While the world is focused on the killing elsewhere, Killing of the Tamils in Sri Lanka,Syria, the plight of the Adivasis go unnoticed.
Adivasis, the oldest inhabitants of India number 80 millions, roughly 8% of Indian Population.
They are targeted by the Maoist Group and the State government simultaneously.
The Maoists use them as pawns in their struggle against the State, which does not case about these people.
Despite the high-sounding developmental projects on paper, these areas do not even have basic facilities like water, Schools, Hospitals or Food Distribution network.
The Government , under the guise of Liberal Economy is interested in grabbing the land and handing them over to MNCs.
No party is an exception for the MNCs fill in their coffers .
“Sri Pranab Mukherjee,
President of India,
New Delhi – 110004
Sub: requesting for a high level judicial inquiry, legal action and
fixing accountability on the case of brutal killing of 8
Adivasis by the Security forces in an alleged encounter took
at Aarespeta village of Bijapur district in Chhatisgarh.
1. I would like to bring your kind attention on the above said subject
that eight Adivasis/Tribal people namely (1) Pandu, (2) Bahadur, (3)
Joga, (4) Komu, (5) Punam, (6) Somu, (7) Lakhmu and (8) Karam Masa
all are resident of Aaresmpeta village comes under Ganglur police
station of Bijapur district in the state of Chhatisgarh were brutally
killed by the Security Forces at 9:30 P.M. on 17 May, 2012 at
Aarespeta village in an alleged encounter took place between the
Security Forces and the Maoists.
2. The incident took place when the Tribal people were celebrating the
Seed Festival at night. All the villagers including women and children
were also present in the festival. The Security forces reached to the
spot and fired on them assuming that they were Naxals. According to
Village heads – Sri Taram Lakhmu and Taram Budhru, there was no Naxal
amongst those who have been killed by the security forces. They also
stated that the villagers were celebrating seed festival when all of
sudden without any signal, the security forces fired on them.
Consequently, 8 Adivasis/Tribals including three children got killed
in the massacre and 22 of them are missing whose whereabouts are not
known till now. In the incident, one Jawan died and two were injured,
which is result of the cross firing among the Security forces.
The killings of Mahendra Karma and his colleagues call not for retributive violence but for a deeper reflection on the discontent among the tribals of central India and their dispossession
In the summer of 2006, I had a long conversation with Mahendra Karma, the Chhattisgarh Congress leader who was killed in a terror attack by the Naxalites last week. I was not alone — with me were five other members of a citizens’ group studying the tragic fallout of the civil war in the State’s Dantewada district. This war pitted the Naxalites on the one side against a vigilante army promoted by Mr. Karma on the other. In a strange, not to say bizarre, example of bipartisan co-operation, the vigilantes (who went by the name of Salwa Judum) were supported by both Mr. Karma (then Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly) and the BJP Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh.
From the 1980s, Naxalites had been active in the region, asking for higher wages for tribals, harassing traders and forest contractors, and attacking policemen. In the first decade of this century their presence dramatically increased. Dantewada was now identified by Maoist ideologues as the most likely part of India where they could create a ‘liberated zone.’ Dozens of Telugu-speaking Naxalites crossed into Chhattisgarh, working assiduously to accomplish this aim.
The Naxalites are wedded to the cult of the gun. Their worship of violence is extreme. They are a grave threat to democracy and democratic values. How should the democratically elected State government of Chhattisgarh have tackled their challenge? It should have done so through a two-pronged strategy: (i) smart police work, identifying the areas where the Naxalites were active and isolating their leaders; (ii) sincerely implementing the constitutional provisions guaranteeing the land and tribal forest rights of the adivasis, and improving the delivery of health and education services to them.
The Chhattisgarh government did neither. On the one side, it granted a slew of leases to industrialists, over-riding the protests of gram panchayats and handing over large tracts of tribal land to mining companies. On the other side, it promoted a vigilante army, distributing guns to young men owing allegiance to Mahendra Karma or his associates. These goons then roamed the countryside, in search of Naxalites real or fictitious. In a series of shocking incidents, they burnt homes (sometimes entire villages), raped women, and looted granaries of those adivasis who refused to join them.
In response, the Naxalites escalated their activities. They killed Salwa Judum leaders, murdered real or alleged informers, and mounted a series of daring attacks on police and paramilitary units. The combined depredations of the Naxalites and Salwa Judum created a regime of terror and despair across the district. An estimated 150,000 adivasis fled their native villages. A large number sought refuge along the roads of the Dantewada district. Here they lived, in ramshackle tents, away from their lands, their cattle, their homes and their shrines. An equally large number fled into the neighbouring State of Andhra Pradesh, living likewise destitute and tragic lives.
To fight against this injustice, the Maoists have taken to arms and are fighting a grim and evenly matched battle.
In fact much of the eastern, central India is under their control.
Please read my post on this.
The Maoists have to use the terrain and us these Adivasis for their survival and for their struggle.
The State targets these people as they shelter the Maoists.
If Adivassi do not provide Shelter to Maoists, they kill them.
If they provide the State kills the Adivasi.
Despite this confusion the MNCs are making hay by getting large chunks of land for Eco Unfriendly projects.