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What’s in a surname? Reflections on Adivasis’ history of Northern Chhattisgarh

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  Akash Poyam   When I was first enrolled in school my parents named me ‘Akash Kumar’, this remained until middle school when it was changed to ‘Akash Kumar Prasad’ and it had since then continued. After using ‘Poyam’ for almost a year on social media, I finally decided to officially change it. I belong …

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Soni Sori: ‘The State is Lawless’

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  Soni Sori, a human rights defender and an Adivasi school teacher from Chhattisgarh, was in Mumbai recently to talk at an event organized to commemorate Justice (retired) Suresh Hosbet’s 25 years of contribution to human rights struggle in India post his retirement. This event was orgainsed by Majlis, a women’s rights organization in collaboration with …

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We have to write our own stories: Abhay Xaxa

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  Neel Kranti Media (First published in the Dalit and Adivasi Students’ Portal as ‘Abhay Xaxa: A Role Model Par Excellence’ in 2010) Abhay Xaxa, age 34, born and brought up in Jashpur District of Chhattisgarh, is a researcher-activist based in Delhi. He is currently with the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, working on the …

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Brief report on the killing of Adivasis by CRPF forces in Bijapur district

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Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations An All India Fact Finding team of rights activists belonging to the Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO) visited the area in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh where 17 adivasis died as a result of firing by CRPF forces on the night of June 28, 2012. The team visited the villages …

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‘The very right of living in this country has been snatched from me’

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Linga Ram Kodopi, a trained journalist and Soni Sori’s nephew, who is accused of having Naxal connections has been in prison since 10 September 2011. He writes an open letter to fellow Indians. ~~~ Respected intellectuals, I am writing this letter in the hope that you all will do justice to the torture and injustices …

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Soni Sori: Human Rights Watch writes to Prime Minister

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Letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding Sexual Assault Case in Police Custody Dr. Manmohan Singh Honorable Prime Minister of India South Block, Raisina Hill New Delhi 110011 India Dear Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: I am writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch to draw your attention to the case of Soni Sori, a tribal …

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Killings in the name of witchcraft

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Karthik Navayan [A February, 2010 article in Oneworld South Asia gives us an idea about the scale of the problem of ‘witch-hunting’ in rural India: ‘Statistics on witch-hunting crimes compiled by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) are a cause of concern. The NCRB reported that in 2007, 177 cases of witchcraft-related murders were reported …

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PUDR condemns the arrest of Lingaram Kodopi by the Chhattisgarh police: Statement

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PUDR condemns in the strongest terms the arrest of Lingaram Kodopi by the Chhattisgarh police from his village in Dantewada district People’s Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi (PUDR) condemns in the strongest terms the arrest of Lingaram Kodopi on 9 September 2011 by the Chhattisgarh police from his village Sameli in Dantewada district. The police …