional protection to their traditional lifestyle and traditions. Continue reading
Land alienation of tribals in Jharkhand has become quite widespread in recent years. Under the strong wave of so-called economic reforms and privatization more and more tribal land is under threat despite the protections offered by the historic Chhoa Nagpur Tenancy (CNT) Act of 1908. The politician – corporate nexus is taking away lands of the native tribes in clear violation of the law. Continue reading
Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act of 1908 is an important act that protects ownership of tribal land. It restricts transfer of tribal land to non-tribals. Now the corporate lobby wants this act amended so that they can free gain access to tribal lands at prime locations as well as to vast mineral resources for industrial exploitation. It has increased the vulnerability of Jharkhand tribals. Continue reading
Jharkhand became the 28th state of India on November 15, 2000 – on the birth anniversary of legendary Birsa Munda (1875 – 1900). Although it was the result of a struggle for tribal identity, the Jharkhand tribes are already disillusioned by the current state of affairs. They have become more vulnerable than ever in their state. Continue reading
The exploitation of Jharkhand tribes started with the colonial British. They were among the first victims of exploitation by the colonial forces who wanted control on the vast reservoirs of a variety of mineral wealth in this region. But although cut off from the mainstream society, they fought their own armed battle against the British oppression from 1770 to 1900. Continue reading
Up-rooting one section of people for the benefit of another that is already prosperous is nothing but running civil society through uncivilized principles. The genesis of faulty model of development in India lies in the policies instituted by the British to plunder the colony to make Britain prosperous. Current Indian rulers have no different mindset. Continue reading
Is consuming natural resources irreversibly “development? What makes utterly consumerist urban lifestyle superior to tribal lifestyle that has preserved nature and its resources for ages? Handing over land and its resources of the poorest section of people to those who will make some fast money and employ some urbanites is not development; it is insanity and injustice both. Continue reading