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What happens if an ‘unregistered’ labourer dies suddenly? Adivasi woman dies, authorities appear apathetic towards her family

Kakdi Kakdya Potinda’s wrapped up body lay on a small cleared patch of red earth, as shocked mourners sat around, perhaps waiting for the last rites to be held. One wonders if the death of the 50-year-old Adivasi woman would ever make the news. She was not famous. She was just another worker eking out…

Who sprayed chemicals in an eco-sensitive forest area in Haldwani? Brave Van Gujjar woman’s video recording reveals atrocities by Forest Department officials

“Hit me, I dare you… Do what you want, don’t you have stomachs,” a woman belonging to the forest dwelling Van Gujjar community is heard confronting a man, reportedly a Forest Department guard who can be heard threatening her. She was recording a video of the guards attacking a group of her fellow Van Gujjar community members who were resisting the department’s plan to…

Hard work and resilience: The success story of two men from Jawhar Born into abject poverty, they overcame all obstacles to become financially independent

This report is part of CJP’s Grassroots Fellowship Program, and has been written by Mamta Pared who hails from the Warli tribe and lives with her family in Nimbavali village in Palghar district. The daughter of brick kiln workers, Mamta wants to be a journalist, and is working on earning a master’s degree in journalism…

Adivasi women forest workers allegedly assaulted by UP Police Police arrested the women for protesting an unauthorised construction on forest land

In yet another display of impunity, Uttar Pradesh Police have allegedly physically assaulted women forest workers in Lilasi village of Sonbhadra district. The police whisked the women away from the protest site on Thursday, January 7, and then allegedly beat them up in custody. Speaking to CJP, Shiv Prasad, a villager said, “For two days (January 5…

Have you ever heard the hypnotic notes of the Tarpa pipe? The Warli art of making music from gourds, bamboos and an ancient playbook of memories

It looks as unusual as it sounds, a bulbous pot-bellied gourd on one end, merging into slender bamboo on the other. You may have seen it in the centre of some traditional Warli wall paintings, where a Tarpa player is the core of the spiral of dancers, who seem to be moving in unison under…

From bonded labour to farmers waiting for ownership rights The struggle continues for this Warli tribal family

This report is part of CJP’s Grassroots Fellowship Program, and has been written by Mamta Pared who hails from the Warli tribe and lives with her family in Nimbavali village in Palghar district. The daughter of brick kiln workers, Mamta wants to be a journalist, and is working on earning a master’s degree in journalism…

Revealed! An ancient migration route that may vanish soon Tracking the path taken by Van Gujjar nomads

In this interview, 40-year-old Shamshad, a Van Gujjar, reveals the unique seasonal migration of the community. Shamshad hails from Kumau Chaurd, Gohri Range, Pauri Garhwal, and undertakes the seasonal migration to the river plains of Ganga Naur near Muzaffarnagar and then onto the grasslands on the Bijnor border. He leads his herd of 15 Cows,…

Bandna Parab: A festival that celebrates light and life A lesser known festival of lights, celebrated by indigenous communities to mark the changing season and give thanks to the land

Around the same time most parts of the country celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, there are many indigenous  communities who celebrate many ancient festivals of their own. Most of these festivals are not yet recognised on the mainstream calendars, even though they are ancient, and are rooted in celebrating the elements, changing seasons, and…

पराली ख़रीद कर वायु प्रदूषण से लड़ रहें है वन गुज्जर उत्तराखण्ड राज्य में पराली जलाई नहीं जाती, बल्कि उचित मूल्य में खरीद लेते हैं वन गुज्जर समुदाय

यह रिपोर्ट CJP के ग्रासरूट फ़ेलोशिप प्रोग्राम का हिस्सा है, और वन गुज्जर समुदाय के युवा नेता अमीर हमज़ा ने इस रिपोर्ट को तैयार किया है। वन गुज्जर एक घुमन्तु समुदाय है, जो पशुपालन कर के अपना जीवन व्यापन करता है। इस लेख में अमीर हमज़ा ने इस बात पर प्रकाश डाला है कि, किस…

Van Gujjars emerge as Air Pollution Warriors Buy stubble from Uttarakhand farmers so it doesn’t need to be burnt

The work of conservation and preservation of forests has been going on for centuries. For the last few years, the Van Gujjar community has played a symbiotic role in increasing the income of the farmers and preventing air pollution. Earlier, farmers polluted the air by burning stubble, while livestock rearing communities had to gather stubble…

सूरमा ने दिखाई राह 15 थारू गांवों के सामुदायिक अधिकारों के मिलने का रास्ता हुआ साफ

‘सतत संघर्ष के बल पर मुश्किल से मुश्किल और बड़ी से बड़ी लड़ाई को आसानी से जीता जा सकता है’। लखीमपुर खीरी पलिया कलां के दुधवा टाईगर रिजर्व से लगे गांवों के थारू आदिवासियों ने यह कहावत एक बार फिर सोलह आनै सच साबित कर दिखाई हैं। जी हां, करीब 9 साल पहले 2011 में…

कैमूर फायरिंग: फैक्ट-फाइंडिंग रिपोर्ट जारी हुई आदिवासियों पर गोली चलाने पर न्यायिक जांच की मांग, दोषी अधिकारियों पर मुकदमा चलाया जाए और झूठे केस रद्द किए जाएँ

23 अक्टूबर को, सीपीआई (एम) की पोलित ब्यूरो सदस्य और आदिवासी अधिकार राष्ट्रीय मंच की उपाध्यक्ष, बृंदा करात ने, कैमूर में बिहार पुलिस द्वारा आदिवासियों पर गोलीबारी पर एक फैक्ट-फाइंडिंग रिपोर्ट जारी की। 11 सितंबर को जब स्थानीय आदिवासी अधौरा में शांतिपूर्ण धरना दे रहे थे, तब गोलीबारी की गई थी। ऑल इंडिया यूनियन ऑफ फॉरेस्ट वर्किंग पीपल (AIUFWP), सिटिज़न्स फॉर जस्टिस…

Why did Bihar police open fire on Kaimur Adivasis? Findings of report co-published by AIUFWP, CJP and DSG

On October 23, Brinda Karat, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M) and Vice President of Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch, released a fact-finding report on the firing on Adivasis by Bihar Police in Kaimur. The firing had taken place on September 11, when the Adivasis were holding a peaceful sit-in protest in Adhaura. The report co-published…

Judicial probe cry into firing on tribals The Telegraph

Bihar police had reportedly fired at peaceful Adivasi protesters at Adhaura block, injured seven activists, lathicharged them and then picked them up on ‘trumped-up charges’ The All India Union of Forest Working People, Citizens for Justice & Peace and the Delhi Solidarity Group had sent a fact-finding team to probe the incident and the report…

Bihar Cops Open Fire on Kaimur Adivasis Demanding Forest Rights thecitizen.in

When Suvash Singh – hailing from Kharwar Adivasi Community of Kaimur District in Bihar – helped in mobilising thousands of tribals on September 11, 2020 against the Forest Department officials, little did he know what lay ahead. Along with teaching Philosophy at a State College in Darbhanga, Suvash had been vociferously fighting for the Rights…

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