Adivasis in the Northeast Indian state of Assam have been waging struggle on with respect to their demand to be classified as Scheduled Tribes (ST) in the state. The paper takes the position that ST status for Adivasis is indeed a basic right considering the many generations of oppression the community has faced and keeping in mind the stand of the Government of India to provide certain rights-based legal benefits in the form of reservations, political representation, and socioeconomic subsidies for historically oppressed communities.
Maluti is a small village on the border of Jharkhand and Bengal. Green and hilly, it still reminds one of the great architectural heritages of our country. From the town of Dumka, it’s just about 60 kms away and some hundred tourists visit it daily.
Such is the historical and religious significance of the sites in the Santhal Parganas, the numbers could have been much more. Especially, after the much-talked about religious tourism programme initiated by the then chief minister Arjun Munda last year.
(IANS): Left without a roof over their heads for marrying against their families' wishes, a couple in Jharkhand took shelter under a tree 25 years ago. It was to be their nest for the rest of their life.
Mangra Mahali and his wife Balkhi, both tribals in their early 50s, have been living under a tree near the Tatisilve railway station, about 30 km from here.
The couple lived in the same village and fell in love. But their families opposed their union and they were thrown out of their homes.
Parivaar is a humanitarian organisation, based in 24 Parganas (S), West Bengal headquartered at Parivaar Ashram, Village- Barkalikapur, P.O. Bakhrahat, District 24 Parganas (South), West Bengal. Parivaar Ashram is a Residential Institution for Education and Overall Development of erstwhile destitute children from categories like orphans, girls vulnerable to exploitation and victimisation, street children, abandoned children, children from highly impoverished tribal areas, and other such highly vulnerable children.
Tribal Customary and Formal Law Interface in North Eastern India: Implications for Land Relations
The Asur are one of the primitive tribal groups of the Jharkhand state. They are found in the districts of Gumla, Lohardaga, Palamau and Latehar of the recently created Jharkhand state. They have been iron-smelters. The modern Asur tribe is divided into three sub-tribal divisions, namely Bir(Kol) Asur, Birjia Asur and Agaria Asur. The Birjia are recognized as a separate schedule tribe which come under the P.T.Gs.
The availability of Coal in abundance makes Jharkhand an ideal state for setting up Thermal Power Plants at the Coal Pits. With the abolition of freight-equalization, there is tremendous cost advantage in setting up thermal power plants at the Coal pit itself.
Jharkhand has very few celebrities. Now. Or ever.
It is not surprising then that the day Mahendra Singh Dhoni returns to Ranchi, Jharkhand's capital, it goes dizzy with excitement.
The moment his plane lands he is chased from the airport by an army of television cameras and ardent fans. Everyone, old friends and new admirers, want to meet him. He is made the chief guest at any important function happening and often there will be requests from the chief minister to attend a certain event.
By Goldy M. George
28 February, 2004
Mining industry is an industry where large scale environmental degradation and humanrights violation takes place in full view of the public eye. But the persons involved in these crimes get away quite easily. Here is an enquiry into the whos and whys of this problem.
Refutation of Rights: