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Adivasi Predicament in Chhattisgarh

Not only are the Forest Rights Act and the Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas Act routinely violated in Chhattisgarh, the adivasis are also short-changed on legislative representation and reservations in government jobs. As the state cedes land to capital while reducing the adivasis to an ornamental presence, there is increasing assertion of adivasi identity, born out of class predicaments and experiences of displacement as much as notions of indigeneity.

Crisis for Dantewada's Schoolchildren

Police and paramilitary forces who arrived in Dantewada following the Maoist-Salwa Judum conflict in 2005 often occupied school buildings. These schools came under Maoist attack, and were relocated to state-controlled areas. Not all students could make the shift and those who did, faced increasing hardship. Yet onerous travel is only one of many problems that tribal children face. Equally problematic are the contrasting worlds, competing ideologies and differing languages of home and school.
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