A book touching on every aspect of the Adivasi situation: Whose country is it anyway?

The book Whose country is it anyway? is Gladson Dungdung’s attempt to tell the story of his people and their struggle. It was published by Adivaani and launched on Feb. 7th 2013 at the Delhi World Book Fair by Himanshu Kumar, Swami Agnivesh and Felix Padel.

Source: ‘It’s time Adivasis wrote, spoke about their anguish’ | JHARKHAND MIRROR
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Adivaani catalogue of books in print

A review by Felix Padel

This book is out just when it is needed most: a book touching on every aspect of the Adivasi situation by an Adivasi activist prepared to take on the big questions and the key perpetrators of violence, from the big companies staging takeovers, headed by Tata, to the police increasingly serving these companies rather than India’s citizens, and the politicians facilitating the takeovers.

The book’s starting point is a recent Supreme Court Judgement that validates Adivasis’ identity as India’s original inhabitants.  […]

The book documents the situation in other states besides Jharkhand, such as Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Assam, where the Forest Department’s use of Boro tribal people to evict Adivasis from their forest land shows a typical colonial technique of turning one tribe against another.  […]

Gladson Dungdung records the starvation levels of hunger still faced by large numbers of Adivasis. As Binayak Sen has pointed out using medical and nutrition statistics, over 50% of Adivasis and Dalits are presently living under famine conditions of malnourishment. This being so, how can India’s rulers claim they have brought ‘development’ at all to these sections of society? To be real, development needs to be under local democratic control, not dictated by corporations and opaque government hierarchies.

As the two most discriminated-against groups in India, Dalits and Adivasis share many experiences. Yet the difference between the two groups is also important to recognize: Dalits were more or less enslaved by mainstream society, while Adivasis maintained a high level of independence up to British times. As such, they developed their own diverse cultures and languages to a high level. Adivasi cultures are still too often perceived through stereotypes as ‘primitive’ and ‘backward’, when the reality is that they are extremely civilized and highly developed in areas of life where mainstream society is weak or degenerate. Centuries of development is often destroyed when Adivasi communities are thrown off their land by projects usurping the name ‘development’.

Adivasi society needs to be recognized for its formidable achievements, including an economic system that is based on and in accordance with the principles of ecology, and therefore sustainable in the true sense and the long term.  […]

Source: Gladson’s new book to be released | JHARKHAND MIRROR
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The Jharkhand Mirror is an initiative to bring the untold Stories, Analysis Reports and Articles about the Indigenous People in the public domain. It was launched in January 2008 as a web media to bring the stories especially about the Indigenous People of Jharkhand.

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Gladson Dungdung is a Human Rights Activist, Writer and Motivator. He is the author of a book “Ulgulan Ka Sauda”. […]

Source: Interviews | JHARKHAND MIRROR
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The “Indigenous Community” is a social network of Indigenous People promoted by the Jharkhand Indigenous People’s Forum, Ranchi. You are welcome to join the  community. Please log on to  www.jipfindia.ning.com

The “Johar Adivasi”  is a Social Network of Adivasis (Indigenous People) promoted by the Joharadivasi.org. You are welcome to join the Network. You can log on to   www.joharadivasi.ning.com

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