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Post-NRC, Parties Still Fight on Who Is and Isn’t Indigenous to Assam APW recommends a wide-sweep definition while ITSSA recommends distinction between Assam’s indigenous and tribal peoples

On October 29, Assam Public Works (APW) submitted a list of 48 communities to the high-powered committee established to enact Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. It stated that members of these communities are “indigenous Assamese” and, therefore, are eligible for constitutional safeguards under the clause. The Assam Public Works is the original petitioner that…

The High Level Committee’s Report on Socio-economic, Health and Educational Status of Tribal Communities of India (May 29, 2014) Committee headed by Prof. Virginius Xaxa

In August 2014, the Prime Minister’s Office constituted a High-Level Committee (HLC) with Prof. Virginius Xaxa as Chairperson. In its Terms of Reference (TOR), the Committee was mandated “to examine the socioeconomic, educational and health status of tribal communities and recommend appropriate interventional measures to improve the same”. The Report comprises thematic sections based on…

Peoples Tribunal

People’s Tribunal: NRC and its Constitutional Process and Human Cost Eminent Jury Members on the humanitarian crisis of Assam

A two day tribunal titled Contested Citizenship in Assam: People’s Tribunal on Constitutional Processes and Human Cost was held in New Delhi on September 7 and 8, 2019 to examine the scope and scale of the citizenship crisis in Assam in wake of over 19 lakh people being left out of the final National Register…

A Day in the Life of Van Gujjars Photo Feature

The Van Gujjars are a transhumance tribe of pastoralists belonging to the Himalayas. Their livelihood and subsistence depends primarily on their cattle. During summer they walk upto and beyond 12,500 ft in the mountains and trek down on the onset of winter. Ghulam Mustafa Chopra and I started our journey from Dehradun to Sakhri on…

Bangladeshi bogeyman myth EXPOSED in Assam! One-third of people excluded from NRC are non-Bengalis, many from indigenous tribes and ethnic groups!

The entire debate around outsiders and foreigners has been based on the long held belief that Bangladeshi infiltrators are threatening the demography and culture of Assam. But now as per a community wise break-up of the over 19 lakh people excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC), nearly a third of the people…

Teesta Setalvad and Roma talk to Adivasi Human Rights Activists and Forest Dwellers in Sonbhadra, UP, India

इससे न सत्य मिलेगा न ही न्याय : NHRC की अपर्याप्त जांच पर AIUFWP सचिव रोमा की प्रतिक्रिया मई महीने में सीजेपी और AIUFWP द्वारा की गई साझी शिकायत पर NHRC का जवाब

ऑल इंडिया यूनियन ऑफ फ़ॉरेस्ट वर्किंग पीपल (AIUFWP) की सदस्य रोमा ने 20 जून 2018 को सीजेपी की सचिव तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ के साथ संयुक्त रूप से एक शिकायत दर्ज कराई थी. इस शिकायत के सम्बन्ध में 20 सितंबर 2018 को राष्ट्रीय मानवाधिकार आयोग (NHRC) से एक जवाब प्राप्त हुआ. ये शिकायत, उत्तर प्रदेश (यूपी) के सोनभद्र के लिलासी गांव में पुलिस द्वारा बरती…

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