How India ignores conflict-affected Adivasis

Displaced at the height of the crackdown on Maoist insurgency in the mid-2000s, Chhattisgarh’s tribals are getting no redress from the law enacted to protect their rights.

On 23 March, a group of young Adivasi men and women will embark on a cross-country motorcycle journey. Beginning in the forests near the tri-state border region of Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, they will ride under the summer sun to New Delhi. Three years ago, they had cycled their way to Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh. Their demands have been the same, and concerns a mix of conflict, human rights, forest laws and a fate that is not supposed to befall citizens of a modern country. 

To know what’s going on, let’s rewind to the mid-2000s. The Congress-led United …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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