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In Odisha, more tribal voices against mining

Around the country tribal communities are fighting against the mining companies, whose operations have threaten their livelihoods and ecosystem. The Kashipur movement to protect Baphlimali in Odisha is a classic example. Unfortunately, this too, like many other protests, saw merciless suppression and gross violation of human rights, reports Abhijit Mohanty.

Mining Environment

Turning a full circle
The situation that Maheshwar Project is in, brings sharply into focus the issue of accountability of those responsible for the decisions that impact millions of people, involve thousands of crores of rupees and vast natural resources. Shripad Dharmadhikary hopes that Maheshwar would also offer a chance to demonstrate how those liable for the mess can be held accountable.
Energy Displacement M.P.

Where suicide is a crime, but not murder
For the last 15 years, India has been unable to deal with a fasting, frail poet! Anjuman Ara Begum writes how Irom Sharmila has been waging a protest against the cruel Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, enforced in her home state of Manipur and other parts of northeast India.
Nat. Security MANIPUR

How prepared are we to tackle a human crisis?
As the refugee crisis deepens in Syria, visuals of millions of people hoping to catch a train to a better life fill the media space. Shalini Bhutani reflects on the state of refugee policies in the South Asian region while remembering her own father’s experience weeks before the India-Pakistan partition.
Law and Order People

Is “settling” forest rights in “campaign mode” a good idea?
The central government is pushing state governments to give forest rights to tribals by the end of this year. Kanchi Kohli cautions that the intent behind settling these rights claims under the Forest Rights Act in such haste is not what it appears to be.
Forests Environment Adivasis

Lessons from tribals on surviving and thriving
An ancient matrilineal tribe of northeast India has a thriving culture and an increasing population, while a similarly ancient Dravidian matrilineal tribe is in danger of vanishing. Linda Chhakchhuak reports on what the Dravidian tribe can learn from the northeastern tribe to revive its culture and population.
Culture Adivasis Gender Law and Policy

The quest for justice continues in Tripura’s dawn of hope
Tripura’s revocation of the AFSPA is certainly a positive move from a human rights perspective. But it leaves unaddressed the issue of justice for those whose lives were torn apart by the excesses under the Act, writes Anjuman Ara Begum.
Law and Order TRIPURA Laws

Securing tribal rights means understanding them first
The recent letter from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, urging states to recognise the habitat rights of vulnerable tribal groups under the FRA, is a welcome move. Meenal Tatpati, Rashi Misra and Subrat Kumar Nayak analyse the Dongria Kondh experience to underline what is necessary to do so effectively.
Livelihood Forests Adivasis

Workers, not beggars
Recent incidents, where sex workers were detained by the police and subsequently forced into a state shelter for beggars, are symptomatic of the continuous harassment faced by them and a basic lack of understanding of their realities. Pushpa Achanta elaborates.
Gender Laws and Policy KARNATAKA Women

Why the Dongria Kondh rejected development in the Niyamgiri Hills
The 2013 rejection of the bauxite mining plan in Odisha’s Niyamgiri Hills by the local tribal gram sabhas is hailed as the first successful environmental referendum in the country. Meenal Tatpati and Rashi Misra visit the region to find out what led the people to oppose the proposed ‘development’.
Livelihood Forests Mining Adivasis

Questions over AFSPA continue to echo in ‘disturbed’ northeastern states
The Centre may have rolled back its sudden unilateral decision to accord ‘disturbed area’ status to Arunachal Pradesh under the AFSPA 1958, but that does little to restore confidence and good faith between the state and the government of India. Anjuman Ara Begum analyses why.
Law and Order Government Laws

PROFILE: Karnataka Dalit Mahila Vedike
Casting out caste crime
Pushpa Achanta describes the unrelenting efforts of the Karnataka Dalit Mahila Vedike (KDMV) in educating members of the Dalit and Adivasi communities in the state about their legal entitlements and helping them wage battles for justice in cases involving caste atrocity and discrimination.
Justice Caste Adivasis Women

Bringing spring back in the lives of India’s widows
Widows in India have lived on the margins of society for decades but the intervention of NGO Sulabh International, led by Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, has brought new hope and colour in their lives. Ramesh Menon reports on one of the first celebrations in their new-found lives.
Society Women

In Odisha, more tribal voices against mining
Confluence of hope: Converging for a better world
A paean to Chhattisgarh from an exiled lover
Swachh Bharat: What are we missing?
Spotlighting tales of people’s resistance
'Krisis': Can Greece inspire India?
Will 2015 be a year of hope?
“We don’t need toilets, give us electricity and water”
SC verdict puts the spotlight on Bangla immigrants in Assam
When one man stood up against a 35-storey giant
Where the fight against extremism is far from over
Can a court order end passive violence?
Voices from a wounded land
A trend highlighted in the Jadavpur University moment
Why the market fails to lure Mali Parbat’s militant environmentalists
In conversation with an alleged terrorist
When a tsunami is manufactured
There’s always one to clear your mess!
Why the IB report is undemocratic
Killing the dead all over again
Could Modi be a development disaster?
Pragmatism over principles is the norm today: Usha Ramanathan
Tales of the excluded
Left to languish in a foreign country
Shunned by law, embraced by cinema
SC judgment: The gaps in logic
Moments with Mandela: Meeting South Africa's Gandhi
When legal redress isn't enough to protect children
Cutting sugar: The bitter reality
A childhood lost behind bars
Seeking new homes in Hyderabad
Can we have the truth, please?
In celebration of resistance
The State is snooping: Can you escape?
Kunan-Poshpora revive fight for justice
A deeper look at the Tamil student stir
Justice eludes Mumbai's homeless
Is free speech an Indian value?
Lethal injuries from 'non-lethal' weapons
Opting out of the chaos
Repeated mistakes in relief efforts
Maimed by the state, quietly
A child's trauma, the media's madness
Shroud of impunity
Dissolving the burns
One acre forward, two back
A review of the KSHRC
A death in the family
Children impacted by forced evictions
Death of an activist
Who is illegal?
"I try to hope that I will live again with Binayak in my lifetime"
Memories of protest
The battlefield of hopes
The human rights challenge
The Protocol of vested interests
They hit back, "and it felt good"
Recognising the human right to water
Nuclear Liability Bill: Who bears the brunt?
A mother's fight for justice
Ring the bell against violence
Penury and peril
A new home, but in a nala!
Human rights amidst terror
A lifetime's harvest
Equal compensation for equal loss
The futility of hope
Making ends meet
A legacy of loss
Living on the edge
Waiting, against all odds
A public, private database
Abortion law's grey zone: retarded mothers
Lalgarh: Deprived of a peace of life
Calcutta HC steps in against corporal punishment
Incest and the conspiracy of silence
Disturbed in Manipur
Livelihood crisis for Chakma, Hajong refugees
Uttarakhand Gujjars being ousted without compensation
Heavy odds, meagre resources
Life sentences: How long is enough?
Defending the right to legal aid
Wilful distortion denies salt pan owners justice
A unique land scam in MP
Baba Amte: Restless and romantic
In Orissa, NREGA is still a ray of hope
Mine today, gone tomorrow
Crippling Lok Adalats
Resettlement policy: promising start, and a let down
The POTA families of Godhra
Clear the jails first
Tales of eviction in Bengal
Nandigram, an atrocity on dalits
Villagers push for work benefits in Orissa
Not just a place to live
An entitlement with no law
No end to a shameful practice
New lease for documentaries
Caught on reality
Preparing to repeat a dammed history
Child labour ban not good enough
Women in the line of fire
Erecting a stop sign for trafficking
Death of a 10-year-old
A familiar battle at Tadadi
Ain't no cure for love
Minimised by the law
Friday at the court
Your hands, so warm
Children can't read, adults can't count
Savita's choice
Special Exploitation Zone
Kashmir 'disappearances have come down'
Presumed guilty, secretly
A 'general' need for reform
Narmada rehabilitation scam exposed
1422 executions in 10 years, many more?
The curse of manual scavenging
Persistent and tenacious struggle
Too little for the little ones
Sewers becoming death holes
The dark side of Indian homes
Young flesh in the trade
Crippling delivery to the disabled
Rehabilitation's short arm
Narmada: life, struggle and exodus
Rising waters, declining hopes
Victims have rights too
A crippled inspection panel
Resort pushes out fisher folk
Unemployment and migration
Competitive but inaccessible
Economic rights as human rights
Criminal justice system "reforms" - II
Bhopal : a new momentum
Criminal justice system "reforms"
Healthcare : Eyes on the prize
Two children, countless wrongs
Seniors await policy, action
At home, at work
Different state, same story
In the name of servitude
SC checking food crisis
We shall overcome
At long last, an extradition request
Vanishing people, vanishing livelihoods
Unsafe custody in Punjab's prisons
Missing justice
SC rules on preventing starvation deaths
The need for ethical debate
The Great Betrayal : Indian Land Reforms
Lady Courage
Small change in bonded labour

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