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Amir Rizvi

The Nowhere Women A deep dive into the plight of women, especially widows from the Wadar community

The Wadar community, that has traditionally engaged in digging and excavation related work, was originally a nomadic tribe till they began to settle on the peripheries of large cities like Mumbai. Of late, the Nomadic and De notified tribe (NT-DNT) has been marginalised and faces multiple challenges. When viewed from the intersectional lens, the woes…

Sonebhadra

Sonebhadra’s Daughter Sukalo Human Rights Defender Profile

Adivasis comprise about 70% of population of Sonebhadra, a heavily forested region in Uttar Pradesh. Many Adivasis living in the region have been denied of their lands and rights because of the Sections 4 and 20 of the Indian Forest Act, 1927-a colonial legislation to regulate the movement and transit of forest produce. Many Adivasis, including…

Roma Malik

Roma: Unbowed, Unbroken, Unbent Human Rights Defender Profile

Roma Malik is known for working closely with the forest dwelling communities in Uttar Pradesh. She is also known for liasing with local authorities and the judicial system to bring to force, a just framework for the enforcement and implementation of forest rights of the indigenous people of India. She is the leading figure of…

Dalits, Peacemakers

Beautiful Damaged People A poem by Adivasi Rights Activist, Abhay Xaxa

In the following poem, Adivasi rights activist Abhay Xaxa captures the essence of age old adivasi traditions and their struggle for their rights and dignity. Among the doom and gloom they smile, Mistaken for idiots by the mad rational world.  The Adivasis, beautifully damaged people! On the treasures of iron, gold and diamond they sit,…

Justice for the Incarcerated Tribals of Jharkand PIL against fake FIRs and false cases against Adivasis

The petition filed by Stan Swamy and others, after a detailed fact finding in Jharkand seeks to enforce the fundamental right to speedy trials of the ignorant and deprived members of the indigenous / downtrodden communities from the scheduled tribes and scheduled castes and other backward classes of Jharkhand facing trials in the courts. Over…

जल, जंगल और ज़मीन के लिए शांतिपूर्ण संघर्ष सोनभद्र के आदिवासी और उनकी न्याय व अस्मिता की लड़ाई

2017 के सितम्बर महीने में, सम्मानित मानवाधिकार कार्यकर्ता, पत्रकार और शिक्षाविद् तीस्ता सेतलवाड़, न्यायमूर्ति पी.बी. सावंत और न्यायमूर्ति कोल्से पाटिल ने, उत्तर प्रदेश (यूपी) जिला सोनभद्र जिले के लोदी गांव के जिलाधिकारी श्री प्रमोद कुमार उपाध्याय को एक पत्र लिखा था जिसमें आग्रह किया गया था कि पुलिस और प्रशासन के वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों को प्रशासन…

Reclaiming Land through Peaceful Struggles Adivasis in Sonbhadra and their Quest for Justice and Identity

In September 2017, Justice P B Sawant, Justice Kolse Patil and human rights activist, journalist and educationist Teesta Setalvad wrote a letter to the District Magistrate, Pramod Kumar Upadhyay of the Lodhi village in district Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh (UP) urging that senior officers of the police and administration look into all the alleged false and…

“शांतिपूर्ण संघर्षों के रास्ते ज़मीन पाने की लड़ाई” सोनभद्र के आदिवासी और उनकी न्याय व अस्मिता की लड़ाई

2017 के सितम्बर महीने में, सम्मानित मानवाधिकार कार्यकर्ता, पत्रकार और शिक्षाविद् तीस्ता सेतलवाड़, न्यायमूर्ति पी.बी. सावंत और न्यायमूर्ति कोल्से पाटिल ने, उत्तर प्रदेश (यूपी) जिला सोनभद्र जिले के लोदी गांव के जिलाधिकारी श्री प्रमोद कुमार उपाध्याय को एक पत्र लिखा था जिसमें आग्रह किया गया था कि पुलिस और प्रशासन के वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों को प्रशासन…

From POSCO to JSW: The Struggle Continues A timeline of the story so far

Protesting villagers and betel cultivators from the Paradip region of Odisha formed themselves into the POSCO Pratirodh Sangharsh Samiti (PPSS), in June 2005- after an MoU was signed between POSCO and Odisha state government.  After winning a hard fought battle against POSCO, the PPSS is now strongly resisting the handing over of 27, 000 acres of…

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