1930 దశకంలో, బిభూతి భూషణ్ బందోపాధ్యాయ తన స్వీయానుభవాల ఆధారంగా రాసిన ‘ అరణ్యక్’ పర్యావరణం పై వచ్చిన అత్యుత్తమమైన నవలల్లో ఒకటి. దీనిని తెలుగులోకి ‘వనవాసి’ అనే పేరుతో సూరంపూడి సీతారాం గారు అనువదించారు. హైదరాబాద్ బుక్ ట్రస్ట్ ఈ పుస్తకాన్ని ప్రచురించింది హర్షణీయం , హైదరాబాద్ బుక్ ట్రస్ట్ వారి సౌజన్యంతో ఈ నవల ను శబ్ద-రూపకంగా మీకందిస్తున్నాము. వనవాసి నవల మొదటి ఐదు భాగాలు ఇప్పుడు పాడ్కాస్ట్ చెయ్యడం జరుగుతోంది.ఈ నవల మొత్తం వంద భాగాలుగా హర్షణీయంలో పాడ్కాస్ట్ చెయ్యబడుతుంది రాబోయే మూడు నెలలలో.తెలుగు రాష్ట్రాలలోనే కాక దేశవ్యాప్తంగా వున్న పర్యావరణం సమస్యలు , అటవీ ప్రాంత ప్రజల సమస్యలు, వాటిపై పని చేస్తున్న పర్యావరణ కార్యకర్తల, ప్రముఖులతో హర్షణీయం జరిపిన సంభాషణలు కూడా ఈ రూపకంలో భాగంగా ప్రసారం చేయబడతాయి. https://player.captivate.fm/collection/ae7d492e-4bb1-47bb-b1a2-0642b7ed4461
అక్టోబర్ 28న రాయపూర్ లో తొలిసారిగా సమావేశమైన PESA పై వర్కింగ్ గ్రూప్ చైర్ పర్సన్ రెబ్బాప్రగడ రవి షెడ్యూల్డ్ ఏరియాల అడ్మినిస్ట్రేషన్ & ఇంటర్నెట్ టెక్నాలజీ వినియోగ కమిటీ సభ్యులు - ఛత్తీస్గఢ్ స్టేట్ ప్లానింగ్ కమిషన్. - నయా రాయపూర్
Justice K Ramaswamy, former Supreme Court Judge who passed away on March 6, was popularly known for one of his landmark Judgements known as Samata Judgement that upheld the rights of tribals on their lands in tribal areas. The State government, in a befitting manner, conducted his funeral with all respects to the departed soul.
Samata was a non-governmental organisation that worked for the rights of the tribal people as it found them being alienated from their lands and exploited by non-tribal people and the state, in contravention of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution and various Central and State government laws. After a prolonged struggle, it approached courts. The case it filed in the then Andhra Pradesh High Court in 1993 against the then State government was dismissed. Then, Samata filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court. After a four-year legal battle, it won.Read more
The Hans India | Oct 31, 2020
We (you, I and them) are all tribals by origin. Over the years, we have lied to ourselves and conveniently believed that we are not tribals and that we were never tribals. A lie repeated constantly becomes the truth.
In the last seven decades and more, after many ‘convenient’ map makings, we have been trying our best to destroy tribals and their lives. Still, they hold the keys to our rental economy, specifically for Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, parts of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and the North East. The platitudes related to a trillion-dollar economy are majorly based on the mines and minerals in custody of our indigenous peoples. The tribals, whom we left behind and set out in pursuit of creature comforts, remain the guardians of flora and fauna, below which lie the sparkle of billions of dollars.Read more
- Years ago mica mines were abandoned in Jharkhand but neither the mines were restored nor the local inhabitants were rehabilitated. As a result, villagers over the years continued visiting them to extract mica.
- From sudden death owing to mines caving in or slow death because of lung ailments, the illegal mines provide for villagers’ livelihood as well as cost them dearly.
- Local activists and human right workers believe that villagers merely collect mica flakes for their livelihood whereas private contractors have been illegally mining it on a large scale in forests.
In Tisra village of Jharkhand’s mineral-rich Giridih district, about 180 kilometres north of state capital Ranchi, Shyam (name changed), a Dalit boy in his early adolescence, hustles his way through the forest area to a makeshift shop. He buys a handful of chickpeas, enough to satiate his and his older brother’s hunger after a day spent in an abandoned mica mine, which as per official records is non-operational.Read more
It may be noted bauxite mining is restricted to the public sector and to tribal cooperatives as directed by the Supreme Court in the Samata judgement years ago.
VISAKHAPATNAM: Former union energy secretary EAS Sarma has sought an independent investigation by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) into the alleged illegal mining of bauxite in East Godavari and Visakhapatnam districts.
In a letter addressed to principal secretary of Karikal Valiven on Sunday, he said he has been cautioning the State government about private individuals and companies extracting bauxite in the guise of laterite r. It may be noted bauxite mining is restricted to the public sector and to tribal cooperatives as directed by the Supreme Court in the Samata judgement years ago. He said to circumvent this restriction, the private miners in collusion with the local mining officials have been producing false analysis certificates to show that the bauxite they are extracting and exporting to alumina refineries is indeed laterite. He said as per Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) report, any aluminous mineral ore containing more than 30 per cent aluminium is defined as bauxite.
However, the State Mines department has been granting leases for “laterite” mining, thus allowing the miners to go scot-free. He said there are many mining leases granted in both in Visakhapatnam and East Godavari, which actually involve illegal bauxite extraction.
ITDA Project Officer Venkateswar Salijamula has said that the minimum support price, fixed by the government, will be given to the tribal farmers for the paddy and finger millets (ragulu) produced by them.
He said that the finger millets and paddy would be purchased through Velugu VOs, under the auspices of Markfed at the Rythu Bharosa Kendras (RBKs) from November 2.
He appealed to the tribal farmers not to approach middlemen to sell their produce but to sell them at the RBKs.
At a meeting with officials of the Agriculture, Velugu, Markfed and chairman of Market Committees on Friday, Dr. Venkateswar said that the price of finger millets was fixed at ₹3,295 a quintal and paddy at ₹1,860. He called upon Agricultural Assistants and Village Volunteers to create awareness among tribal farmers on selling their produce at the RBKs.
The government was paying more than the price being paid to tribals by middlemen at the weekly shandies. He said that it was the responsibility of the agricultural officers to ensure that the tribal farmers got Rythu Bharosa.
He said that Forest Right pattas were distributed to 48,000 tribal families and each farmer should be given ₹13,500 as rythu bharosa.
Later, Paderu Agriculture Market Committee Chairperson M. Gayatri Devi, Araku Valley Chairperson K. Anita and Chintapalli Chairperson J. Haliya Rani were felicitated by the Project Officer.
The recent five-judge bench Supreme Court judgment in Chebrolu Leela Prasad Rao and Ors v State of AP and Ors, shows us once again how little the 5th Schedule of the Indian constitution which is meant to protect adivasi rights is understood.
The reasoning in the judgment – which struck down an Andhra Pradesh government order from 2000 providing 100% reservation for Scheduled Tribe teachers in Scheduled Areas of the state – moves perilously close to dismantling the entire edifice of the 5th Schedule.
If 100% reservation for teaching jobs is not permissible, the next step will be for someone to argue against the ban on alienation of tribal land, or overturn the Samata judgment prohibiting mining leases being given to non-tribals in 5th Schedule Areas in undivided Andhra Pradesh. After all, both these ‘discriminate’ against non-tribals. As non-adivasis from other districts flood scheduled areas leading to clear demographic change, the clamour to do away with the protective provisions of the 5th Schedule is only getting louder.Read more
The National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), India’s major civil society network, has asked the of India to immediately revoke the auction of 41 coal blocks for commercial mining in order to “stop corporate loot in eco-sensitive and Schedule V Adivasi areas of Central and Eastern India”.
Pointing towards objections raised by 3 State s and several people’s movements, NAPM has asked the Prime Minister to “reconsider” the decision to auction the coal blocks, even as urging him to urgently rethink needed on anti-climate ‘coal-centred’ energy economy.Read more