Category Archives: Accountability

“We are in a situation where if we do not act every moment, we will have to own up to the responsibility of complicity to violence. Therefore, constructive action is our only future. There is none other, for otherwise there will be no future for us.” – Prof. Ganesh Devy in “Constructive action is our only future” (www.india-seminar.com/2002/513)
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“The basic object of the Right to Information Act is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government, contain corruption, and make our democracy work for the people in real sense. It goes without saying that an informed citizen is better equipped to keep necessary vigil on the instruments of governance and make the government more accountable to the governed.” –  Government of India (About Right to Information Act 2005: Bringing Information to the Citizens (http://rti.gov.in)
Date accessed: 17 July 2018
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“The Scheduled Tribes (STs) in the country are the groupings of historically disadvantaged people that are given express recognition in the Constitution of India. […]
The policies and schemes implemented by successive governments at the Centre and the state have further worsened the situation. The challenges to their civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights have been critical today, insofar as they perpetuate extreme form of deprivation in many ways. […]
The instruments of globalization have not rendered any positive impact in achieving the intended objectives of social security to the indigenous people.” – Dr. Celine Sunny (Report “Impact of Janamaithri Suraksha Project on the Safety/Security of the Tribal People in Kerala, submitted to the Home Department, Govt. of Kerala)
https://keralapolice.gov.in/media/pdf/publishing/janamaithri/study-reports/security-of-the-tribal-people-in-kerala.pdf
Date accessed: 4 July 2019
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Tip | Search articles on tribal history, politics and literature on Ramachandra Guha’s website

Guha’s books include a pioneering environmental history, The Unquiet Woods (Oxford University Press, 1989); Savaging the Civilized (University of Chicago Press, 1999), A life of the anthropologist-activist Verrier Elwin which the Times Literary Supplement called the ‘best biography by an Indian for many years’, an … Continue reading

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Harness the potential of Denotified Tribes, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes for national development: India’s labour force must be liberated from an abhorrent colonial doctrine (“criminality by birth”) – Report and Recommendations of the Technical Advisory Group

What is the “Criminal Tribes Act” all about?And what can be done to help the countless victims of stigmatization and deprivation? To learn more, read or download the full TAG report on Bhasharesearch.org >>(PDF, 361 pages including the entire text … Continue reading

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Tip | A plethora of cultural strengths that can be fruitfully utilised in educational initiatives: Report “Living World of the Adivasis of West Bengal: An Ethnographic Exploration” – West Bengal

Adivasis do not form a homogenous community. Achievements related to socio-economic well-being were found to vary across groups and places among the members of the same community. [some excerpts]* There exists—in both the public and academic domains—a wide knowledge gap … Continue reading

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Forests as livelihoods for tribals – Project Tiger in Odisha (Orissa)

EcoWalktheTalk blog post dated May 13th, 2010 Indian social workers Pushpanjali Sathpathy & Gunjan Jain highlight the real fate of tigers and the indigenous people of Simlipal Biosphere Reserve in the east Indian state of Orissa. Simlipal Biosphere Reserve was … Continue reading

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Understanding the economic context and ecological challenges faced by India’s tribal communities – Down To Earth

Sunita Narain, Down To Earth Dec 15, 2013 | From the print edition | Read the full article here >> In the past 10 years, India’s environmental movement has had a rebirth. It was first born in the 1970s, when the industrialised world was seeing … Continue reading

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