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A daughter awaits her father, an activist working on the Forest Rights Act in Sonbhadra UP

Forest Rights: A daughter awaits her father’s return in Sonbhadra’s Lilasi Nexus of UP Police, Forest Dept. officials and brokers destroy Nandu Gond’s home

It was a windy day with fragmented, asymmetrical clouds spread across the sky. Yellow mustard plants swayed with the force of the wind, as did the wheat crops. We visited Lilasi village, a site of bitter conflict, even bloodshed, between state forces, the forest department and the forest dwelling community (Gond Adivasis). It was February…

Spaces of Higher Education are the New Battlegrounds of Inequality: Abhay Xaxa Everyday struggles of Adivasis and their limited representation in Social Media

Adivasis or India’s indigenous people have faced centuries of oppression and exploitation. Today they fight a battle on many fronts. The first against a powerful nexus of industrialists, bureaucrats and the police who have made successive attempts made to usurp their forests, land and water resources. The second in institutes of higher learning against systemic exclusion…

Dalits, Peacemakers

The Republic of Memory Lost A Poem by Adivasi Rights activist Abhay Xaxa

Dear Republic, When your best citizens are killed on the streets, and piled in the jails. While the traitors adorn your high offices. Something is terribly wrong with you! When the apologists of empire become nationalists, And defense of constitution becomes act of rebellion, You suffer from acute loss of memory! Before people reach out…

साहस और सहानुभूति के साथ मज़बूत होता भारत मिलिए उन मानवाधिकार रक्षकों से जो साल 2018 में लाखों लोगों के प्रेरणा स्रोत रहे

देश में एकता, समरसता और सामंजस्य बनाए रखने, संविधान में दिए अधिकारों और आज़ादी को कायम रखने की कोशिशों में, साधारण से नज़र आने वाले कुछ आम भारतीय नागरिकों ने असाधारण साहस और करुणा का परिचय दिया है. यहां कुछ ऐसे ही लोगों का ज़िक्र कर रहे हैं जो मानवाधिकार रक्षक की भूमिका में सभी…

Sokalo Gond Released from Jail Today Victory for CJP and AIUFWP's campaign to release forest rights defenders

Sokalo Gond an Adivasi human rights defender & executive committee member of AIUFWP was illegally incarcerated since June 2018. Despite being granted bail on October 4, technical & procedural issues kept Sokalo behind bars till today. After 5 long months in jail she walks free today. Related: A Beautiful Show of Solidarity: Activists group reaches…

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