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Communal Violence in Bhadrak, Odisha

Ram Navami celebrations in Bhadrak, Odisha have always been organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party and its affiliate organisations and are also associated with memories of communal violence in the town. This year, the festival was celebrated aggressively against the backdrop of the BJP’s landslide victory in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections and the town witnessed another communal clash. Even so, the majority of Bhadrak’s residents have refused to fall prey to the machinations of communal politics.

How Many More Arrests Will Orissa See?

Much before Operation Greenhunt, people's movements have been facing repression on a sustained basis in Orissa. This state has seen struggles of different ideologies and political persuasions coming up as people's lives, livelihood and natural resources are at stake. While the question of land for the adivasis remains unaddressed by the government, protesters are often met with bullets. Against this backdrop, this article analyses how and why the popular movement in Narayanpatna, a predominantly tribal populated block in Koraput district, became so threatening to the state and local elite.

Normalcy Far from Returning to Kandhamal

Eyewitness reports in the first fortnight of October from Kandhamal describe the miserable conditions in which the victims of the recent riots in this district of Orissa continue to live. It is clear that the government's claims of a return to normalcy in the area are false and that much needs to be done. People are leaving the camps to live in towns and even to other states. There is a palpable fear of insecurity among the survivors.
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