Category Archives: tribal Issues

Birth and Spirit of the Sixth Schedule

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

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Maoist (Naxal) Violence in India: Defeat the Ideology, not People!

Indian government’s response to Maoist violence is flawed. On one side it tries to eliminate them through security forces and on the other side it wants to go for development by handing over the land and natural resources to business houses. Both strategies are flawed because they fail to consider people or involve them. Continue reading

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Status of Implementation of the Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act

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

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Why Chhota Nagpur Tenancy (CNT) Act Fails to Protect Jharkhand Tribals?

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

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Jharkhand State and Betrayal of Tribal Population

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

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History of Tribal Struggle for Self-Rule in Jharkhand

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

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Genesis of the Faulty Development Model in India

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

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